March 3, 2024

Our Technology

In case you’re wondering, this is this page covers the technology we’re currently running.

Computing

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (Socket 939) – Overclocked to 2.4Ghz
Motherboard: Asus A8N-SLI
Memory: 2GB DDR400 (pc-3200)/184 pin (Hynix Chipset – 184 pin / DIMM)
Optical Drive: LG GSA-4167BK
Hard Drive: Seagate 200GB Barracuda 7200rpm IDE (8MB Cache)
LCD: Philips 19″ 190S6FB TFT LCD
Graphics: XFX 8600GTS 256MB
Audio: Integrated and M-Audio Omni Studio
Speakers: Jazz J-9911C 5.1
Other Peripherals: Standard keyboard and G5 gaming mouse, Xbox 360 controller

We’re also running a wireless network with a D-Link DI-624. We’re currently using the internal wireless capability on my work HP laptop, the wifi on my HTC 3600i, the wifi on Megan’s Ipaq H4100 and have the PC connected via a D-Link G520 to the router.

Phones

My phone is an HTC P3600i.  Megan uses a Nokia slidee thing.

Home Theatre

We’ve got a pretty cool home theatre setup on a budget.

TV: Samsung 40″ Series 6 LCD.
Blu-ray / CD Player / Media Centre: Playstation 3
Receiver: Sony STRDG820B
Speakers: Polk Audio RM6750 5.1
Headphones: Sennheiser RS120 Wireless Headphones (A+ for convenience, but C- for audio quality)

Photography / Videography

Megan: Panasonic Lumix FX01 (still small by industry standards and has taken some great shots, was great for traveling.  Would definitely buy a Panasonic again).
Pete: Canon 400d dSLR with 18-55mm IS lens (absolutely love it.  Taken about 1500 shots, many of which were gorgeous pictures of our gorgeous little girl).  Will likely only upgrade when I get to about 30k shots and it looks like wearing out 🙂

Video (Pete): Panasonic NV-GS300.  Great camera, but now has a small fault with occasional flickering.  I bought it at a time when tape was still the best quality option due to hard drive and solid state memory restrictions.  I wish I was buying a video camera now (Q3 2009) as your options in terms of HD, storage and connection options are awesome.  However I can’t see myself buying a new video camera any time soon.

Future

Here’s a list of technology I’d like to buy (and potentially will, unlike the Aston Martin) but haven’t purchased (may be news to Meg!)

Next 12 Months:

Gran Turismo for PS3 (optimistically in the next twelve months?) / Steering Wheel
External Hard Drive for Backup Purposes
Slide/Photo/Negative Scanner
NAS (Network Attached Storage) to work with PS3 (e.g. Promise SmartStor NS2300N ~$450 or Acer Home Server (http://www.elive.co.nz/acer-easystore-home-server-nas-t15784.php))

Following 36 Months (3 years)

New Phone

Beyond

A ‘fast zoom’ lens for my Canon 400d, likely a 70-200mm f2.8 lens like this one from Sigma.  Also options from Canon and Tamron (Tamron 70-200mm 1:2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro) (NZ$1500-4000).  However I might wait and see if my kids are actually interested in sports given this is why I’m proposing spending thousands of dollars on a plastic tube filled with glass…

PS4 / Xbox 720

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