Hans' main computer, the 14" Dell Latitude D620 is 11 years old but is still working well. It has been upgraded and has a 500 GB SSD disk since year 2013. The problem is that is runs Windows XP as installed when purchased 2006 and Microsoft does not support that operating system since April 2014. Some software does not run with that OS, for example Google Chrome. Therefore, a new main computer is required.
Hans check both Dell and Lenovo computers and selects the Lenovo T470s because it offers a fast 1 TB SSD disk and Thunderbolt in a slim 14" package. Hans wants to have 2 hard disks in the laptop just as the old Dell has and HP has a model that seems to fit. The media computer is used only for photo and film handling. Invoice, computer
Comparison old and new main computer 2006 Dell 2017 Lenovo ----------- -------------- Processor Dual core Quad core OS XP 32 bit Win 10 64 bit Hard disk 500 GB 1000 GB RAM mem. 2 GB 16 GB ----------- --------------
Since the computer does not have built-in DVD reader/writer, Hans get an external drive connected via USB 3.0.
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When the laptop is used in the home, Hans prefer to connect it to peripherals via a docking station, therefor this one is selected.
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Hans extends the warranty to 5 years.
Sales Order: 4249574507 Item no.: 20 Machine type: 20HF Serial no.: PC0N1ZV8 Part no.: 5WS0A22893 Description: Warranty 5YR Onsite Service start date: 20170714 Service end date: 20220713Invoice, 5-year support
In order to use the old computer parallell with the new computer for a limited time Hans buys a KVM switch 2017-07-22 from Kjell for SEK 400. Thereby he can use the large keyboard, mouse and monitor for both computers
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The old mouse is OK, but when Hans test this gaming mouse he just wants it. It is on sale at Kjell for 250 SEK. The mouse buttons and scroll wheel are very light to operate.
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Hans has used the Dell screen for a decade now. It is time to connnect the Lenovo to an external diplay. Hans wants 16:10 ratio and integrated speaker. The 24 inch Philips Brilliance 240B7QPJEB fits perfectly. The display offers an aspect ratio of 1920 x 1200 pixels compared to the old Dell with 1600 x 1200 pixels. The display is bought 2018-01-06 from Dustin for 2190 SEK.
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Hans has used an Microsoft Natuaral keyboard for a decade now. It is time to replace it with a newer one. The Microsoft Natural Ergonomic keyboard 4000 is bought 2018-01-06 from Dustin for 514 SEK.
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To make long time storage of files a 2,5" Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5TB hard disk is bought 2018-01-06 from Dustin for 1648 SEK. Model number: STDR5000103. The disk is stored in a bank safey box.
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Lenovo has a built in Lenovo Vantage hardware health check that is activated. All items passed.
The last time Hans played with microcontrollers was in 2010 when he built a simulator based om Microship's PIC processors. Now it is time to learn something else. The new Raspberry computer is released in February offering 6 times capacity compared to the previous design.
The plan is to use the computer board for a Linux project involving a LAMP web server. Hans buys the computer board from Kjell & Company in Västerås for 399 SEK.
Hans buys a new action camera in January, the Garmin VIRB. He discovers that the editing software requires Windows 7 or later, which Hans does not have. So either he must upgrade the media computer from 2007 or get a new media computer. Hans wants to have 2 hard disks in the laptop just as the old Dell has and HP has a model that seems to fit. The media computer is used only for photo and film handling. Registration message | Invoice
The computer is the first one with both touch screen and Leap Motion™ technology. So there are 3 ways of interacting:
Comparison old and new media computer 2007 Dell 2014 HP ----------- -------------- Processor Dual core Quad core OS Visa 32 bit Win 8.1 64 bit Graphics mem. 256 MB 4 GB RAM mem. 2 GB 12 GB USB v2.0 v3.0 ----------- --------------
To make long time storage of media files a 2,5" Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2TB hard disk is bought (1195 SEK). Model: WDBBUZ0020BRD. The disk is stored in a bank safey box.
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For backup reasons a 2,5" Western Digital My Passport Ultra Metal Edition 2TB hard disk is bought 2015-02-15 from the mail order company Dustin for 1399 SEK. Model name: WDBEZW0020BSL. The disk is stored in a bank safey box.
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Up to now Hans has got two media computer. The old Dell and this HP. The photos and videos has been split on the two computers. From now on Hans wants to use this computer as his main media computer containing photos and videos. One reason is that the old Dell is running on Windows Vista, a now longer supported operating system since 2017. Therefore the new media computer needs more hard disk space and also speed. The SSD disks Samsung 860 Evo 1000GB 2.5" Serial ATA-600, are bought from Dustin 2018-12-30 for SEK 1699.
Hans clones the 2 rotating 750 GB Hitachi (HGST) disks to 2 Samsung SSD disks. The switch is made 2019-01-09.
Hans needs a small computer with decent battery life for installation of an ARDF competition program. The program licence is connected to the computer and since this computer is inexpensive (SEK 2995) and small, it can be sent to other organizers for use in the Swedish ARDF competitions.
A 2 GB RAM memory module is purchased (SEK 320) to upgrade the existing 1 GB.
After a month Hans connects the PC to a small wireless all-in-one-printer; HP C4599. There are some problems to install the connection but these are solved within 30 minutes:
To enable efficient scanning of a large number of negatives and positives, a separate computer with Vista is needed. To be able to inspect images the display must be large. This one has a 17" with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels.
The computer is equipped with two internal hard disks, each 250 GB. The color is red.
