Of mice and computer setups

Recently I have been pondering the history of my personal computing. Past, present and future hardware and peripherals.

As such, I am writing a few notes here and posting a few links there for such time in the future when I can truly flesh out this history of JD’s computing 🙂

Computing setups

Early days – various 286, 386, 486 and Pentium computers that my dad used for work… some of my favs: Compaq 486C and a Dell with a 486DX CPU running at a blistering 33MHz!

High school – my first homebuilt PC – Pentium II, Tyan motherboard, SCSI hard drives and CD drive

Early college –  a variety of various machines including a BeBox! 🙂

Late college years – the carefreee fun PC –  Shuttle SFF PC, Intel processor, dual Apple 22″ Cinema Displays, Yamaha USB amp and Klipsch speakers

Law school – the serious workstation – Opteron workstation, same Dual Apple 22″ Cinema Displays

Recently – of laptops and docking stations – Dell or Lenovo laptops and corresponding docks, connected to (1) 30″ Dell display and (1 or 2) portrait mode 20″ Dell displays

Others to write about: Panasonic Toughbooks, IBM 701c Thinkpad with ‘Butterfly’ keyboard, plenty of Compaq and Toshiba laptops, Toshiba Libretto, Sony 505, Dell M4500, M6500, Latitude E5530, Latitude E6430, Dell V13, Dell V131, Intel NUC

Servers: SunFire V20z, Dell Poweredge 1950 III, IRAMBO, Kiera, MasterQ, Altus,…

Tablets: Apple Newton, Dell Nexus 7, Lenovo Lynx, cheap Chinese tablets, iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad mini

Phones: HTC EVO 4G LTE, Motorola Photon, Samsung Galaxy Note 2

NOTE: that may seem like an excessive amount of computers, and it is… however, I use these for work as well as to often repair/upgrade and resell so I do not still have them all sitting around the house/office/shop. 😉


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The History of the Scroll Wheel

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