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Re: 2007 hardware obsolete?
If you get 5 years out of a laptop you're winning.
stuartl@portege ~ $ cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 5
model name : Pentium II (Deschutes)
stepping : 2
microcode : 0x16
cpu MHz : 299.951
cache size : 512 KB
fdiv_bug : no
f00f_bug : no
coma_bug : no
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 2
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 sep mtrr pge mca cmov pse36 mmx fxsr
bogomips : 599.90
clflush size : 32
cache_alignment : 32
address sizes : 36 bits physical, 32 bits virtual
stuartl@portege ~ $ free
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 154788 151980 2808 0 136 85444
-/+ buffers/cache: 66400 88388
Swap: 9775516 11376 9764140
stuartl@portege ~ $ uname -a
Linux portege 3.11.2-portege-dirty #3 PREEMPT Sun Oct 6 13:47:57 EST 2013 i686 Pentium II (Deschutes) GenuineIntel GNU/Linux
What's that machine do all day?
http://aprs.fi/info/a/VK4MSL-1 ← monitors VHF packet.
OS: Gentoo Linux i686
Applications: Xastir, mostly packet-related software, Taylor UUCP.
How do they know they got the same bits back?
Surely they'd be yet another copy?
Re: If they were serious about punishment
they'd give him a Windows
8CE machine instead.
Fixed that for you.
Can you recommend a router that runs windows?
No, but there are a couple that run VxWorks, and some of the Cisco kit runs eCos.
How many people would know what BNC connectors are for today?
And how many use them on a regular basis? RG-58 coax feeds I once used to hammer Ethernet frames down (at the blistering speed of 8Mbps) now cough up 100W PEP of RF to my antennas. A lot of my equipment uses SO-239, N-type and SMA connectors, but my standard RF connector of choice these days is the humble BNC as its cheap, good to 2.7GHz, easy to terminate, quick-connect and durable. Paul Neill and Carl Concelman knew what they were doing when they invented it.
DIN5 I see is notable by its absence, both in that it was used for MIDI, but also for the original PC keyboard port. They're a cheap and reasonably rugged connector in my experience.
IEC power is another notable omission. Show me a standard XT, AT or ATX desktop or server power supply without one.
Re: Fortunately, and gratifyingly
Nah, that'd just make it a stab in the dark.
Re: Link to the interesting bit of the video/128k RAM
Still a damn sight less than the 8MB RAM required to run Linux or the 256MB RAM to run Windows 7…
(And still less than the 2GB+ or so to make either of them useful.)
Link to the interesting bit of the video
I found the linked page wouldn't load properly (after a long time-out, I eventually got a page devoid of formatting and no video). However, I did see the link to YouTube, and managed to find the point of introduction:
Pretty remarkable what they managed to cram into 128kB RAM.
Do I see a potential glut of Debian devs in future?
I can see the recruiters on the Debian list having to beat off the newcomers looking for a free game with a rather large stick.
Yep, we can't have randoms retransmitting data. Best put websites like the Bureau of Meterology behind a paywall and prosecute anyone rebroadcasting the storm warnings for any reason without explicit written permission.
The information is obviously too important to be released to the general public, as a note on the CFA website saying residence of town ABC should leave and that residents of XYZ have left it too late now — may lead to too much confusion.
As you say, you can't have it both ways.
For the record, the govt. is perfectly correct here. This is safety information and there are time-tested methods of distributing public safety warnings. Methods that are work and are managed so that people don't get mixed/conflicting messages.
And increasingly, it's the Governments that are turning away from those time-tested methods.
These days, there's a big push to using the Internet. I say it has its place. Licensing of that data is a big issue, and it's an issue I face myself, as someone who provides emergency communications in such events.
Restrictive licensing prevents someone such as myself, sending a map of affected areas to a station in the area who is cut off from traditional network services. (i.e. via slow-scan television or packet radio instead of email or television) I suppose if taken literally, these licenses prevent me from telling someone: "Don't take some road, it's closed due to floods". This is not helpful.
Even if I was allowed to say what roads were closed or where the fire was located; by the time it has filtered through about 4 sets of ears, brains and mouths, who knows what will come out the other end? The old story of the military unit sending the message "Send re-inforcements, we're going to advance!" getting back to HQ as "Send three and four pence, we're going to a dance!", comes to mind.
