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 (February 2020):
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 is running Windows 10 build 1903. The machine runs the Launchbox Frontend software for my Mame Arcade Rom Set. This machine is also my Plex 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 build 1903. I recently added an additional 4TB internal hard drive and expanded it to 16GB of Ram. Alongside being my gaming machine it has also become my media machine as well.
This past year I added a Synology DS 1019+
I’m an Apple user when it comes to mobile devices and I’m now using an iPhone XR with iOS13, an Apple Watch Series 3 with WatchOS6, and an iPad Pro 9.7 inch with iPadOS. Accessories I use with the iPad include I the Apple Pencil, an Amazon Basics Bluetooth keyboard and an PS4 Wireless controller with Bluetooth.
Gaming is enjoyed by me currently on an Xbox One, a PS4 and the Nintendo Switch! I have finally given up on the Kinect and no longer have it attached to the Xbox One.
We are an Amazon Echo household. We currently have alot of Echo Dots, a FireTV Cube, an Echo Input, an Echo Show 5 and an Echo Auto in my car. I’ve coupled the Echo Dots with TP-Link smart devices (bulbs, color changing lights, outlets and a switch) for automation of lights in our home and it’s fantastic!
The Nvidia Shield TV is our main entertainment center. This is the highest ranked streaming device and is being used for Plex in the main viewing room.
What I Use/ Software (February 2020):
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).