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What kind of computer would you be?

by hok_si_la (Curate)
on May 09, 2005 at 16:10 UTC ( #455215=perlmeditation: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

If you had to describe yourself as a computer what would you be? What kind of specs would you have?

ME:
Machine: VIC 20
Accessories: 8k expansion kit
Monitor: Old television with 3 foot bunny ears.

Hok_si_la

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Re: Would kind of computer would you be?
by stonecolddevin (Vicar) on May 09, 2005 at 16:16 UTC
    I'd be an old aluminum trash can with a plastic bag full of dog shit and vomit inside of it.
    meh.

      Remember kids: Always lock your screen before walking out to lunch.

        If I was a computer, i'd bite too. I'd be a shit/dog vomit filled trash can with an AMD Athlon XP processor slapped on the side that ate babies.
        meh.
Re: Would kind of computer would you be?
by g0n (Priest) on May 09, 2005 at 16:27 UTC
    Hmm, tricky. Either:

    • A heavily nicotine stained old Altos 1000 that's been knocking around someone's office since the eighties
    • My old Camputers Lynx, with 96k of ram, a good chunk of which is taken up with the built in database, in my case populated with a random assortment of unrelated and largely useless information
    or
    • A highly experimental and unstable neural network cobbled together out of whatever bits were lying around the lab, that has mysteriously developed reflexive self awareness and set out to dominate the world.....

    .oO(Oops, I think I gave myself away. Bwahahahahaha!)

    --------------------------------------------------------------

    g0n, backpropagated monk

      Just in case he doesn't respond I will answer for Tye

      I would be Zark, the supercomputer from Tron.
Re: Would kind of computer would you be?
by Tanktalus (Canon) on May 09, 2005 at 16:33 UTC

    Apple ][e, with a bumper sticker on the monitor, "My other computer is a VAX".

      Nothing sucks like a Vax.

      Caution: Contents may have been coded under pressure.
Re: Would kind of computer would you be?
by Roy Johnson (Monsignor) on May 09, 2005 at 16:36 UTC
    Would kind? A wood kind!

    Caution: Contents may have been coded under pressure.
Re: Would kind of computer would you be?
by wazoox (Prior) on May 09, 2005 at 16:37 UTC
    I'd be my old faithful 1986 Apple //c, with it's optional disk drive and its green 9" monitor. Or perhaps an SGI indigo2 MaximumImpact R10000.
    update : corrected, Yes it really is a 9 inches monitor, not a 9 feet monitor :)
      Oh yeah :)

      Old thread, but the //c would be me as well - foshure. Only three programs would be needed - Ultima IV, the edasm macro assembler and the Beagle Bros Bag of Tricks :)

      Oh, and maybe Choplifter and Moon Patrol

Re: Would kind of computer would you be?
by ww (Bishop) on May 09, 2005 at 17:00 UTC
    11101001 01000110 10000111 ...

    .oO (If hok's building a social links site for automatons, why would it be in English?)

    That was my Osborne-1 talking to my PDP 11/23.

      Hmmm...I guess I'd have to be a ENIAC I because I'm power hungry, and just not that good at binary math. Base-10 computing for me!
Re: Would kind of computer would you be?
by Forsaken (Friar) on May 09, 2005 at 17:27 UTC
    a 286 10 Mhz with 640kB of Ram(yes, enough for anyone) a 256 kB EGA card(woooohah!), an Adlib Soundcard, a keyboard full of ashes, an ancient yellowed mouse, a joystick fixed with duct tape and a whoppin' 14 inch vga monitor. Oh, and a whole 20 megs of harddrive space paired with the ultimate power of a HD 5.25 floppydrive. aka the very first pc I ever took apart...sweet memories.

    Still got that floppydrive btw, never know when I might feel like playing Police Quest 1 again

    Remember rule one...

Re: Would kind of computer would you be?
by theorbtwo (Prior) on May 09, 2005 at 17:42 UTC

    I would be a rather speedy machine...

