What makes BuckoSoft go?
|May 5, 1998|
These are all of the IP addressable devices we've had. (So i can leave out the Amiga and Kim-1 :)).
This table was generated with xml and xsl.
|name||Vendor||Model||Aquisition Date||Operating System||IP Address|
|Mario Kart 8!|
|Intel i5-4460 @ 3.20GHz||12GB||2TB||?|
Another server for Chris' house. elvis is sick.
Oct 2015: Eh, elvis just needed a good vacuuming.
Mar 2015:Didn't survive the 3 year old...
|Intel Celeron J1900 @ 1.99GHz||4GB||500GB||?|
New firewall. greta died at 23:30 on a Thursday night. Fortunately,
our local walmart has decided to stay open until midnight and by 6:00 a.m. we were back online.
Jan 2015: Updated to Ubuntu 14.04.1 and bricked the network port. Reinstalled 12.04, still bricked. Bought a usb->eth dongle at Radio Shack. It was a piece of crap 10baseT half duplex thingy with tons of collisions and dropped packets. Took it back and bought a Gigaware dongle at Best Buy. All is well again. It's a shame (and ironic) that after buying stuff at Radio Shack for 50 years (hello battery club) the last thing I'll ever buy from them is the only thing I ever felt compelled to return.
|Gail's Mom's Roku|
|Master bedroom Roku|
Oct 2013:Gail's Mom's TV|
Jun 2016:Blew out the video section
|Intel i7-4770 @ 3.4GHz||16GB||2TB||?|
|Dec 2013: Dick's desktop. Replacement for ben.|
|Nov 2013: Gail's laptop.|
|Gail's iPhone 4s|
|liza||Gateway||DX4870-UB318||20130629||Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS x64||10.10.30.34|
|Intel i5-3330 CPU @ 3.00GHz||8GB||1TB||?|
|Jun 2013: Foxwood Road server. Replacement for ginger.|
|Dec 2012:Master Bedroom Gru-ray player|
|gipad||Apple||iPad 2 Retina||20121225||10.10.30.30|
|Dec 2012:Gail's iPad|
|greta||eMachines||20120712||Ubuntu 12.04 x64||10.10.30.1
|Intel Celeron G460 1.8Ghz||2GB||0.5TB||?|
Foxwood Road firewall. Replacement for ellen.
Oct 2014: Apparently this machine no longer has a hard disk in it.
|bob||eMachines||20120131||Ubuntu 12.04 x64||10.10.20.1
|AMD E-300 780Mhz||2GB||0.5TB||?|
Waterbury firewall. Replacement for katie.
Jan 2012: I have switched from Slackware to ubuntu. I need to switch to a "popular" distro, and the point-and-click updates (via /bin/bash) seem pretty good.
Feb 2012: Well, katie wasn't dead so bob is an objex.com server in waiting.
Oct 2012: Hurricane Sandy came to town, so I moved my workstation to objex.com's world headquarters for a couple of days. While there, I noticed katie's disk didn't sound so good. Bob is now the Waterbury firewall.
|ginger||Gateway||20110103||Slakware 13.1 x64||10.10.30.27|
|Intel Pentium G6951 2.80GHz||6GB||1TB||?|
Foxwood Road server. Replacement for shirley.
Who knew Gateway still made computers? For 400 bucks, I got this 1 Terabyte, 6 Gigabyte, 3.0 GHz Core Duo box.
|billy||Compaq||?||20100629||Windows 7 Home Premium x64||10.10.30.25|
Nov 2013:Or not...
|ingrid||HP||Pavilion dv7||20081011||Vista Home Premium x64||10.10.30.20|
|Intel Core2 Duo 2.26Ghz||4GB||300GB||802.11g|
Dick's new laptop
Dec 2008: There should be a rule that people who make ergonomic design decisions should be forced to use the product. In this case, the headphone and mic jacks. They look very nice on the front of the machine instead of the side, which is where they are on every other laptop. The problem is that if i actually plug headphones in, then my right wrist leans on the plug, putting unwanted strain on a delicate connection. It won't be long before i have an intermittent connection to the headphones.
|ben||Dell||XPS 630i||20080818||Vista Ultimate x64||10.10.30.19|
|Intel Core Duo 3.00Ghz||
Dick's desktop. Supercedes the woefully underpowered mae (A developer
with 1GB memory? Sheesh)
This machine has little white/blue LEDs all over it; inside, outside, near the connectors on the back! But, i would trade them all for an LED that said when there was CD activity and/or disk activity.
