My involvement with technology stemmed mostly from impatience. It started out early when I had my first video game systems and Radio Shack computer. There was a need to have these systems hooked up to the television sets and when changing from one TV to another I was often impatient to wait for my father to do it, so I learned how to do it myself. Later I would learn how to set up my component stereo (which was a much larger stereo than I had planned to purchase) and then finally when I got my first computer before even seeing a C: at the time I had to replace the processor of the computer which meant removing and replacing every component (because there was no way I was sending it back and waiting over 2 weeks to have it repaired). From that point on it’s been a gradual comfort with computers and home theater equipment and having fun playing with all kinds of technology gadgets.
What I Use/ Hardware (November 2018):
Currently in my home personal life I’m using a multitude of different devices and services, both old and new. Here is a breakdown of what I’m currently using.
A Dell Inspiron 3847 that currently runs my Home Arcade machine. This machine was recently upgraded to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709). The machine runs a collection of emulators and the Launchbox Frontend software. This machine is also my Plex home server sending movies and TV shows to my various devices around the house.
My Gaming Machine which I dub “Thor” (because that’s the name of the case) is a custom built machine. The specs on this system include a GeForce GTX 770 graphics card, an Intel Core i7-4771 CPU @ 3.5GHz with 8 GB Ram and it’s running Windows 10.
I’m an Apple user when it comes to mobile devices and I’m now using an iPhone 7 Plus with iOS12, an Apple Sport Watch, and an iPad Pro 9.7 inch with iOS12.
Gaming is enjoyed by me currently on my Xbox One w/ Kinect. The Xbox is the most widely used gaming system in our home but I do like to play with and on a variety of different devices to keep up with different technology (and have fun). I currently also game on a PS4 and Nintendo Switch! My kids are playing more on the PS4 and Switch these days.
In the past year we’ve become an Amazon Echo household. We currently have 3 Echo Dots and a FireTV Cube in our house which has created a nice living/automated home experience. I’ve coupled the Echo Dots with TP-Link smart devices for automation of some lights in our home and it’s fantastic!
We have also just added the Nvidia Shield TV to our entertainment center. This is the highest ranked streaming device and is being used for Plex in the main viewing room. Very excited to see what else we’ll be able to do with it!
What I Use/ Software (November 2018):
Because of my interest in computers and software and apps I probably use more types of software and apps than the average home user. Most people probably use one of certain type of service where I am most likely using two or three or more. What I’m listing here though are my go to services and the ones I would personally recommend if given only one choice.
I use Office 365 for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations.
When it comes to design I’ve begun using Canva.
My blog is designed with WordPress and hosted on GoDaddy.com.
My web browsing is handled with Google Chrome.
Social media planning is done using Hootsuite.
I check most of my mail on my iPhone with the iOS Mail app, however I also use the Outlook app for my Hotmail.
Although I use more than a few online backup services I prefer Dropbox to handle my online backups and pay for the 1TB of storage a month. I am also using Microsoft OneDrive much more now as well especially for photos, videos and it’s become my go to place for Documents due to Office 365.
I listen to my podcasts using Apple Podcasts.
Google Photos may be free and really cool but as an iPhone user I love Apple Photos for taking and managing my photos.
I binge watch using Netflix.
I listen to all my music using Apple Music, using the Family Plan gets everyone in my family unlimited music which is great!
If you are into emulators as much as I am Launchbox is an amazing arcade and gaming console front end. I’ve used Maximus Arcade for a few years but Launchbox is my new go to program.
As I mentioned about we are now using Plex as our media server in the home (and outside of the home).