I’ve always loved computers since unwittingly formatting the family 486 in primary school. This page details the current machines I use, including vintage ones. I’ve got plenty sitting in storage I’ll add one day.

For those expecting the new genre of anime ship girls, please refer to my 2018 post on the surreal subject.

rubenvm – The 13” 2017 MacBook Pro

My work machine for running the usual business applications and SSH. Apple has always had the best displays, but his butterly keyboard is ghastly enough that he spends his life docked. So named after I accidently answered my work phone as such.

  • OS: macOS Mojave 10.14
  • Desktop: Aqua
  • Shell: oksh (OpenBSD portable KornShell)
  • Display: LG UltraFine 4K 4096×2304 Retina
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 7267U 3.1 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GiB 2133 MHz LPDDR3
  • GPU: Intel Iris Plus 650
  • SDD: 512 GiB AP0512J

lum – The Panasonic CF-RZ6 Let’s Note

My daily carry, named for the cult 1980s anime character in Urusei Yatsura. Bought after AsiaBSDCon 2019 in Akihabara. She’s implausibly light, small, quick, and has more ports than my Macs.

  • OS: FreeBSD 12.1-STABLE
  • Shell: oksh (OpenBSD portable ksh)
  • Desktop: Xfce
  • Display: 10.1-inch 1920×1200 HiDPI
  • Weight: 0.775 kg
  • RAM: 8 GiB LPDDR3
  • NICs: Looking to get 5GBASE-T
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 615

kyou – The HP MicroServer Gen8 bhyve box

My dependeable hypervisor, NAS, Plex server, web proxy, sandbox, kitchen sink, CD ripper, and home router. So named for Kyou from the classic KyoAni anime Clannad, because she kicks arse.

  • OS: FreeBSD 12.1-RELEASE
  • Shell: Bundled sh
  • Desktop: Does screen count?
  • CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1260L
  • RAM: 8 GiB ECC DDR3
  • SSD: SanDisk Plus 120 GiB drives, in ODD slot
  • HDD: Mix of Hitachi and WD Reds in ZFS mirrors
  • ODD: LG external USB 2.0

Ami – The Pentium MMX tower

She was the first computer I built as a kid in Singapore, with the help of the wonderful former Make Fine Computer in Funan Centre. She also inherited parts from the long-departed family 486. Named for my favourite Sailor Moon herione from back in the day.

  • OS: MS-DOS 6/WFW, NT 4.0, NetBSD 8
  • CPU: Intel Pentium 200 with MMX Technology
  • RAM: 64 MiB PC-100 SD-RAM
  • HDD: 32 GiB and 16 GiB SanDisk CompactFlash cards
  • ODD: Creative Infra48 IDE
  • FDD: 3.5” 1.44 MiB Matsushita, 5.25” 1.2 MiB Panasonic
  • Expansion: Iomega 2 GiB SCSI Jaz, Iomega 100 MiB 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


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, needs new logic board
  • MacBook Pro: first generation, working but not in use
  • ThinkPad X61s: needs replacement screen

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