Posts about technology

Goodbye dialup, hello broadband

I’ve been a loyal dialup user for the last 6 years and it has been just fine for me to meet my needs back then. As technology advances, there’s a need to get faster internet connection to download large file applications or even the monthly software updates. With this in mind, I’ve finally made up my mind and change my internet connection on my home PC to a broadband connection.

All these while, I’ve actually tasted what broadband connected machines is all about and how it helps to be more productive with an “always-on” internet connection. Be it for gaming, IM, web development or occasional surfing of the net, it’s definitely worth subscribing to broadband now that the prices have been more affordable and most importantly, all the attractive gifts out there waiting to be grabbed!


Got a new phone

Nokia 3230 cellphone

Finally decided to spend a portion of my first allowance on a new phone. Actually, I’m not really going for the phone but rather, a new mobile line since my existing line was prepaid and I have been facing lots of issues with it. Furthermore, I’ve been using my mobile phone more frequently since enlisting into military service and it makes sense to get a post-paid line.


Machine for the museum

This morning, I received one of the most valuable and priceless asset from my polytechnic — an old Hewlett-Packard Pentium 2 notebook packed with 32MB of RAM, running on Windows 98 and the LCD display covered with a thick layer dust, enough for me to sketch an illustration on it. It weighs about 5 KG and I wonder should I bring along this machine with me while travelling.

Initially, I thought of bringing along a laptop while travelling to the United States for my Industrial Attachment Programme (IAP). As I am not sure if my host company would provide me with one, I went to loan one from my school. What it turned out to be was totally unexpected. Although the machine can run normal word processing programs, the speed is definetly slow and unbearable to use. What’s more — I have to go through the hassle of finding the right power adapter before I can use it while in the states.

Now, I am seriously considering if I should bring along this machine or do away with it. Perhaps, I can loan it to the museum for their historical display while indirectly helping me to safe-keep it!