I have always been a fan of hardware, networking and programming. Some all it packratting.
Well, router/firewall starts it all off, that feeds hardwired laptops, to another router for printers and an XP workstation, and to another 16 port switch. The switch feeds another 24 port hub and that becomes my playground.
While many people expand their computing power vertically getting more upgrades, I expand horizontally and add more to the network. It becomes an 8 laptop, 14 server, 9 workstation, and 7 printer network.
Historically, there is a 80286-12MHz system, 486SX-33, and 486DX2-66. Also, MSDOS, Win31, Win95, Win98, WinME, 2000, and XP; BSD, Redhat Linux, Novell, and NT; which gives a great view of my programming on other system platforms.
A great example is my P166 system from 1997, still runs 24/7, which handles CallerID, a shared printer, and network file storage. I guess as long as it was going to still work, why throw it out, just get it to do more work.
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