Wireless. It’s fast becoming the standard for pretty much everything. From the wifi internet connections our laptops use to the remote key fobs that unlock our cars, connectivity of the non physical kind is a very popular attribute in the world of technology. When it comes to what is probably the most used wireless device in the world – the mobile phone – an important type of wireless connection is the bluetooth incarnation. Created in 1994 by Ericsson, it allows compatible devices to communicate with each other over short distances. I personally use bluetooth on a daily basis, via my cellphone. I have a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 smartphone that runs on the android operating system. As someone who like to maximise my tech’s potential, this works well for me as the OS allows me (with root access) to play with the capabilities of my hardware (like overclocking and undervolting) and do things that are normally not possible with the standard tech that is normally available. I particularly enjoy the apps that I have found on the android market, some of which have made my accessory purchases last longer than expected. I use two bluetooth devices with my phone – the MW600 stereo bluetooth headset and the MBW-150 bluetooth watch.
I’ve got an Amazon Kindle 3G, now known as the Kindle Keyboard 3G, purchased in August 2011. I held out on buying a Kindle for a long time, because I was something of a book purist (I believed books should have pages you could turn and have that ‘book smell’). But my fascination with tech eventually got the better of me (along with the fact that I was going to be travelling and really wanted something to help pass the time) and I picked one up. I’m pretty happy that I did so and this post is going to sum up why.
I was pretty satisfied with the PC I had built for myself. It served its purpose really well and after figuring out the difference between 32 and 64 bit OSes, I installed XP 64 on it. I eventually took part in the Microsoft ‘Windows House Party’ concept that they used when releasing Windows 7, bagging a copy of Win 7 Ultimate for myself as a reward for my shameless promotion. Hehe. Over time I upgraded the hard drives, RAM, video card, case, and power supply. It ran well and I had no aspirations whatsoever of building a whole new one for myself.
The first oversized calculator computer to enter my home was pretty outdated by the time we got it. My dad’s company was getting rid of them and he brought one home. Sadly, his technophobia prevented him from finding out how bad the specs were, even during that time. It was a pre pentium 25Mhz Intel based system, with 4MB of RAM, a 14″ SVGA monitor and a 155MB hard disk. Ha! Just remembering those specs makes me laugh. We got it when Intel had long since released the pentium processors so it was pretty underpowered when compared to what was on the market at the time. I remember seeing other PCs with Windows 95 on them and thinking wow. No one at home knew how to work it either so all we could do was boot it up and stare at the monochrome command prompt. One day my dad typed WIN into it (he had some instructions with him) and bam, the Windows 3.1 splash screen appeared. We moved to India a while later.