I've worked at several companies where The Boss' kid was an art student at a design school. This machine suffers that fate. Form over function. It looks cool. The case slopes forward and has a "hood", so when one opens the CD drive it is hard to get the CD in and out. The flash memory slots are recessed and can't be seen or used unless one bends over and peers straight into them.
Nov 2008: The firewire interface is too buggy to use. I have two external hard drives (512MB Maxtor and 1TB WD) and a JVC GR-D770U video camera. If i plug in any of those devices, ben will blue screen after a couple of minutes of use (smells like bad interrupt management). These devices all work on mae.
Oct 2012: I was having serious swap/stall issues. Netbeans runs over 1GB, Tomcat runs over 1GB. Flash is ... well, Flash is Flash. So I up'd ben to 8GB (max for this mobo). What a difference!
Dec 2013: Ben has started locking up every 24 hours or so for the last week. Hmm, this behavior started shortly after I last allowed it to run Windows Update. (I don't do the "automatic updates". My machines stay on 24/7, I usually have 30-50 windows open, I hate sitting down at the login screen instead of where I was, in the middle of work, and I subscribe to "if it ain't broke, don't fix it").
Your days are numbered, old friend.
|keanu||HP||Pavilion dv9000||20080619||Vista Home Premium||10.10.30.18|
May 2010: or not.
|May 2008: Dick's desktop inkjet printer|
|Intel Core 2 1.86Ghz||2GB||300GB||RealTek RTL8139|
|Apr 2007: Purchased at CompUSA to replace dying sean.|
|May 2007: Found a used one! and paid full price for it.|
TiVo really revolutionizes the way one watches TV.
I think the TiVo UI (that is displayed on the TV) is brilliant. The TiVo core is well thought out.
Unfortunately, the Windows PC access program (TiVoToGo) sucks. It leaks like a pig, and is some wacky non-service service that can't be restarted, only rebooted. Sometimes, when installing, configuring or changing versions, it can't find the tivo, and that is the extent of the error message. Not even a "no route to host" or "10054" helpful hint. (Well, they are UDP broadcasts, so meaningful error messages are trickier.)
I have resorted to using the built-in web server on the TiVo to download files to my PC. This is a bit clunky, and could be so much nicer. But at least i don't have to reboot my PC every two days.
And why do i have to be at the TiVo console screen to delete files??? Why can't i delete from either TiVoToGo or the web server??? Argh.
Jul 2012: Dumpster
|mae||HP||Pavillion||20060817||Windows XP Media Edition||10.10.30.11|
|Pentium D 2.8Ghz||1GB||250GB||RealTek RTL8139
Purchased at Walmart for <$1000 including an ok 19" flat panel.
The Linksys card sucks. It stutters. Once a minute or so it locks up for 3/4 of a second. This makes online gaming impossible.
Oct 2006: Replaced the teeny 19" 1280x1024 with a Dell 24" 1920x1200. Ahhh.
Jul 2007: Added a 23" LG 1680x1050. This is the first time i've had two monitors with different vertical resolutions. It's a little annoying.
|shirley||TargetPC||white box||20050813||Linux (Slackware 10.1)||10.10.30.8
|200GB Maxtor||RealTek RTL8139|
The server at Laurelbrook Drive.
Mar 2006: Added a 1GB stick of memory to the box which gets seen as only a 512MB stick. TargetPC was most unhelpful in trying to solve this problem.
|clint||Compaq||Presario X6000||20050527||WinXP Pro||10.10.30.7|
|P4/3Ghz||2GB||100GB||Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN (internal)
Realtek RTL8139/810x (internal)
17" Widescreen 1680x1050. He's a nice WAMP machine. He's not very good with the battery; just over 1 hour, not extendable or hot swappable; about 4 hrs to recharge. Has a brick the size of Detroit. But it is a luggable full server.
Jan 2006: There is something wrong with the charging circuit. It often doesn't work. The battery will only half charge or "60%" which is a half hour.
Mar 2006: HP says that my battery is bad. I don't believe them. They sent me a new battery (under warranty yea!) and now it all works again!
