The vinceunlimited Mobile Computers Page

Click, whirr, wait... Tah-Dah! You have arrived at the vinceunlimited Computers page.

The vinceunlimited website is currently being re-launched beginning with a retospective look at what version 1.00 looked like. This is the version you would have seen had you visited here in October 2003, albeit without all the fancy HTML5 stuff all around the tops and edges.

So, welcome to the 2003 computer page of vinceunlimited in the days of Pentium PCs and Windows 95/XP. Here you will find out all about my floppies, bits and ram.

I suspect that if you are bothering to read this then you have at least some interest in what I use to communicate with the world so I hope to give you a glimpse.

In time this page will be updated to contain all the data about all the computers, hardware, software and associated accessories that I have owned or commented upon. It will develop in due course so please be patient and re-boot regularly.

Author: Vince Poynter
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October 2003

Computers October 2003

A section for the nerds - Details of my hard and soft ware

Computer set up on classic desk showing Packard Bell tower case, Taxan CRT monitor, Canon Bubblejet printer, twin speakers and joystick
Early Computer Setup circa 2003

Click here to go hard - Hard section - My computers, printer etc. Technical details so you can swoon with envy or laugh helplessly at the sheer out-datedness of it all. It was all cutting edge once, now it couldn't cut mustard

Click here to go soft - Soft section - Programmes I use and abuse, for work and play. Well, the licenced ones anyway. Doesn't include tips on reconfiguring Lara Croft in topless mode. Pity

You can work this one out yourself - Web section - No, not a home for arachnids. Details of this site. The software which I used and which design house I employed (you believe that?)

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Author: Vince Poynter
Version m5.009 19 Oct 2017
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Computer Hardware October 2003

The hard page of vinceunlimited - Computerspeak, I'm afraid

Welcome to the hard page, part of the computer section within vinceunlimited. Information provided for the purposes of cyberjerks and thieves.


Computer set up on classic desk showing Packard Bell tower case, Taxan CRT monitor, Canon Bubblejet printer, twin speakers and joystick
Early Computer Setup circa 2003

Desktop system

Packard Bell Pulsar 23 tower case (taking up too much room on my desk) with Intel Pentium MMX233Mhz (slow now) running on 64Mb RAM (32Mb SDRAM plus 32Mb SIMM upgrade) and 2Mb standard video RAM boosted with an Orchid Righteous 3DII 12Mb ATI Rage II+ 3d acceleration card. Storage is a (used to be gigantic - but not any more) 4.3Gb hard drive (no room for those video files) and outside access is via a 56k modem through Freeserve (connecting at about 33k usually). I still run Microsoft Windows 95 (not 98, 98SE, 2000, ME or XP I hear you enquire) and display on my 17" Taxan monitor (cost £500 new, now standard fare) with audio supplied through dual speakers and a Yamaha sub-woofer (booooom).


A Novatech laptop opened and showing various opened windows
The Novatech Soprano

Laptop

A custom Novatech Soprano laptop (heavy for a portable, more of a movable) with super fast 3.07GHz Intel Pentium 4 running on 512Mb RAM. Storage is a (gigantic - for now) 60Gb hard drive and the world is accessed via the built in 56k modem through Freeserve (25-44k, why the difference?). I run Microsoft XP Professional and display on the built-in 64Mb 15" TFT LCD. Audio is supplied by two small shrill insects inside somewhere that like to go bleep very loudly at times.

Printer

Canon Bubblejet (say no more).

Check out the system of the future

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Author: Vince Poynter
Version m5.009 19 Oct 2017
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Computer Software October 2003

The Soft Page of vinceunlimited - The underbelly of my computer

Welcome to the soft page, not that this page is softer than any of the others - flexiscreens haven't yet hit the streets - unless you know better.

As with the 'hard' page this is designed for all the nerds to discover what I like to use to ease me through the exciting world of computing, software wise.

Willy Gates has my vote as far as usable programmes go. His pricing policy is questionable, as is the constant redevelopment of ideas. I have no problem with him making trillions as his products have revolutionised the way we work together but he could be fairer to legitimate users.

And the policy of constantly re-inventing basic necessities (Yes, I'm talking Windows here) seems a touch greedy. No wonder so many turn to piracy. Why do the class leading products, with their international markets, sold in hundreds of thousands of units sell for the highest prices? Ship 'em out cheaper Billy Boy and we'll all buy legitimately in their millions and so make you even richer. I know you could do with the extra cash.

Screenshot of laptop running multiple Windows in Windows XP
Windows XP

The operating systems I use is good old Microsoft Windows 95 on my home desktop and XP on my work laptop. This conveniently hides the OS in the background and I rarely venture into white on black screens these days. The 450mB ramquirement and 10 minutes to start up are a pain.

