Doing some spring cleaning, and I thought I’d show you my hard drive stash before I give them to a better hoe. Most of these are parts I collected when I was at ETSU, and most of them don’t matter anymore as I don’t have cases. I’ve about only kept what’s important to me, so all these extra drives are getting listed on Craigslist for extra cash.
So bye, you guys. You’ve been pretty good to me.
So when I got my new phone, I was coached by well-known pal Megan over text about some of the new iOS and iPhone features, most notably Siri. One said feature was to have your phone call you by your name or a nickname. I decided to try it out; what did I opt for? The tagline from oh so many of my sci-fi writings; Commander.
Finally getting an upgrade! Just swapped to this iPhone 5S today, so this’ll be interesting. This is actually the first time I’m buying my own phone, so it’s a first for me. Still sticking to that Otterbox goodness; kept me out of trouble the first time around, and hopefully it’ll do the same this time.
So yes, this is my last photo with my old phone. Signing off for now.
I got one of these fancy things as a Christmas gift. Extremely interesting; it’s almost like portable tech that I’ve envisioned in so many Star Trek novels. Wi-fi, the app, even getting to play games. This is the most amazing thing ever. This’ll be my companion device for quite awhile.
When my aunt was here a little while back, she got me this spiffy MP3 player. Never had one before, so it was an interesting experience to say the least. At least it’s a lot easier to drown out the people at school around me. It’s also a lot more convenient than a CD player. If it just had an FM tuner, it’d be the most fantastic thing in the world.
Here’s a quick shot of the “experimental” and original machine that’s supposed to span two eras in computing; the Millenium project.
A ghost of a husk of the old family computer, I was never able to get this computer to work for various reasons. First I got a hard drive in 2002 but I had no OS to make it work; then in 2006 I was given an official opinion that the motherboard was broken on it. It was a custom build, with no brand name or manufacturer that had a birth in 1999.
I have cannibalized and gotten a lot of parts, including buying a duplication Biostar motherboard to bring it to life again. It now thankfully powers on again, but I have to get it to work with the hard drive installed, which is hard since I have no OS.
But I have dry-tested startup on some additional parts; two CD-ROM drives (one being the fabled Creative 52X drive), a tape drive from a 386 that broke down, and dual 3.25″ floppy disk drives. I can’t get the digital display to work on the front, but everything seems to fire up right.
And while I don’t have a picture on the back, I have a SoundBlaster32 for internals (kicking out the ES1868 AudioDrive), an IDE expander and gotten connectors to have some additional serial and parallel ports on the back.
As for now, it’s a half-baked PC with no heart or brain, but a working body. Sitting in the corner like some neglected test aircraft down at Northdrop with a bunch of tarps draped over it. When I can get enough cash to get an OS for it, I’ll hopefully bring this system to the life it deserves. It’s a matter of when, as the frame has sentimental value to me.