Jul 2012: Dumpster
|frank||SAG Electronics||20020131||Win2K Pro||10.10.10.17|
|Dual Xeon/2Ghz||2GB||73GB SCSI 160
80GB SCSI 160
|Intel PRO/100+ (PILA8470B)|
Dick's development workstation Jan 2002 -
Dual head ATI Radeon on a Sony 24" 1920x1200 and ATI Rage 128 on a Princeton 21" 1600x1200.
Jul 2012: Dumpster
|bing||Yeeha Mall||20010825||Linux (Slackware 7.2)||10.10.20.3
Linux desktop. Rex never worked out because he crashed every 3-4 weeks.
So i replaced him with this $500 machine.
Dec 2004: Database server and backup at Chris' house.
Oct 2007: dead.
Jul 2012: Dumpster
|P3/1Ghz||128MB||40GB IDE||Netgear 108Mbps 802.11g (WG311T)|
|Aug 2001: Carl's machine.|
|May 2001: Marlene's machine. Although Spenser was still running reliably, she complained that it took 10 minutes to load QuickBooks|
|P3/1Ghz||128MB||40GB IDE||Netgear 108Mbps 802.11g (WG311T)|
|Mar 2001: Audrey's Machine. The three year old has the fastest computer in the house.|
|sean||SAG Electronics||20000818||Linux (Slackware 10.1)||10.10.20.2
Dick's Win2k Workstation; August 2000 - Jan 2002.
Sean suffered a massive failure on the SCSI disk. Since i had to recreate my system, i thought i would do it on a new machine (frank).
Feb 2002: sean becomes the web server.
Jun 2005: Chris noticed in the logs that a Maxtor disk was failing. So a 60GB disk ($40! at Staples) was dropped in and the machine reformatted as SuSE.
Nov 2005: Chris noticed sean was hacked! grrrr. i reformatted the machine again as Slackware because i find it much easier to maintain from a shell prompt.
May 2007: Dead to me. sean still wheezes, but why bother...
Jul 2012: Dumpster
|orson||Dell||Insprion 6500?||20000119||Win2k Pro||10.10.30.3
Netgear 108Mbps 802.11g (WG511T)
Bigum Laptop. 1280x1024 15.4" screen. Very nice, it's the most stable NT box i have.
I wish i could figure out how to make it not suspend when i close the lid though; that is a very annoying
habit. It's not enough to have a suspend key on the keyboard, a suspend Start menu option, and a suspend
button in the mini-task tray. No, we still have to always auto-suspend. For extra fun, start a shutdown
and then close the lid; it really confuses the poor devil. Oh, Dell's expert technical advise was to clip off
the lid switch with a pair of fingernail clippers.
Pictures of orson. The reason i don't look happy with my new expensive toy is because Dell wouldn't sell me the machine with a DVD player when i told them i was installing NT. "But M$ wants me to run NT and they want to ship me software on DVD. I don't care if it plays movies. Fine, put Win98 on it." (being a pawn of Bill, no operating system was not an option). I thought i would check out a "factory installation" and in the picture i am considering sending the piece o' crap back. Installing NT changed my mind.
Orson spends most of his time in the closet. Since i can't close the lid, i leave him in there and use pcAnywhere to drive him.
Nov 2001: Installed Win2k. This was like a near orgasmic experience. Everything went *so* smoothly, and the installation figured out the optimum settings for *everything*. I liked Win2K on my desktop, but Win2K on a laptop absolutely rocks! I can close the lid! I can plug in strange devices (Sandisk Compact Flash Card Reader, Nikon Coolpix 995) and they just start working. And the coolest thing is i can suspend it at home, plug it into an alien network, resume it, and it re-DHCPs itself. No more bitch slapping the TCP/IP stack.
Jan 2004: New battery.
May 2005: semi-retired by purchase of clint. Marlene occasionally uses orson wirelessly in the kitchen.
|Really fast laser printer (well, faster than a HP550C deskjet :)|
Linux (SuSE 8.2)
|P2/450Mhz||64 MB 120Mhz SDRAM||8GB WS IDE||3C905BX|
Feb 5, 1999: this computer is still on the bench. It's been sent back once already. I am up to not being able to get the network to work. And just inserting certain CDs crashes the machine. Do i want to deploy and support this puppy? At what cost?
Nov 1999: The peasants are in arms about this machine and demand something that doesn't crash so much (Quickbooks; journaling; ummm.)
Jan 2000: Away with you, filthy machine.