The big M (no, not McDonalds) also does well on applications. I learnt spreadsheets on Lotus 123 and early on supported this application along with the other excellent programmes they produced, particularly Organiser. The Lotus look is generally superior to Microtosh but the mighty Gates stronghold is more and more eclipsing the user base. In all I don't think this will be a problem as compatibility is paramount in the new technology of computing. Make it work, make it compatible - backwards and forwards and make it cheap. That's all we ask for.

And improve email programmes too. I've not yet used one that isn't total pants.

As for Apple Macintosh? What's the point? I thought their skins were waterproof. On a more serious note though, congratulations must go to Apple for pushing the boundaries of technology design.

Now what about PC software. When will we see true user friendliness in GUI's guys? And I don't necessarily mean a virtual office layout with a point and click 'photo facsimile' of an office desk. That's the real world. We're in an exciting new electronic medium here. Let's use new technology to work in a new world. Lose the Qwerty keyboard and references to files. This is electronic media. Voice inputs, multi-dimensional applications, 3D visuals and neural partition storage is the way to go. If you guys don't come up with the quantum leap then I warn you, I will.

Finally, why do games recreate what we do in life? I agree with top class simulation programmes but let's stretch the imagination and create wonderful new multi-dimensional worlds of true beauty - aurally and visually. Let's not go mad on nasal simulation though. I fear this strand of technology may be abused!

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Author: Vince Poynter
Version m5.009 19 Oct 2017
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Computers Web Page 2003

The Web Page of vinceunlimited - Home Spun Facts

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Sample HTML coding for version 1.00

You have reached the web page of vinceunlimited. The details of the software used to create and uplift this webpage to the great World Wide Web and onto your screen.

As this is my first effort at designing and producing a web site I decided to keep it simple using a widely available programme which would produce a product that was readable on the majority of the world's computers, using minimum facilities.

From the outset I decided that content was far more important than fancy graphics and fonts although I hope to improve the general look and content in future releases and when more users have faster internet access.

A standard look is vital in creating visual consistency and will aid the reader in remembering the site. And it saves me having to constantly invent styles.

If you like what you see, or can imagine what I could achieve with better facilities and want me to help you design your site - contact me. My services are available.

Website Creation Software

Originally I used a standard version of Microsoft FrontPage Express, version 2.0. Although from version 1.03 the code was hand written in HTML (ask your son) using Microsoft Notepad. No other software was used. Does it show?

FTP

I use Smart FTP. Because it can be loaded free for private users. And I'm not loaded.

ISP

I use Freeserve as an Internet Service Provider. Free. So give them a big hand.

Web server - Where this is stored

I use Web-Mania as an Web Server provider. The price is reasonable so they come well recommended.

Website conceived, designed, produced, checked and sent to you, by Vince. So that's me then.

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Author: Vince Poynter
Version m5.009 19 Oct 2017
First Published: Version 1.00 in Oct 2003
Note about using MS Notepad added in Version 1.03 in Feb 2005
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Future Computer

Crystal ball time

Welcome to the future. Check out my computer specification of the future. My guess [in October 2003] for year 148AV (anno. vincy).

Desktop system

AOF-serve Brooklyn 2020, carbon fibre micro case with AMD (touchy) ZZR series 38.9THz quadbus bio-platform, still running through 56k Dos, on 93Gb TAM (total access memory) and 222Mb standard video RAM boosted with a 4D-VR 12Gb acceleration card giving graphics from a 6789 x 2212 screen utilising 32 million and one colours. They found another one! Hurrah!

Storage is a bio-neural vector imaging carbofile store with immeasurable capacity pseudo-hard drive utilising aluminium organospheres. Unfortunately, still no room for those video files. Outside access is via a 4649M video-modem through we-will-actually-pay-YOU-fifty-eurodollars-serve.com Still connecting at about 33k usually.

Software is Aircon, which is much better than Windows.

Audio is supplied through multi-phase ver. 6.947.34a displayed on a widescreen 73" plasma projector SCD with Dolbyson Pro-logisense sensurround implant mini-speakers with built in giga-woofer (boooooooooooooooooooooooom!).

Watchtop

RolexPro Diamonte with Applechip processor and superlite mini-screen, glued to inside of contact lens. Thought activated inputs. Solar powered, with 11-month backup battery, developed by the Norwegians, unsurprisingly.

Printer

Still got my Canon Bubblejet, although I have now changed the ink cartridge.

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Author: Vince Poynter
Version m5.009 19 Oct 2017
First Published: Version 1.00 in Oct 2003
Tags and minor editing added in Version m5.009 19 Oct 2017