Computer Stuff

Well, old visitors to The Thugdome will notice that this page has had to go through a bit of a revamp. When I moved to England, I obviously wasn't going to take all my computers with me. (Besides, my 21" Monitor was a Southern Hemisphere model, so its display quality wouldn't have been optimal over here anyway. <grin>)

So, the old network of Diggler, Big, Little and Server got broken up. (Can you work out the naming?*) Little got slightly upgraded and given to my sister so she could connect to the net. Server got decommissioned and I went back to a peer-to-peer network. Big was going to disappear too, but has hung on for dear life, so that now my parents are left with a computer each, which is pretty silly, really.

And for me? Well, I had to get a new machine, of course. Introducing Detachable! (to continue with the naming theme.) Detachable is a DELL Inspiron 5000e with all the extra features. Nice? Very! I think it became my most expensive purchase ever too. <frown>

Retro Computing

But I don't forget my computing roots. My first computer, back in 1982, was an Apple ][+ clone. Over many years I learnt an awful lot about that computer. I learnt to program BASIC by typing in programs from computer magazines. Eventually I learnt 6502 assembly and could do reasonable amounts in it. (I was much better at understanding other people's assembly language than writing my own.) I could dissect Apple DOS and muck around with it, and all sorts of other bits a pieces. And of course, there were the games.

Some things are hard to leave behind. The old Apple is still at home, still just managing to function. But these days I mostly use Apple Emulators to get my fix of nostalgia. Here are some Apple links:

The Apple IIgs Gaming Memory Fairway
Apple II Oasis Home Page
The Treasure Chest Project
Catweasel Advanced Floppy Controller - Read Apple floppies on a PC!

You can also find some Apple Emulator related software that I have written on my Software page.

Then there's the MAME and MESS projects. They seek to recreate/emulate the old arcade machines and PC/Consoles of my youth respectively. Damn if they aren't both a lot of fun. Time for some more links!

MAME - The official Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator site
The Official MESS Home Page
MESS ROMs - Great site that has them all, plus photos and info.


I've bought and used a lot of hardware over the years. Click here for my unsolicited advice about purchasing computer hardware! For more advice about computer hardware, I recommend the following sites:

Tom's Hardware Guide

They're Mine! All Mine!!

I used to proudly list the exact specs of all my computers with model numbers and web site links. This was mostly for the glorification of my ego, partly to fill up space on my web page, but also so that when the page got indexed by the web search engines out there, people looking for info about a particular bit of hardware would find me. Over the years I've received quite a few e-mails from people needing info on an old bit of hardware, and I've been more than happy to oblige with scans from pages of manuals, advice, etc.

Now that most of the hardware and documentation is scattered around the globe, this doesn't make as much sense anymore. But, I'd still like to be a helpful netizen so I've just summarised all the specs and listed them below in a big chunks as "search engine fodder".


DELL Inspiron 5000e, Intel Pentium III, 750Mhz, 384Mb SO-DIMM RAM (128+256), IBM DJSA-220 20Gb 2.5" IDE HDD, ATI Mobility-128 (2x AGP) w/16Mb SDRAM, Maestro2E PCI Audiodrive, Toshiba SD-C2402 (RPC-1) DVD-ROM, 1.44Mb 3.5" FDD, Xircom Realport Cardbus Ethernet 10/100+56 Modem (RBEM56G-100), Synaptics Touchpad & Logitech Wheel Mouse, 15" TFT UXGA (1600x1200) Display Panel, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional & Windows 98SE


Intel Pentium II 333Mhz, ABIT LX6 (Intel 440LX PCIset) , 128Mb 168 Pin SDRAM, IBM UltraStar XP 4.3Gb Ultra SCSI-3 "Capricorn" (DCAS-34330U), 2x IBM UltraStar 2Gb Ultra SCSI-3  (DORS-32160) , Seagate 1.0Gb Fast SCSI-2 (ST31200N), Quantum Fireball Ultra-DMA/33 6.4Gb, Matrox Millennium G200 (8Mb SGRAM) AGP, Orchid Righteous 3D Video Accelerator  (4Mb EDO DRAM) using 3DFX Voodoo Chipset, Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live! Value, Plextor UltraPlex PX-32TSi Ultra-SCSI 14-32x Speed, Traxdata 4260EL PRO 4x/2x/6x CD-RW Drive (Yamaha CDRW4260), Imation LS-120 Super Drive, NetGear FA310TX 10/100Mbps, Microsoft Intellisense 1.1A PS/2, Honeywell SpaceMate 104key PS/2, Adaptec 2940U Ultra-SCSI Controller, Digital PCXAV-WY 21" Monitor, Logitech Wingman Extreme, Macase Galaxy ATX Full Tower, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional


Intel Pentium 100Mhz, Iwill P54TS (Intel "Triton" FX PCIset) w/Adaptec 7800 Chipset Fast SCSI-2 Controller, 64Mb EDO, Fujitsu ATA-3 Ultra-DMA/33 3.5Gb (MPA3035AT), S3 375 2Mb PCI, Creative Labs SoundBlaster AWE 32 (8Mb Wave Table DRAM), Panasonic 32x Speed ATAPI (CR-587-B), 1.44Mb FDD, RealTek 8029 PCI 10-Base 2/T, Logitech MouseMan PS/2 Mouse, Honeywell 101WN, ZEBEX ZB-800K Wand Barcode Scanner, 15" Flatscreen Power Saving Monitor, Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0


Intel Pentium 166 Mhz, A-Trend ATC-2000 (Intel HX PCIset), 32Mb RAM, Fujitsu ATA Ultra-DMA 2.6Gb (MPA3026AT), Tseng Labs ET-4000W32P PCI (Video Circle PCI-48), Creative Labs SoundBlaster 16, Sony (Creative) 8x Speed IDE, Adaptec 1510 ISA SCSI Controller, 1.44Mb FDD, MicroSoft Mouse PS/2 2.0a, Honeywell 101WN, 15" Flat Screen Monitor, Microsoft Windows 98SE,


AMD 486DX4-120Mhz, DataExpert ExpertBoard 486WB Green/PCI (8449), 16 Mb EDO, ATA 1.7Gb, Tseng Labs ET4000 ISA, CR-521 SCSI CD-ROM, RealTek 8029 PCI 10-Base 2/T, Future Domain TMC-810?, 1.44Mb FDD, Novell Novell Netware 3.12

Other Bits

Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 6MP (11 Mb RAM, Postscript Level 2), EPSON Stylus Colour 740 USB, Netcomm Roadster II 56 USB (AM5050), Microtek ScanMaker E3 SCSI Scanner, Canon Canoscan 630U USB Scanner, Matrox Millennium MGA (8Mb WRAM) PCI, Hayes Smartmodem Optima 288 V.34/V.FC + Fax, IBM OS/2 Warp 4.0

* What? You still can't work out where the names come from? Have you watched the film "Boogie Nights"? Does the name "Diggler" make more sense now? No? Still need help? Well, look, it's a size thing, OK?

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