Cataloging my Gadgets Part 1: Computers

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).

Vobis Highscreen

Vobis-PC aus

In active use 1995-1999
CPU Intel Pentium 120 MHz
RAM 8MB, upgraded to 32MB
Storage 1.2GB HDD
Operating system(s) Windows 95 with Microsoft Plus!, Windows 98
Machine name Augustus
Comments The very first computer my family owned.
Still worked when I powered it up on 24-Apr-2016, its 20th birthday.

Unnamed Computer

Pentium 200

In active use 1999-2001
CPU Intel Pentium 200 MHz
RAM 32MB
Storage 2GB HDD
Operating system(s) Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition
Machine name (unknown)
Comments Discarded sometime in the early 2000s, so the processor shown above is all that’s left.

Gericom Webboy

Gericom Webboy

In active use 2001-2006
CPU Intel Pentium III 1 GHz
RAM 256MB
Storage 6GB HDD
Operating system(s) Windows ME, Windows XP Home
Machine name Brutus
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.

LG M1

LG M1

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
Machine name Caesar
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.

OLPC XO-1

OLPC XO-1

In active use (never)
CPU AMD Geode LX700
RAM 256MB
Storage 1GB Flash
Operating system(s) Fedora-based with Sugar GUI
Machine name (none)
Comments Played around with it for a while after getting it.
Bought through the Give One, Get One campaign.

Microsoft Surface Pro

Schreibtisch

In active use Since 2013
CPU Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7-2.6GHz
RAM 4GB
Storage 128GB SSD, 200GB microSDXC
Operating system(s) Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center, Windows 10 Pro
Machine name Domitian
Comments My first laptop/ultra-book with tablet-like features.
Bought with several accessories, only some of which I still use.

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