When I first started this web site, I kept an annotated listing of
the hardware and software that I used. As time passed, that list got
more and more out of date, and I never seemed to remember to update it.
At the request of several subscribers, I'm going to give it another try.
I don't represent that my choices are the best available, whatever
"best" means. I do promise that whatever appears on this list
is something that I use, day-in and day-out, and have found suitable for
- Primary Windows Desktop
- Secondary Windows Desktop
- Primary Linux Desktop
There's an old saying that the cobbler's children have no shoes,
and that's kind of true for me as well. I have stacks of new
components sitting around or in test-bed systems, but my own primary
systems remain relatively unchanged from one year to the next. I guess
it's a matter of if it ain't broke don't fix it, because I am very
hesitant to muck about with Barbara's and my primary systems. Once
they're working, I leave them alone. For example, my primary system as
of October 2003 is a 1.7 GHz Pentium 4 with 512 MB of PC2100 DDR
memory, which is very nearly the slowest system in the house. I have
piles of fast CD writers and DVD writers lying around, but my main
system still has a 16X Plextor CD burner.
When our primary systems become too slow to bear, I build new
systems using the latest and greatest components. That usually happens
every 12 to 18 months. The old primary systems are retired for use as
servers or experimental systems.
You'll find most of the components I used listed on the HardwareGuys.com
For day-to-day work, I still use Windows 2000. It's good enough to
get the job done, secure enough if run behind a serious firewall, and
much faster than Windows XP.