My current computer is a GNU/Linux PC named
"dirac" (after the British physicist). Hardwarewise, dirac
is an Athlon XP 2000+ with 1024MB of RAM and two 78GB hard drives. dirac is connected to the Internet through
I built dirac in Summer 2002. For a number of reasons, I decided to finally do a new install instead of using
the six-year-old(!) Redhat 4.1 install that powered maxwell and tarski. So now I am running debian unstable.
Anyway, dirac currently runs:
On the hardware side, dirac contains [the following list is out of date]:
- Giga-byte Technology GA-7VAX motherboard (Via KT600: VT8377). The motherboard
has 6 PCI slots and 1 AGP slot. No ISA slots. Among other things, it has a built-in Realtek 8139
10/100 ethernet card.
- AMD Athlon XP 2000+ (1667 MHz) processor.
- 1024MB of DDR RAM.
- Maxtor 6L080J4, 80054MB hard drive, with 1819kB of cache. At least that's what dmesg says. They called
it a 80GB drive, of course.
- Seagate ST380011A, 80026MB hard drive, with 2048kB of cache. Again, they called it an 80GB.
- IBM-DTTA-371440, 13783MB hard drive, with 462kB of cache. Marketed as 14.4GB.
- ATI Radeon 9200 (AGP) with 128MB of RAM.
- 21-inch ViewSonic color SVGA monitor, running at 1920x1440x60Hz, at 24bpp.
- nVidia Vanta (NV6 chipset, PCI) with 16MB of RAM.
- 19-inch Gateway color SVGA monitor, running at 1600x1200x70Hz, at 24bpp.
- Lite-On LTC-48161H combination CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive.
- Generic 1.44MB floppy drive.
- Chieftec Dragon case, coloured "Planet Purple" (kind of a dark puce).
Two fans in the back, one on the side, and one in front of two of the hard drives.
- GE Wired Office (WK 0804) keyboard, with two rows of buttons along the top.
- GE optical mouse with lots of buttons: left, middle/scroll, right, thumb, antithumb. The
mouse came with the keyboard.
- 3Com 3c905C-TX 10/100Mbps ethernet card.
- Sound Blaster Live! Value (CT4832).
- Labtec 1030 speakers.
- Casing Power 300W power supply.
Lexmark 4039-10plus laser printer, with 10MB of RAM, Postscript Level 2,
and PCL 5. I bought it from someone who reconstructed it from broken printers and some spare parts, and it
works just fine. A 7000-page toner cartridge is about $75 refurbished on
pricewatch, or $195 new from Lexmark's web site.
I have a few screenshots of my desktop. In reverse chronological order:
dirac 2006-02-06, posting to my blog (left monitor):
960x720 (~151K), and
dirac 2006-02-06, bells, whistles, and gauges (right monitor):
800x600 (~98K), and
dirac 2004-05-22, taking a screenshot in xterm (both monitors):
1760x720 (~139K), and
dirac 2004-02-22, viewing my web page:
800x600 (~153K), and
tarski 2001-05-04, editing my .emacs:
800x600 (~151K), and
You can also take a look at some of my config files if you're into that sort of thing.
Last Modification: 16 July 2008
Previous Modification: 17 September 2006