winter's computers
found, loved, and nurtured for spring
my ugly geek secret

Tuesday, June 5, 2007



  • Apple Macintosh Performa 5200CD
  • 1995
  • PowerPC 603, 75 MHz
  • 48 MB
  • 15" Colour
  • 4 GB harddrive
  • CD-ROM
  • 10BASE-T
  • LocalTalk
Operating Systems
  • MacOS 7.6.1
  • NuBus architecture
I replaced jobs' IDE harddrive with a non-standard 4 GB drive and used a hacked partition tool to create four 500MB MacOS volumes. I left the other half of the harddrive unpartitioned for use by Debian Linux, which I have yet to successfully install. Due to the NuBus architecture, I have to use a modified Linux kernel (from to boot the installation disk. I can get the installation process started, but it fails while loading packages and I can't switch to another console to see the error. I haven't given up yet, though.

Meanwhile, I've got a LaserWriter cable attached to jobs to create a point-to-point LocalTalk network to woz, my SE/30. I considered setting up a LocalTalk-to-Ethernet bridge but as it's currently set up I can download files from the Internet on jobs and transfer them via AppleTalk to woz.

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