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    Cyburbian el Guapo's avatar
    Oct 2001

    Identify your box!

    I love my (home) PC. You either love or hate yours. So, which is it? Are you willing to post a photo? We are deep into geekdom with this one. Mine is a direct descendent from a 386 I bought off of my GIS Prof. I had 8 megs of Ram back when that was impressive. The only original 386 part left is the 3.5 drive. It is currently a P2-300mhz. It has been Frankensteined and upgraded since 1993. It is on its fifth motherboard and fourth video card. I have less than $600 over its lifetime in it. It is only a little slower than the 1 ghz p3 at work.

    If you look close you can see actual duct tape.
    el Guapo is a former 20 year +/- urban planner (just like you) who thought becoming an attorney was a good life choice.

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    Cyburbia Administrator Dan's avatar
    Mar 1996
    Upstate New York
    Blog entries
    THAT is a case, Guap!

    I need to buy a digital camera.

    The computer at home is a homebrew. I'll edit this message later to add more stats, like the motherboard and video cards, but now I'll just gloss over the essentials.

    1.2 gig AMD Athlon Thunderbird, stock/not OCed.
    Lian Li PC-60 aluminum case -- it's cooooool, literally.
    2x40 gig hard drives, 1x80 gig drive
    640 megs of memory
    Intergraph 21sd95 21" monitor (.21 dp)
    Zip drive
    Creative CD-RW
    Northgate Omnikey or IBM Type M, whatever I'm in the mood for that day.
    Windows XP Pro. I'll eventually partition a chunk of drive space, and dual boot with Mandrake Linux 8.

    I need to get a GeForce 3. I have a Matrox Millennium 400 video card, which produces wonderfully crisp, sharp, accurate 2D images, but is lacking when it comes to the 3D skillz.

    No current photos, but it looks like this ...

    I do have a second Lian Li PC60 case that I'm trying to get rid of. Unopened carton, straight from the distributor. $140 + shipping and it's yours.
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
    Aug 2001
    The Cheese State
    Work - Gateway, 1.3 GHz Pentium 4, 128 RAM, 19" monitor, 40 Meg hard drive, CD-ROM and re-writable, fire wire, Windows 2000 Professional.

    Home - Gateway, 1.8 GHz Pentium 4, 256 RAM, 19" monitor, 40 Meg hard drive, DVD-ROM and re-writable, fireware, Windows XP Professional.

    Things have come a long way from the Apple IIe I used to work on in high school.

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    This is shocking to many because my peripheral duties to being a planner have included network maintenance, GIS, CAD, and website design for the past 6+ years.

    I do own an abacus though.

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    Forums Administrator & Gallery Moderator NHPlanner's avatar
    Apr 1996
    New Hampshire
    At work -

    AMD K6 3D processor (500 MHz)
    382 MB RAM
    48x CD-ROM
    21" NEC Monitor
    Windows 98
    8 GB Hard Drive

    At Home:
    Celeron 500MHZ
    96 MB RAM
    48X CD-ROM
    24X CD-RW
    Zip Drive
    17" Monitor
    No hard drive

    I should have it back up and running in a few weeks...one of my soon-to-be in-laws (a bona-fide geek who watches TechTV all the time) has the CPU and is "tweaking" it for me with a new hard drive and other toys.
    "Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how." -- Edward T. McMahon, The Conservation Fund

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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
    Aug 2001
    The Cheese State
    A couple of weeks ago I was able to pick up a really nice slide rule with a leather case for just a buck.

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    Aug 2001
    Tallahassee, Florida
    Michael, What size batteries do you have to get to run a slide rule?

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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
    Aug 2001
    The Cheese State
    Batteries? That's the beauty of it. In the aftermath of the coming nuclear apocalypse, when all of you electronic marvels are worthless junk, the remains of society will turn to those who can use a slide rule to rebuild their shattered cities... Now how do I calculate a half-life?

    For those who prefer the circular version...
    Last edited by NHPlanner; 17 Feb 2006 at 12:00 PM.

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    Jan 2002
    New York, New York
    I am currently a computer parasite. That is to say that I use whatever computer is available, be it one of the school's, a friend's, my employer's (both past and current), or what have you. This, I intend to remedy as soon as my finances have been ironed into a somewhat prone position. In the meantime, I shall continue to feed.

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    Corn Burning Fool giff57's avatar
    Jul 1998
    On the Mother River

    > Identify your box!

    Home: IBM Thinkpad 390X PII 450
    Work: HP Brio PIII 950

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    Cyburbian boiker's avatar
    Dec 2001
    West Valley, AZ

    giga what?

    my home pc.

    AMD Athlon 1500xp clocked at 1 Ghz because i have crappy memory and every time i clock it up to full speed the computer crashes.

    256mb of PC100 and PC133 memory.
    17' trinitron monitor .23 dotpitch woo!
    ati radeaon 64mb vivo vid card
    80 gig of Ata-100 HD
    cable modem!
    zip 100 usb
    8x cdrw
    2x dvd

    just up until recently, the computer has in the orignial case i got back in 1996 for a 286, i had to use tin snips to make the case fit a atx motherboard, and atx powersupply. There was about 3 fans on the computer, the top of the case didn't fit anymore, etc.

    but now i just upgraded to a atx mid-tower.

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