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Computers

Main Systems

Lenovo X250 - Main desktop. i5 Broadwell running OpenBSD-current. I purchased the 1366x768 IPS option despite there being a FHD IPS display, because the 768p option is 125PPI and my 23" 1440p Dell monitor is 123PPI. That means I have consistent PPI across dual displays without scaling. Purchased in early 2017 directly from the Lenovo Outlet as a new in box model. Immediately upgraded to 16GB of RAM and a 500GB SSD. IBM Model M Space Saver Keyboard December 1997. Dell Monitor 2560x1440. dmesg
2016 Macbook Retina Rose Gold, 8GB soldered RAM, 512GiB SSD. Completely fanless Intel Core m5 processor. Great machine, connected to a Dell 1440p monitor and wirelessly connected to Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Keyboard 2. I travelled with this for more than 24 hours one time and it was great; small enough to fit into the airplane pocket in front of me; strong enough battery life to last the entire trip on a single charge. It has a single USB-C port, but from the dongle it connects to the monitor, power supply, and SuperDrive. Wife's main desktop.
Mac Mini 2012 - Wife's Desktop. i7 Mini. I found 16GB of RAM in an old Thinkpad that would fit 2012 Mini perfectly. Benchmark pending.
Sun Ultra 27 - Xeon W3540. Possibly the most powerful workstation ever released by Sun Microsystems. 12GB of RAM; theoretically, it can hold 24GB of ECC memory. Dual 1280x1024 displays. Used for an ongoing data recovery project, CD ripping with CDex, and for number crunching with Milkyway@home. Windows 10 Professional. This machine causes power outages sometimes in my crap third-world country home. South American homes are all about appearances, but underneath the facade are rats nest wiring with no conduit and no circuit breakers. Makes me miss living in Asia where everything is built to ISO standards. My Tripp Lite UPS tells me we are getting anywhere from 104VAC to 135VAC on a daily basis.dmesg Benchmark.
Intel NUC5i3RYK - Desktop for my retired father. The latest LTS Xubuntu release. 16GB of RAM and a small M.2 SSD. 1080p monitor. Mainly used for Mahjongg and light web browsing. Housed in a fanless Akasa case for complete silence and no moving parts. dmesg Benchmark.

Here is a picture taken of the desk setup.

Portable Systems

Apple iPad Pro 12.9"
Lenovo Thinkpad X230
Lenovo Thinkpad X220
Lenovo W530 32GB 3TB HDD
IBM Thinkpad X31 (x2)

Other

Compulab Fitlet-X
iX Systems FreeNAS Mini 12TB
Texas Instruments TI-89
Barnes and Noble Nook Glowlight

Wish List

Sun Ultra 45
Texas Instruments TI-92
Sega Dreamcast
IBM/Lenovo Frankenpad T60/1 15" with Flexview Display
IBM Model M Keyboard dated 1986-04-03 (April 3rd)
Pentium Overdrive 83MHz upgrade for 486 Processors

Past Computers

Documentation of Machines which are no longer in my possession.