Contrast this to say me, taking a screenshot of a webpage depicting the affected areas, a dump of a spreadsheet; transmitting that to someone out in the field and them printing off a few copies/relaying to others. They get a more-or-less verbatim copy of what was on the government authority's site.
The government need to decide if the public should have this information or not. If they're worried about it getting into the wrong hands, then they should keep it secret; and we'll collectively run around like headless chooks causing even more mayhem.
I say: let people re-broadcast the material. If presented to the public in any form, it will be rebroadcasted one way or the other, so it's pointless putting any means to stop it. Doing so does more harm than good.
Guilty as charged…
It's not so bad if you're away from crowds, but this phenomenon happened to me once whilst fiddling with a hand-held GPS.
linux.conf.au 2012 walking back to my accommodation having sourced dinner, I was putting some waypoints into the GPS with the intention of recording details of where one might get food on OpenStreetMap later.
Muggins, not paying attention to where he was walking, walks straight into a 60km/hr speed sign!
So yeah, doesn't matter what mode of transport, WATCH WHERE YOU'RE GOING; collisions happen at any non-zero speed.
Re: Help me out here
Actually no, that calculates as 130mV per cell, if the cell is 1cm² in area. We don't know how big they're making their cells and what the mass of the cells are.
I'd agree with you on the J/kg measurement, but I'm just working with what's mentioned here as I don't have access to the full document or the remaining information. There are factors we don't know, so it's not an apples-to-apples comparison.
Re: Help me out here
0.8mW per cm², a maximum current density of 6mA per cm² and an energy-storage density of 596Ah per kg.
To put this into perspective… I have some 12V (so 6 cell) sealed lead-acid batteries about the size of house bricks weighing in at around 1.5kg. 9Ah capacity, which equates to 6Ah/kg.
We don't know what the mass per cm² is for these new cells, but 596Ah/kg looks quite good.
Authorities are welcome to come search my laptop.
I do not employ disk encryption, and will happily provide them with an administrator password.
Their ability to drive the OS is not my problem however; being a personal computer, I set the machine up for my use, not theirs.
Re: If someone makes those updates available out on the web...
..expect to find a lot of "XP security updates" in warez and torrent sites....
And of course they'll be 100% risk free as they came from a warez site!
Call us when Mozilla have Firefox ported to asm.js…
It's more of a "mid-level" language, only one step above assembly language programming.
C used to be considered a "high-level" language. One line of C code may translate into several machine instructions. Unlike assembler in which one line of assembly is one machine instruction exactly.
I think that's where C gets its "high-level" status from. Granted, it's not as high level as today's modern languages, but it was very high level for its time.
Re: Not another smart phone?
There are some ruggedised handheld computers that would meet your spec.
That's the key though: in this form factor they're not considered "smart phones" but "handheld computers".
Many will run Windows CE or Windows Mobile, but there are some coming out with Android.
for example this. Not a clamshell design, but still pretty rugged.
You probably won't get a clamshell design because the hinge is seen to be vulnerable to damage. Otherwise though, there's a fair selection out there.
Re: OS of your choice
There are a few…
Sailfish, Tizen, Moblin…
Then there's the enthusiast route. Gentoo phone anyone? Unlikely to take the world by storm, but I'd imagine someone will be keen enough to try it.
Re: Cooking the Turkey
You mean Microsoft marketing was wanting to pitch the Surface as a turn-key solution and Engineering misread it as a Turkey solution?
Re: @ Stuart Longland: Wow.
A decade's worth?
10 years ago, OpenOffice struggled with many Microsoft Office documents. Microsoft's Office Open XML standard didn't exist, OpenDocument was not ratified as a standard, Ubuntu didn't exist, and hardware was at times, a hit and miss affair.
A lot has changed. That decade would have consisted of many pilot programs with various Linux distributions, numerous software package trials and probably many failures too. The key point is that they now believe they have succeeded, and I wish them well. I think we'll all be better off for it.
So if I use a website occasionally (from my Linux box) that happens to run on IIS does that make me a Windows user ?
