What's In The Retro Room and Server Room

What good is having a menagerie of classic and historically relevant computers (plus some really kick-$#% server hardware) if you can't brag about it? So let's brag about it. Some of these machines are very special to me, so I've tried to talk a little about why I have them in my house and where I got them. (What was here in 2012?)

Note to creeps, burglars and freaks: this house is protected by an alarm system, hidden webcams recording off-site and my laser-sight .40 Glock pistol (loaded with hollow point). This is not a joke.

If you're more curious about a particular item, feel free to drop me an E-mail.


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  1. alex
    Beige-box clone Am5x86/133 (P75), 40MB RAM
    MS-DOS 6.22
    DOS games machine
    Gift from a friend
  1. spindler
    Quadra 800, 68040 clockchipped to 40MHz, 136MB RAM
    Mac OS 7.6.1, Mac OS 8.1, A/UX 3.1.1
    Mac 68K workstation
    Gift from a friend
  1. jonathan
    Power Mac 7300, G4/800 CPU, 1GB RAM
    OrangePC 620, K6-II @ 400MHz, 128MB RAM
    Mac OS 9.1, Windows 95, Windows 98
    Mac games machine, Windows games machine
    University surplus
  1. indy
    Silicon Graphics Indy, 150MHz R4400SC, 256MB RAM
    Irix 6.5.10
    Newport XL24 graphics, Indy Presenter board
    Low-end SGI workstation, software testing
    Private purchase (case is blue bag under far table corner)
  1. jean
    BeBox, dual PowerPC 603/133 CPU, 256MB RAM
    BeOS R5
    BeOS workstation
    Private purchase
  1. jay
    Amiga 3000, 25MHz 68030, 2MB fast/8MB chip RAM
    AmigaOS 2.0, Kickstart 37.175 (2.04)
    Classic Amiga workstation, WHDLoad games
    A3070 tape drive is next to SGI Indy (4)
    Private purchase
  1. reykjavik
    Solbourne S3000, 33MHz KAP SPARC, 40MB RAM
    OS/MP 4.1C (SunOS 4 based)
    SunOS workstation; console for ken
    Private purchase (case is black bag on ground)
  1. ken
    DEC VAXStation 3100 M76 SPX, 35.71MHz KA43-A "Rigel", 32MB RAM
    OpenVMS 6.2-Y2K
    VMS workstation
    Private purchase
  1. bryce
    2007 Mac mini, Core 2 Duo 2GHz, 2GB RAM
    Mac OS X 10.6.8
    Android development, Windows 7 VM
    Bought new
    On top on the monitor stand: USRobotics Pilot 1000, before it was Palm, just 'cuz
    Shares KVM with "C" Under The Bench machines (below)
  1. bil
    Commodore 128DCR, 1MHz MOS 8502, 128K RAM
    1571 disk drive, RR-Net Ethernet
    Commodore BASIC 2.0/7.0
    6502 development workstation
    Private purchase

In The Back Closet

Tomy Tutor (Bought new, my first computer), Tomy Pyuuta, Tomy Pyuuta Jr.
Commodore MOS KIM-1 (1MHz 6502, 1KB RAM) (x3) (Rev A, D, F) As seen on the Leo Laporte show!
Original OLPC XO-1 (x2; bought new from Give One Get One)

akane: Macintosh Portable (being repaired)
andrew: Macintosh IIsi (my first Macintosh)
barkley: Blueberry iBook G3 (WaMCom regression tester)

benji: Macintosh PowerBook 1400 with G3/466 (Classilla tester)
(my first laptop, repaired hand-me-down from bro-in-law)

bigbunny: General Magic DataRover 840 (Magic Cap)
gordon: Toshiba Satellite 486 Laptop (disk image workstation)
nathan: AT&T Globalist 620 P75 (Windows 95)
peanut: IBM PCjr, in case (plays King's Quest)
rintintin: Macintosh PowerBook 540 (68LC040)
spot: Newton eMate 300 (x2)
wally: PowerBook WallStreet G3 (I), 292MHz G3

Various portables: Atari Lynx (full kit), Atari Portfolio, Nintendo GameBoy, NEC TurboExpress, Treamcast (portable Sega Dreamcast with LCD display), three Commodore SX-64s


On The Corner

  1. woz
    Apple IIgs ROM 03 in Woz Limited Edition case, Transwarp GS 7MHz 65816, 2MB RAM
    GS/OS 6.0.1
    Apple II games machine
    School surplus

  2. jef
    Canon Cat, 5MHz 68000, 256K RAM
    Forth
    Gorgeous museum piece and homage to Jef Raskin
    Private purchase

  3. mystic
    Macintosh Colour Classic, LC575 Mystic board, full 68040 @ 33MHz, 8MB RAM, Apple II card
    System 7.1
    Apple II card testing
    Private purchase

  4. sculley
    Newton MessagePad 2100, 162MHz StrongARM SA-110, 4MB RAM
    NewtonOS 2.1
    Newton experimentation
    Private purchase

The Consoles

  1. stella
    Atari 2600 VCS (Darth Vader), 1.19MHz 6507, 128 bytes RAM
    Are you kidding?
    Way too much Kaboom!
    Private purchase

  2. sadie
    Sega Dreamcast, 200MHz Hitachi SH4, 16MB RAM, Broadband Adaptor
    Dreamcast OS, Windows CE, Linux, NetBSD
    Way too much Crazy Taxi
    Bought new

  3. sylvia
    Sylvania GTE Intellivision Master Component, 0.895MHz GI CP1610, 1.4K RAM
    EXEC
    Way too much Shark! Shark!
    Thrift shop purchase
    (The original Tandyvision I had as a kid is around here somewhere too)

