What a lot I got...

Posted by AlcorZA
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Welcome! So this is my first post and hope it gets a few reads rather than going down like a lead balloon. 

Since this is my first post, I thought I'd share some of the tech/gadgets I own and use day-to-day afterwhich I plan to follow-up with reviews of said devices and how I use them and feel about what they add to my life on a daily basis.

Let's get a few of the gadgets I own out of the way...

Current phone? Nokia Lumia 800

I picked one of these up on a Vodacom contract recently and have had it for about 2 weeks. I made the switch from Android (on a Samsung Galaxy S) to Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. This is my everyday phone for work and personal use and so-far so good. There are a few things missing that I'd like to see rolled out in future updates, but I'll discuss those in a separate article. My wife now uses the Galaxy S (which I rooted and slapped on the most recent version of CyanogenMod (7.1) which runs the 2.3.7 Gingerbread kernel).

Tablet? Apple iPad 2 16 GB WiFi + 3G

Having had an Android based phone, switched to a Windows Phone 7.5 based device and here I have an iOS based iPad? What?! Well, I consider myself platform agnostic. The nature of my work in Digital Marketing requires me to be dynamic in my use of hardware. But basically, long story short - I grabbed one of these from FNB's tablet/smartphone deal which essentially meant I picked it up at a significantly reduced price compared to regular retail outlets. I checked the pricing... I saved over a grand. I don't use this for work, but I do use it for light games, reading, surfing and general mucking about.

Gaming? I own an Xbox 360 S 320 GB with Kinect, a PS3 and what some might consider a mid-level gaming PC (AMD Phenom II X4, 8 GB RAM, ATi Radeon HD 4850 1GB) which is about 2 years old if I look back to some of the earlier parts making up the system from when I first built it).

My PS3 is mostly used for movies and media streaming due to the fact that I consider it to be one of the best Blu-Ray players on the market. Especially considering Sony developed the technology (in the well known Blu-Ray/HD-DVD wars to which HD-DVD fell). My Xbox 360 is currently on loan to a friend but I'm going to be hooking up Mass Effect 3 and smashing out the last of the trilogy (in the Commander Shepard story-arc) of which I consider one of the best game series in years (and quite possibly ever). My PC gets used for both gaming and work and I currently run Windows 7 Professional x64 with Office 2010 Professional x64 and just yesterday setup a dual-boot into the newly released Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64 (on which I am currently writing this post).

TV? It's a 32" LG Full HDTV, it's about 2 years old already, but at the time it offered one of the better pictures around for the price-range I could afford.

Home Theatre? An entry level Sony component system which includes a DVD-Player, HDMI Passthrough and some decent speakers which (for the price) are REALLY good. I have my DSTV HD-PVR 2P hooked up to this system via HDMI/Optical and get to mostly enjoy some of the 720p HD goodness we are now getting (in hopefully increasing abundance in the years to come).

Networking? Amongst the various bits and pieces (which are now either inactive or have given up their smoke) I currently own, the device powering my SOHO network is a Netgear DGND3700 Gigabit WiFi N ADSL2+ router with a 10 Mbps ADSL line (which sadly syncs at just over 7 Mbps due to my distance from the exchange).

Camera? I currently own (which was recently aquired) a Canon EOS 500D with an EFS 18-55 and EF 75-300 lens kit and have a keen interest in photography. I am very much an amateur starting out, so some of the butchered photos I'm likely to upload... have mercy!

These devices make up my day-to-day arsenal of technology and I'd be keen to hear your experiences with the same/similar devices in the comments section below! Want to know anything about my equipment? Drop me a Q below in the comments and I'll get back to you.

I'm a Digital Account Manager for a Cape Town based Digital Marketing company. My life revolves around (and is dictated to by) technology and it's use.

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Charmed
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Charmed Sunday, 04 March 2012

Welcome

Hi AlcorZA. Welcome to My Digital Life! :D Wow, that's a lot of tech/gadgets you own! Very nice introductory post. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the Nokia Lumia 800 phone - I reviewed it for MyDL a while back.

If you have time, to perhaps do a post on your top 5 iPad apps?

Looking forward to reading all your posts about your digital life.

PS If you have time, please upload an avatar, so you don't look like a spammer :D

AlcorZA
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AlcorZA Sunday, 04 March 2012

Thanks for the welcome :-)

Hey there Charmed! Thanks for the comment and for the welcome! My avatar is in (it was a 40th and the theme was ABBA, don't ask what went wrong).

Strange you mention a review on the Lumia 800, I have already started drafting one so that's on it's way... good idea re: 5 iPad apps! I'll pen that one in also!

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redsaid Monday, 05 March 2012

Another welcome!

Goodness gracious, AlcorZA. You are making me suffer from some SERIOUS gadget envy here! So much so that I'm blatantly forgetting my manners: Welcome! It's awesome to have you on board and I'm looking forward to reading much more from you, even though I risk developing a perpetual green glow, ha ha!

Hey, as if your list wasn't extensive enough, you forgot to mention your desktop/laptop unit! And since you said you don't use it for work, I'm curious: PC or Mac? I'm guessing Mac... Then again, you're a gamer! So it could go either way.

