I got a new computer! Jesus, did I need it. My old machine had been on on suicide watch for 18 months. I took the plunge on a 27" screen and instantly became a spoiled brat who can never imagine using anything smaller ever again.
If you use a computer for work, get the best one you can afford (I buy computers by patiently saving up small amounts over several years). It makes your life 100 times better.
Retina iPad Mini
My old iPad was feeling a bit creaky so I decided to sell it and pick up either an iPad Air or iPad Mini. I went Mini. I think it was the right choice for me. I use it way more. I chuck it in my bag. I worry about it less. A 16GB, wifi-only, lean & mean machine rather than a big, clunky, stuffed-with-music-I-never-listen to old dog.
Because I turned 30, I got an extra-special birthday present. A posh camera. I love it. I'm no photographer, but between my Flickr and my (much more frequently used) Instagram, you can see what pictures I take, if you like. The most popular photo I took was of a drawing I was working on but it wasn't the best photo I took all year.
I'm going to write a full post about what apps I've been using but, as a wee taster, I've been liking Omnifocus for task management, YNAB for being good with money, Tweetbot for Twitter, Soulver for sums, Mr. Reader for reading, Ember for organising images, nvALT + Notesy for notes and Downcast for podcasts.
Neither the PS4 or Xbox One grabbed me enough to buy at launch. I'll get there one day, but not yet.
I didn't keep super up-to-date on new console games in 2013 but I'm enjoying GTA Online (my name is Galletly if you'd like to shoot me. Shouldn't be hard). My go-to game, as always, remains Skate 3.
I've been pottering with Project Zomboid on the Mac.
On the ol' telephone I've played a lot of Letterpress against my dad (I'm davidgalletly on Game Center if you want to play). I know it was released in 2012 but it's probably the best iOS game. Super Hexagon, also released in 2012, still has me hooked. Alex is addicted to Drop 7.
Of the 2013 iOS releases, it was cool to see Frozen Synapse finally reach the iPad. I also thoroughly enjoyed Ridiculous Fishing.
Disappointment of the year: Plants vs. Zombies 2 left a bad taste in my mouth.