As time goes by there was a lot of hardware pass by me, and to be honest old hardware gives me more pleasure than new one. I think old hardware inspire me to do new things.
Today, when I see an offer for a very old computer for a symbolic price (5-10$), I can’t help myself and buy it, because it brings so much joy, maybe the specs of hardware are outdated, but as a concept those oldies are better thought out.
The commercial world focuses today on the exterior, super innovative, super slim, super last generation. However, an eye that has gone through the old school of electronics sees even that first generation iPad contains 149 million transistors in that chip. When you look with a different eye, you understand that it is not so old anymore.
IBM PL 300 - Well the first computer is like your first car, you never forget it. Here are some incredible specifications of IBM PL300: CPU PIII 450Mhz, RAM 128MB, HDD 6GB, VIDEO 4MB, software installed Windows Me.
It was not fast but for 2003 that was a rocket. Yes it was a second hand computer, but it was a good start to learn computer. It was fired by Windows Me, I personally like that startup sound nowadays. I almost forgot, it had pre-installed NFS 3 Hot Pursuit, still love that game, too bad it didn’t run NFS Porsche 2000, because of S3 Trio3D onboard video card that had only 4MB. After a year I think I bought a AGP nVIDIA 32MB video card for that game, but I didn’t notice that I needed a low profile card. Current status, the computer was sold many years ago.
This second hand PC back in 2003 was sold by 180 euros.