Wednesday, October 5, 2022

How many "computers" do we own?

I remember a prediction that goes back to the 1980s that went like this: Someday you will throw away computers because your house will be littered with them. You will get computers in cereal boxes. At the time this seemed pretty far-fetched.

I am not sure that I can count the number of "computers" in my house. I have at least four obsolete iPhones, four Arcade1up machines, a videogame joystick from twenty years ago that is still fun to play, a NES Classic videogame system, a Raspberry PI, two tablet computers, a laptop, a 2009 iMac that is only half working, a 2017 iMac, and a Fire TV stick. Technically, the dumb TV and Blu-Ray player that I have are also computers. I recently gave away an old tablet that was pretty useless.

Some devices like my two external hard drives and external DVD drive might have some sort of CPU in them, although I am not sure.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Fire Tablets

Right now Amazon is selling some of their Fire Tablets at half price. Although they are budget tablets, not nearly as powerful as iPads, I am pretty impressed with the value for the price.
I have argued that if you have a good smartphone then you might not need a tablet, but I have enjoyed my Fire Tablet while traveling. They are more useful if you subscribe to Amazon Prime.