    ...with insufficent cooling on my CPU, and a tendency for the high address lines to memory to be flakey, thereby making me only be able to access 8MB of RAM, and for my south bridge to go south pretty randomly, leaving me unable to communicate effectively.


    Warning: Unless otherwise stated, code is untested. Do not use without understanding. Code is posted in the hopes it is useful, but without warranty. All copyrights are relinquished into the public domain unless otherwise stated. I am not an angel. I am capable of error, and err on a fairly regular basis. If I made a mistake, please let me know (such as by replying to this node).

Re: Would kind of computer would you be?
by ambrus (Abbot) on May 09, 2005 at 17:48 UTC

    I'd just be a terminal without an actual cpu that keeps printing garbage.

Re: Would kind of computer would you be?
by Limbic~Region (Chancellor) on May 09, 2005 at 19:14 UTC
    hok_si_la,
    <description style="geek" source="self" destination="computer"> A 486DX running DOS 6.2 but someday I'd like to say A pair of supercooled, quantum-entangled calcium ions. </description>

    Cheers - L~R

Re: Would kind of computer would you be?
by bmann (Priest) on May 09, 2005 at 19:37 UTC
    What kind of computer would I be?

    A TRS-80 Model I, upgraded to 16K (yes K) RAM and Level II BASIC.

    For my birthday, please send me the highest quality cassette tapes money can buy, so after 20 minutes of loading a program it'd actually run...

Re: What kind of computer would you be?
by holli (Monsignor) on May 09, 2005 at 20:49 UTC
    I'd be my second PC, a second hand 80286 20 MHz, overclocked to 26 Mhz, with 256 Color VGA and a 40MB hard drive(!). That baby was faster than any 386SX-33.

    So am I ;-)


    holli, /regexed monk/
Re: What kind of computer would you be?
by exussum0 (Vicar) on May 09, 2005 at 21:11 UTC
    A four function calculator, then I could compute just about anything with infinite tape. Then again, I'd also be theoretical. Maybe I already am.

    ----
    Give me strength for today.. I will not talk it away..
    Just for a moment.. It will burn through the clouds.. and shine down on me.

Re: What kind of computer would you be?
by poqui (Deacon) on May 09, 2005 at 21:30 UTC
Re: What kind of computer would you be?
by trs80 (Priest) on May 09, 2005 at 23:14 UTC
Re: What kind of computer would you be?
by Nkuvu (Priest) on May 09, 2005 at 23:32 UTC
    A small wooden box with no moving parts. I'm energy efficient!
Re: What kind of computer would you be?
by BioGeek (Hermit) on May 09, 2005 at 23:34 UTC
    I'm a Linux guy, but I wouldn't mind being System X, composed of

    1,100 Apple Xserve G5 cluster compute nodes with the following specifications:
    • Dual 2.3 GHz PowerPC 970FX processors
    • 4 GB ECC DDR400 (PC3200) RAM
    • 80 GB S-ATA hard disk drive
    • One Mellanox Cougar InfiniBand 4x HCA
    4 Apple Xserve G5 compile nodes:
    • Dual 2.3 GHz PowerPC 970FX processors
    • 4 GB ECC DDR400 (PC3200) RAM
    • 3x250 GB S-ATA hard disk drive
    1 Apple Xserve RAID unit with 1 Xserve NFS servers with total available user storage of 2.7TB and operating at 12.25 teraflops.
Re: What kind of computer would you be?
by Old_Gray_Bear (Bishop) on May 10, 2005 at 00:28 UTC
    I'd be a System/360 model 44 mainframe -- with 128K of core memory, two 700KB disk drives, a 600 bpi tape unit, a card reader/punch and a 600 lpm printer. My foot print would be just under 20 feet on a side.

    ----
    I Go Back to Sleep, Now.

