Y888099 wrote:*you* comment that cutting a cat's penis is "funny"
This is OT to this thread but I think you misunderstood, so let me explain. That wasn't "fun". Their previous owner said the cats were best buddies and she didn't want to split them up, so we took both of them. But as soon as they settled in their new home they started fighting. They were trying to kill each other, and we were tired of the blood, piss and fur all over the place every day. We had to do something, and it was either this or sending at least one to an animal shelter.
I think we made the right decision, but you're free to disagree. Oh, for the record: neutering a cat does not involve cutting in the penis (or cutting it off), they remove the testicles.
Y888099 wrote:Because a teenager doesn't care about life's complexity, e.g. the electricity bill you have to pay for a 1K Watt machine, or the rent you have to pay to host all of these machines.
Therefore, we *adults* usually need a purpose (including why on the why should I run a business project on a prototype?) to justify costs. At least it would be interesting talking about "usage", what you really can do. None of these topics has a purpose. Except to show how many "football-stickers" you have stacked.
As a teenager I didn't even own a computer. As an adult, I have a family, a job, a mortgage, a couple of cars (and some cats) to care for and worry about. Sometimes I need to escape all of that for a moment. Some people go to a bar, some people run marathons. Some people hit on the lifeguards on the beach. I can't do that, because my wife would cut my penis off But hey, it doesn't really matter what you do to unwind, as long as it works for you that's fine with me. I'm not judgemental.
So what if I tinker with old Silicon Graphics computers because I happen to like them. Their shape, their colorful appearance, the challenge to restore them to working order and keep them that way. To fiddle around with the software on them, even if I could have done the same thing on my Macbook in a fraction of the time. The rules of business and efficiency don't apply because I'm not at work, I'm relaxing. Hopefully it makes me a better, more balanced person for my loved ones the rest of the time. *This* is my usage of *my* SGI computers. You don't need to understand what I get out of it, lots of people don't. Often I don't understand their passions either. Just don't be judgemental.
Is it an expensive hobby? I think the money I spent on systems and parts, minus what I got back selling things, divided by the years I've been doing this, doesn't exceed a couple of hundred a year. Negligible compared to the cost of living. If I would run one or more SGI systems 24/7, the power bill would be significant. But I don't. Last time I checked, our power bills were comparable to people around me living in comparable houses. What did cost significant money was the annex I had built to house my collection. But I didn't have to borrow money for it and it increased the value of the property, so if we ever sell it we will probably reclaim most or all of it. I could have spent that money on a nice car and it would be gone now.