What I Use

The tech I use every day. These are arranged by those most important in my everyday life from top to bottom. Pics of worthy pieces of tech I own can be found in my flickr.

My Desk

My desk

This is my desk currently.As you can see I’m running a 21.5″ iMac and a MacBook Pro 13″ at the moment. My iMac is an entry-level 21.5″ (MC508LL/A) with Intel’s Core i3 chip, 4GB of RAM, with an ATI Radeon HD 4670. The MacBook Pro (MB990LL/A) is baseline, running a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo with 2GB of RAM and a 9400M Nvidia chip. Nothing special.

Apple iPhone 4 32GB

iPhone 4 This is my newest toy, a black 32GB iPhone 4. Retina display, micro-SIM, near-720p video recording. the works.

PC Build

PC Build

I started this PC build in January of 2007, with an Intel Core 2 Duo e6550, a couple of gigs of RAM, and an Nvidia 8500GT for Vista Home Premium. Now, I have Windows 7 installed. And with it, I added an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300, 4GB of G.Skill RAM (8500), a 160GB WD drive for Windows 7, and two 500GB WD drives for storage and one for backup. I have it running at 2.7GHz up from 2.5 at the moment, so it’s mildly overclocked, all on stock cooling. As of now, I’ve bought my first iMac, which replaces this Windows machine of mine. My next project is to transform this rig into a home server for file sharing and backups. At the moment I’m thinking of venturing into FreeNAS territory, but in the end I may bite the bullet and purchase Windows Home Server.

My A/V Setup

Samsung LN40A550

My TV, an LN40A550, is a 40″ 1080p set, and even though it’s from a couple of years ago It does fine for DirecTV, Blu-ray’s, and gaming. The STBs

Setup

Moving clockwise: I have at the center of all my gear, an Onkyo HT-RC160 handling all of the audio and video via HDMI. My Xbox 360 is a 60GB version, the PS3 Slim is the 120GB version. At the moment, I game exclusively on Xbox 360 and use my PS3 Slim solely as a Blu-ray player. The last box under my TV is a DirecTV “Plus HD-DVR”, which is actually an HR22. Barely shown in the upper left-hand corner of the pic is my 40GB Apple TV.

flickr

My speaker setup is fairly low-end, but sounds decent. The center channel (shown) matches the two surrounds I have, alongside two floor standing Sony’s and a 10″ Sony sub.

Logitech Harmony One

Probably my favorite piece of gear is the remote. Even though I find Logitech’s line of Harmony remotes horridly overpriced and that IR is an outdated technology, I’m still a big fan of these things. This is actually my second Harmony remote — my first being a refurbished 880, handicapped by grape soda — this is my non-refurbished Harmony One.

Harmony Adapter

This paper weight actually does something. Sony’s lack of an IR receiver led me to purchase this, Logitech’s PS3 Bluetooth Adapter.

Old & Retired Gadgets iPhone 3GS (Honorably Discharged)

iPhone 3GS

This was actually my first iPhone; I didn’t have an original iPhone or a 3G, I hopped on the bandwagon during the third generation. My previous phone was a smartphone (if you can still call it that)…a Palm Treo 680. I sold this 3GS in early June 2010 in order to buy the new iPhone 4.

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