… desktop and tower computers?
My last desktop computer was actually a floor standing tower. It was made or assembled by MDG when they had a store in Windsor. I remember the purchasing experience; basically I started with this case and added components to it. I think I started with a Pentium 5 processor and then added memory, hard drive, video card, etc. It was a great computer.
The one I had before that was an IBM Aptiva. It was my first computer after owning a Radio Shack TRS-80 for years. It was a consumer product and it came with whatever components IBM thought would be good for me. All I can remember was that it came with an AMD processor. I remember it being more affordable than the Intel processor.
Obviously, I’ve outgrown both of these machines. But the MDG still does a good job as a holder for my DataShield and my old monitor serves as a second display for my laptop computer when I’m sitting at the desk.
A quick browse through the BestBuy store shows that desktops/towers still exist for sale with some pretty impressive specifications. They appear to be geared towards the gaming community. They had fairly large price tags but not as big as the Mac Pros. Don’t forget that you have to buy a monitor too!
These things were not exactly portable! I remember my early years at OSAPAC and our meetings where the first hour was spent lugging the computer and monitor in and setting them up. Power cords were everywhere because you had to plug in the computer, the monitor and sometimes an external device like a CD-ROM writer.
These days, I have a more portable computer. Companies have been fighting for years to come up with something lighter and more portable. The lightest of the light around here is an Acer R13 which is both a Chromebook and an Android tablet. The nicest thing though is that it doesn’t require a fan to keep things cool. The older computers could get really hot and the fan distracting when I was working to debug a program I was writing.
For a Sunday, what are your thoughts about desktop and tower computers …
- do you remember your very first desktop or tower computer?
- do you currently have a desktop or tower computer in your workspace?
- does your school still have desktop or tower computers for student/staff use or have you migrated to portables?
- for the tablet users, does your tablet address all your needs?
- the desktop and tower computer takes me back to a time when I would install software on a regular basis! What was the last piece of software that you installed?
- is your smartphone the most powerful computer you use these days?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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