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 PostPost subject: New fun project - need some ideas        Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 3:50 pm 
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I just went through all the computers I've accumulated over the years, and it seems that I've got quite a few here. There are ten assorted old boxen sitting on the shelf here. This got me thinking: how about I put some to use?

What I'm thinking of doing is reviving each machine into something different. While I could format most of them with some lightweight Linux distro, that wouldn't be as exciting as having them each doing something unique.

Here in my Breakfast Club of machines is:
- Two Celeron 300MHz machines (I think with 48mb of RAM and 64mb of RAM)
- A 386SL with 4mb of RAM
- A Pentium 133
- A Cyrix 200mhz
- Mac LC II
- Mac Color Classic (its cute!)
- Mac Classic II
- PowerMac 7300 with a 180MHz PPC 604e
- Performa 6200

As far as I know they all work except the Performa 6200... then again I haven't touched some of these in over 10 years.

While I'm not going to start dusting any off for a few months (school, exams, etc.), i'm going to start thinking about ideas for what to do with them, so as soon as school is over I'll be able to have some solid fun for a week or two playing around with all these old boxen. :D

What would you do with this pile of machines?

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 7:12 pm 
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Leave the Macs on their own for various testing and build a Beowulf with the x86 boxes. Their performance won't be outstanding, but it'll still be a great learning experience.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 7:38 pm 
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Use them to test betas and to test old windows vversions.

Mabye play the odd old DOS game?
Host a server?

That is all that I can think of.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 7:38 pm 
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Why don't you try making a small linux cluster? I heard about some guy that did this out of lots of his old pc's just as something fun to do.

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Why don't you try making a small linux cluster? I heard about some guy that did this out of lots of his old pc's just as something fun to do.

Exactly what I suggested. :wink:


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empireum wrote:
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Why don't you try making a small linux cluster? I heard about some guy that did this out of lots of his old pc's just as something fun to do.

Exactly what I suggested. :wink:


I didn't know what Beowulf was, thats why I didn't notice ;-)

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Andy wrote:
empireum wrote:
Andy wrote:
Why don't you try making a small linux cluster? I heard about some guy that did this out of lots of his old pc's just as something fun to do.

Exactly what I suggested. :wink:


I didn't know what Beowulf was, thats why I didn't notice ;-)

You need to read more Slashdot :D


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Try A/UX on the Preforma. Then get GCC and see what compiles, and what bombs out. I THINK A/UX is supported on that machine, do a google.

ADD: scratch that, I read the model # wrong, it's nothing but a PowerMac.


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Wow, a Colour Classic! They're quite collectable now, if you don't use it you might get a reasonable price for it on eBay - it's certainly not completely worthless like most old computers are anyway.

Have you tried coercing OS X onto the Power Mac 7300? Might be fun to try, although without installing a G3 upgrade card you won't be able to run anything than 10.2 Jaguar - you'll need the utility XPostFacto.

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Beowulf is actually a peom written by an unknown poet.


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DORFD1 wrote:
Beowulf is actually a peom written by an unknown poet.

Yes, but also the name of the Linux-based clustering system.


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I had a performa, I threw it out of a 2nd story window.
Beowulf them, it will be a learnifying experience.


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- Two Celeron 300MHz machines (I think with 48mb of RAM and 64mb of RAM)

Give them to a second hand store...
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- A 386SL with 4mb of RAM

Use the powersupply as a stove...
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- A Pentium 133

Toaster
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- A Cyrix 200mhz

Play Heroes of Might and Magic 2
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- Mac LC II

Fancy Pizza Box
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- Mac Color Classic (its cute!)

Play the orginal escape velocity
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- Mac Classic II

FishTank
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- PowerMac 7300 with a 180MHz PPC 604e

I can't figure it out for myself...
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- Performa 6200

Take your anger out...

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Frozenport wrote:
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- Two Celeron 300MHz machines (I think with 48mb of RAM and 64mb of RAM)

Give them to a second hand store...
Quote:
- A 386SL with 4mb of RAM

Use the powersupply as a stove...
Code:
- A Pentium 133

Toaster
Quote:
- A Cyrix 200mhz

Play Heroes of Might and Magic 2
Quote:
- Mac LC II

Fancy Pizza Box
Quote:
- Mac Color Classic (its cute!)

Play the orginal escape velocity
Quote:
- Mac Classic II

FishTank
Code:
- PowerMac 7300 with a 180MHz PPC 604e

I can't figure it out for myself...
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- Performa 6200

Take your anger out...


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Heh, well so far I think I'll definitely try a Macquarium ... the Beowulf idea is one that crossed my mind, but networking these things is going to be hard because I'd need to buy a heap of ethernet cards. I think only the PowerMac has ethernet built in.

I might make the 386 or the Pentium into a retro gaming machine? I dunno, i'm still thinking about it. Keep the suggestions flowing :D

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why not just upgrade the celeron to a p3 and run winserver 2003
(if you arent willing to buy a license get a beta or get a trial cd and download a crack)


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why not just upgrade the celeron to a p3 and run winserver 2003
(if you arent willing to buy a license get a beta or get a trial cd and download a crack)

Server 2003 will work fine on a Celeron, but it won't work with the amount of RAM these machines have.


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Heh, well so far I think I'll definitely try a Macquarium

What would be cool is to wire up the fish filter to the main power source of the macintosh...

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DORFD1 wrote:
Beowulf is actually a peom written by an unknown poet.


The unknown poet's name is probably Raphel De La Ghetto.


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Why's everyone bashing the performas? I like performas.

Anyhow, A/UX Linux and Mac OS are pretty much your only choices for the macs of you want to make a shrine o' oses with all of those boxen. I think it'd be cool if you made one of the pcs into a MAME cabinet. I always wanted to do that, but all my spare computers are currently testing units for my OS.


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AU/X is diffucult to install .. but a very nice system.
I'm trying o use rhapsodyas a server on an old PPC 7500 ;-)

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AU/X is f*c to install .. but a very nice system.
I'm trying o use rhapsodyas a server on an old PPC 7500 ;-)


you got compiliers for rhapsody? if so, send them here :)


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