Spendlove's Tech Overview

So today's challenge is to make a list of the tech devices I own. Which is, to put it simply, somewhat akin to you listing how many forks, knives, and spoons you've got in your kitchen. You can go count, I'll wait.

I can hear you asking now, "well, are we including big spoons and cutting knives, or just the silverware drawer?" My reply to your actually vocalized question (why are you talking to your computer?) is EXACTLY.

I've got a lot of stuff. I'm a collector. I'll keep this brief by resorting to lists, mostly, but you can think of this as my tech-enthusiast resume. As a listener/reader of anything on Calling All Platforms, I'd encourage you to use this list to decide whether I know what I'm talking about.

I'll start by saying that everything on this list is hooked to a screen, and I won't be going into details on what those screens are. You can safely assume that if it doesn't have a screen built in, then I've got it hooked up to something appropriate for the device's use and age. Meaning that some of these screens are pretty old (see if you can figure out where the 9-inch CRT TV fits and put your guess in the comments).

Now, let's talk daily drivers. That term, since we're not talking about cars here, simply means that these are the electronic devices I use every day to accomplish most of what I do with electronics.

Phone "Communicator" - 128 GB Space Black iPhone 7 Plus. I'm not a huge fan of the enormous footprint of this device, but I am a huge fan of the bigger battery, the gorgeous screen, and the fantastic dual-camera setup on the back. I'm also a much bigger fan of the Space Black color than I was of the Space Gray 6s I just replaced. That matte black is pretty. Not as pretty as my wife's glossy Jet Black iPhone 7 (listed below), but I like to go caseless when I can.

Computer "The Annihilator" - Early 2011 13-inch MacBook Pro from Apple Inc with a dual-core hyper-threaded 2.7 GHz Sandy Bridge Intel i7 and Intel HD 3000 graphics. Hardware upgrades over the past few years have put 8 gigs of RAM and a 960 gig SSD in place of the 4 gigs of RAM and 500 gig HDD it shipped with. It's a few years old, but with the upgrades it runs like a champ and the processor still walks circles around anything else I own.

Gaming "Daisy" - Custom assembled Windows 10 PC featuring 1.35 terabytes of HDD space, a dual-core 4 GHz (overclocked) Intel Pentium G3250 (Haswell Refresh) CPU, 8 gigs of G-Skill RAM, and just recently an upgrade to an AMD Radeon RX 470 GPU with 4 gigs of onboard video RAM. Despite the newer CPU, the only place this machine actually beats my laptop is in the GPU, which is fitting considering the only purpose of this rig is video games.

Below I've listed every other gadget I've got in my house. For my purposes here, I'm defining "gadget" as "anything with an operating system" so we don't end up with an inventory of all my PC components and accessories sitting on shelves and in cupboards. I'm leaving out the quad-core i7/Nvidia Geforce GTX 775 powered iMac with 32 gigs of RAM and a hyper-fast SSD I use at work because that was $2000 my work spent, not me. Same with the 64 gig iPad Air 2 my work provides. Though I did just tell you about both of them, so...


  • Toshiba Satellite Pro 430CDT, 120 MHz Intel Pentium, 32 MB RAM, 1.98 GB HDD, Windows 98, "Lappy"
  • Apple iMac Strawberry, 333 MHz PowerPC G3, 32 MB RAM, 6 GB HDD, Mac OS 9.2.2, "Natasha" (recently deceased)
  • Apple iBook Tangerine, 300 MHz PowerPC G3, 32 MB RAM, 3.2 GB HDD, Wifi, Mac OS 9.2.2, "Willow"
  • Apple iMac, 15in, 800 MHz PowerPC G4, 768 MB RAM, 60 GB HDD, Mac OS 10.4 Tiger, "Jemma"
  • Apple PowerMac, 733 MHz PowerPC G4, 768 MB RAM, 120 GB HDD, Mac OS 10.4 Tiger, "Sorsha"
  • Apple PowerMac, dual 1.8 GHz PowerPC G5's, 3.5 GB RAM, 150 GB HDD, Mac OS 10.5 Leopard, "Brutus"
  • Apple iMac, 17in, 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard, "Kronk"
  • Apple iMac, 24in, 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, Mac OS 10.11 El Capitan, "Professor X"
  • Dell Optiplex 755, 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Quad, 6 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, Windows 10 Home "TLPC"
  • Alienware M9700i-R1, 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.5 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD, Windows 8.1 Professional, "Ford Prefect"
  • Dell Precision M6300, 2.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, Windows 8.1 Profesional
  • Dell Optiplex GX240, 2.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4, 1 GB RAM, 75 GB HDD, Windows XP Professional
  • Dell Dimension 4300, 1.8 GHz Intel Pentium 4, 384 MB RAM, 37 GB HDD, Windows XP Home

Tablets & Phones

  • Apple iPhone 7, Jet Black, 128 GB, iOS 10
  • Sony Xperia, 2 GB, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • LG G Vista, 8 GB, Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Apple iPad Mini 2, Silver, 16 GB, iOS 10
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, Black, 16 GB, Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Teclast TPad X80 Pro, White, 1.44 GHz Intel Atom, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB SSD, Windows 10 Home


  • Apple iPod nano, 1st gen, 1 GB
  • Apple iPod media, 1st gen, 30 GB
  • Apple TV, 3rd gen
  • Apple TV, 4th gen, 32 GB (SteelSeries Nimbus)
  • Onkyo TX-SR503 7.1 surround 450 watt cinema amp w/ Pioneer S-FCRW210-K 70 watt powered subwoofer
  • Nintendo Wii (black)
  • Sony PlayStation 2 Slim

I also want to mention my Wacom Bamboo Pen digitizer tablet and work-provided Wacom Cintiq 13in HD digitizing monitor in this list, even though they don't have an operating system, because I complain about Wacom a lot. I just wanted you to know that I do that from a position of at least some authority.

And that's it! Congrats for making it this far. And if this leaves you with concerns regarding the state of my house, just know that pretty much all of this stuff is in a single room. The rest of the house is quite clean and well organized, thankyouverymuch.

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