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mcguire at neurotica.com
Sat Mar 13 14:34:13 CST 2004
On Mar 13, 2004, at 2:41 PM, Sheldon T. Hall wrote:
> I spend a lot of money on "free" computers ... they always seem to want
> upgrading, and the upgrade parts aren't usually quite free. So, it
> seems to
> go like this ...
> A friend pulls a SPARCstation LX out of a dumpster. He's a Mac guy,
> so he
> gives it to me. It's got 16 MB of RAM and a 424 MB HD, a minimal
> installation of SunOS 4.1.1, and expects to NFS mount a load of
> off a LAN.
> So, to put this "free" computer to work, I buy (albeit cheaply) a
> Sun-bootable CD-ROM drive, a 411 case, and a SCSI cable. I borrow a
> 2.5.1 CD.
> Oops, can't plug a PC monitor into it, gotta buy a Mac Plus monitor
> cable so
> I can run a serial console.
> Hmmm. Solaris 2.5.1 is a pretty tight fit on a 424 MB HD, so I buy a
> OK, now I can install the OS and various toys. Geez, it is slow, and
> the HD
> is going whackita-whackita all the time. Buy some RAM.
> OK, now I have to hook it up to the 10base2 network, so I buy a hub
> both 10baseT and 10base2 connections.
> Set up the LX to be a DNS server, outgoing mailserver, timeserver, etc.
> Still have some disk space left, so I install Samba and let the Windows
> boxes on the network back up their critical files to the LX.
> Now we're cooking!
> But wait, the stuff on the LX isn't getting backed up ... buy a DDS
> drive and a bunch of tapes....
> Sound familiar so far?
Well yeah I guess, fifteen years ago. I know I'm not the only one
here who has tons of parts around. Sun bootable CDROM drives? I have
eight of them. 10Mbps Ethernet hubs? I just threw two in the trash
because they didn't sell on eBay at $1, so now I'm down to four. DDS
tape drives? I gave away three of them two months ago. I think I have
three left. SCSI hard drives? You don't even want to know.
Dave McGuire "PC users only know two 'solutions'...
Cape Coral, FL reboot and upgrade." -Jonathan Patschke
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