top The last time I used a dial-up modem was...
It was sometime in late 2003 (December-ish) I last used a dial-up modem.
I initially ditched dial-up for ADSL in early 2001 (512k/384k), but in fall 2003 a faster ADSL option (8M/1M) was offered in my area and I signed up for it. And I also cancelled the old service at the same time. (During this time there wasn't a smooth way to switch DSL providers in Sweden. It was shortly thereafter that they worked out a consumer-friendly way of doing it). But there were significant delays in getting the new DSL service as it was pretty popular.
So I had to go back to dial-up for almost three months. I found a provider that offered a semi-flatrate (X minutes for Y money, thereafter Z money per minute [I don't remember the exact rates]). It got kind of expensive for my student budget. A $100-150+ USD equivalent extra cost per month was not insignificant. But in the end I got my faster ADSL connection and I was happy.
top Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...
Then (1995): An awful Compaq Presario CDS522. 4 MB RAM. 66 MHz Intel 486SX2 (that's right... no floating point unit). 270 MB HDD. 14" built-in monitor of questionable quality... I was so happy I finally got a computer. But the happiness quickly faded away as I began to realize how bad the computer was. Upgraded the memory over a year later with 16 MB to a whopping total of 20 MB but the system still sucked overall. I had to cope with it for two years until I managed to replace it with a newer computer.
Now: 12 GB RAM. Intel Core i7 990X overclocked to 4.6 GHz. 480 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD. Starting to be a couple years old now but is still OK performance-wise.
about a year and a half ago
top How Old Were You When You First Got a Cell Phone?
In 1997. I bought a used GSM phone, think it was an Alcatel HC 400, and a pre-paid SIM for it. It was OK but there were some issues with it, such as the battery not having a perfect fit so the phone would occasionally switch off when having it in the pocket. I fairly quickly went on to other phones.
The most annoying phone I've had was a Philips Diga, circa 1998. There were many usability issues including that it was way too easy to accidentally call the emergency number.
The phone longest in use I've had was an Ericsson T65. I bought it in 2002 and used it until around 2008. Durable and good-enough feature set.
top How Long Is Your Morning Commute?
My morning commute from the suburbs to downtown Stockholm is 37 minutes when everything goes by the timetable. Usually it becomes about 40-45 minutes due to delays on the metro.
Broken down into components:
4 minutes walk from the apartment to the metro station platform. 25 minutes on the metro train.
8 minutes walk from the metro station platform to the office.
top Why We Love Firefox, and Why We Hate It
I neither love nor hate Firefox these days. For me it just has become somewhat irrelevant in the past years. Sure Firefox/Mozilla was instrumental in ending the dominance of Internet Explorer, but somewhere along the path it just ceased in general to have momentum of being awesome.
top I reach my workplace, primarily/typically, by:
My daily commute to work is by metro train (or subway or underground or what you want to call it).
The door-to-door time from my apartment in the southern suburbs of Stockholm to the workplace in central Stockholm is about 37 minutes, of which 25 minutes is on the metro train and the rest walking.
Motorcycle could possibly be the fastest reasonable choice as they are not as prone of getting stuck in rush hour traffic. Traveling by car would just be silly due to the traffic situation and availability of faster options.
A bicycle would also be a fairly reasonable choice for me as it would take about 45-50 minutes. Walking the whole distance is a bit over two hours.
top The bicycle I most often ride is ...
I have two bicycles, a mountain bike (2008 Kona Hoss) and a hybrid bike (a low-cost mid-00s Biltema Yosemite Wapama). I use the Hoss mostly for exercising in the nearby nature reserve, but occasionally also for getting from A to B. During winter I use studded tires. I pretty much never use the Wapama these days, but if I were to use a bicycle to somewhere where I'd have to leave it outdoors then that bicycle would be the preferred choice.
top My primary phone runs ...
I've been using one with Windows Phone 7 (Samsung Omnia 7) since November 2010.
top Among APs I detect, the secured:unsecured ratio is:
14 WPA2-Personal 4 WPA-Personal 1 WEP (which interestingly is named "virus collection"...) 0 Open
top Approximately how speedy is your Internet connection?
