Category Archives: Computer

What Was Your First Computer?

Patron Jeremy Abad is curious about my first computer build. You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions!

What was your first computer build and do you remember the specs?

Can’t remember.

Not to say that the custom-built PC was forgettable, mind you. I remember getting all the parts, putting it together, booting it up for the first time, and using it daily for several years.

It was fast and it got the job done. That’s what I always wanted a computer to do, and (largely) what I will likely want my future computers to do for the rest of my life.

I’m not being flippant, either. Some people care about specs, but I only care about them so far as how they’ll enable me to have something that I want. The speed of a processor is insignificant compared to what you’re able to do with it.

“What you’re able to do with it” doesn’t really have a sexy label, though.

I think it was an Intel something-rather?

What Was Your First Computer?

How Many Computers Do You Use?

Chris Eldridge asked:

Do you ever actually even try to use the random computers around your house, or have you given up on that effort entirely, as I have in my house?

You’d be surprised at how many of them I actually use on a regular basis. Yes, I tend to use the ones at/on my desk the most, of course. But the others get put to use, as well!

For instance, the machine that sits down in the kitchen at the little built-in desk is used often when I’m downstairs and have something I need to do. I’m not the only one who uses that one – it gets used by whoever may be in the house! When my assistant Kat stays here for a conference or something that we’re doing, that’s the machine she uses to work!

The one over on the other desk in my workshop isn’t used much, sadly. I just don’t have a specific purpose for it, but I DO sit there and mess around at times. I just need to figure out what to USE it for.

How many machines are in YOUR house, and do you use them all? If so, do they each have their own purpose?

How Many Computers Do You Use?

Thunderbolt External Hard Drive Suggestions?

Lenny Frasier writes:

Hey, Chris. I’m in the market for a newer, larger external storage solution for my MacBook Pro. I need at least 4 TB, and would love to utilize the Thunderbolt 2 ports on the MBP while keeping the cost fairly low. Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Thanks for all you do for us. It’s greatly appreciated and, as always, I enjoy watching everything you do.

Thanks for the support, Lenny!

My suggestion would be going with a Seagate option, if only because its external storage devices have been set up to accept swappable adapters, which ensures forward and cross-system compatibility (should you ever need it).