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Your most prized hardware

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:50 pm
by Irinikus
In my case, my most prized hardware consists of my collection of modules from the original 3 Cray machines.

Cray1:

This Cray1 memory module is rather rare, as it has the white Fairchild chips on it.
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Cray2:

This is apparently a 10MB memory module from a Cray2 system:
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Cray2 Power-supply module:
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Cray3:

This is a Cray3 E.C.L. module (part of one of the processors):
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The collection for size comparison:
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Re: Your most prized hardware

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:32 am
by Dodoid
For me, it would be my Onyx and Origin2000, as well as maybe my R12K 400mhz O2s (though those are maybe more common). Interesting CRAY modules. Apparently there are some hobbyist CRAY systems in storage or in barns, but most of them can't run because of power requirements IIRC.

Re: Your most prized hardware

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:13 pm
by Trippynet
I don't really have anything rare as such. The hardware I have that I'd consider prized in any way is simply more difficult to replace with modern equivalents these days.

I love my little Thinkpad X201 laptop purely because it's one of the last decent laptops Lenovo made and there simply isn't a more modern laptop out there that matches my requirements of having a matte 16:10 (or 3:2) screen, trackpad with buttons and excellent keyboard. Given that I picked it up for free (legitimately) from a previous company I worked for, I do feel fortunate to having got it so easily. Of course, if it died, I could replace it easily enough with a like-for-like replacement from eBay...

I also love my main monitor (despite it not being a top end model) because again, it's a 16:10 28" screen and nobody makes them any more. If it died, I'd have to fork out neck end of £1,000 on a 30" replacement as 16:10 screens only currently exist in 24" or 30" sizes (and I despise 16:9 screens on computers).

My Fuel is also reasonably prized I suppose, simply because working ones in decent cosmetic condition are becoming harder to find these days for sensible prices (at least in the UK).

Like I say, nothing really exotic or special I'm afraid...

Re: Your most prized hardware

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:16 pm
by praetor242
All my SGIs, really. I just got an Octane 2, but it needs a new power supply (thank-you UPS), but when I get that going, I think that will be my most prized SGI.

Re: Your most prized hardware

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:18 pm
by devv
I stumbled upon a stashed PowerBook G3 (nicknamed Kanga, some random picture of that model can be found on http://www.applefritter.com/files/DSCN7329.JPG).
When I found it I wanted to install Linux on it, but for some reason the install file that has to be run from the existing MacOS installation was zipped and I couldn't unzip it. The docs on the net seem to imply that the unzipper should have already been installed by default, but in any case it didn't work nor was I able to find a working download for it (I believe it was a Stuffit archive or something?). So I abandoned the whole idea.

I have 2 boards that were part of a very old 2400 bps modem. I threw away the case 10+ years ago because it was the size of a mini tower.

I have a bunch of different SGI PCI-X boards, and a Midiman SAM and Co2 (http://media.soundonsound.com/sos/may99 ... mansam.gif and https://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/p ... 2-8402.jpg). I wanted to use them to convert ADAT to S/PDIF, but I decided not to keep the Tezro anywhere near me (due to noise), so I didn't end up using the Tezro (nor, consequently, the SAM or Co2) as inputs into the S/PDIF capable amplifier.

And, not really hardware but prized, I have 2 printed BAPOM posters (http://www.trilon.com/bapom/posters-largeformat.htm) and plan on printing more.

Re: Your most prized hardware

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:18 pm
by Raion-Fox
When I get it, my Tezro, besides that, my gold Nintendo 64 and my Sega Genesis development kit (I paid a LOT to get the fucker)

Re: Your most prized hardware

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:50 pm
by hamei
My dick.

Do I need to post a photo ?

Re: Your most prized hardware

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:30 pm
by miod
hamei wrote:My dick.

Do I need to post a photo ?

Must... resist... soft vs hard joke... :mrgreen:

Re: Your most prized hardware

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:31 am
by ClassicHasClass
My internal drives are floppy.

Re: Your most prized hardware

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:51 am
by quinn
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Re: Your most prized hardware

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:50 pm
by VenomousPinecone
Don't really own computers anymore, just like when I was a little kid. I have a laptop on loan from the office that I use at home for remote work, and the workstation I sit in front of every day at the office. Neither are mine. Hell, even this Galaxy S8 charging on the desk right now isn't mine. Had an AT&T GoPhone (flip version) before starting this job.

After getting rid of this Ultra45 I am down to a couple of raspberry pi's sitting in a Crown Royal bag. ;)

hamei wrote:My dick.

:lol:

Re: Your most prized hardware

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:09 pm
by Raion-Fox
VenomousPinecone wrote:Don't really own computers anymore, just like when I was a little kid. I have a laptop on loan from the office that I use at home for remote work, and the workstation I sit in front of every day at the office. Neither are mine. Hell, even this Galaxy S8 charging on the desk right now isn't mine. Had an AT&T GoPhone (flip version) before starting this job.

After getting rid of this Ultra45 I am down to a couple of raspberry pi's sitting in a Crown Royal bag. ;)


So you were on here when you were a teen?

Re: Your most prized hardware

Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:23 am
by VenomousPinecone
On topic:
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Not my picture but I own two of these, one PS/2 and one USB. Not as obnoxious at the office as a Model M and not a spongy horrible little rubber dome swap-meet tier keyboard without any tactile feedback. Although I don't really think I would call it prized, just ultra-comfy. :D

Raion-Fox wrote:So you were on here when you were a teen?

Nope, got my first SGI system at 21.

Re: Your most prized hardware

Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:07 am
by itsvince725
I don't have anything exceptionally valuable but I do love my SGI systems, my Mac Quadra 950, and my "Color Classic II" (Color Classic with a Performa 550 board).

Re: Your most prized hardware

Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:46 am
by guardian452
Like most grown-ups I use IT equipment as a means to an end, rather than the end itself. I guess my laptop? Tho if it broke down i would just buy a new one. Barely 6 months old and there is already a new model out :o

However some of the amiibos in my collection were quite expensive. I wouldn't say 'prized' like some trophy antlers tho. Expensive is only relative to MSRP as they've been all under $80 or so.

The fetishists are getting wierd here. Even when I was collecting machines it was more about getting enough parts to get something working again and have fun with it for a while than it was to lock it away in a museum. If I (could) have children I would probably feel different about hanging onto this old stuff so they can play with it and laugh at how, er, quaint, it all was. The neighbor's kids definitely got a kick out of the onyx and no child can resist an apple 2 with a color monitor and a game loaded up!