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This page was written in early 2002, and it reflects the status then. The main hardware page is more up to date.


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The photo shows me in my office in Echunga in front of four computers and an X terminal. It was taken in February 2002 in the new office in the house extension we built in 1999. Previously I had most of this hardware in a tiny little office in the existing part of the house. I also have an older version of this page showing what things looked like in October 2000.

There are a number of machines in this picture:

The X configuration

As you can see, I currently have five monitors on my desks. They are connected to echunga and wantadilla, and they run XFree86 4.1.0, connected by x2x. From left to right, we have:

As before, they are joined together with x2x. I have now well passed the 10 megapixel mark with 11061248 pixels. Here are the X configurations for wantadilla and echunga.

The window manager

I hate “desktops”, if by that you mean lots of eye candy, unintelligible pictures and wasted space. I can read, and I prefer to do so. As a result, though I've played with things like GNOME and KDE (listed in alphabetical order, in case you're wondering), I stick to fvwm2. On occasion I've been asked about my configuration, so here's the current configuration. It's really the live configuration, so it will reflect things that I don't mention here.

The keyboard

The keyboard is a Northgate OmniKey/Plus. It was the best keyboard I ever had, but after 8 years of constant pounding it wore out. I briefly replaced it with an Avant Stellar, but wasn't quite the same, and it had some issues with the CapsLock key turning on by itself which made it very difficult to use with x2x, so I had to go back to the OmniKey. I've since found two ``new'' OmniKey Plus keyboards, so things aren't quite as bad, but I suppose I'll need further replacements unless some company starts building well laid-out keyboards again. If you know where I can get a new OmniKey/Plus, please contact me.

My test setup


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In the Mike Smith Memorial Room I have a test setup with a number of further machines. Their configuration changes constantly; what you see is the configuration on 2 February 2002. From left to right:

Elsewhere in the house


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I'm running two wireless networks, an 802.11b DSSS network in ad-hoc mode, and an 802.11 FHSS network (2 Mb/s). Both are controlled from air-gw.lemis.com, a 486/DX-2 with 16 MB, running at 66 Mhz. It's strategically placed in a cupboard the middle of the house. It runs FreeBSD.


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My Internet downlink is via satellite, controlled froom sat-gw.lemis.com, a 133 MHz Pentium with 16 MB RAM. It's in the HiFi cupboard I built last winter. It runs Linux, because the drivers supplied for the receiver card are in binary-only form.


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