Author Topic: Old boxes  (Read 2652 times)


  • Previously known as Millimole
Re: Old boxes
« Reply #25 on: 11 June, 2021, 06:07:06 pm »
Mrs M has reminded me that we have a Toshiba Libretto - her first laptop, and still fondly remembered for its size if not its weight.
Having Googled the Libretto I now need to find it to see what model it is (possibly a 70)
Too many angry people - breathe & relax.

Re: Old boxes
« Reply #26 on: 24 June, 2021, 11:14:32 pm »
Upstairs I've still got my ZX81, in a DK Tronics keyboard, 32K of ram plus 2K of battery backup up static for persistent storage.
My Atari 130XE and my Amiga 1500 with G-Force 40MHz 68030/68882, SCSI HD and CD etc.
There's various old laptops around including a JVC mininote A5 format and various servers, but my normal machine is a mid-2009 unibody 15" MacBook Pro. Shame it's no longer supported for OS updates, it's been a very reliable machine (on its second PSU, and had an internal ribbon cable fail that connects to the HD).
I think every member of my family has got through at least three laptops in the time I've had that MacBook, which has travelled extensively with me - it's not been used as a pampered desktop.

Re: Old boxes
« Reply #27 on: 25 June, 2021, 09:10:29 am »
I have a magnificent Compaq portable III, WITH a 10mb Hard Drive WITH an expansion box on the back WITH a network adapter so that I could run Novell Netware on it, and together with a Toshiba Plasma Portable (also 10Mb hard drive) I had a demo network I could take to potential clients.

Tim Hall

  • Victoria is my queen
Re: Old boxes
« Reply #28 on: 25 June, 2021, 11:14:49 am »
Somewhere in Thee Boxes of Teetering Crap I've got an NSLU2 that I put Slug(OS (I think) on. I used it as NAS of some sort attached to my almost smart TV before I got a Raspberry Pi and Kodi.

Is it worth revitalising it and hanging more external HDDs off it as some kind of backup thing?
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Re: Old boxes
« Reply #29 on: 25 June, 2021, 11:23:15 am »
I had the same setup with the NSLU2 - onto the Toppy freeview box IIRC. Both boxes are around somewhere; a few years ago I had the Toppy in my equipment rack to use as a broadcast radio receiver (via freeview) to have background noise in my home office.

I think the NSLU2 is too slow and underpowered to be properly useful now (and only 100M ethernet even if the processor could keep up); many routers allow you to plug a USB drive in nowadays which would probably work much better.