My old computers

I haven’t really kept track of the computers I’ve used over the years. A summarized list is below - I may not have the exact model in a couple of cases, but what’s listed is pretty close. Between 1998 and 2004, my friends and I acquired an assortment of parts, traded them, and built our own (obsolete) computers from a pile of parts.

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  • ~1996: Commodore PC Compatible. Ran MS-DOS. Played basic games, joined BBS.
  • 1996-2000: Packard Bell Pentium II 133MHz. Hung out on a BBS, Played games like Duke Nukem 3D and Sim City 2000. Windows 95, 98, 2000. Later installed Red Hat Linux 5.2, bought off a shelf at a Wal-Mart, and tested other Linux distributions.
  • 1997-1999: Zenith SupersPort 286. Mostly used MS-DOS and kept a journal on it. Windows 3.0 installed. Learned some BASIC on this.
  • 1997-2006: Several no-name 386 and 486s. Ran DOS, Linux, and FreeBSD. Installed Windows 95 from floppy on a 486.
  • 1999-2006: Several no-name Pentiums and AMD K5/K6/Athalon. Ran Linux (RedHat, CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, Gentoo, countless others) and FreeBSD.
  • 2006-2011: Dell Inspiron 1750(?) Laptop. Mostly Linux (Ubuntu). Briefly Windows XP and FreeBSD.
  • 2008-2012: Several Work-issued iMacs running macOS and Linux.
  • 2010-2012: Asus Eee PC 900. Ran Linux (Debian).
  • 2012-2013: Asus Netbook. Ran Linux (Ubuntu)
  • Since 2013: MacBook Pro (work, personal)

Many of these were used as home servers over the years. I ran my own e-mail servers at home for several years, along with web servers and an assortment of other things. I hosted e-mail and web content for myself mostly, but had a few users and a couple of niche projects related to customizing desktop environments.

I started using Linux on my desktop around 2000 and continued to until I started exploring FreeBSD, which I ran on most of my workstations from 2004-2007 and most of my homelab from 2004-2020. From there, It’s been a mix of more Linux and macOS on my workstations.

See my “uses” page for more information about what I’m currently using.