"A bus station is a place where a bus stops.
A train station is a place where a train stops.
At my desk I have a workstation."
There is a short list of my desktop computers.
List of my favorite software (that I run on these ones) can be found
Pentium III ("snail")
This is my desktop at the university. It isn't bad
Pentium III processor at 1000 MHz, 512 MB of RAM,
40 GB harddisk, CD-RW, ZIP100 and floppy drives) and
a TFT display (ViewSonic VP171s). It's quite
usefull and good-working but relatively slow (for its price).
It can accept only 512 MB of memory which is sometimes
very limiting (this box was meant for large numerical simulations).
But it's still good as a desktop machine (for the TeX typeseting,
It runs the Slackware Linux
as its operating system.
PC server Supermicro ("lomond")
My main number cruncher - a dual-processor machine with
Pentium 4 Xeon Processors (3.06 GHz, 1 MB of 3rd
level cache), 4 GB of RAM and 36 GB SCSI disk and
200 GB IDE disk. It runs the MandrakeLinux 10 operating
A monitor isn't attached to the lomond because I use my
snail as an X-terminal.
SGI O2 ("moose")
The moose is now my main home computer.
It' bit mode loud than the Indy but occupies less space
on my desk and is more friendly to many of computer pheripherals
(the ViewSonic VP171b LCD display, the scanner, the Palm Vx handheld computer
etc.) and it's O2Cam camera is much more advanced than older
IndyCam (especially in poor light conditions).
The box has MIPS R10000 processor (250 MHz, 1024 MB of cache),
512 MB of memory and 9 GB disk, ZIP100 drive and O2Cam.
However it isn't as nice as the old good Indy is, it's still a very capable
and usefull machine. Also it's enough powerfull for everyday use.
Further informations: hinv output.
Apple iBook G3 series ("pineapple")
The quite light (2.2 kg) but quite powerfull portable computer.
It includes the 600 MHz PowerPC G3 processor (from IBM, I
384 MB of RAM and 40 GB harddisk and internal CD-ROM
drive. It also includes WiFi card ("AirPort" by Apple) and 10/100 Mbit
ethernet adapter (and also some other stuff like USB 1.1 and FireWire
400 ports or modem). It runs the Mac OS X system and I can use here
all of my favourite programs.
Other systems I currently use
There are some other system that I use (well, less or more frequently
but most of them I use only sometimes).
There is an incomplete list:
- Palm Vx - a small and light handheld machine
- Apple Power Macintosh 6100/60 - the first PowerPC-based desktop
computer ever sold by Apple (60 MHz PowerPC 601 processor,
48 MB of RAM, 256 MB and 510 MB disks), it's my
Classic Mac OS playground (it runs Mac OS 8.0)
- Apple Power Mac G4 (Sawtooth) - the first Apple's machine
with AGP graphics (450 MHz G4 processor, 385 MB of RAM,
20 GB disk, ZIP and DVD-ROM drives), is't a testing and
number-crunching box and it runs Ubuntu Linux
- Sun Ultra 5 - and older desktop box from the
Sun, it's rather limited (basic 8bit graphics only,
128 MB of RAM, 4 GB disk, 270 MHz UltraSPARC II processor)
but it's usefull for porting to the Solaris or as an X terminal
Sun Ultra 20 - a
workstation (err.. PeeCee) from Sun (1.8 GHz AMD Opteron 144 processor,
1.5 GB of RAM, 80 GB disk ... not so bad at all), it runs
the Slamd64 10.2 operating system
- SGI Indigo2 IMPACT - a purple noisy monster (R4400SC 250 MHz
processor only, 196 MB of RAM, 9 GB disk), now it's only a backup
machine and a heating device
- SGI Indy - a small, quiet and nice workstation
(R4400SC 175 MHz
processor, 128 MB of RAM, 18 GB disk and the famous IndyCam camera),
it's probably the coolest desktop workstation ever built
Toshiba DynaBook Sattelite 110CT notebook (100 MHz
Pentium processor, 24 MB of RAM, 6 GB disk, Slackware
Linux 9.0 operating system, PCMCIA ethernet card) - a rather heavy
(4 kg) but durable portable machine