I'm not sure what kind of thread this is going to turn into, so here goes nothin'.
What do you guys still use your machines for?
I've got a whole basement filled with crap that for some reason I can't bare to look at anymore. I used to enjoy tinkering around with "computers" in general (HPPA, 68k, 88k, Itanium, x86, PowerPC, Sparc, MIPS, you name it) but recently I've found I can't seem to give a shit anymore. It all feels like a bunch of mind bogglingly boring procedures and head bashing to get to some text prompt and ask yourself "OK, now what?".
So I'm basically thinking about liquidating everything that doesn't have some kind of utility value in CG or audio/music production. The only systems I still bother using anymore are my Octane 2 and Fuel, and that's only because they run some semi-useful if not totally antiquated software (managed to find some legal licenses for Photoshop, SoftImage, and Maya).
I guess the second part of this thread is this- given the equipment below, can you guys think of any reasons why someone in CG/audio/programming would want to keep these machines around? I'm almost desperate for excuses to hang on to some of the machines, but I just can't come up with anything relevant.
1) DEC VAX 4000/200 Minicomputer (has a KFQSA SCSI controller so it can boot NetBSD)
2) IBM Multiprise 3000 Mainframe w/3172 and 3174 controllers plus two 3270 terminals
3) SGI Fuel (600mhz, 512MB RAM, V10)
4) SGI Octane 2 (2x600mhz, single V12 and a PCI shoebox)
5) Sun Blade 2000 (2x1.2ghz, 4GB RAM, XVR-1000 and SunPCI III Pro coprocessor)
6) Apple PowerMac G5 Quad 2.5ghz (late model with a Panasonic LCS, surprisingly hasn't leaked)
7) HP K570 Minicomputer w/Deskside skins (6x200mhz, 8GB RAM, has a full length backplane video card installed, can't remember the model though)
Apple Quadra 650 (strictly for use with my MacIvory III card set)
9) IBM RS/6000 43p Model 150 (375mhz, 1GB RAM)
10) ALR Revolution 6x6 (6*200mhz Pentium Pro, 128MB RAM)
11) Omron Luna 88k (4*25mhz, 32MB RAM, boots UniOS but I think NetBSD supports it)
Most of the hardware boots whatever native OS it was designed to boot (OpenVMS, OS/390, Irix, Solaris, Mac OS X, HPUX, OpenGenera, AIX, Windows NT, and UniOS). Basically, all the systems are complete as far as a console, keyboard, mouse, and optional networking peripherals go. I haven't really done anything with any of it (other then turning it on and off again, which gets old really fast- especially in the case of the MP3K), so I'm kind of looking for ideas on how I can use some of it for something useful other then hosting databases and crunching numbers (yes, I'm well aware that is what the majority of it was designed to do).