I can periodically update items that I need/want until they fall in into an affordable price range. The hobbyist has been driven out of me so I don't enjoy building my own machines much anymore.
- ASUS RT-N12, has Wireless-N support and DD-WRT works on it.
- Need 8 GB of memory, especially with the extensive VMWare use.
- Logitech wireless mouse, unifying product. M510 is the full-sized mouse, while M505 is the compact.
- SSD drives. Needs to be affordable at least at the 300 GB price point before I would use them.
- A good discrete math book. Currently eyeing Discrete Mathematics with Applications by Epp but it's more than $200.
I've actually bought a few pieces of software in my life for personal use, believe it or not:
- Acronis True Image Home. Still use this, but is now of limited value since cloud backups are easier.
- CloneDVD and AnyDVD. Haven't used this software in years though, with digital media everywhere.
- Game Maker, which I bought just to teach game design. Free upgrade to 8.1 from version 8.0.
- mIRC, because the license is lifetime.
- WinRAR, because the license is lifetime.
- Newsleecher, although its cost structure has gotten annoying.
- FeedDemon, mainly because I find ads to be annoying, and because I waste too much time without it manually checking sites. This forces me to throttle down. It's now free.
- Trillian Pro. I tried all the open source alternatives and they just didn't do what I needed them to.
- Oxygen XML Editor, which I no longer use. Helped me to easily pass Electronic Commerce at NC State.
- Random games from Steam.