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April 20, 2009

An Internet oddity for Monday

Filed under: Antique Computers,Technology,Weird Seen — chuck goolsbee @ 9:17 am

Found in my twitterstream this morning. One of the better uses for antique computer items I’ve seen to date. Amusing and entertaining from a guy named James in Ontario, Canada.

January 26, 2009

To those of us of a certain age…

Filed under: Antique Computers,Uncategorized,Weird Seen — chuck goolsbee @ 12:27 pm

…words cannot contain the awesomeness that is this.

February 5, 2008

Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain!

Filed under: Antique Computers,Datacenter,rants,Technology — chuck goolsbee @ 11:33 am

The server that hosts a lot of my images is down. It is my own personal box, which is almost as “vintage” as the cars it displays. It is a wonder that it works at all to be honest… clean living in a clean room I guess.

It had a minor disk issue earlier this morning and I’ve fixed it, but now I’m making a backup before I bring it back online. “Have patients!” …said the Mad Doctor! 😉

Update: OK, as of 11:45 Pacific Standard Time the image server is back online.

January 10, 2008

Another Registry!

Filed under: Antique Computers,life,Technology,Thoughts — chuck goolsbee @ 10:50 pm
BeBox!
BeBox!

To add one of my obscure bits of hardware to: The BeBox Registry.

I literally stumbled upon this site this morning, as I was considering putting the old box up on eBay or something. You see I have a rather vast collection of odd computer hardware stashed away in a few places. Mostly Non-Intel CPU workstations and servers. One of these is a BeBox. About 1800 of these were built and I managed to snag one from a friend of mine about 8 years ago (Hi Jeff!)

Then I came to my senses… I can’t put this on eBay. What I have is a collection of obscure, high-end systems from the 90s. These are the last gasp of non-Intel driven errata before that branch of computing lost its momentum. I have PPC, Motorola 68K, Sun Sparc, MIPS and Alpha boxes. I imagine if you liken the pre-PC era like the Brass Era of automobiles, these machines are like the explosion of brands pre-WW2. I have the computing equivalent of Auburns, Cords, Dusenbergs, REOs, Pierce-Arrows and the like. Names like Be, NeXT, SGI, Sun, and of course Apple. They are like used cars now, like those REOs in the 40s; old cars from failed, or merged into some larger entity companies, whose usefulness is gone and whose parts are unavailable. They have little value now, but it should grow over time. I even have a few “one of a kind” machines – unshipped prototypes.

So no eBay. Instead I’ll catalog them here over time. (You’ll note I created a new category for this subject .) Should be fun.

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