I guess it does indirectly… it also frequently makes them Linux users by sheer virtue that it's one of the most popular web host OSes.
Possibly makes them very common FreeBSD and Solaris users too.
Re: and when Munich saw Windows 8
That's a clear failure of this project and demonstrable proof that Linux isn't a one size fits nearly all solution like Windows....
No, but it also demonstrates that Windows isn't one-size-fits-all… more like one-size-fits-30%.
You think there is such a thing as a one-size-fits-all desktop? You're deluding yourself.
Re: Even if it was 30MM more than staying with Windows
Probably very close, or even exceeding the balance left over… but the freedom to choose one's own destiny is priceless.
Yeah, if I want a bed, 3 meals a day and a few luxuries, I could steal a gun and go on a shooting rampage, get arrested, tried, then thrown in gaol. There's no death penalty here. I'd get somewhere to stay and fed on a regular basis. For free.
The cost? I'd have no freedom whatsoever. I'd have to do what the prison guards told me.
I see exactly this analogy with the commercial platforms. I have to do what they say in their world. Most people accept this because it's all they know.
It's like one interview I heard of a teenager that grew up in a prison camp in North Korea. He thought being in prison was normal … that everyone in the world lived in a prison of some kind.
No thanks, sure, using a different platform means some effort on my part, but it sure beats being stuck in a cell all day.
Once you've got down exactly how you're going to configure a desktop, what packages it'll have, etc… mass deployment is actually rather trivial.
There's a few options, including cobbler, kickstart, even the humble Debian installer can take a preseed file.
I've been able to mostly-configure a cluster of 7 nodes from scratch with OpenStack + Ceph using little more than the Ubuntu preseed to load the OS and applications, then hitting it with a set of Ansible scripts which then connect via SSH and set everything up. I've been able to do this within an hour.
About the only bit I haven't done yet is Neutron. If you've ever tried deploying OpenStack you'll understand just how fiddly and tedious it is.
In their case: not difficult to point the machines at a customised APT repository with specialised packages that set up various aspects of a workstation, enroll the machine in some Puppet/Chef/whatever orchestration, and have the machine basically ready to boot utilising PXEboot and letting the magic happen.
The point being, such magic requires forward planning. Lots of forward planning.
Re: You're hardly a kid at 20
It happened in the US, whose legal drinking age is 21…
In any case, while the (likely now former) student's biological age was 20, no adult would do something so childish as to call in a bomb hoax just to avoid an exam, and not expect the bombshell to blow up in their face.
That said: what they have now is circumstantial evidence; traffic that left the university network for the Tor network, co-incidentally at the same time, incoming traffic from the Tor network to the university mail servers.
If the "kid" was smart, he'd have put a delay in the transmission and done it from an outside Internet connection.
Re: Forget Apple
Exactly … the power requirements are different. But, if we can reduce it from the 50 (okay, guess) different varieties, down to a handful… say:
* low power devices: Micro USB (or its successor), 5V, 3A max, for small tablets and phones, pocket-sized devices
* medium power devices: for larger tablets and ultrabooks, capable of delivering 60W
* high power devices: for full-blown laptops, capable of delivering 120W
The medium power devices connector would be something small that would suit an ultrabook. The MagSafe would fit here, as would a small (maybe 4mm diameter and 1mm pin) barrel connector. The cabling would be of a lightweight nature, and the connector should pull out with sudden shock so that equipment doesn't go flying if someone trips on a lead.
The high power devices would be much more heavy duty, possibly an option for it to be sealed against dust/water ingress depending on the device (although I can see that being useful for the others too). Possibly a barrel connector here with a diameter around 6~7mm and a 2mm centre pin. This would be aimed at gaming laptops, desktop replacements, all-in-one computers, monitors, etc… where the components are significantly heavier thus a cable is at vastly greater risk of damage, should one trip over it.
The current situation is an utter mess with many standards. I think it's a mistake to assume one connector will rule them all. If we can keep it down to 3, then I think we're doing well.
Indeed, the MagSafe connector is quite well designed. I'm not sure how rugged it is, I think it's purely intended for home/office use. Rather than making the cable well protected (like my current laptop) they've opted for using a small magnet to hold it in place and design the cable to withstand being yanked out.
