This makes me lol.
I’m Vish and I have this obsession with technology and gadgets. I spent the first major part of my life in an Arabian country called Bahrain, followed by about nine years in India. I’ve lived in the UK for about 6 years so far, and really like it here. Among other things, I’m a big fan of science fiction, music and various TV shows. On this blog I’m gonna be reviewing all the gadgets and tech that I’ve owned over the years. Well, as much as I can remember I guess. But to start off, I’d like to illustrate the origins of my digital love. Sort of a tech memoir, so to speak.
As far as I can remember, I’ve been messing with tech. As a preschooler I went from disassembling toys to see how they work to trying to see if the VCR would play toast if it had a specific crunchiness. I remember watching Return of the Jedi when I was about 8 and totally being blown away by the movie, the spaceships and technology piquing my interest the most. I would have given anything for some of those gadgets, and longed to get some to tinker with. My father is a technophobe however, and I had to make do with what I could get my hands on while growing up because he refused to spend money on stuff he didn’t understand. My friends had lots of cool stuff though, and I spent many a day at friends places, on a souped up PC or the latest Macintosh. These same friends introduced me to science fiction properly, mainly Star Trek, and my fascination with technology grew along with my dreams of a digital and space-faring future. Back when geek wasn’t so chic, we used to spend our lunch hours at school talking about whatever sci-fi stuff was in our heads, and couldn’t care less what the other kids thought of us. Of course the only tech available to a bunch of kids was the computers at home and the video game consoles we had.
I still have my NES.
As a kid, I was a member of ‘Team Nintendo’, mainly because most of my friends had NESes and SNESes, and only a couple had Sega consoles. Because of my dad’s phobia of electronic items that weren’t TVs (it took years for him to even buy a cd player) I always had to whine and beg for ages for video games. The first actual video game system I got was a Gameboy. The grey, classic version. I had about 3 games for it, and I got it a year after I started asking for it. I remember being furious when my younger sister got one just a few months later, along with a double sized 182 in one game cartridge (I’m pretty sure whoever made the cartridge was ignoring copyrights). I got my NES when the Super Nintendo was popular, and my SNES when the N64 was released. I saved up all the money I could get my hands on for a while and bought a Sega Game Gear, only problem was that thing would eat up battery power like there was no tomorrow.
After moving to India I pretty much gave up on consoles for a few years after that, eventually getting an Xbox a few months before the 360 was initially launched when I was in the UK. This was when I was in university, living in a shared house with a bunch of other students. I bought a modchip and modded that Xbox, petrified that I would break it. When I actually got it working I was so proud of myself, having taught myself what to do via the net. I eventually got it hooked up to the house network and started streaming downloaded movies from my PC (in my room) straight to the Xbox in the living room, greatly impressing my housemates. I eventually got an Xbox and TV for my room, which pretty much kept me from going insane later on when recovering from surgery. I eventually got an Xbox 360 Elite (which has recently been replaced with the new slim 360), then a Wii and finally a PS3. I haven’t gotten the Kinect yet, but plan to soon (Mass Effect 3 FTW). Don’t really think the PS3 Move is worth shelling out for, but you never know.
The next post will elaborate on the computing side of my digital evolution.
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