Subject: Small, cheap systems...
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Richard Rauch <email@example.com>
Date: 02/25/2001 07:15:23
On and off, I think about getting a ``new'' computer to relieve my old
Gateway2000 system from (home) network gateway duties. (The idea being to
turn the Gateway2000 over to running -current, etc.) An obvious choice
would be an old i386 system, but I thought that I'd ask for other
thoughts. It doesn't need to be fast, but there are some important
points, in approximate decreasing order:
* Stable (stable NetBSD port; reasonably reliable hardware).
* Serial and ethernet connections. (Or inexpensive options to add same.)
* Some non-volatile storage (primarily a mailbox or few).
* Cheap. (^&
* Low power consumption. (Working definition: Ideally it should be
safe to run without a cooling fan. I'm mostly interested in having
it put out a low amount of heat into a room with 2 other computers.)
* Small. It would probably end up in an already-cluttered space.
(The DreamCast port might be interesting, but I'm not sure that it has the
necessary serial/ethernet options. The lack of non-volatile storage
would also pose a problem.)
"I probably don't know what I'm talking about." --firstname.lastname@example.org