So I rather suspect the IP rating of that particular connector to be rubbish. Perfectly fine for Apple's use case, but I can see Panasonic and others saying, "thanks but no thanks".
At the very least though, it would be nice if all laptops could have a standard charging voltage and current, so that suitable adaptors can be made.
Right now, I've got a few laptops: Lemote netbook that runs 20V 2A with a plug that's compatible with newer Toshiba laptops, a few older Toshiba laptops that run 15V (one 3A the other 5A), an Apple MacBook that runs anywhere between 16-18V with constant current, and a Panasonic CF-53 with its 15.6V supply.
Most are constant voltage: the Apple being the notable exception. I suspect in Apple's case, the power supply charges the lithium pack directly and the machine permanently runs from the battery. Take the battery out, and the machine won't run, at all.
If they agree on the electrical characteristics, that gets us most of the way there. With the myriad of form factors, from netbooks, ultrabooks, tablets and desktop replacements, it might be difficult to get consensus with a connector format. I can see there maybe being 2 or 3 variants of a standard, but at least with a common electrical spec, it takes a good amount of guesswork out.
Facebook was keen to point out that its latest ads would not eat into a user's personal data plans because it would have been downloaded in advance when their device was connected to a wireless network.
Of course, because wifi networks don't have fixed quotas or charge per megabyte!
Maybe not in Mark's universe, in this one the wifi network gets its Internet service via 3G, Fibre, ADSL, Cable or some other back-haul link that's often provided with a fixed quota.
I'd agree with you … but command lines only work well for those who come from a programming background.
I have coworkers who edit SQL tables by copying and pasting data to/from spreadsheets. If they have to, say, make a small programmatic change that can be done with a simple UPDATE query, they'll just do it by hand in a spreadsheet, because they don't understand the commands.
I have one who maintains a cheatsheet of commands. Little tricks like how to grab a list of entries out of a YAML file using grep, pass it through cut to pluck out a column, then feed that into a while loop to pass to some in-house developed tool to update metering data, is beyond a lot of the people I work with.
Yet that sort of thing is second nature to those of us who know how to code, because we can break up the problem into its constituent parts, code up each piece, and tie it all together with some flow control logic.
I think there's room for both approaches. I tend to live in the command line too, but I recognise that this isn't for everyone.
Re: So basically back to Windows 3.1 circa 1993
Yep… put the start screen in a window, and it's almost like the old Program Manager.
Except Program Manager had groups of icons, top level always had program groups, each with a level of icons.
The Start screen just had all the program icons on the root level, with no hierarchy.
We've already seen year of the Linux smart phone and year of the Linux tablet… Android/Linux for sure rather than GNU/Linux, but Linux all the same.
I'm not going to go predicting when it might take over. For all I know, it could be year of the BSD desktop. That'd be a cat among the pigeons, or perhaps a demon in the rookery!
Re: Been experimenting for years with Linux
> The usual problem is that you have two sound cards. One driving sound through the audio line out and headphone sockets, and a second one built into the HDMI adaptor. Linux is probaby directing sound to the "normal" audio output rather than the HDMI. If that's the case, you just need to switch ... using something like alsamixer
Actually, no, not alsamixer… alsamixer just adjusts volume levels. Likely, you'll be using PulseAudio or some such to manage audio devices, you'd need to tell that to use the other device…
For a GUI tool: look at pasystray
For a command line tool: look at pactl
Alternatively, if you are going direct to ALSA, you can do this:
$ cat > .asoundrc <<EOF
card <id of card from /proc/asound/cards>
card <id of card from /proc/asound/cards>
See http://www.alsa-project.org/alsa-doc/alsa-lib/pcm_plugins.html#pcm_plugins for details
Re: going for record downvotes... deep breath...
If someone asks me what to get, I tell them whatever best fits your needs, if its Windows, go Windows, if its OSX go OSX, if its a *NIX Desktop, then go that way.
Probably the most sensible comment in this thread. Have an up-vote.
I've tried Windows, numerous times. I have seriously given it a shot. Its lack of flexibility, abysmal package management, poor compatibility with other platforms and general fragility, make it unusable as my primary OS. Then there's the licensing.
