My Stuff

October 5, 2008

Now that I finally got my laptop, I had to take a picture of all my computers and other random gadgets. Ok, so there isn’t that many, but for a 16 year old, more then a fair share!

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Ok, so here is what I have:

  • HP Pavilion a808x – this is my first computer for myself, it really still works nice too. It has 512MiB ram (I never felt like paying $20 to upgrade), a nvidia 6200 with 128MiB ram (I only got it for ubuntu’s desktop effects…), and a single core 2.2GHZ processor by AMD. It is currently running ubuntu. My brother kind of shares this one with me, so it runs Windows XP as well.
  • Dell Inspiron 6250 – This laptop is 7 years old and S-L-O-W! My parents pretty much let it go to me. It has a 20GIB super slow hard drive to begin with, so it already has problems. Then it’s a slap in the face with 1.6GHZ single core processor, and 256MiB of ram. But on the bright side has a nvidia 2 go and an Ethernet port. So what do I do with it? Nothing. The batteries shot. It runs XP and occasionally ubuntu, if I feel like running ubuntu on 5GiB of space.
  • HP Pavilion DV6885SE – My new laptop. I love it! It has a dual core 2.1GHZ processor, 3GiB of ram, 250GiB of hard drive, a nvidia 8400, a 12 cell battery, and just plain looks awesome being a “special edition”. It has WiFi too, something I had never gotten to play with. This is my favorite and newest computer. It runs Vista, which is new as well to me. It’s what I am writing this post in right now! I highly recommend HPs now that I have two.
  • Sony Handycam DCR-HC38 – My camcorder I don’t use much. I am not really inspired to use it at the second, but it’s nice to have around, because you never know when you need to video document something without a digital camera, laptop, or phone. Yes people, a device that only records video.
  • Apple iPod Nano (3rd Gen) – Had it for a year now, 4GiB of space, it’s cool with a case, I use it every day and charge it every two weeks. I don’t have a cable for it anymore, so it has only 400 songs I am getting sick of. But I probably won’t upgrade, with a case it’s fine.
  • LG Voyager (VX10000) – My phone, and I like it! With the newest software update it’s fine. I always use it for texting, I don’t have the money to activate all the other programs. It can do it all though. With the case, I dropped it 6+ feet onto a road, and it only left a scratch. I have a train as a background! I know hacks for it because I really get sick of the locked-ness of the whole thing.

Well I have a old calculator too, It’s buried in my bookbag though. Being HP it deserves to make it to the list. As do the pile of cables I have. But as I said, I am good computer wise. I just try really hard to keep my stuff nice!

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Wrap Up

October 3, 2008

Sorry I missed posting a lot this week, my parents booted me off their computer, so I can’t take the time to blog there and at school either. So here’s the dirt:

– I got a new laptop. It rocks! It’s a special edition HP and is really beautiful.

– With the new laptop, I got my hands on vista and wifi at last. Vista is new, but the security is ridiculous. Every freaking window comes with a permission box. Talk about unproductive

– WiFi, being new to me WiFi is pretty much awesome. I am not allowed to have WiFi at my house, but my neibors have it. So I can check my email on my bed! It is so awesome! Downside: openDNS is a pain with my laptop, so I had to ditch it and hope firefox and mcafee can take care of me.

– I have an incredible desire to play simcity. It looks like a lot of fun.

– 12 cell laptop batteries are the junk. Man, 6 hours of battery life? No way!

– I am getting good grades in school. Especially all 3 computer classes.

– Some girl wants me now. It kinda is really nice to finally hear that. Your Junior year.

– I applied to Ukrops for some reason.

Well that sums it up. I need to use windows live writer and just draft stuff. Post again soon!

My new calculator – HP 48G

September 27, 2008

I am super excited. I got a calculator (maybe it’ll take my mind off of waiting for my laptop). Why am I exctied? because my calculator is worth a lot of money, and I got it for free, suckers.

Here are my inital takes on it:

  • About the size of most TIs, while it is only a HP
  • Lives up to HPs quality standards.
  • 15 years old (wow, about 1 year younger then me)
  • A tad bit slow, with bigger algebraic stuff
  • Probably made for engineers, this calculator has a lot of stuff I don’t understand as a Jouior on it, but can probably get me through college
  • Expandable memory, inferred transfer, serial port (no cable :P)
  • 128K RAM, which was pretty big back then I assume because the packaging made a big deal of it.
  • STEEP LEARNING CURVE. It has 1.25 inch thick instruction manual. And this isn’t a calculator you can hand to a friend for a math problem, even doing basic arithmetic takes going through the instruction manual (lets say this –  the easiest way to put in math is reverse polish notation)
  • It has unit conversion, so I might pass chemistry now.
  • The keypad is confusing and not organized like the ones now are
  • to solve a given anything, you have to press one of three butons, depending on whats entered.
  • when you screw up, it beeps at you. Cool!
  • It has a weird home screen. It works in stacks, which is very odd and uncommon, and again takes a learning curve
  • it came with a case. I like included cases. It must be HP and all of its amazing stuff.
  • the home screen can include a clock, so you can see what time it is when you are bored with the calculator.
  • It has 3D plotting. I won’t be using it, I’m sure.
  • It cost $350 in 1993, it would sell for $496.35 these days if it were first released (Inflation), and it sells on ebay for $100+ now realistically. I got mine for free.

Cool, eh? I know I am excited to baffle people at school with it. Why do you think I really got it anyways? To do math? The only math class I am in is Computer Math, and you know the most we do is 10101010 + 10010101.

My nice new 15 year old HP-48GX!

My nice new 15 year old HP-48GX!

What my HP-48GX came with.

What my HP-48GX came with.

I got a laptop!

September 25, 2008

 Well I finally ordered a laptop today.

It looks nice!

It looks nice!

 

 

It looks nice!

It looks nice!

It looks nice!

It looks nice!

Well as far as I’m concerned,  best buy is trying to get rid of them, and being the only ones who sell this computer, I don’t think many more will get their hands on one. here’s a link, but I honestly think you won’t see it too much longer. I didn’t put a whole lot of thought into picking it, it’s a HP (My favourite company, personally), looks really nice (I am a sucker for pretty computer stuff), has 2.1GHZ Centrino, 256MiB graphics nvidia 8400, 3GiB ram (Why so odd?), and has vista, which I have pobabaly 30 minutes top experience with. But most importantly it looks nice and will run my games better then my moms and my hp desktops (Yea, I have a 128MiB GeForce 6800, for ubuntu graphics of course). The jealousy factor long outlives. I saw it at best buy in the store and while a little bit slower mouse wise, It was good. So I am more then sure I’ll be happy with it!

Well being I ordered it, I will have to wait until next week to hold it 😛