Very nice post and digging the Dancing King Abba profile pic too, ha ha!

AlcorZA
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AlcorZA Wednesday, 07 March 2012

Thanks for another welcome :-)

Hi there redsaid!

Thanks for the welcome also! Well, I guess if I'd started out as I'd acquired things then it probably wouldn't have been such a "load-out" in a single go. That said, most of this stuff was obtained during the course of 2011 anyway, so I've been very fortunate. I can't say the same for my credit card and cheque account, but they are necessary evils we must all live with as technophiles I guess :-)

The laptop is actually a work unit, it's a Dell Inspirion N5030. Nothing too exciting, it's just a work machine so it serves the purpose perfectly. Intel Core CPU, 2.2 GHz dual-core (It's based on the older Pentium D models, not the newer Core i-series). 3 GB RAM, 320 GB HDD, WiFi-N, Bluetooth etc.

I'm mostly a PC man, but I have worked on Macs before so I know my way around both (Windows based PC's better of course). I wouldn't mind owning a Mac though. Perhaps in the future... or until the pricing becomes more "agreeable". Interestingly, Steam have a rather large (and growing) collection of games now available for Mac also! I think this trend will continue with time and Macs will start becoming a more popular gaming platform, but right now it's still very much a minority platform (both in business, personal computing and gaming). Microsoft still very much dominate the desktop/mobile computing space with Windows based PC's.

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Dissol Tuesday, 06 March 2012

Yet another welcome

It seems that there are others like me, who have a need for gadgets in their lives. I try to ensure that all my gadgets do serve a purpose, and are used. My list is not as extensive (or expensive) as your own, but like you I am presently platform agnostic...although that may change (if clients decide to actually pay me), as I am increasingly working alongside Mac based people, and I find I am becoming ever more envious of their capabilities (and smooth interactions)... My wife has realised that to keep me happy, I need a new gadget about ever 6 months in my life... Presently I am still very excited about the latest lens that I was bought for Xmas - also for a Canon EOS 500...I particularly "needed" a lens, whichwas christened the "FO Lens", as whenever I announced my need, I was greeted with "FO"!

AlcorZA
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AlcorZA Wednesday, 07 March 2012

Thank you again!

Hi there Dissol!

You're absolutely right! I imagine that many of us writers here on mydigitallife.co.za are all really BIG into our gadgets! And like you, I get things I know I will use. All of my hardware I use either daily, or very regularly which is important because it seems somewhat a futile exercise owning equipment that simply sits around collecting dust not so?

I appreciate the fact you are also platform agnostic. I think it helps keep a person's expectations or point of view of a particular platform more neutral. I think it's difficult to remain unbiased but from my side, I do try to look at the pro's and con's of any platform and to never write it off as some people do. You will get your Apple guys or your Windows/PC guys etc. but I think any true technophile will appreciate each platform for it's own merits and learn to embrace all technology, not just a subset of it, despite having an affinity for a particular platform for daily use.

Like your wife, my wife also knows that gadgets keep me happy! ;-)

Fortunately she's very lenient when I want to get something, provided it wont cripple us financially! I'm hoping to get one of the Canon Macro lenses for my 500D. A friend of mine has one of the Sigma Macro Lenses and I experimented with that a while back and the results were quite cool! Of course, I don't really know what I'm doing yet, but as an amateur, one does sometimes get lucky and pull off a few good shots which look epic!

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RIC007GP Tuesday, 06 March 2012

Hiiiiiiii

Hi Mr ZA. All my gadgets are Apple. Of the other operating systems that I have played with on demo models I have been most impressed with Web OS and the new Windows. As HP have effectively murdered Web OS I am interested to see how you rate Windows against iOS.

AlcorZA
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AlcorZA Wednesday, 07 March 2012

Hi back!

Hi there RIC007GP!

So we're talking iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macbook/Mac Desktop yes? The only 2 Apple gadgets I own (as you know from above is an iPad 2), and one I didn't mention which is an 8 GB iPod Nano (4th Gen) which my wife now uses. I love the industrial design and the quality build of the hardware. They really put thought into the form and function of the device and the build quality is second to none! - Not to mention the quality build materials used. They really are beautiful devices.

WebOS is an interesting platform, I've never had an opportunity to see/use a WebOS powered device, what are they like?

I know that WebOS is Linux based, and is currently owned by HP (who bought out Palm), and that WebOS will have it's source code released under Open Source licensing sometime in the near future. So I guess the idea is that HP will have a platform that tries to compete with Android (which I am very familiar with).

If we're talking about Windows Phone 7.5 vs. iOS (because I don't think one can compare Windows (the desktop OS) against iOS as they aren't really an apples vs. apples (excuse the pun) comparison), I'd say that iOS is an older generation concept of UI (much like how Android is). Microsoft have really re-thought the paradigm for UI on Windows Phone. That said, Windows Phone is missing a few things that iOS does have. I will make a point of writing something about this (which hopefully you will return to read :-) - I'll share my experiences using iOS vs. Windows Phone.

I wouldn't dare compare the now defunct Windows Mobile 6/6.5 series against iOS. Let's face it... Windows Mobile was just horrible and it should have died a long time ago. It was simply dreadful.

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