This Space for Rent

Ancient hardware

An ~33 year old laptop

A IBM Thinkpad 701c, with the collapsing keyboard. A 486dx4 w/ 40mb of memory and a 20gb disk, running Mastodon (Linux 2.0) w/o the X Windows Disaster but just a bunch of virtual ttys like G-d Intended.

At least it would be running if the CMOS battery hadn’t have died about 10 years ago, and if there wasn’t an intermittent error somewhere near the top of memory. As it is I’m now copying the disk to my macboox so I can fire up the system in a virtual machine and see if I can find the disk geometry (so I can coax the thing into booting after I’ve ripped out the dead cmos battery and replaced it with one that actually has some charge to it.)