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The oldest Puppy Dog in the kennel?
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aahhaaa


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Location: Lower Michigan, North America

PostPosted: Tue 22 Nov 2005, 00:25    Post subject:  The oldest Puppy Dog in the kennel?  

Some of you may remember those '80s PCs: DOS/CGA, no mouse, no CD- the 3.5" floppy had just been invented... this one now houses my P-II mobo after some extensive metal hacking. These machines had a big flip lever on the side to turn them on- I used a doorbell button on the front instead. My 1st Gates-free machine!Very Happy

It's not staying black, that's primer; but it isn't gonna be Billie Beige either...
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mayakovski


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Location: Comox, BC, CANADA

PostPosted: Thu 24 Nov 2005, 15:37    Post subject: Re: The oldest Puppy Dog in the kennel?  

Wow thoes specs are amazing, how did you get Puppy to run with 256K or 512K of RAM?
I find I need at least 32MB of RAM. Laughing


"Epia M10000 ITX, 512K RAM, Puppy 1.0.5
Tyan Tiger 400Mhz P-II, 256K RAM, 10 G HD, ActionTec/Lucent Modem on Dialup, Puppy 1.0.5 (on HD)- Firefox w/Pinball theme"
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aahhaaa


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PostPosted: Thu 24 Nov 2005, 18:42    Post subject:  

uh, yeah... thanks for the gentle hint! Embarassed went further into the 'old days than I thought'! Very Happy (did have a Tandy Model 100 with 32K RAM once- way back in '87)
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Location: Minnesota, USA

PostPosted: Fri 02 Dec 2005, 03:45    Post subject: Re: The oldest Puppy Dog in the kennel?  

mayakovski wrote:
Wow thoes specs are amazing, how did you get Puppy to run with 256K or 512K of RAM?
I find I need at least 32MB of RAM. Laughing

I tried to install Puppy 1.0.0 on machine with 133 Mhz processor, 49 Mb Ram, 4,7Gb HD, no CD just floppy. Installation was possible only in text mode. After I made 256K swap partition, I got Puppy installed in full mode.
I was waiting about 2 minutes to open move file using Xing, but no luck. ISA modem didn't work. Everithing moved very SLOOOOW! I thought it was "computer abuse", so I deleted Puppy and returned to Windows 98. Embarassed
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Sage

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PostPosted: Sat 03 Dec 2005, 05:43    Post subject:  

Maybe it's possible to shoehorn an ITX into a Commodore PET case? If anyone wants a cga card, I'd be happy to oblige - even have a working colour, cga monitor! Just ask if you need old HW - buyer collects. 4.7Gb drives are overkill, though. Maybe we should focus on a 540Mb HD limit. Setup on modern hardware should be permissible. Any prizes for oldest box? Altair? Amstrad?
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alan


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PostPosted: Fri 09 Dec 2005, 19:55    Post subject:  

you can shoehorn a mini-itx into the strangest things. Have a look at www.mini-itx.com - see the projects section. All of them need Puppy.
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aahhaaa


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PostPosted: Sat 10 Dec 2005, 10:14    Post subject:  

perhaps the most amazing thing about the ITX boards is the way they hold their resale value- I watch the M10000 on eBay and used mobos always go for about 75% of a new board- not too shabby for a board that's been out for 3 years! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat 10 Dec 2005, 10:21    Post subject:  

The aeroplane was my favourite. A friend has one built into a settee-recliner, with controls on the armrests and screen on the footrest. Reminds me of an old sci-fi story in which folks saved all their cash for 'the operation'. They had their feet replaced with steel pads, their brains hardwired to TV and their digestion plumbed for a nutritious drip. Nirvana, indeed.
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PostPosted: Sat 10 Dec 2005, 10:27    Post subject:  

Above was my inane comment. What is wrong - I ticked the box to keep me logged on!
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psy-fi

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PostPosted: Mon 16 Jan 2006, 11:57    Post subject:  

was that william gibson's neuromancer?


actually, i'm going to do an acid test....find some ancient hardware and try to throw this OS on it.

i'd ask for donations, but if you had donations, you'd probably just do it yourself. ^_^

i'll see what i can drum up at thrift shops and ebay.

report back later.
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PostPosted: Tue 17 Jan 2006, 04:27    Post subject:  

Don't waste your money. Search roadside skips (US: dumpster), visit local amenity dumps, tour local offices and offer to clear their dusty relics FOC (commercial waste disposal is expensive!).
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psy-fi

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PostPosted: Tue 17 Jan 2006, 05:06    Post subject:  

my current PC i s actually made of trash...but I haven't seen anything worth scavenging lately, just old printers and the occasional 486. i didn't think of asking offices for their old equipment, i'm always seeing back rooms filled with old pcs collecting dust. for some reason, i never thought to ask if they wanted to get rid of them.

i actually know of a couple "dead" PCs I could try this out on, but i have to deal with the all important "wife factor," which prevents me from having old computer parts laying around my office...

maybe it'd work out better if i tidied up a bit. ^_^


best thing ever found in the trash: netgear 24-port router with pentium III computer.
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PostPosted: Tue 17 Jan 2006, 05:11    Post subject:  

Yes, tidying up is a great idea. It should include a final solution to the wife issue. Intolerance is unacceptable, but we all make mistakes.
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