A lot of things in Windows are hard-coded. Key bindings are a classic example. While I'm able to set up FVWM to respond just the way I like it… MacOS X will bend to my will, as will KDE… Windows stolidly refuses to accept any attempt to change the workflow — no I'm expected to change my workflow to suit it.
Package management is hopeless. There are a number of software packages I use. Can I add a simple URL into some control panel and have it automatically download and install that package with its dependencies? No. I have to go to the site and download an installer, and click through a wizard. When an update is released for a package I use, I have to go back to that site, download a new installer, and go through the whole dance again to update it. Contrast this to apt-get dist-upgrade or emerge -udN world.
Windows is one of the most antisocial platforms I've come across. Its API is completely unlike all other contemporary OSes, making porting applications a nightmare. It refuses to look at file systems which were not developed by Microsoft themselves without a third-party driver. It won't have anything to do with network protocols other than those that Microsoft invented or had a major hand in developing.
Try to bend it to your will, and, well its like trying to bend a pane of glass, it shatters. Even something as simple as moving the taskbar to the top of the screen: minimised command windows still try to "hide" down the bottom of the screen — where they'd ordinarily be hidden by the taskbar, now they're in plain sight.
Even if you don't try to customise it: the platform is such a soup of proprietary code I'm amased anything works. Even Microsoft's own updates have been known to break systems. I know people now who turn off Windows updates because they dislike the disruption to their work when Patch Wednesday delivers an unwanted present in the form of a problem that didn't exist the day before.
Ohh, and did I mention licensing? Their scheme is so complex it's impossible to know where I stand. Linux, I know exactly where I stand. I'm not talking about making changes and distributing those changes. I'm talking as an end user. Linux as an end user: if it breaks, your problem. I can handle this. Microsoft: if it breaks, your problem, and we'll be checking on you on a regular basis to ensure you don't pirate our stuff!
Servers, it's even worse. Linux: much the same as for desktops. Servers: Ohh, you have to pay for "CAL"s now. WTF is a "CAL"? Not enough to offer basically the same support for Windows Server that we get from Canonical for Ubuntu … Not enough to charge an extortionate fee for an OS license … no, we want a hand-out every time you connect a user to your server.
Then the terms are so convoluted, not even Microsoft staff can help you.
No, I'll stick with Linux thanks. I accept that for some, this is not an option. If you're into printed desktop publishing, then I can understand people going Photoshop over The Gimp; the latter has no support for CMYK, but if your needs are purely in the RGB colourspace, either is fine. Some of us at work use Windows because the software they use requires it.
Three examples. One would be those looking after accounts: Australian taxation law is that complicated and changes that frequently, I cannot recommend a open-source book-keeping package that would accurately keep track.
Another would be PLC programming, which is almost always done from a Windows environment. The likes of Rockwell might go Linux yet, but it'll take time (Microsoft's lack of direction has reportedly spooked them a little).
Then there's CAD: the open source ones are close (heck, our workplace floor plan was designed in LibreOffice Draw — no joke), but still a long way off replacing AutoCAD.
Thankfully for me, this is not a restriction. In fact, the stuff I do is easiest done under Linux. So I'll stay there. If Windows, MacOS X, OS/2, CP/M, Solaris or BeOS is what works for you, then great. Let's just accept that how we use computers is different, and therefore the platform we use is going to differ.
There is no "one" OS for all applications.
Re: going for record downvotes... deep breath...
Now try do it for 100 or maintain thousand Linux desktops in corporate environment. What did you say, sorry i can't hear past your crying.
My friend, meet some colleagues of mine: nfs and aufs.
nfs to provide a read-only site-wide desktop configuration which is standard across all systems, aufs to augment that with writeable storage, either local, remote or temporary, with the user's files.
Heck, we do something similar already. The Windows logon script here fires up Cygwin to rsync a copy of the standard office templates. The same logon script also works in Linux and MacOS X. Amongst other things, it will set up a Thunderbird profile if one doesn't exist already, and keeps the user's email signatures up to date.
No crying here, there's plenty of ways to skin this cat.
Re: going for record downvotes... deep breath...
