So I really like trying out new hobbies. It’s fun learning about something new. However, I usually like doing things that are a little offbeat, a little different. My latest hobby is modding/fixing old iPods and Zunes.
For me a good hobby has to meet three criteria.
1) Retro: I really like things from the past. The late 70’s through 90’s is my sweet spot. Often I get caught up in making sure I have the latest and greatest of everything and I like to counterbalance that by experiencing the past through their gadgets. My favorite items to involve are things I had as a kid or things I really wanted but could never afford.
For example, I now have an iPad and iPhone 6 but I remember a time when the latest and greatest gadget was the iPod Video 5th Gen. I saved up for a while and bought one from the Apple refurb store back in high school. I spent Christmas break converting 3 seasons of Smallville (which was popular at the time) from DVDs and loading up my 30 gig iPod with it. I thought I was so cool watching video on that massive (haha) screen. Whenever I see an iPod Video I remember those good times.
2) Collecting: While any hobby I choose can’t be strictly a collecting one, there needs to be some restoration or repair work involved, I would by lying if I said I didn’t like to accumulate things. This is especially true for things I couldn’t afford as a kid. When I went through my Game Boy repair/modding phase I’ll admit that I bought one of every color Game Boy pocket/color. Back in the day I couldn’t even afford one and now I have every single one, I enjoy that. It didn’t hurt that I paid less than $10 for most of them.
3) The Tinker Factor: I love tinkering with things. When I went through my Swatch phase I enjoyed learning all about the different watch bands, batteries, tools and fixing up watches that people thought were broken forever. In my Game Boy phase I loved the fact that with a soldering iron I could fix the lines through the screen problem that most people thought meant the Game Boy would never work again. With my GI Joe collection it was exciting to find out that you could bring a worn out Joe back to life with a 10 cent O ring. So anything I do I have to be able to learn how to repair something or make something better.
That brings me to my latest hobby, one that I hope to start this week.
I remember a time when you didn’t have one device to rule them all. Where gadgets existed that only played music. I find it pretty crazy to think that there are people who will never grow up with a dedicated music player. The concept is almost non-existent. What I’m going to do is repair/upgrade older iPods and Zunes. There is a sweet spot where the devices were built well enough to stand the test of time but also not so new that they are so small that they aren’t user serviceable. So I’m going to focus on iPod Minis/Videos and the original Zunes.
I’ve done all the research, watched all the Youtube videos and I think I’m ready to crack open a few devices. Over 100’s of hobbies I’ve gotten pretty good at Ebay so I already have some cheap devices on the way that I’ll work on over the 4th. Once I’m done I going to add them to my batteries not included etsy store. This is because I really want to share my passions with others and also I’m at the point in my life where I need my hobbies to be self sustaining 🙂 .
So keep on eye on this blog for more in progress pics and if you want to buy an iPod or Zune brought back to life by me watch this store.