Mar 2001: After a year of on-and-off piddling, i got a floppy to boot Win98. It runs well enough to be my 6 year old son's game machine (not on the network). So after 2 and a half years, this machine has a useful life.
Aug 2001: I felt too guilty having my son struggle with this machine, so he got thomas and now katie's primary duties are to hold drinks at the game table.
Dec 2003: Installed SuSE 8.2 and turned this machine into a solid rocker. Katie has now replaced hole as the network firewall.
Jun 2004: katie protects the buckosoft 10.10.20 network at Waterbury at my friend's 2MB/s 9 static IP DSL house. A third leg also connects katie to the objex.com (192.168) network.
Oct 2012: Retired in favor of bob.
|rex||SAG Electronics||19980612||Linux (Slackware 7.1)
|Dual P2/400Mhz||256MB 120Mhz SDRAM||9GB Ultra Wide 10K RPM
(2) 40GB Maxtor IDE
Dick's NT Workstation
Aug 2000: Linux KDE (Kickass Desktop Environment)
Apr 2001: Another Western Digital hard disk failure.
Oct 2005: Dumpster
|spenser||AMS Tech||19970925||Windows 95||22.214.171.124|
|P/233||48MB EDO||3.1GB||Megahertz XJ10BT Slow|
Laptop. At the time i bought this machine, AMS had the only 233Mhz laptop.
The only problem is that nobody has aftermarket parts for this machine, like batteries, and AMS Tech
charges top dollar for the aftermarket stuff. My next laptop will be one of the big brand names.
Jan 2000: Marlene's main machine. Slow, clunky, and runs Quicken and Quickbooks well.
May 2001: retired due to purchase of hugh
|Dual PPro/200Mhz||128MB EDO||3.0GB SCSI
Dick's Primary development machine from 2/97 to 6/98
Now he is one kickass Linux box. Duties include: primary Web server; mail server for xpilot.org; MySQL server.
Jan 2000: The 2.4GB Western Digital disk died a noisy death. Fortunately, this disk was just swap space and scratch area. Dropped in an 8GB. Ya know, the case on duke is still one of the best i've used. A nice 3 piece panel case instead of that stupid one piece "U" shape molded steel thing that needs 3 hands to attach.
Oct 2005: dumpster
|cary||Tiger Direct||19970101||Linux 2.0.33||126.96.36.199|
|Cyrix C6/120 (no fan!)||64MB EDO||1.2GB WD IDE
3.1GB WD IDE
|Junk NE2000 compatible (works good)|
Mailling list server. Backup Web server.
I bought this machine with 64MB RAM and wanted to drop in 64MB that i had laying around. Unfortunately the motherboard doesn't support 4 32MB modules! It supports 4 of 8, 4 of 16, 2 of 32, or 2 of 64. I complained to Tiger, since i specifically mentioned i wanted to this, but they claimed the machine wasn't broken and refused to do anything. Then i complained to the Florida Attorney General. I guess a lot of other people complained too, because they've changed their name to PC Connection or some such.
Nov 1999: cary is on loan to a friend who's sparc died. Although basically a private server, he can be seen at www.objex.com.
Dec 2005: this machine is still running strong at www.objex.com.
May 2007: Retired in favor of bruce
|AMD K6/233Mhz||32MB EDO||1.6GB WD IDE||3C590|
|P166||32 MB EDO||3.1GB WD IDE||3C509|
Dick's Primary development machine from Jun '96 to Feb '97.
May 1998: Now he is used to burn CDs. (No drivers for Philips CDD2600 for NT)
July 2001: Dumpster
|sarah||Jade Electronics?||19930910||Linux 2.0.13||188.8.131.52|
24MB EDO RAM
|160MB WD IDE
1.2GB Quantum IDE
Mail and name server.
sarah started life as a late blooming 386 which you can read about here
sarah has also spent a year routing our PPP traffic to the Internet.
|bucko||JBC Systems||19930112||Win 3.11||184.108.40.206|
|i486/33Mhz||8MB EDO RAM||340MB WD IDE
1.2GB Quantum IDE
Bucko was dick's main machine from Jan '93 - Jun '95.
Bucko came to live with us in London. (I can't pay bills without a computer)
Now, he is the only computer to spend the bulk of his time turned off.
Hole, as in hole in the wall. Hole connects the BuckoSoft office to the Internet via a 64Kb Frame Relay Line.