    OGB

Re: What kind of computer would you be?
by jcoxen (Deacon) on May 10, 2005 at 00:47 UTC
    I'd probably be the first computer I ever worked with...an Imsai 8080 with 256 Bytes of RAM - 1/4 of 1 K. Programmed in binary through toggle switches on the front panel. Output was a bunch of LEDs - on for 1, off for 0.

    Toggle in the address byte, toggle in the data byte, hit load. Repeat infinity - n times. Doing this allowed you to handle important jobs like playing music through an AM radio placed on top of the computer. The music was created by the RFI generated circuitry as the program executed.

    Every now and then it hits me just how far we've come since I was in High School.

Re: What kind of computer would you be?
by mlh2003 (Scribe) on May 10, 2005 at 12:27 UTC
    I guess I'd be the first computer I've used: A Super-80 (2MHz Z-80) complete with 48k RAM, 300 baud cassette interface and connected to a valve-powered black and white TV (yes, the white dot in the middle of the screen was the last 'pixel' visible after turning it off!)

    A bit of background on the Super-80... It was a kit computer sold at Dick Smith stores (Australia & NZ) in the early 80's. My father built it and I programmed it most of the time (BASIC and assembly language). It was designed by the developer of the Microbee computer (also Z-80 based, but not a kit computer). One nifty thing about the Super-80 was that by changing 1 byte in the scratch area of RAM, you could get up to 255-digit precision in mathematical operations. It seemed to work well, albeit slowly as the number of digits increased.

    Those were the good old days where you'd be lucky not to have the computer crash at least once in a session. Things are a bit better nowadays...

    I may seem old with that blurb, but in my defence, I have never used a teletype or anything to do with card readers :)
    _______
    Code is untested unless explicitly stated
    mlh2003
Re: What kind of computer would you be?
by Jenda (Abbot) on May 10, 2005 at 14:36 UTC

    Well ... comming from the east, being born in 1975, ... I must be some kind of JSEP or SMEP mainframe (soviet copies of some IBM and DEC computers I believe.) Something made of five inches thick steel plates that sometimes even maybe computes something. Strange I never felt heavy ...

    Jenda
    XML sucks. Badly. SOAP on the other hand is the most powerfull vacuum pump ever invented.

Re: What kind of computer would you be?
by TedPride (Priest) on May 10, 2005 at 14:42 UTC
    A slightly damaged G4 minitower with mostly empty hard disk. Relatively new, with lots of processing power, but doesn't know as much as it should :)
Re: What kind of computer would you be?
by bwelch (Curate) on May 10, 2005 at 15:08 UTC
    An Atari 800 with 48K memory and an Omnimon chip installed so any game could be interrupted and its machine code dumped. Ah, those days with fan-fold printouts of assembly code hanging from the window curtain rods...
Re: What kind of computer would you be?
by zentara (Archbishop) on May 10, 2005 at 16:14 UTC
Re: What kind of computer would you be?
by tcf03 (Deacon) on May 10, 2005 at 20:43 UTC
    an abacus painted with green lead paint


