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darklair.com resides in my home in Maryland. It was established in 1992 in College Park (UMD dorms) and moved five times since, along with me and all my other crap. It started out as a single Linux box (a 486/33 converted from the evil Micro$oft empire) first without a name, then calling itself darklair.digex.net (where I was working at the time).

The domain, darklair.com, came in December 1994 as more machines were added (domains were free back then, but you actually had to justify getting one, and there was only one place to register. and come to think of it, back then there was still some distinction between .net / .org / .com - now they actually encourage you to "get them all!" - what the hell is... oh nevermind.)

I've thought of much better names for the domain since then, but this one stuck... oh well. I really couldn't imagine back then the significance of a domain I may well have the rest of my life. I barely knew what I'd be doing in a few hours.

And so, the list of stuff as it stands today... quite a bit thinner than it was years ago. Amazing how much space you can reclaim when you shed your sun3[x] hardware and SMD drives. I've also become much better about saying "no" when stray hardware comes looking for a home - knowing full well that I don't have the time (or the interest, honestly) to mess with it like I used to. Finally, the average age of my running hardware is dropping. I now try to at least break even, if something "new" shows up, something old has to go.

To keep all this gear fired up, I'm running 7 APC UPSs. (3) SU1000NETs, (2) SU1000RM2Us and (2) SU1400RMNETs. 7800 volt-amps!

I run an ADDS 4000 General Purpose Terminal to talk to all the headless gear.

Network gear that's actually still in use:

What Why Notes
Cisco 2509 serial console server priceless
Netgear DS106 hubs make packets go 6-port 10/100

Machines:

OS System Vintage CPU(s) Memory Disk Status Notes
IRIX 6.5.30 SGI Octane2 2000 MIPS R12000 400MHz (IP30) 1 G 18 G retired hinv / gfxinfo
IRIX 6.5.30 SGI Origin 200 1997 (2) MIPS R10000 180MHz (IP27/29) 1 G 29 G retired hinv
IRIX 6.5.30 SGI O2 1997 MIPS R10000 225MHz (IP32) 192 M 17 G retired hinv / gfxinfo
IRIX 6.5.22 SGI Indigo2 1995 MIPS R4400 250Mhz (IP22) 192 M 4 G retired hinv / gfxinfo
               
OS X MacBook Pro 13" 2015 Intel Core i5 2.7GHz 16 G 256 G laptop  
OS X iMac 20" 2007 Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz 4 G 320 G workstation  
OS X iMac 20" 2007 Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz 4 G 1 T workstation  
OS X PowerBook M7572 Pismo 2000 G3 400MHz (PPC 750) 576 M 5.6 G retired  
               
FreeBSD generic PC 2009 Intel E7500 Core 2 Duo "Wolfdale-3M" @ 2.93GHz 4 G 250 G server  

Gear collecting dust:

Hiding somewhere around here are a pair of Amigas, a 1000 and a 500. Perhaps one day something cool will be done with them. I also have a pair of Sparc20s, a Sparc5 and an Ultra 2 lying around. Never know when you might need to build a headless workhorse for some reason. The biggest paperweight I have taking up space is a Sun 3/470 (sun3x). I can't seem to bring myself to get rid of it for some reason. Good old Pegasus. There are quite a few Cisco routers of various types (2501, 2621, 2924) left over from the pre-FIOS days of 56k Frame Relay and ISDN home connections. I need to recycle this stuff, I really do.