This page details the computers I currently use, including vintage ones. I’ve got plenty sitting in storage I’ll add one day.

MacTheKnife-J, the 13” 2017 MacBook Pro

This is my work machine, for running all the usual business application suspects. The screen is gorgeous, he’s relatively light, and his TouchBar and keyboard are appalling, so he’s mostly used docked. My primary Mac is always MacTheKnife, because I’m funny like that.

  • OS: macOS Mojave 10.14
  • Shell: oksh (OpenBSD portable ksh)
  • Desktop: Aqua, Xfce on XQuartz
  • Display: LG UltraFine 4K 2048×1152@2×, 4096×2304 HiDPI
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 7267U 3.1 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GiB 2133 MHz LPDDR3
  • GPU: Intel Iris Plus 650
  • SDD: 512 GiB AP0512J

Lum, the Panasonic CF-RZ6 FreeBSD laptop

This is my primary portable machine, named for the cult 1980s anime character in Urusei Yatsura. It had a nostalgia popup café the day I bought this machine in Akihabara after AsiaBSDCon 2019, so took it as a sign. She’s implausibly light, small, quick, and has more ports than a new MacBook Pro.

  • OS: FreeBSD 12.0-R
  • Shell: oksh (OpenBSD portable ksh)
  • Desktop: i3 or Xfce, depending on mood
  • Display: 10.1-inch 960×600@2×, 1920×1200 HiDPI
  • Weight: 0.745 kg
  • RAM: 8 GiB LPDDR3
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 615

Kyou, the HP MicroServer Gen8 bhyve box

This is my FreeBSD bhyve hypervisor, NAS, Plex streaming server, web proxy, sandbox, kitchen sink, CD ripper, and home router in one. She’s named for Kyou from the mid 2000’s KyoAni anime Clannad, because she kicks arse.

  • OS: FreeBSD 11.3-R, (FreeBSD, NetBSD, Debian guests)
  • Shell: sh
  • Desktop: Does Midnight Commander count?
  • CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1260L
  • RAM: 8 GiB ECC DDR3
  • SSD: SanDisk Plus 120 GiB
  • HDD: Mix of Hitachi and WD Red NAS in ZFS mirrors
  • ODD: LG external USB 2.0

Ami, the Pentium MMX tower

This was the first computer I built as a kid growing up in Singapore in the 1990s, with the help of the wonderful former Make Fine Computer in Funan Centre and from parts scavenged from the family 486.

  • OS: MS-DOS 6.00/Windows 3.11, Windows NT 4.0, NetBSD 8
  • CPU: Intel Pentium 200 “with MMX Technology”
  • RAM: 16 MiB PC-100 SD-RAM
  • HDD: 32 GiB and 16 GiB SanDisk CompactFlash cards
  • ODD: Creative Infra48 IDE
  • FDD: 3.5” 1.44 MiB Samsung, 5.25” 1.2 MiB Panasonic
  • Other Drives: Iomega 2 GiB SCSI Jaz, Iomega 100 MiB USB Zip
  • GPU: Matrox Mystique 200 VGA IDE card
  • NIC: Compex RL2000 FastEthernet, PCI
  • SCSI: Iomega Jaz Jet SCSI accelerator, PCI
  • Sound: Creative SoundBlaster AWE32, ISA

Mio, the Toshiba Libretto 70CT

This was my dream machine as a kid, and armed with eBay and a salary I was finally able to get one! She’s named for the shy bassist from K-On!, that light music anime that got me through hard times.

  • OS: Windows 95 with Plus!, NetBSD i386
  • CPU: Intel Pentium 120 MHz “with MMX Technology”
  • RAM: 32 MiB
  • Display: 6.1-inch 640×480
  • Memory: 32 MiB PC-100 SD-RAM
  • Size: 210×132×635 mm, 850 g
  • HDD: 64 GiB SanDisk CompactFlash card
  • FDD: External Toshiba with PCMCIA interface
  • NIC: Xircom CreditCard Ethernet PCMCIA

Others

These are in various states of repair or upgrading:

  • Commodore 128: donated by Screenbeard!
  • Commodore Plus/4: bought for my 18th birthday in the 2000s
  • iBook G3: needs replacement hinge
  • iMac DV: blueberry
  • MacBook Pro: first generation, working but not in use
  • ThinkPad X61s: working but not in use

In Memoriam

  • HP Brio BAx: Pentium III desktop, wrecked after a house move
  • Retina 27-inch iMac: 2017 model, sold because I never used it
  • ThinkPad 600E: leaking battery destroyed it
  • ThinkPad X40: lost during a house move