Gavin Greig (ggreig) wrote,
Gavin Greig
ggreig

The best things in life are free

...and that includes a laptop PC.

A lot of technological rubbish was to leave work in a skip today - broken monitors and the like - but amongst the debris there was a small piece of history. Once upon a time, it was the company laptop, before we started to acquire such things in greater numbers. And now 'tis mine...

As announced by the "Intel Inside" badge, it is inhabited by a mighty Pentium, and the System applet reveals the trusty 32MB of RAM by its side. There is a 1.3GB hard drive, and the display can run to a pretty impressive 800x600 in 16-bit colour.

I would tell you how fast it goes, but I forgot to look and I'm now waiting to check that it hibernates properly. I don't want to disturb it by hunting for megahertz, as I've just got it off to sleep. A quick Google, based on the model number (Compaq Presario 1080) suggests that it will probably be 166MHz.

This was a fairly good machine when the company bought it, although of course you could now buy a pocket computer that would out-gun it in almost all respects. I suppose the fact that it's still usable, something like 8 years after it was bought, says something about its quality. Most of our laptops don't last nearly so long in the hands of sales staff.

Having checked that the most up-to-date operating system it can possibly support and the most antique operating systems that driver writers bother talking down to overlap (Windows 2000 appears to be the sweet spot), my plan is to acquire a cheap WiFi PC-Card and use it as a minimally-educated terminal, for web browsing and possibly remote desk-topping from downstairs. The card should arrive on Friday.

If I remember rightly, today's new icon shows the original delivery of the laptop, on Dr. Church's steam coach.
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