I did it a fortnight ago.
Plugged both laptops into the same gigabit network, then:
stuartl@rikishi$ rsync -aP vk4msl-mb.local:./ .
Voila, all settings, for all applications, replicated, on the new machine from the old. And all my documents and files to boot.
Re: going for record downvotes... deep breath...
I suppose Windows is finished like DOS is then? Finished and consigned to the rubbish bin of history.
Otherwise, why do they keep bringing out new versions with wildly different UIs if the job is done? If they're finished it should be perfect, no need for security updates. Maybe that's why Windows XP is EOL next year and so many aren't jumping to Windows 7 and 8: Windows XP is finished perfection!
No, desktops evolve, and no OS is any different. When they stop evolving, they die. A desktop will never be "finished" no matter who made it.
As for me, I'm running FVWM on Gentoo. Heavily customised for my workflow. In fact since that post I've changed the keybindings again, so tapping the logo key pops up a menu that lets me manipulate the window or launch applications with single key presses.
On Linux I can have as many as 30 windows open. I have four virtual desktops with 4 pages each that I spread windows between. MacOS X doesn't have virtual desktops, but it does have "spaces" which function like pages on a virtual desktop. Windows has nothing equivalent.
Machine boots up: I press Logo, Q, W; Logo, Q M; Logo, Q, C: and there's Firefox, Thunderbird and a shell prompt on their way. The shell prompt (QTerminal) appears first, so as the others come up I usually tap Logo M D 2 to throw it over to desktop 2. Thunderbird pops up next (fewer extensions), and so while I wait for Firefox I tapo Logo M E 2, and throw it over to desktop 1 page 2. Firefox then opens in-place. This is engrained into my muscle memory now.
Someone rings me, and I need a note pad in a hurry? No scrabbling for a pen and paper here: Logo Q E and up pops gvim, ready to accept any text I type in. Need to do a quick calculation? I can either switch over to the shell, fire up ipython and enter in my expression there, or if I need a spreadsheet, Logo Q S and up pops Gnumeric.
I can also divide the screen into quarters, placing any application into any quarter or half of the screen. A manually tiling mode, you might say. Logo L brings up the split menu, I can split either half or quarters (2 or 4), then I specify which half or quarter I want with a single keystroke.
For me it works well… I find myself "wasting time" more on Windows, whether it's hunting through the ever changing Start menu to find an application I need, or reaching for the rodent to make a window full-screen (or to minimise a window), or to launch an application. The vast majority of the applications I use began life on Unix-like systems, and so work natively in Linux, they behave like second-class citizens on Windows.
The crucial thing though is the level of customisation I can achieve. This is a personal computer, not a workstation. Thus it doesn't have to suit anybody else but me. For most, if you walk up to my computer, you'll see a "Start" button up the top-left, and a task-bar along the top. There's the FVWM ButtonBar that hides down the right side; click the title and it appears, letting you access the system tray and virtual desktops. Tap the logo key, which some will do by instinct for Windows users, and up pops that menu with all the hotkeys listed. Sure, Alt-F4 will do nothing, Alt-Tab still works, but most people will find what they need in the other menu anyway.
So my computer, works the way I want. It also installs the updates I want, when I want, and reboots only when I tell it to. In short, my computer, is in my control.
Let's see you do that with Windows.
I have to face SCO OpenServer right now at work, does this make me "oldskool" before my third decade?
Actually, the oldskoolers are running Slackware.
Re: Win8 to Linux Alert
That's nobody's fault but the vendor of your particular hardware making their UEFI options obscure. Its your hardware's vendor that's hostile to other platforms, nobody else.
I wouldn't mind betting they probably get a kick-back payment for some of the bundled software installed on that Win8 machine.
Note: I'm not even blaming Microsoft here, although they did egg the OEMs on to doing this.
Re: With support for so many GPS systems, this chip would be great for...
Actually, it only supports one GPS "system". But it also supports Glonass and BeiDou.
Re: Meanwhile, here on the west coast.....
… and achieving better reliability?
Re: "Spinning rust and tape are [not] DEAD"
Nah, they just send the data scurrying along very long fibre links constantly on the move…
Re: Where are the tiny monitors?
