when did you last stop and think...
The paperlove.org home LAN currently consists of five machines...
We have cat5 and 2 Linksys 10/100 5-port hubs keeping everyone in touch right now.
Nothing below here has been updated lately!
The Linux PC
The Linux box, much busier than when it just ran Windows and some GRE CD-ROMs, runs Apache (web server), MySQL (database software), BIND (for caching DNS), and Netatalk (for Macintosh services), and it also handles network aliasing for all machines to access the Internet through one PPP (dial-up) connection. It still handles X-Windows ok, though it's slow at times. This machine is my main development machine for paperlove.org and other little projects as well as a lot of the work I've done on GOVIA.
The Amiga 3000
The Amiga 3000 is my old friend from high school. Might not be a super-powerful speed demon today, but I don't see why I should get rid of it because of that. It's never given me a bit of trouble, except for when I recently tried to add some RAM. Guess you could say I gave it trouble even then, since I mangled many of the 256x4 chips that gave it 3 MB of RAM as I removed them to put in 1M chips that I apparently installed, er, poorly. My poor Amiga was left with just 2 MB of chip RAM. Chip RAM is used mainly for graphics, typically, with 'fast RAM' used for applications and such, a little like the RAM on your PC's video card versus the system RAM. Fortunately, the Amiga can still use that chip RAM to run the system, so I still have a useful machine (hey, if it's on the network and can run ssh, it's useful!) though it has a mere 2 MB of RAM.
I do intend to get more RAM in there somehow, at which time I'll be trying to run NetBSD/amiga on it.
It strikes me as funny that though I attempt to call myself a "Linux/Open Source Advocate," the majority of the computers I own are Macintoshes!
The 7100/66 was a rescue, pure and simple. It had been my Mac at work when I was doing graphic design in a newspaper publisher's Creative Services department. It had a bad crash one day and the decision was made to get a new Mac for the department. Macs were shuffled, but my buddy, the 7100 was looking at a short future in the trash. So I got it working order and brought it home with me. It's actually a rather un-useful machine these days. It's a 'NuBus Mac,' which means there's not a lot you can do with it. No PCI slots. MkLinux will supposedly work with it, but NetBSD won't. I'll be checking out MkLinux.
The G3 was my attempt to get a more modern Mac for graphic work and the like. I added a ton of RAM mainly because the RAM I had wouldn't work in the PC, but at least I never hear programs complain about memory anymore. The G3 is a great machine, fast and pretty reliable. It's on all the time to act as a print server.
The 8600 is my most recent acquisition, and turns out to be the Mac that got shuffled to my desk when the 7100 died. I'd forgotten about it completely and made no association when my former supervisor from that job asked if I knew anyone who wanted a Mac. When I picked it up, however, he showed me my old desktop picture still on the machine. I was interested anyway, of course, wanting a Mac on which I could install Linux or NetBSD (I'm keeping the G3 a 'Pure Mac' for now), but it's an added bonus to have the new Mac turn out to be an old friend too.
The 8600 looks like it may be good for a number of things... It has a CDRW that looks like it will need to be replaced, but it's all SCSI (the G3 went IDE) and has RCA in/out jacks on the back, making me think it might be good for some audio-related things I'd like to get into.
I continue to accept hardware donations and such, even old hardware. Donations go toward research and education if the equipment can be used here. Otherwise, I'll attempt to give old hardware new life with an open source Unix variant like Linux, NetBSD, FreeBSD, or OpenBSD. Email me with questions or to ask me how an old Pentium 133 at my office has indirectly led to a soon-to-be-implemented minor change in office procedure that will save several man-hours as well as bandwidth every week! -grin-
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