To simplify data transfer between computers a Western Digital My Passport™ Essential™ 250 GB hard disk is bought. The unit has USB interface and a nice red color.
To make long time storage of both images and data a 2,5" LaCie Rikiki GO 1 TB hard disk is bought (650 SEK). The disk is stored in a bank safey box.
The 2 hard disks, each 250 GB are rather full and an upgrade is required. So, 500 GB becames 1 TB split on two disks; SEAGATE MOMENTUS 7200.4 2.5" 500GB 7200RPM SATA/300 G-FORCE. The two old disks are cloned with Acronics True Image Home 2011, using an Ace Azure external cabinet for 2.5" SATA disks, connected via USB 2.0.
The D: hard disk of 500 GB that is used for films, and is suddenly full and an upgrade is required. This is most due to the GoPro Hero camera that generates a lot of Gigabytes. So, one diskt of 500 GB is replaced by a 1 TB disk; WESTERN DIGITAL WD10JPVX, manufactured 2013-03-31. The old disk is cloned with Acronics True Image Home 2011, using an Ace Azure external cabinet for 2.5" SATA disks, connected via USB 2.0. SEK 749 hos Kjell.
After having used the Inspiron 8100 from 2001 it was now time to upgrade to a faster computer with USB 2.0. Hans travelled a lot at this time so the computer should be easy to put in a back pack. Therefore, the 14" screen was perfect, still offering 1440 x 900 pixels.
To simplify storage of photos the internal 2.5" HD was replaced by a 200 GB Seagate disk.
An additional 1 GB of SO-DIMM 667 MHz DDR2 memory was only 350 SEK at this time, compared to 1500 SEK when the computer was bought.
The existing hard disk, from 2007 was full so a new disk was needed. SEAGATE MOMENTUS 7200.4 2.5" 500GB 7200RPM SATA/300 G-FORCE. The old disk was cloned with Acronics True Image Home 2011, using an Ace Azure external cabinet for 2.5" SATA disks, connected via USB 2.0. The cloning took just a couple of hours. SEK 625.
The existing hard disk, from 2011 is still functioning and only 50% full, but Hans wants to improve the speed of the computer. He choses a 500 GB Samsung 840 SSD SATA/600 TLC. The old disk is cloned with Acronics True Image Home 2011, using a Deltaco external cabinet for 2.5" SATA disks, connected via USB 2.0. The cloning takes just a couple of hours. SEK 2649 at Dustin.
2014-12-29: Hans checks the status of the disk using CrystalDiskInfo 5.5.1. The disk has written 3.6 TB so far and the Wear Leveling Count is 98 meaning it has used 2% of its expected life time.
2015-08-16: Hans checks the status again. The disk has written 4.5 TB so far and the Wear Leveling Count is 97 meaning it has used 3% of its expected life time.
Hans buys two 64 GB USB memory sticks SDCZ48-064G-U46 for backup purposes. Sandisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive.
Bought 2015-11-27 from Kjell & Co, Västerås for 399 SEK/each.
Hans needs a computer to be connected to his transceier FT-817. He also needs a small computer to be used when travelling on the train to Stockholm. The Toshiba, released 2000 is bought via "Blocket" from a student in Västerås. The computer is setup with dual boot with both Windows 2000 and Suse Linux 10.0, via Grub.
The test page from IDG is published with their permission, screen dump 2004-11-18 from http://www.testcentret.idg.se.
The computer runs the following Windows programs:
Hans has not used the computer for some years and decide to recycle it. Before going to "Återbruket" he switch on the computer. The BIOS settings is shown because the internal RTC battery is flat. The computer clock is reset to 2000-01-01 12:00.
Besides from the time setting the 17 year old computer works as expected.
Hans needed a powerful computer with "everything" integrated. A versatile computer for personal activities and for his work. This PC was bought within the Swedish "home-pc" project with tax reduction. Therefore, Hans spent a lot of money for the PC; 37273 SEK. The computer is still in operation in 2013.
A lot of accessories were added during the years.
External 120 GB hard disk LaCie d2 HD 120 with Firewire for making backup image of the hard disk. A complete backup to image file takes about 2 hours.
External Freecom 30 GB hard disk for making backup image of the hard disk.
Price: 1395 SEK from Dustin.
End-of-life: Scrapped 2016-07-31.
512 MB USB memory stick. Sandisk cruzer micro.
Price: 1116 SEK from Dustin.
80 GB internal hard disk 2.5" Seagate for replacement of the old 30 GB.
IDE, Ultra ATA/100, access time 12 ms, cache 8MB, 5400 RPM, 386 Mbits/sek, 23dB
This is Hans' work computer from 1996 to 2000, and thereafter his personal computer. The computer is travelling the world together with Hans as a tool when he conducts technical training for telecommunication systems. The RS232 com port is essential for connecting to other systems.
After 3 years as a work computer it is replaced and Hans receives the unit for his personal use. The Windows NT operating system is replaced by Windows 98.
In year 2013 it is still working, although not used.
Apple released this wonder in October 1991. This first PowerBook generation was a success for Apple. In a short period of time they got 30% of themarket share for portable computers.
The computer was purchased 1992-01-22 as a work benefit, and was the first surfing computer Hans had.
Hans installed Netscape 1.0 on the computer and went out to investigate what was called the "web".
Hans resigned from a company and got the opportunity to obtain one obsolete computer. The computer was used for peronsnal business and programming in Visual Basic.
A StyleWriter printer was included in the package.
The computer was later sold to a friend.
Professionally, Hans started to work with personal computers in 1984. The first was a Macintosh Plus and later he used the Macintosh SE.