My Hardware

Well, my hardware has become quite hard to track, since I live together with two other computer science students (i.e. registered geeks), and we share our infrastructure. So I'll just list the machines where I know the root password. :-)

Apple MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo 2.16 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 100 GB disk, runs Mac OS X plus WinXP and Linux via Parallels
Apple iMac 17" Core Duo 1.83 GHz, 1.5 GB RAM, 160 GB disk, runs Mac OS X, WinXP and Linux via Boot Camp
Apple iMac 15" PowerPC G4 1 GHz, 768 MB RAM, 80 GB disk, runs Mac OS X
AMD Athlon 64 3000+, ASUS A8N-E, 1 GB RAM, 120 GB disk, nVidia GeForce 6600, runs WinXP
AMD Athlon XP 2600+, 1 GB RAM, 1200 GB total disk, runs Linux, uptime record 199 days and counting
VIA C3 533 MHz, 256 MB RAM, 4 GB disk, ISDN interface, runs Linux, uptime record 202 days
VIA C3 533 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 1 GB CompactFlash, ISDN interface, runs Linux, uptime record 319 days and counting

As you can see, my machines are named after characters from the epic "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien. More precisely, they are named after members of the "Fellowship of the Ring". That's why the SMB workgroup is named "Fellowship". I also own the domain, but is is only used on the internal network.

A little more background: I started using this scheme back in 1996, with the two machines legolas (a PowerMacintosh 8200/100) and gimli (a 486 PC built from spare parts, running Linux). Like their characters, they were very different friends, but complemented each other in a wonderful way. legolas has now found a new home where he is cared for in spite of his age. gimli was upgraded over the years, swapping out all parts several times, until he was finally replaced by gandalf in 2003. Both names are now in use for newer machines.

A note on the uptimes: The previous pippin machine (an AMD K6-2 350) had a record of 321 days, the previous merry machine (an AMD K6 200) had a record of more than 500 days – the exact number fell victim to the 497 day wraparound bug. I keep track of uptimes using Matthew Trent's ud daemon.

Jul 31, 2006 Copyright © 2002-2011 Christoph Pfisterer