About My Hardware

I like to keep my hardware around for as long as possible, and I typically anthropomorphize them. This page is a “quick reference” so I can refer to my devices by their names, rather than having to repeatedly describe them at length in my writing.

Current Hardware

Limited Edition (formerly YOUR-US6PILUV)

HP Pavilion 533c :: (2002 – 2009)
Biostar G41D-M7-based upgrade :: (2009 – Present)

  • Intel E8400 Core 2 Duo 3.0GHz CPU
  • 2GB G-Skill DDR2 800MHz SDRAM
  • 1280×1024 Zenith LCD Monitor
  • Seagate 1.5TB HDD for Linux/XP Home and Western Digital 160GB for XP Pro

My father bought an HP Pavilion in 2002 for a family computer, but I used it so much that when I moved away for college, he gifted it to me. YOUR-US67PILUV was the default name that Windows XP Home chose during setup, and nobody cared to change it, including me. She served me quite well during college, and made it through a number of minor hardware upgrades. She was showing her age, and I decided in 2009 to move her hard drives to a new chassis I built from components.

I chose the name Limited Edition when I was browsing around Wal-Mart’s automotive section and found a chromed metal cutout with “Limited Edition” stenciled on it, and it just seemed to fit. As my main PC, Limited Edition is where I spend most my time learning coding, so she’ll be mentioned a lot over the next few years 😉 .

Piggybacker

Compaq Evo N620c :: (2007 – Present)

  • Intel Pentium M 1.6GHz CPU
  • 768MB RAM
  • 1024×768 LCD
  • (Broken) 40GB HDD

Piggybacker is my workhorse of a laptop. Or really laptops, since I had to cannibalize a second laptop to fix and upgrade her when she broke down a couple years ago. She’s lived through several years of college, a semester of of grad school, and over a year of work at SMF during which she was responsible for developing the SMF website (now working on a complete rehaul of it), doing database work, and taking care of finances. Whew!

Piggybacker is my favorite laptop I have ever used for this reason: she has a touchpad, and a pointing stick, with a set of buttons for each. This means I can use the touchpad buttons with my thumbs without ever leaving the keyboard — majorly useful.

Unfortunately, in late 2010, Piggybacker’s hard drive failed, and I’m currently waiting on a CF-to-IDE adapter to make its way from Hong Kong so I can retrofit her with the poor man’s SSD.

dreamer6

Motion M1400 :: (2010 – Present)

  • Intel Pentium M 1.1GHz CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1024×768 Tablet LCD w/ Digitizer Pen
  • Samsung? 40GB HDD

My latest purchase was the result of reading a Popular Science article on repurposing an old tablet PC into a cheap e-reader. The M1400 works amazingly well for this purpose, though it does get a little heavy after a while. It also does web browsing, note-taking, doodling, and movie-watching pretty nicely.

The name comes from my habit of naming my iPods “Dreamer”. The CF card for Frankenstein came from the original Dreamer (my iPod Video 5.5G), Dreamer II was a nice iPod mini 2G, Dreamer III was my iPod 3G that I eventually sold because it didn’t charge through USB, Dreamer IV was my iPod 4G (not the color, the older one) whose battery died, and Dreamer5 was my recently crippled iPod Touch 2G. So, in the spirit of naming media players/impromptu e-readers “Dreamer”, my tablet was so christened.

dreamer7

iPhone 3GS :: (2011 – Present)

  • ARM A-8 600MHz CPU
  • 256MB eDRAM
  • 320×480 LCD
  • 8GB flash memory

[ to be written… ]

Pressie

Compaq Presario 5441 :: (2011 – Present)

  • AMD K6-2 450MHz CPU
  • 376MB RAM
  • No dedicated monitor yet
  • Seagate 2.1GB HDD and Western Digital 8.4GB HDD

[ to be written… ]

Former Hardware… R.I.P.

Frankenstein (a resurrected YOUR-US67PILUV)

HP Pavilion 533c :: (2010)

  • Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz CPU
  • 512MB DDR RAM
  • No Monitor or HDD

YOUR-US67PILUV (HP’s default — creative, right?) was the centre of my computing life for years, running XP Home faithfully for over six years. After progressively upgrading various components over the years (HDDs, video card, optical drives, etc.), the pressing need to replace YOUR-US67PILUV with a new machine and my unfulfilled desire to build a computer from scratch drove me to build Limited Edition (see entry for Limited Edition for details). YOUR-US67PILUV’s leftover hardware was unceremoniously relegated to various corners, boxes, and such until I decided to resurrect it as Frankenstein, a CF-based desktop PC. The process was filled with starts and stops, and unfortunately I never ended up with enough room in my life for an experimental machine. I will probably give it to my brother as a present this Christmas and let him cut his chops on it.

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