  4. bally (aka, foie zgrass, ha ha ha!)
    under the TV cart
    Bally Astrocade, 1.789MHz Zilog Z80, 4K RAM
    Internal OS, BASIC
    Way too much Pinball and Gunfight
    Don't use it on the rug
    Private purchase

  5. iris
    Pedigree Burmese 2005 model year, 2-bit CPU, selective memory
    Internal OS (usually in nanosleep)
    Converts cat food to poop and air to purring sounds
    Christmas gift when she was four months old
    Worst cat ever

Under The Bench

These systems are all attached to the same KVM the Mac mini is.
  1. bruce
    Power Mac G5 Quad, 2x2.5GHz PowerPC 970MP (dual-core), 8GB RAM
    Mac OS X 10.4.11
    The machine this was typed on and the machine I use most of the time
    Most of my software is built and developed on this machine as well, including TenFourFox
    btw, Intel sucks
    Bought new

  2. bigred
    Silicon Graphics Fuel, 700MHz R16000, 4GB RAM
    Irix 6.5.30 with patches
    V12 graphics, M-Audio sound, SCSI, DAT, DVD-ROM, FireWire
    High-end Irix workstation, software development
    Private purchase

  3. bryan
    Power Mac G4 MDD, 2x1.8GHz 7447A PowerPC G4, 2GB RAM
    Mac OS 9.2.2 (sees only 1.5GB)
    Classilla development, OS 9 workstation
    Bought new

  4. atomicdog
    15" Titanium PowerBook G4, 867MHz 7455 G4, 1GB RAM
    Mac OS 9.2.2
    Portable Mac OS 9 workstation as seen on the Leo Laporte Show!
    Private purchase


tramielski
Commodore PET 2001 (blue badge), 1MHz 6502, 8K RAM
BASIC 2.0
Memorial to Jack Tramiel
Private purchase
Yes, he and his son Leonard autographed the manual

The Servers and The Network

  1. thule
    Macintosh IIci, 25MHz 68030, 128MB RAM
    NetBSD v.mumble
    Internal DNS, DHCP, powerfail services, AppleShare/AppleTalk
    University surplus
  1. uppsala
    This is the system serving you this page
    IBM p520 Express, POWER6 4.2GHz (dual-core with SMT), 8GB RAM, SAS 15K RAID 5
    AIX 6 TL.mumble
    Web, gopher, E-mail, database
    Bought refurbished because IBM won't deign to make end user sales
    Yes, I've been an AIX sysadmin since 3.2.5
  1. oslo
    Power Mac G4, 450MHz 7400 G4, 2GB RAM
    Mac OS X 10.4.11
    File server and backup server (connected to FW800 RAID 5)
    Environmental monitoring
    Point-to-point fast Gigabit Ethernet link to bruce
    Private purchase
  1. stockholm
    Apple Network Server 500, 200MHz PowerPC 604e, 512MB RAM
    AIX 4.1.5 with patches
    The original www.floodgap.com
    Now emergency backup for uppsala
    University surplus (but barely used when I got it)
  1. Ghetto halon system

    Behind stockholm: oulu
    Cobalt RaQ 1, 150MHz MIPS RM5230, 32MB RAM
    NetBSD v.mumble
    NFS services
    Gift from a friend

  1. Next to oslo: Philips hue lighting base station, monitor switchbox, T1 router, (on monitor) guest WiFi on network DMZ;

    Also behind stockholm: oslo's RAID 5 array, external 100Mbps switch, internal secured 100Mbps backbone, internal secured 10Mbps backbone (with 10b2 segment and LocalTalk segment)

  1. debi/sondrestrom
    Alpha Micro Eagle 300 (AM-3500-E300), 40MHz 68EC030, 16MB RAM, AM-75 console
    AMOS 2.3a
    Proudly powering ampm.floodgap.com
    Private purchase
    Identically configured E100 next to it
  1. homer
    Hewlett-Packard HP 9000/350, 25MHz 68020/68881, 16MB RAM
    HP-UX 8.0
    More HP-UX therapy
    Gift from a friend
    This is the only room large enough for it

Waiting In The Server Room

carl: Power Mac 7100, G3/400, 136MB, AppleShare file server if thule croaks (might be replaced by the Performa 6115CD I just got)
holmstock: Apple Network Server 700 (hardware double for stockholm)
elroy: Hewlett-Packard C8000 (9000/785), 1.1GHz PA-8900 (dual-core), 1GB RAM, HP/UX 11i
godthaab: Macintosh Quadra 605 in LC III case, 25MHz 68040 (full), 36MB RAM
steve: Macintosh SE/30, System 6.0.8, 8MB RAM
andy: Macintosh IIsi, System 7.1, 36MB RAM
Mr. T: Macintosh Plus, System 6.0.8, 4MB RAM
unnamed Power Macintosh 9600
unnamed Amiga 4000 in A4001T case (blown keyboard port, waiting for a new motherboard)
unnamed DEC DECmate II (PDP-8)
various spare workstations and computers

Elsewhere In The House

christopher: strawberry iMac G3 with Sonnet HARMONi 600MHz card, Mac OS 9.2.2 and OS X Jaguar (in the guest/music room)
beethoven: Yamaha CX5M with SFG-05 interface (in the guest/music room)
dana: AlphaSmart Dana, PalmOS 4.1; note taking, what else? (in the commons)
luxo: iMac G4, 1GHz 7445 CPU, OS X Tiger; backup workstation (in the commons)
spartacus: Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh with G3 L2 upgrade (in my bedroom)
underdog: 12" iBook G4/1.33, OS X Tiger; my daily driver laptop (everywhere I travel)

In Storage

tma-01: PDP-11/44, in unknown condition, tape drives, RL02 disk drive
(picture forthcoming)
unnamed various DEC Professional-350 (at least one with Venix)
more than I can possibly enumerate
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