Measured speed: about 115 Mbit/s down, 11 Mbit/s up.
Cable; 100 Mbit/s down, 10 Mbit/s up. 399 SEK (~ $58 USD; €45 EUR) per month.
At home in the suburbs of Stockholm, Sweden
top For 1 kWh of electricity, I pay ...
My latest electricity bill (Jun-Aug) had a cost of
.23 USD / kWh including costs for transmission+distribution, and taxes. The usage was 742 kWh over 92 days. Apartment in Stockholm, Sweden. District heating.
top First Earth Trojan Asteroid Discovered
And here I thought that from what I've heard so far that Earth had possibly some dust or at most some gravel at its L4 and L5 points. This discovery of a sizable asteroid there makes the Earth's L4/L5 points much more interesting. Hopefully there is even more to be found!
top My current printer has printed ...
Bought the printer, an HP DeskJet 6980, about three years ago and its admin pages says it has printed 183 pages which seems fairly reasonable given my usage pattern of it.
It is now on its third black ink cartridge, and second colour ink cartridge. I've had at least one black cartridge dry up before it was used up.
Given the cartridge cost of 299 SEK for black and 399 SEK for colour, and excluding the cartridges that came with the printer, the post-printer-purchase supply cost per page so far ends up being 5.45 SEK / page, which is about 0.86 USD per page. Not exactly dirt cheap.
top How much TV do you watch in a week, on average?
I haven't owned a television receiving unit for about five years, and before that it was several years when I only turned the TV on about once-twice per month.
I find the concept of a television schedule to be archaic. Why should I adapt my media consumption during my own free time to a fixed schedule when I could just watch things whenever, where ever, I want through the powers of the 'net instead?
top At My Computer Desk, I Use...
Both at work and at home I have a stationary computer with two displays, and a laptop along them.
In both cases the center display is a 24" 1920x1200, and to the right is a smaller one (at home a 19" 1280x1024, at work a 19" 1440x900).
To the left is the laptop. At work a 15" 1680x1050. At home a 9" 1024x600 when I don't have the work laptop at home.
top Chevy Volt Rated At 230 mpg In the City
Either give all efficiency measurements in joules/meter (or foot-pound force/mile or megajoules/kilometer or something), or separate the figures for when the vehicle is running on pure electricity (J/m would work for that) and when the vehicle is running exclusively with the fuel-consumpting engine (traditional MPG or liter/100km would work, or maybe J/m for this too).
Jumbling it all into a single quasi-MPG is just smoke and mirrors to make the figures look good.
top Exchange Rates Spell High Prices for Windows 7 In the EU
Well, you can write both those symbols here, it just takes some extra, shouldn't-be-needed-in-this-century, effort to make it happen.
top How Do You Sync & Manage Your Home Directories?
I just store anything saveworthy on the server at home. That way the "client" computers (my main "work"station/gamestation and laptops) contain only relatively expendable data. And if I need to access the stuff from some other location I just SSH into the box.
And backups are handled from the server manually occasionally to an external USB drive. I know, I need to improve on that part.
top Pirate Party Wins At Least One European Parliament Seat
The 7.1% the Pirate Party got gives them one seat. See
http://www.val.se/val/ep2009/valnatt/rike/index.html. It is incredibly unlikely that they'd get another one. Nearly all of the advance votes have already been counted.
The advance votes get sent to the polling station where one would have normally voted on and are counted as part of the normal counting process. See
http://www.val.se/in_english/2009_ep_election/index.html. Those advance votes that aren't counted yet are those advance votes that were placed on Sunday, which are relatively few given Sunday was the ordinary election day.
Anyhow the final count will be available on Wednesday.
top My laptop's battery generally lasts ...
15 minutes on a 2½ year old Toshiba Tecra A8. Was just under 2 hours when it was new.
an hour on a 2 year old HP nx7400 at work. Was just under 3 hours when it was new.
A tad over
4 hours on a ½ year old Asus Eee PC 901.
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