As we move to what is being called the Post PC Era (a land of wearable computers, tablets and smartphones) I think back to my first computer that I purchased for myself. It goes all the way back to 1996 when I found an Advertisement in the Scarborough Weekly paper that for $1 per day I could have a brand new computer. I thought that this was great as I had just assisted my boss upgrade his computer to Windows 95 using the 13 Floppy Disks that was the norm at that point. I called and was approved for this wicked awesome deal (little did I know that it was $1 per day for the next 4 years…or something like that.
Beyond getting hooked into an incredibly long lease on a computer that was more than obsolete before it was paid off I was the coolest kid going as I could get onto the Interwebz for the first time. I remember my first ISP too, it was MSN dialup with the super fast 28.8 kbit dialup modem!!! I was doing Comic Chat, meeting people from all over the world and loving every minute of my access.
But when I look back through the 16 years that I have been continually online, the tool that I use most has changed dramaticallty:
|Packard Bell D160||Current MonstaPuter|
|Processor||133Mhz Pentium Processor||AMD X6 3.2Ghz (6 Cores)|
|Memory||32 MB||16 GB|
|Hard Drive||1.6 GB||1 – 500 GB, 1 – 2 TB, 1 – 1 TB,60 GB SSD, 250 GB 2.5″ and an External 3TB Drive,|
|Sound Card||Standard PB Sound and Modem Card||Realtek ALC889|
|Optical Drive||6X NCE CD-ROM||LG DVD Burner|
|Floppy Drives||1x 1.44MB 3.5″||none|
|Expansion Slots||none||2 USB 3.0, 7 USB 2.0, eSata, Multi Card Reader|
|Operating System||Windows 95 / then Windows 98||Windows 8.1, Ubuntu 13.10, openSUSE|
This computer though let me cut my teeth and really get a feel for what it was to be in the new Connected world. I held onto this computer until 2003 making several upgrades (new modem, several new hard drives, memory upgrades) until I decided it was time to learn how to build a computer myself.
Packard Bell has gone away and come back again (only in Europe) but I will forever remember the Packard Bell D160 as what helped me become what I am today.