Compulab Airtop i5 - Main desktop from mid-2016 to early 2017. Completely fanless and silent. Upgraded to SSD and 16GB of RAM. OpenBSD-current. IBM Model M Space Saver Keybo ard December 1997. Dell Monitor 2560x1440. Sold due to needing a video card upgrade, and Compulab not allowing that to happen. Great workstation otherwise.dmesg
Mac Mini 2014 - Wife's Desktop from 2014-2017. i5 Mac Mini from 2014. 8GB of soldered RAM. Was connected to a Dell u3014 monitor and originally used for photo editing; in its later days, it became a glorified television for my children. Sold to make room for the i7 Mac Mini 2012, which by all metrics is faster, and supports more RAM. Benchmark.
IBM 300pl - Desktop machine given to me for free in the summer of 2010. It came with Windows 98 SE on it, and was so noisy; I had forgotten what computers sounded like in the 90's. I installed Windows 2000 (the bootleg RM233 version) and threw it in a closet to do number crunching for Milkyway@home. I returned home four months later to find that it had never even pulled a single task down due to a hosed SP4 update, so I promptly shut it down and took it to Goodwill. Benchmark.
Lenovo Thinkpad T61 7659-12U - 1280x800 display, 4GB RAM, 120GB Platter, Intel GMA graphics, extended 9-cell battery. Purchased for $630.00 in February 2009. This machine got me through the final two years of undergrad, and I took it everywhere with me. People were amazed at how quiet it ran (most laptops in those days sounded like hairdryers) and always complimented the battery life. Started out with Windows Vista, but I rediscovered Linux through SimplyMEPIS, and later moved on to Arch Linux for a long time. My senior project was an Android phone locator (called SMSGPS; very similar to "Find My iPhone"), and oddly enough the Android development kit was better under Windows at the time. Sold in March 2011 after much use and abuse, with Windows 7 Professional installed on it. Benchmark.
IBM T41 - My first Thinkpad, purchased in the Summer of 2007. ATI graphics 7500(?) and 2GB of RAM. 1024x768 display. Windows XP. I do not remember much except at one point I upgraded from the original Banias CPU to a Dothan CPU. Took it on deployment to Iraq. Later on I bought a dock and used it as a stationary desktop for word processing. Sold in the Summer of 2010 for about fifty dollars. Benchmark.
Lenovo X120e - The only new laptop I have ever purchased. It was $300 NIB and had an AMD E-350 processor as well as Windows 7 Professional. I used it for about ten months. The 11.6" TN display caused considerable eyestrain. Used in Graduate School to write papers (my primary machine was the HP DX2400 at the time), but the eyestrain caused headaches, so I sold the machine. Benchmark.
Lenovo T400 - Purchased around the time I got rid of the X120e. Vista COA, but I installed Scientific Linux 6.x on it. 1440x900 screen resolution was great for writing papers. Sold after only a few months so that I could get a smaller, more portable unit (X200). Benchmark.
Lenovo Thinkpad R61e - Purchased in October 2012 for my recently retired father to play card games. 1280x800 display. Came with a Celery processor, but later upgraded to a Core 2 Duo. Display died in early 2016, so it was scrapped for parts. The rest is sitting on a shelf somewhere. Benchmark.
HP DX2400 - Desktop system, purchased in early 2010 for $200 complete with mouse, keyboard, and a 17" Monitor. Originally came with 1GB of RAM and Windows Vista; I upgraded with an additional 4GB of RAM, an SSD, and moved to Windows 7 over the years. Also upgraded the stock graphics to an aftermarket AMD Radeon card. Eventually the single 17" display became dual 19" Displays; LGL1952H. Used by my wife to get her graduate degree. Donated to Goodwill in good working order in mid 2014. Benchmark.
Lenovo Thinkpad X200/1s - The perfect laptop. Purchased in poor condition in Summer of 2013. Originally a Core2 Duo with 2GB of RAM and a 1280x800 display. Over time, this became a Core i5 - M 520 processor (needed AES-NI for FDE), and a 1440x900 display. The platter drive became an SSD, and a dock was added. Keyboard was replaced and the trackpad was deleted. OS wise, Fedora was replaced with OpenBSD, which ran perfectly for two years. Sold in the Summer of 2016 which was probably a mistake, since it's hard to find a solid replacement for this machine. At the time of sale it had 8GB of RAM and a fresh install of Windows 10 Professional. dmesg before motherboard swap. dmesg after motherboard swap. Benchmark.
Intel NUC i7 - The first i7 Intel NUC, purchased in early 2016 for a Grad School project. A single SODIMM gave it 16GB of RAM (unofficially, it will work with 32GB), and placed in an Akasa fanless case with a 500(?) gb M2SSD. Sold in late 2016 with in perfect running condition to an industrial shop in Alabama. Benchmark.
Dell Latitude E7440 - Owned for about two months while I was traveling. Sold in mint condition when I returned from travel. The spiritual successor to the Thinkpad brand. dmesg.
HP Elitebook 8460p - Nice machine, but basic configuration was too Windows-centric for this to be usable. No way to disable the trackpad without Windows driver, for example. Sold immediately. dmesg.
Dell Latitude 3350 - Very solid build, but it had a poor display (TN panel, 1336x768 resolution). Windows 7 Ultimate, Broadwell i3 Processor, 4GB RAM, 250GB platter drive. Bought on a whim, sold on a whim.

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Last Updated: 2017-07-30