Posts Tagged ‘Hardware’

My Home Office Desk Setup

April 23, 2010

Whilst at home, a large part of my non-sleeping time is spent at my desk.  I generally work one day a week from home and find this my most productive day of the week, having a block of uninterrupted time, it gives me the necessary head space to effectively strategize, analyze, and prioritize.  This blog post is about my desk at home, the technology devices that it hosts, and how they are used.

My Home Office Desk Setup

  
1. Apple IIe Platinum computer, 1MHz 65C02 Motorola processor, 128KB RAM, dual 5.25″ floppy drives, MicroDrive IDE card with 128MB compact flash, color composite video monitor                   

2. Dell Adamo 13 laptop, 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD SATA hard drive; contained in a 13.3″ Toffee leather brief                     

3. Amiga 1200 AGA computer, 14MHz Motorola 68EC020 processor, 2MB RAM, 3.5″ floppy drive, Blizzard 1230-IV expansion card with 50MHz Motorola 68030 processor + 50MHz 68882 co-processor + 64MB RAM,  internal IDE adaptor with 4GB compact flash, PCMCIA compact flash reader                      

4. Apple iPhone 3G, 412MHz Samsung RISC processor, 128MB RAM, 16GB flash storage; contained in a Sena Ultraslim leather pouch                 

5. Dual Dell 24″ LCD monitors, UltraSharp 1920×1200 wide-screen with soundbar speakers, connectors for HDMI, DVI, VGA, S-video, component video, composite video                   

6. Belkin N1 Vision wireless router, ADSL2 broadband modem, 802.11n wireless, wired gigabit ports, and interactive network display

7. Nintendo Wii console, 729MHz IBM PowerPC processor, 88MB RAM, 512MB flash storage

8. Dell Precision T5400 workstation, 2.66GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor, 8GB RAM, 2x 750GB SATA hard disk drives, DVD drive, 512MB nVidia Quadro FX1700 graphics card, media card reader, WinFast Digital TV tuner               

9. Dell PowerEdge 1800 server, dual 2.8GHz Intel Xeon processors, 4GB RAM, 6x 146GB SCSI hard disk drives in RAID 5 configuration, 2x DVD drives

10. Lexmark X215 multi-function laser printer

My Home Office Desk Setup in Work Mode

  
The picture above shows my desk setup in work mode.  The Dell Precision workstation is running Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit) and the most frequently used software is MS Office Ultimate 2007, MS Visual Studio Professional 2008, Internet Explorer 8, and NVivo 8.   I also keep a secondary boot partition on the workstation for installing beta software and undertaking software evaluations.              

The Dell PowerEdge server is running Windows Server 2008 R2 and MS SQL Server 2008 Standard.  Both of the 24″ LCD monitors are connected to the workstation via DVI connectors, whilst the server is connected via a VGA connector, allowing quick switching of displays via a button press.                   

My Home Office Desk Setup in Entertainment Mode

  
The picture above shows my desk setup in entertainment mode.  The Dell Precision workstation is utilized to watch and record digital TV, surf the internet, dual-box MMORPG game Everquest 2,  and most recently play the RPG game Dragon Age Origins.              

The Apple IIe is running DOS 3.3 and ProDOS 8.  It is used to play 8-bit games that can be downloaded from sites like ftp.apple.asimov.net and transferred via compact flash using CiderPress.  The Apple IIe is a favorite of my children, who particularly enjoy playing the original Mario Bros.  The applefritter forums is a useful forum for discussing everything about older Apple computers.                

The Amiga 1200 is running AmigaOS 3.9 with WHDLoad which makes it possible to run programs originally designed for floppy disks.  It is used to play 16-bit games that can be downloaded from sites like Lemon Amiga and transferred via compact flash.  The Amiga 1200 is used to play games like Barbarian II, Bubble Bobble, Pinball Fantasies, and Rainbow Islands.  The English Amiga Board is a great forum to discuss everything Amiga.                

The Nintendo Wii is used to play games, with the current favorites being Guitar Hero, The Legend of Zelda – Twilight Princess, and Wii Sports.             

To finish, I quote Bill Gates in his 1995 book The Road Ahead       

There will be a day, not far distant, when you will be able to conduct business, study, explore the world and its cultures, call up any great entertainment, make friends, attend neighborhood markets, and show pictures to distant relatives — without leaving your desk or armchair.       

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Favorite Technology of the Noughties (2000-2009)

December 22, 2009

With the noughties (2000-2009) rapidly coming to an end, I looked back at my favorite software and hardware for each year of the noughties.  Each of the technologies listed below I used and could positively reflect on the experience, whether for work or for entertainment.

2000

Software, Bioware Baldur’s Gate 2, fantasy-based single-player role-playing game.

Hardware, Trek Technology ThumbDrive, portable USB flash drive.

2001

Software, Microsoft Windows XP Professional, operating system with an improved user interface.

Hardware, Apple iPod, portable media player for music collections.

2002

Software, Microsoft .Net Framework, software framework for developing applications on Windows.

Hardware, Microsoft Xbox, gaming console.

2003

Software, Skype, free voice calls over the Internet.

Hardware, Dell Axim, Windows Mobile personal digital assistant.

2004

Software, SOE Everquest 2, fantasy-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

Hardware, Nintendo DS, handheld game console with a touch screen.

2005

Software, Microsoft SQL Server 2005, relational database server.

Hardware, i-mate JASJAR, Windows Mobile phone.

2006

Software, QSR International NVivo 7, qualitative data analysis application.

Hardware, Nintendo Wii, gaming console with wireless controller.

2007

Software, Microsoft Office 2007 Professional, productivity suite with improved user interface.

Hardware, Apple iPhone, multi-touch phone which syncs with iTunes.

2008

Software, Microsoft SQL Server 2008, relational database server.

Hardware, HP Touchsmart 2, multi-touch integrated desktop.

2009

Software, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, operating system with an improved user experience and performance.

Hardware, Dell Adamo, slim ultraportable laptop with solid-state hard disk.

On this topic, I recommend viewing these 2 episodes of Byteside – Byteside Tech #6 and Byteside Games #6 for an Australian flavored discussion of technology in the noughties.

The noughties saw many great technologies and we can expect further advances in the next decade, most of which we cannot anticipate today.