September 26th, 2006

Enterprise Bridge

Performance rises, prices fall

My home server has gone through three iterations. In 1997, I bought a secondhand 100 MHz 80486DX2 system for about $200. It wasn't near top of the line. My office machine was a Pentium 90, and the cool kids with boatloads of cash were just starting to build P5/166's. But it was good enough to run Slackware 3.1, and was up and running just in time for Time-Warner to deploy its first cable modem system in San Diego. I got to ditch dialup to run Phil Karn's rrlogin to keep my connection running unattended. My IP stayed stable, enough that I felt comfortable registering and pointing it at that 486 and directing all my personal mail there.
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