    Ted
    --
    "Men have become the tools of their tools."
      --Henry David Thoreau
Re: What kind of computer would you be?
by JSchmitz (Canon) on May 11, 2005 at 12:35 UTC
    Everyone is so modest! lets get down to business!!
    /usr/platform/sun4u/sbin/prtdiag System Configuration: Sun Microsystems sun4u Sun Fire 6800 System clock frequency: 150 MHz Memory size: 8192 Megabytes ========================= CPUs ======================================= +======== Port Run E$ CPU CPU FRU Name ID MHz MB Impl. Mask ---------- ---- ---- ---- ------- ---- /N0/SB0/P0 0 1050 8.0 US-III+ 2.3 /N0/SB0/P1 1 1050 8.0 US-III+ 2.3 /N0/SB0/P2 2 1050 8.0 US-III+ 2.3 /N0/SB0/P3 3 1050 8.0 US-III+ 2.3 ========================= Memory Configuration ======================= +======== Logical Logical Logical Port Bank Bank Bank DIMM Interleave + Interleave FRU Name ID Num Size Status Size Factor + Segment ------------- ---- ---- ------ ----------- ------ ---------- + ---------- /N0/SB0/P0/B0 0 0 1024MB pass 512MB 8-way + 0 /N0/SB0/P0/B0 0 2 1024MB pass 512MB 8-way + 0 /N0/SB0/P1/B0 1 0 1024MB pass 512MB 8-way + 0 /N0/SB0/P1/B0 1 2 1024MB pass 512MB 8-way + 0 /N0/SB0/P2/B0 2 0 1024MB pass 512MB 8-way + 0 /N0/SB0/P2/B0 2 2 1024MB pass 512MB 8-way + 0 /N0/SB0/P3/B0 3 0 1024MB pass 512MB 8-way + 0 /N0/SB0/P3/B0 3 2 1024MB pass 512MB 8-way + 0 ========================= IO Cards ========================= Bus Max + IO Port Bus Freq Bus Dev, + FRU Name Type ID Side Slot MHz Freq Func State Name + Model ---------- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ----- ----------------- +--------------- ---------------------- /N0/IB9/P0 PCI 30 B 0 33 33 1,0 ok pci-pci1011,25.4/ +pci108e,1000 pci-bridge /N0/IB9/P0 PCI 30 B 0 33 33 0,0 ok pci108e,1000-pci1 +08e,1000.1 /N0/IB9/P0 PCI 30 B 0 33 33 0,1 ok SUNW,qfe-pci108e, +1001 SUNW,pci-qfe /N0/IB9/P0 PCI 30 B 0 33 33 1,0 ok pci108e,1000-pci1 +08e,1000.1 /N0/IB9/P0 PCI 30 B 0 33 33 1,1 ok SUNW,qfe-pci108e, +1001 SUNW,pci-qfe /N0/IB9/P0 PCI 30 B 0 33 33 2,0 ok pci108e,1000-pci1 +08e,1000.1 /N0/IB9/P0 PCI 30 B 0 33 33 2,1 ok SUNW,qfe-pci108e, +1001 SUNW,pci-qfe /N0/IB9/P0 PCI 30 B 0 33 33 3,0 ok pci108e,1000-pci1 +08e,1000.1 /N0/IB9/P0 PCI 30 B 0 33 33 3,1 ok SUNW,qfe-pci108e, +1001 SUNW,pci-qfe /N0/IB9/P1 PCI 31 B 5 33 33 2,0 ok scsi-glm/disk (bl +ock) Symbios,53C875 /N0/IB9/P1 PCI 31 B 5 33 33 2,1 ok scsi-glm/disk (bl +ock) Symbios,53C875 ========================= Active Boards for Domain =================== +======== Power Fault HotPlug Board FRU Name LED LED LED Cond. -------- ----- ----- ------- ------- /N0/SB0 on off off ok /N0/IB9 on off off ok ========================= Available Boards/Slots for Domain ========== +======== Power Fault HotPlug Board/Slot Board/Slot FRU Name LED LED LED Condition Assigned -------- ----- ----- ------- ---------- ---------- /SB1 on off off ok no ========================= Hardware Failures ========================== +======== No Hardware failures found in System
Re: What kind of computer would you be?
by samizdat (Vicar) on May 11, 2005 at 16:30 UTC
    a number 2 pencil... oh, sorry, that one's been done.

    A thousand and twenty four 8051 bondout chips connected by shared memory.
Re: What kind of computer would you be?
by redlemon (Hermit) on May 17, 2005 at 13:01 UTC

    I think I'll like to be some organic, highly parallellized problem solving engine. With some sort of sensing devices and a very user-friendly in- and output mechanism, I guess something like voice & gesture. Capable of multitasking, good at co-operation, self-healing, and able to operate in all sorts of environments.

    Oh, wait...

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