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My Computer Geek Page

Hi and welcome to my computer page!! Well as you may have guessed I do have a computer in the home albeit a very cheap one. If you have visited this page before 1999, you would have known I was at the time using Windows 3.11 and DOS 6.22 on an AST 486dx66 with only 16 megs of ram and a 170 megabyte hard drive.   .Nothing like trying to crank start that puppy in the morning and getting all those funny dos prompts.

I was rather quickly finding out that a lot of stuff wasn't being supported anymore for us old Win 3.11 users which is really depressing as there were still a lot of machines with that operating system on it. If you don't believe me try to go to the Microshaft website and see what they have in there for us old Windows 3.11 users:( Apparently they have decided to no longer provide updates or new releases of major software for that operating system, which is a shame since there are about 16 million users right here in the USA from what I understand. That's right you heard me. No Fixes no Patches no Nothing for Windows 3.X anymore :(

I got tired of Win3.11 after awhile, especially since everyone was coming out with programs just for Win95 and that 32 bit file system. So I did a little tinkering and stuck 32 megs of ram in it and a 2x Matsushita CD Rom drive as well as a 850 MB hard-drive in that slut and installed Win95. It wasn't bad then . At least then I could run a lot more programs and access a lot more sites without having to stick some 16 bit plugger program into effect. It's final day came when it decided to have the onboard vga chipset go out and there was no way to replace the damn thing.

As a result back in 1999 ,I got a new pc for my birthday. The Emachines 366i2,sold back then as entry level personal computer, came with the bare essentials, compared to today's machines. It didn't take long for me to like it though. back then I was running it with Windows 98. No more having to wait forever to boot up like I was on the 486. It wasn't a bad little pc for the money back then. It's been upgraded a bit since then with a few goodies. Among them has been an increase to 192 megs of RAM, 32x12x40 CD R\W drive,20 gb hard-drive and a 32 meg Nvidia video card.


The Original Specs on it
Intel® Celeron 366MHz (w/128KB Cache) PPGA CPU
32MB SyncDRAM (up to 256 MB)
ATI Rage Pro Turbo 2X AGP with 4MB SGRAM
Crystal CS4280 3D PCI Audio
40x Max. CD-ROM Drive
4.3GB HDD (Ultra DMA EIDE)
3.5" 1.44MB FDD
56K ITU V.90 PCI Fax/Modem
PS/2 KBD/Mouse, 2 USB Ports (1 is on Front)
1 Serial / 1 Parallel / 3 Expansion Slot
Audio In & Out / Game Port on Front
Internet Ready

So with that in mind this is where I have found some info on the Windows stuff a lot of people have been using. Check it out and if YOU have any sites you think I need to put on here drop me a line . Have fun and keep that keyboard clicking!
The new box in the house
Well since there was a problem with two people being on the computer at the same time, I broke down and found myself something to use. Where I worked at, there was a computer shop across the street. I've been in there a few times before, buying a used monitor for the other system, and some odds and ends. What I found a couple of weeks ago was a really nifty computer I had seen a few months before. I think the only reason it wasn't gone is because it was loaded with Red Hat Linux 7.1 instead of Windows. Anyway, what I got for a hundred and twenty five dollars was a pretty nice little system. The pc was a Digital Personal Workstation 6200 i series 200i2.

It had dual Pentium Pro 200 Mhz cpu's,128 megs of ram,2.1 GB Ultra SCSI hard drive,12x SCSI cdrom drive,4 meg ELSA video card,3com PCI network card, ESS 1868 SB compatible soundcard. I put in the old 4.3 gb IDE hard drive and a 56k ISA modem,as well as a 40x IDE cdrom to play the mp3's I burned on other system..I have the capability to add up to 512 megs of ram if I want, and I am looking into seeing if I can install a cd burner on here. Compared to the Emachines 366i2 with the Intel celeron 366 Mhz cpu.it's not noticeably any slower,then again with dual cpu's the load is lessened a lot on the main cpu. This is my first time working with a dual cpu or scsi devices and it has been a learning experience.

So how do I like it? Simply put,I love it. I can now play with my new Ten Tec radio or go into linux learning mode without having to worry about someone else wanting to use the pc,or having to limit my time on it due to other demands. There is no way I could have afforded a newer system at the moment so this one happily fit the budget and does what I want it to when I want it to.


TIME WARP TO 2010

How the years fly by.It seems like just a short time ago I had just moved to NYC and was rebuilding everything from scratch again. A lot has changed over the past couple of years. Back in 2006, I had just moved there ,now in 2010 I have really had a lot change in the computer areas.

First upis the main box that I built with the intent of using it as my main media machine.

Asus P5Q SE2 mainboard

2.66 Ghz Intel Core2Duo CPU..overclocked to 3.20 Ghz

7GB DDR2 800 Ram,

1024Mb Nvidia 9800GT PCI-X video card,

Easy-tech hot swappable SATA drivebay with 4 WD 160 Blue drives with various operating systems

750 Gb WD Blue,500 Gb WD Black,160 Gb WD Blue hard drives for media storage

LG 16X DVD RW,

Wireless G PCI card,

Asus Xonar DX 5.1 surround sound PCI-X card

Dell S2409W LCD monitor

This setup completes the media server machine that I use to watch videos and listen to music throughout the place .As a standalone internet access machine it doesn't take too long to do anything on it .

For a short time I had Vista on this machine but Vista sucks so bad even with maximum specs on machine, I got rid of it

For using the computer, I have four different operating systems to choose from. Each of the drives has it's own separate OS installed on it and when I want to play around with something I have my choice of Windows XP64,Windows 7 Ultimate 64,Mandriva 2010.1 x86_64,or OpenSuse 11.1 x86_64.All of these have their pluses and minuses.However the Windows XP64 is probably going to be the first drive to be reformatted with something else as the program support isn't all that great in it.


 

HP Pavilion 4219 laptop

Basic laptop  from HP ,however with a few extra goodies in it .

Intel Mobile Celeron 1.6 Ghz CPU

80 GB HDD 5400 RPM.

Wireless PCMCIA adapter.

1 GB DDR 266 Ram

DVD R\W

With XP home  and a few little programs on it , I use this more or less for work and for  relaxing with watching movies or  listening to mp3's from  the server when I don't want to sit at a desk .Not a bad little laptop so far as HP goes.

 


Stay tuned more info on the way soon !!
What I used to look like waiting for that clunker 486 to boot up Windows 95 :)


This is what you can expect to see if you peek thru my window and see me at the computer :) This picture was taken with Snag-It screenshot capturing program available from TUCOWS !