Going through my blog (and updating Categories/Tags on older articles) I found an article I posted in February of 2007 noting the technologies I used at the time. (The original blog post can be read here)
I decied to see how much thinga have changed in just 7 years:
|Operating System||Windows XP Pro SP2, Ubuntu Linux (6.06-LTS Server and Workstation)||Window 8.1, Windows 7 Ultmate, Ubuntu Server 12.04LTS|
|Computer||DELL inspiron 5150 Laptop (3Ghz Pentium 4, 1GB Ram, 80GB)||Homebrew Desktop (Core2 Duo, E8500, 8GB Ram, 4TB), Asus Zenbook Prime laptop (Core i7, 10GB Ram, 500GB)|
|Media Player||UT Starcom 6700 (PocketPC Phone)||Samsung Galaxy SIII Phone|
|HD Format||Not HD capable||One HD capable TV with an HD Cablebox/DVR and a 720p Roku|
|Console||NES, Playstation 2||None|
|Vehicle||2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP||2005 Scion tC|
|Phone||UT Starcomm 6700||Samsung Galaxy S III|
Micoroft has been busy with their alternating release of crappy operating systems. Back in 2007 I was using XP. I’ve gone through Vista and stopped at Windows 7 on my desktop. My new laptop came with Windows 8 which I’ve updated to 8.1. I’m eagerly awaiting their next release as 8 is designed for touch screen devices and my laptop has neither a touchscreen, nor is it a tablet. Glad to see that Ubuntu has been pretty solid for the past few years!
Amazingly that old Laptop still works and I use it as a video player for my Halloween projection effects. Things have come a long way and now, even basic blow away my laptop and start at around $400.
Somewhere with in these 7 years, I had a Microsoft Zune. It was awesome… until I lost it. Now I consume media via my smartphone which ironically was what I was using 7 years ago. The UT Starcomm was one of the earlier (and geekier) portable Pocket PC (later windows mobile) devices. I’m surprised I was using a phone back then as I am now.
HD-DVD lost to Blue-Ray in the HD wars. I still don’t have a Blue Ray player. I have managed to get a TV capable of HD in my bedroom and have it connected to a HD DVR from Cablevision and a Roku, also capable of 720p.
I am STILL with Sprint! I can’t believe I said that I “Love EVDO” service back then! 3G is far superior and they are just starting to roll out 4G LTE service.
I still have my PS2 connected to my entertainment center, but I have moved away from consoles. The newer consoles are costly and I’m not much of a gamer still. PC gaming has been my platform of choice and still is.
Here’s the only category I feel that I’ve gone the wrong way in. I had two awesome Grand Prix’s. Both GTP models and one a competition group. After and accident totaling my 2004 GTP CompG, I was pressured into buying a car quickly so I picked out a 2005 Scion tC. It is my first stick-shift car, and it’s cute but it’s got a few small electrical problems and a parent company that has given me more problems than I care to deal with. It’s also not the experience of speed, comfort and luxury that I got with the Grand Prixs.
I’ve gone from a 416 Mhz/128MB Ram Windows Mobile 5 phone to a Quad-Core 1.4Ghz/1GB Ram (16Gb Storage) Android Jellybean phone. Surprisingly enough, I don’t really use the phone much differently. Granted, I use it more as there’s more availability of bandwidth.