Here is a list of the computers that I or my family has had over time, as I remember them. A lot of this is written 10-20 years after I last saw these devices so a few details might not be a little off.
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 9370
- Purchased April 2020 while I was in St. Augustine.
- Intel Core i7-1065G7, 16GB RAM, 460GB SSD
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro-1370
- Purchased as a birthday present for myself in 2015. I had been in Best Buy and thought that the thinness of the computer was incredible, like two pieces of cardboard stuck together.
- I knew from reviews that the CPU would be weak, and it has been, but it has been good enough for almost 5 years now as I write this.
- This was a gift from Microsoft while I worked there, it was cool but I never ended up using it much. The keyboard had no moving parts but worked very well.
Acer Aspire 1420p
- This was given out to attendees at Microsoft's PDC 2009 event. I did not go; I bought one for myself a while later while I was working at Microsoft.
- It had a resistive touch screen which I believe was sort of lame as capacitive touchscreens of that size were just starting to become available around that time.
- Shortly into my freshman year at NDSU my friend Mike and I went to Best Buy and purchased copies of Half Life 2. My Toshiba R15 was all but unable to run the game so I soon ordered $800 worth of parts. This system played the game quite well.
- Dual-core AMD 64-bit
- 512MB RAM
- ATI All-In-Wonder graphics card
- The All-In-Wonder TV tuner drivers were crap and always crashed so I was never really able to watch or record TV like I had dreamed of.
- In my junior year I had this system (in the clear case) poorly positioned on top of a baseboard heater in the dorms and something overheated and blew out a bunch of components. I have long regretted that I had many of those parts replaced under warranty...not very ethical.
- At some point I realized that I could buy a second Proview PL713s LCD screen for pretty cheap used so I got that. It was pretty awesome to have two matching LCDs!
- This had very similar specs to the Toshiba Satellite R15 system.
- I bought it from my friend Sarah for maybe $50 when she no longer had a use for it, in the fall of 2008 I believe.
- I used it to run Linux, possibly in relation to my senior design project? But we rented a couple laptops for that so maybe not.
Toshiba Satellite R15 Tablet PC
- I really wanted a tablet PC for college so I convinced my parents to get this one. It cost $1500 and I believe I had to chip in about $500 of that.
- I purchased a second battery for it. Then they issued a battery recall so I got each of my two batteries replaced, except I did not send the "dangerous" ones back, so I had four batteries that I used.
- The story of why I put an SSD in it.
- I took my Proview PL713s with me to use as a second screen.
- Around 800MHz I think
- This was auctioned at a surplus sale that the BSC Vocational Center and my friend Jeremiah was at the sale. He didn't know what speed it was but did know that it was a Duron so I looked up that processor and was VERY excited to be able to get it for some price ($50?) even if it was the slowest model.
- This lived in my clear case (almost all parts built of clear plastic). Maybe the Pentium II system did too?
Pentium II 233MHz overclocked to 300MHz
- I think I cobbled this together from a massive pile of junk that a guy from our church gave us.
- On 2020-07-16 I found some more info in this newsgroup post from 2020-05-08 when I was digging into some old newsgroup posts for nostalgia's sake.
...the power supply will be adequate. Especially
considering that I have 2 harddrives, 2 optical, floppy, 10/100
network card, soundcard, dual video cards, an auxilary fan, and a
wireless network card all running off of a 200W power supply. I
suppose modern processors take more power than my lowly PII 233MHz,
but I think most people oversize their power supplies. Although it is
fun to have lots of extra...
The dual video cards reminds me of the monitor setup. I probably started with one CRT but eventually got a ProView PL713s LCD screen on Black Friday. This was in the days when the sales actually started on Friday, probably at 6:00AM. So I ran the CRT and LCD side-by-side, probably until I left for college and took only the LCD to run as a second screen with my tablet PC.
- AMD K6-2 (300MHz?)
- 128MB RAM
- 8GB HDD, was the interestingly large 5.25" form factor
- 17" CRT
- Windows 98 SE
- Purchased in 1998 for about $2,000?
- Came with a huge binder of games on CD
- Oregon Trail III
- Incoming: Rage
- Added a 52x Pacific Digital CD burner
- Windows 98 SE added USB support so it was sort of able to use a crazy wireless card (PCMCIA I think) that sat in a USB adapter. But there were ongoing issues, so eventually we upgraded to Windows Me.