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 a page about anime ship girls, please refer to my 2018 post on the surreal subject.

MacTheKnifeII – The 16-inch 2019 MacBook Pro

My primary Mac and desktop replacement, in the spirit of my first 15-inch Intel MacBook Pro from 2006. Her discrete GPU is fast enough to play the few simulation and world-builder games I care about, and during the day she smashes through all my work.

  • OS: macOS Catalina 10.15
  • Desktop: Aqua
  • Shell: oksh (OpenBSD portable KornShell)
  • Display: 16-inch 3072×1920 Retina
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 2.6 GHz, 6-core
  • Memory: 16 GiB 2667 MHz DDR4
  • GPU: AMD Radeon Pro 5500M, 8 GiB
  • SDD: 512 GiB

lum – The Panasonic CF-RZ6 Let’s Note

My daily carry and on-call machine, named for the cult 1980s anime character from 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
  • Desktop: Xfce
  • Shell: oksh (OpenBSD portable ksh)
  • Display: 10.1-inch 1920×1200, HiDPI
  • Weight: 0.775 kg
  • RAM: 8 GiB LPDDR3
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 615

kyou – The HP MicroServer Gen8 bhyve box

My dependable 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
  • 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

aino – The HP MicroServer Gen8 NAS

Aino was recently re-added as a secondary NAS when kyou ran out of slots, and so I can get more practice using InfiniBand that we use at work. So named for the Sailor-V character who should have been the Sailor Moon lead, damn it!

  • OS: FreeBSD 12.1-RELEASE
  • Shell: Bundled sh
  • CPU: Intel Celeron G1610T
  • RAM: 2 GiB ECC DDR3
  • SSD: SanDisk Plus 120 GiB drives, in ODD slot
  • HDD: Seagate in ZFS mirrors

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

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, 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