I figure this is a good time to give an inventory of my home computer equipment. I’m only listing personal stuff here, not my work computers. I’m also only listing the items that are in active use currently. We have quite a bit of older equipment in closets or on shelves around here as well.
1. Home-built Desktop PC: I haven’t purchased a desktop computer for over 10-years. Instead, I build my own system from individual parts, occasionally upgrading when the pricing and my needs dictate. My current system has an Intel 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 3GB of memory, 1.5TB of hard disk space (spread across 4 drives), NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS video card, and a Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi sound card. The OS is Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit.
2. Vye S37: This is my every-day laptop. It is a mini-tablet UMPC with a 7-inch touch-screen, a nearly full-sized keyboard, 250GB hard drive, and 2GB of RAM. It is running Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit. I’ve written several previous articles about this device on the previous version of this blog.
3. Apple MacBook: This is primarily my wife’s laptop computer, although I do use it occasionally as well. This is the newest computer in our collection, having just purchased it a few weeks ago after the power supply died on her old HP laptop. I’ve never been a big fan of the Mac OS, but we felt that it might fit my wife’s needs much better than Windows. So far, she has been very happy with it.
4. HP EX470 MediaSmart Home Server: This unit is our primary backup and centralized file storage device. We also use it as a media server. This system runs Microsoft’s Windows Home Server OS and I have upgraded it from its stock configuration of 500GB hard disk space and 256MB of RAM to 2.25TB of hard disk storage and 2GB of RAM.
5. Palm Treo 700P (Sprint): My current cell-phone/PDA is the latest in a series of Palm OS devices that I have owned. I am nearing the end of my current contract with Sprint and will be eligible for the best upgrade rates on a new phone starting September 1. I’m starting to evaluate options for new phones (a topic for another article) and probably am ready to finally move away from the Palm OS.
6. Sony Playstation 3: Although I do use the PS3 for some game playing, it was actually purchased primarily because it is generally the best currently available choice for a Blu-Ray video player. The PS3 is located in the upstairs bedroom and is also used to stream music up there from the home server.
7. HP OfficeJet 7410: This is an "all-in-one" color ink-jet printer that also works as a scanner, copier, and fax machine. A big motivator for purchasing this particular printer was that it has built-in wi-fi networking. That let us put the printer up in the bedroom (out of easy reach of our preschooler) and still send print jobs to it from the desktop computer downstairs as well as from any of the laptops. While it is now a somewhat older, discontinued model, it still works pretty well for us.
8. D-Link DIR-655: This router is the centralized networking device for our home network. It is a fairly new wireless router that includes draft 802.11n high-speed networking. The desktop PC and home server are both directly connected to the router, while the laptops, PS3, printer, and our DirecTV HD-DVR are all set up to connect to it wirelessly. The router is connected to a DSL modem with service from DSL Extreme with 6000/768Kbps download/upload speeds.