Over the years I’ve bought, used and discarded a number of phones, computers and assorted other gadgets. So far, I’ve mostly kept them in storage once I no longer used them. However, as gadgets have kept piling up, it seems like now is a good time to get rid of those that are no longer working.
Instead of simply throwing them out, however, I’ve decided to catalog them here first. This first installment lists all the computers I’ve had. Phones, calculators and other gadgets will be subject of future articles (links at the end).
|In active use||1995-1999|
|CPU||Intel Pentium 120 MHz|
|RAM||8MB, upgraded to 32MB|
|Operating system(s)||Windows 95 with Microsoft Plus!, Windows 98|
|Comments||The very first computer my family owned.
Still worked when I powered it up on 24-Apr-2016, its 20th birthday.
|In active use||1999-2001|
|CPU||Intel Pentium 200 MHz|
|Operating system(s)||Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition|
|Comments||Discarded sometime in the early 2000s, so the processor shown above is all that’s left.|
|In active use||2001-2006|
|CPU||Intel Pentium III 1 GHz|
|Operating system(s)||Windows ME, Windows XP Home|
|Comments||My first very own laptop and the first computer I paid for with money I had saved and earned through my first jobs.
Still works, even though main and CMOS battery died long ago.
Because the processor is actually a desktop processor, the fan is extremely loud. During hot summer days, I often had to turn it off to prevent overheating.
|In active use||2006-2013|
|CPU||Intel Core Duo 1.66GHz|
|RAM||1GB, upgraded to 2.5GB|
|Storage||80GB HDD, upgraded several times to eventually 128GB|
|Operating system(s)||Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, Windows 8.1 Pro Preview with Media Center|
|Comments||The computer I’ve used the most.
Still works, even though the main battery died long ago.
Also have a docking station and second, extended capacity battery.
Used occasionally for installing and testing OS preview versions.
|In active use||(never)|
|CPU||AMD Geode LX700|
|Operating system(s)||Fedora-based with Sugar GUI|
|Comments||Played around with it for a while after getting it.
Bought through the Give One, Get One campaign.
Microsoft Surface Pro
|In active use||Since 2013|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7-2.6GHz|
|Storage||128GB SSD, 200GB microSDXC|
|Operating system(s)||Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center, Windows 10 Pro|
|Comments||My first laptop/ultra-book with tablet-like features.
Bought with several accessories, only some of which I still use.