What I Use

Here is what I use on a day to day basis (updated : January 16, 2014):

Laptop(s)
I use a Lenovo YOGA 13″ touch screen ultrabook as my day to day machine. Unit has a solid state drive, is running Windows 8, and is lightweight with a decent battery life.

Desktop
Dell OPTIPLEX 990 (4 Gig/250 Gig HD) running Windows 7 (64 bit) as my main system. Also use several Western Digital “MyBook” type network drives to backup my data as well as use DropBox to backup some data to the cloud.

Tablet(s)
My main tablet is an Apple iPad2 with 64 Gig RAM, wifi and 3G service from Telus. My secondary tablet is a Google Nexus 7 (16 GB)  tablet (wifi only)

Cell Phone
Nexus 5. Provides a pure Google Android experience. Need I say more?

VoIP home phone service
Converted my landline home phone service over to Voice Over IP using a Linksys PAP2T phone adapter and www.VOIP.MS voip services. Was paying Bell $42 a month but with the VoIP, I pay only $6.00 per month which includes all of the same services I used to get with my landline and more (such as voice mail, voice mail to email, call forwarding, and call waiting). Big savings and quality is great!

USB Memory Device
To ensure that my portable data is encrypted I use an Apricorn SecureKey as well as an Apricorn Secure Drive..

Internet Service Provider
Cable Cable is my primary Internet Service Provider (ISP). On an average day I am getting 5 Meg download and 1 Meg uploads speeds generally. This is the only Internet service available for my area.

Internet Web Hosting Services
I use the web hosting services of WordPress.com, Turnkey Internet and Weebly for all of my sites as well as the ones I donate for a few non-profit organizations.

Internet Domain Name Services
NAME.com is a really easy to user service for domain names. I use it for all of my domain names (.com and .ca) as well as the ones I have donated to non-profit organizations (.com and .ca)

Microsoft XBOX ONE(s)
I was fortunate enough to win an Xbox One from a contest that PepsiCo ran with their Mountain Dew, Doritos and Pepsi brands. The unit arrived late December. I also have my satellite television going through the Xbox.

Its nice to walk into a room and say “Xbox On” and both the Xbox and my tv turn on automatically. To turn them both off, I just say “Xbox OFF”. The unit was well received so a second one was added to play head to head games.

Sony PS3(s)
There are two Play Station 3 devices in my house. Both are for playing games (mostly the Call of Duty series) but one is connected to my television that is used as an entertainment center. This PS3 is connected to a Western Digital My Book World Edition via a network connection for my own content and I also use it to watch NetFlix (Canada).

Two (2) Bell ExpressVu 9242 HD PVRs
Been using Bell ExpressVu for 17 years now and their High Definition (HD) services for over 4 years. The PVRs allow me to record anything I want to at any time for later viewing and Bell provides me with an iPhone or Android app that allows me to control them remotely from the Internet.

Q-See 4 Channel H.264 Video DVR for Home Security
I have a security system as well as a LIVE video security system so that I can monitor the inside and outside of my location from any computer or iPhone. Both systems send email alerts and will even call my cell phone if/when required.

Apple IIe (vintage in excellent working condition)
I have a fully functional and mint condition Apple IIe computer along with dual disk drives, Apple mono monitor (green), and also have the full AppleWorks software, box and manuals. I used to service these systems (yes, at the chip level) years ago.