Marlborough Midweek - - COLLEGE RUGBY -

Pri­ori­tise wealth and sta­bil­ity over pos­ses­sions Seek value for money Avoid pay­ing for ‘‘best’’ when ‘‘good enough’’ will do.

bought from an em­ployer which no longer needed them.

My sim­ple needs are largely based around the re­al­i­sa­tion years ago that I had no space in my life for gam­ing.

I reckon there are fewer things I’d find more ad­dic­tive than bash­ing away at zom­bies, or fight­ing lengthy cam­paigns with my elf army, so I de­cided I’d bet­ter park that in the ‘‘things I will do when I am­re­tired’’ cat­e­gory.

I only have so many hours in the day, and as a fam­ily man, they are all spo­ken for.

That means now I can get away with do­ing ev­ery­thing I need on a Chrome­book.

Th­ese are cheap, low-mem­ory lap­top-like de­vices which are pow­ered by free Google on­line soft­ware.

If email, in­ter­net, a lit­tle house­hold man­age­ment, and a lit­tle YouTube are all you need, th­ese get you that for $300-$400.

They are so sim­ple to use, I reckon many peo­ple with desk­tops and ex­pen­sive lap­tops

‘‘Good enough is of­ten cheaper than 'bet­ter' or 'best'.’’

would never no­tice the dif­fer­ence if they swapped.

I got to know th­ese su­per­sim­ple bits of tech only when one was needed for my daugh­ter at in­ter­me­di­ate school.

Th­ese sim­ple de­vices are boost­ing learn­ing power in class­rooms around the coun­try.

But I was chatting last month with Sue De Bievre from Beany,

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