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
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
linus and my firewall,
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
controller (the intent here is to just dump the drives in
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