Or HDMI… a 7" with HDMI doing 720p would be nice for the Raspberry Pi.
My old kit…
Sun GDM-5410 20" CRT which runs happily at 2048x1576 resolution. This is the monitor I use on my desktop (AMD Phenom IIx6)
Silicon Graphics Indy (R4600SC CPU at 133MHz, 256MB RAM). Still works, but the PROM battery has died, so one has to dig up the MAC address and punch it back into the PROM if it hasn't been turned on in a while. It has Gentoo Linux/MIPS on it.
I also have the Indy Presenter 15" LCD, with removable backlight (for placement on an overhead projector), and a SGI 20" monitor to go with it.
Silicon Graphics Indigo2 (R10000 CPU at 195MHz, 384MB RAM). No longer goes, but makes a good door stop. The hard drives also have Gentoo Linux installed. Fun and games, because the Indigo2 was never designed for a CPU like the R10000, so gcc and the kernel need hacks to work around the hardware bugs that arise.
Silicon Graphics O2 (RM5200 CPU at 300MHz, 128MB RAM). Still goes, I upgraded it from a R5000 CPU, then had fun and games updating the PROM to support it. It runs Gentoo Linux as well.
Silicon Graphics Octane (R10000 175MHz, 128MB RAM). No longer goes, I think I killed it trying to clean out the dust. One SCSI port was always bad, as the PROM used to sit there for 10 minutes trying to initialise it, then the machine would come good. I had it running Gentoo, which was fun because the power supply serial number wasn't recognised, so I had to go patch the kernel if I wanted the keyboard to work (don't ask). Being a 175MHz unit, I'm guessing this must've been one of the first Octanes released.
Gateway Microserver (rebadged Cobalt Qube II; RM5231 at 250MHz, 128MB RAM). Still goes, although the hard drive is dead now (I have some spares). It too ran Gentoo, in fact was the main build host for the Cobalt stage3's during my time working on Gentoo. The RM5231, which lacked secondary cache, was agonisingly slow at times. The boot ROM doesn't like bigger hard drives (I tried a 160GB and it failed miserably).
Whilst nowhere near as old, I also have a Lemote Yeeloong netbook PC. I bought this direct from China during my time at university, and was a great little machine. Sadly, the original power supply died, and the replacement was nowhere near as good, so it didn't get much use after that. The battery has also died. It still goes, runs Gentoo Linux/MIPS.
Never seen a lithium battery go bang then?
Suspected theives have been detained…
The authorities aren't sure yet, but they think these 6 people have something to do with the theft.
The biggest impediment to moving forward…
… is the stuff you can't change.
I was involved in updating a tracking system used by a mining company to track copper cathodes. It had been running well, but the owners felt the machines were a little old, and so wanted to move to something newer.
11:09:35 up 1083 days, 22:40, 2 users, load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
That was the uptime of one of the two servers. Running Ubuntu 8.04. That was just before I typed 'sudo poweroff'.
We were going to move the platform to Ubuntu 12.04. They wanted to move it to their VMWare infrastructure, so I set up a VM which would become their production system. So I set up a dev environment, compiled all our stuff, then found one module which needed the Oracle libraries. No worries, I try installing them.
No chance, it needed an older version of libstdc++. So I go looking on Oracle's site for a newer release, find one, install it, then get everything built.
Come commissioning day, we discover that version, the oldest one I can get which builds, won't talk to their Oracle server because the Oracle database is too old. I wound up getting them to download the Gentoo Install CD, booting the VM up off that, then I shelled in and did a P2V of one of their existing boxes, so that at least the hardware was looked after. We'll tackle the software another day.
and slowed the pace at which it updated … its workhorse Mac Pro.
Not just that, the MacBook no longer exists, they've beefed up the MacBook Air to "replace" it. Machines like the MacBook A1278 I'm typing this on are a thing of the past.
Today's MacBook Pro is getting skinnier and skinnier. Today, it's basically a slightly fatter MacBook Air with a faster CPU and available with larger SSDs (512GB, versus 256GB in the MacBook Air).
I think someday we'll say goodbye to the MacBook Pro, like we did with the original MacBook.
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