The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

“… in other news, pigs were seen flying by … ”

Since I no longer have to work at The Office, I brought home my workstation with the intent of using it to replace my aging home system linus.

processor	: 0
cpu		: 486
model		: Am5x86-WB
vendor_id	: AuthenticAMD
stepping	: E
fdiv_bug	: no
hlt_bug		: no
f00f_bug	: no
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid		: yes
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu
bogomips	: 66.56

Yes, it's probably ten to twelve years old by now (in fact, I'm using it right now to write this very entry), and while still usable, it is getting a bit long in the tooth and now is as good a time as any to replace it.

The intent was to use my workstation to replace two computers (the aformentioned linus and my firewall, janet, a 33MHz 486) and a switch, since I have this four-port ethernet card.

After mucking about for a few hours today (and ripping my favorite shirt in the process—sigh), I've come to the conclusion that I can't replace the switch, since the four-port ethernet card doesn't work with modern Linux systems (in a weird twist of fate, it would probably work in the current linus since it's still running Linux 2.0.39—to say that the drivers for this card haven't been updated is an understatement—the card itself is over 13 years old). I was, however, able to munge up a 2GHz system with three network cards and an additional IDE controller (the intent here is to just dump the drives in linus into the new system, plus some other drives from some other computers around the house; I think I'll end up with six drives in the system).

While I'm not finished yet, I did however take the old drive out of tower, my first webserver and slapped it into my new computer. Odd seeing the state of the site from four years ago (back when Mark still had a blog), and hey, I can always use an additional 17G of space. Lord knows I paid enough for it.

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