Technology moves so fast it’s hard to keep up. As an enthusiast, gamer, tech blogger, and IT professional, the technology I use changes quite frequently. When asked why I have so much technology, I usually respond, "I play with expensive toys for a living." Understanding technology brings home a paycheck.
That said, it’s time to do a tech check. This is a list of the tech that I currently own, and why I use it.
ASUS A53SV-EH71 running Windows 8 RP
This is my main laptop, the flagship of the Federation, the Enterprise. It’s an i7 2.2 GHZ laptop. It’s a hyperthreaded quad core CPU, so your looking at 8 CPUs on the Task Manager. I have 6GB DDR3 RAM and, unfortunately, I don’t have an SSD drive. At the moment I’m running the Windows 8 Release Preview, but my Windows 8 Pro is pre-ordered and should be arriving at the end of the month.
2011 MacBook Pro running OSX Mountain Lion
The main reason for getting a MAC is to satisfy my curiosity, and to give my wife her own computer. Honestly, I hardly use this thing other than for "educational purposes." After recently updating to OSX Mountain Lion, I found that it’s a great backup laptop.
Toshiba Satellite A305 running Windows 7 Pro
Ah, my old main laptop, This was hot stuff some years ago. Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.10GHz, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 with 512MB video memory. This was my first Wireless N device. Man I loved it. Today, it still holds up, and can easily fulfill anyone’s needs. Currently, it sits idly as my Windows 7 PC and I use to use it as a Netflix streaming device on my bedroom TV, and a file server.
Sony Vaio PCG-6F1L running Ubuntu 12.10
This is an OLD 7 year old laptop that runs Linux. First of all, I love Linux, and anyone who runs an old workstation (or new) should run Ubuntu. Prior to tablets, this little guy was perfect for travelling, and computing in bed. Unsurprisingly, Sony makes amazing hardware that just won’t die.
XBOX 360 Elite
My 250 GB XBOX 360 is my main gaming console and the greatest entertainment device to date. It also streams Netflix, You Tube, Crackle, and all the movies I own from my Asus laptop. Nuff said.
Recently I have been playing a lot of PS3. I moved it to the bedroom and it’s main role is streaming movies to the bedroom TV. Since it has built in Wireless, I don’t have any problems using it as a set top box. Because it is in the bedroom, I use it to play single and multiplayer games while lying in bed. I love me some Walking Dead under the covers.
My original 3DS is dead to me. I barely even turn it on and i’m ready to sell the damn thing. Sorry Nintendo, I think I just outgrew your generation of games. I think it’s a great system, just not for me.
Another dedicated gaming device that’s sitting in limbo. From a hardware aspect, this thing is a beast. Gaming wise, it just sits there. Third party support is lacking, and although there are ton of PS One and PS2 games available, but I need new stuff. I’m a little worried that this might end up on the selling block soon.
New iPad running iOS 6
Wow, my first Apple device that I truly love. As much as I don’t like the Apple OS, the hardware is amazing. For gaming, and browsing on the go, nothing compares to the iPad at the moment. Google and Microsoft need to step up if they want to take over the tablet market. I use this daily to consume content.
Samsung Focus running Windows 7.5 Mango
I love my Windows Phone. After owning a Blackberry, iPhone and Android, I can honestly say this is the best phone I ever owned. It’s getting old and I can’t wait to get a new Windows 8 phone next year, but this thing is still amazing.
Nokia Lumia 900 running Windows 7.5 Mango
I am jealous because I got this phone for my wife. Coming from iPhone, I wasn’t sure she would get it, but she did, and fairly quickly to boot. At this point she loves her phone and everywhere we go, she gets compliments. Everyone thinks it’s a fancy Android phone. I love telling people it’s a Windows Phone and seeing blank faces as they ask “What’s a Windows Phone?”
My Technology is a segment about my current hardware devices: PCs, phones, tablets, gaming consoles, etc. I own a lot of tech and this segment provides a quick review of why I am addicted to owning all this stuff.