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Re: Vintage Hardware Wallpapers

Postby obobskivich » 2014-7-29 @ 01:04

I posted Cray and SGI stuff and nobody seemed to mind; I'd say if you've got neato pictures, why not?
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Re: Vintage Hardware Wallpapers

Postby leileilol » 2014-7-29 @ 01:14

If anyone has anything DEC workstation related (like shipping with them) please do share :)

My fond memory of DEC really stems from trying out their Ppro200 boxes towards the end of their life. They were quick, Win95 loaded, and IIRC had ESFM?
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Re: Vintage Hardware Wallpapers

Postby ElectricMonk » 2014-7-29 @ 01:47

leileilol wrote:If anyone has anything DEC workstation related (like shipping with them) please do share :)

My fond memory of DEC really stems from trying out their Ppro200 boxes towards the end of their life. They were quick, Win95 loaded, and IIRC had ESFM?



Weren't DEC ALPHA machines used to speed up rendering for NewTek Lightwave, back when they still used Amiga based Video Toasters/Flyers?

I've tried looking thru old issues of some CG industry focused magazine from the late 90's/early 2000s, but I can't find the ads selling them. They were high-clocked 21264s with a ton of RAM, and I *think* one model was called "Raptor", or something.

*EDIT*

I remember somehow hanging up a good portion of a mainframe, when I was first learning how to program on a VAX (or VMS) terminal. Everyone in the classroom immediately looked right at me. That's when I learned I'm horrible at programming.
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Re: Vintage Hardware Wallpapers

Postby RacoonRider » 2014-7-29 @ 01:59

The ones I like most:
Voodoo_5_6000_проекция.jpg
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q3d_mercury_1.jpg
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Re: Vintage Hardware Wallpapers

Postby leileilol » 2014-7-29 @ 02:06

ElectricMonk wrote:Weren't DEC ALPHA machines used to speed up rendering for NewTek Lightwave, back when they still used Amiga based Video Toasters/Flyers?

Yes but I don't care about DEC Alpha. That's like the only history remaining on the internet were their Alpha-based machines and much less their relatively obscure last-ditch P6-based machines, which were as generic as they come really.

Dec.com/Digital.com even got excluded on TIA :(
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Re: Vintage Hardware Wallpapers

Postby ElectricMonk » 2014-7-29 @ 03:44

obobskivich wrote:I posted Cray and SGI stuff and nobody seemed to mind; I'd say if you've got neato pictures, why not?



It might take me a little bit. I've already got cray, sun, etc... But I've also been grabbing arcade boards, old computers like BBC Micro, C64/128, the Atari VCS, and plenty of other console PCBs.

I've also started grabbing PCB shots of telecommunication equipment (40GigE/SONET/DS1 line cards, routers, switches, the big boxes that make the Internet work. I'm even trying to find good shots that resemble the Central Offices I've been in, so people can see how their phone line/internet connection gets to the phone/cable company.
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Re: Vintage Hardware Wallpapers

Postby ElectricMonk » 2014-7-29 @ 03:50

leileilol wrote:
ElectricMonk wrote:Weren't DEC ALPHA machines used to speed up rendering for NewTek Lightwave, back when they still used Amiga based Video Toasters/Flyers?

Yes but I don't care about DEC Alpha. That's like the only history remaining on the internet were their Alpha-based machines and much less their relatively obscure last-ditch P6-based machines, which were as generic as they come really.

Dec.com/Digital.com even got excluded on TIA :(



Well, those DEC Alphas were the only thing about the company that I really remember, beyond them selling/licensing DR-DOS to Novell. :/

I know they're very important in the development of computer systems, and such. But then again, XEROX PARC sticks out in more peoples minds, to be frank.

Little know fact, but NCR (National Cash Register) use to make/design their own PC clones, and was very successful for a brief time. That was before Gateway and Dell started to really take off.
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Re: Vintage Hardware Wallpapers

Postby ElectricMonk » 2014-7-29 @ 06:50

*EDIT*

Whoops! I thought I made those clickable (and preview-sized). A lot of those PCB shots are like 3000x1700 or more, so they'd be nice for wallpapers.

When I figure out how to not BBCode FAIL, I'll repost.


Need to find some wallpaper sized vintage CPU/PPU/DSP Die shots. Those are always neat.
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Re: Vintage Hardware Wallpapers

Postby leileilol » 2014-7-29 @ 08:04

..."wallpapers"
Voodoo2s aren't 100mhz stock
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Re: Vintage Hardware Wallpapers

Postby RacoonRider » 2014-7-29 @ 08:15

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It's got a freakin' fridge inside :D
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Re: Vintage Hardware Wallpapers

Postby Stiletto » 2014-7-29 @ 09:00

Yeah, this isn't a PCB photo thread, this is a wallpaper thread. Or "background" or however you think of it. Look at original post for examples.
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Re: Vintage Hardware Wallpapers

Postby idspispopd » 2014-7-29 @ 09:45

ElectricMonk wrote:Well, those DEC Alphas were the only thing about the company that I really remember, beyond them selling/licensing DR-DOS to Novell. :/


Wasn't DR-DOS from DR (Digital Research) and not from DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation)?
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Re: Vintage Hardware Wallpapers

Postby elianda » 2014-7-29 @ 13:23

ElectricMonk wrote:All right, here goes nothing:
Real GUS, not Interwave:
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I really wonder where you dig up those old picture of my GUS, however this might be more suitable as start for a personal wallpaper:
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Re: Vintage Hardware Wallpapers

Postby VileRancour » 2014-7-29 @ 17:16

More vintage than yours!

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(Bigger sizes available if you want 'em...)
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Re: Vintage Hardware Wallpapers

Postby leileilol » 2014-7-29 @ 17:21

also thanks a lot electricmonk for making me click 'stop' every time I check this thread's page now
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Re: Vintage Hardware Wallpapers

Postby ElectricMonk » 2014-7-29 @ 19:10

leileilol wrote:also thanks a lot electricmonk for making me click 'stop' every time I check this thread's page now


Scroll up. I fixed my goof. Sorry.
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Re: Vintage Hardware Wallpapers

Postby ElectricMonk » 2014-7-29 @ 19:14

elianda wrote:I really wonder where you dig up those old picture of my GUS, however this might be more suitable as start for a personal wallpaper:


A lot came from Wikimedia, Quest Studios, Sega16, and the like. Some of the pics I loaded to imgur got auto-resized, but most are over anywhere from 1920x1080 to 5670 x 2850.

I deliberately avoided anything in GIS that came from vogons.org.
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Re: Vintage Hardware Wallpapers

Postby ElectricMonk » 2014-7-29 @ 19:32

Stiletto wrote:Yeah, this isn't a PCB photo thread, this is a wallpaper thread. Or "background" or however you think of it. Look at original post for examples.



I personally like PCB and Die shots as wallpapers, and the ones I've got are definitely vintage hardware (some date back to the late 70's), so I thought it would be OK.

So vintage telephone switching/distribution and cable tv head-end equipment shots are out too, huh? Rats... Those things look neat (especially old crossbars).
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Re: Vintage Hardware Wallpapers

Postby subhuman@xgtx » 2014-7-29 @ 20:04

Straight from a Hdd image of a Quantum3D AAlchemy system

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Re: Vintage Hardware Wallpapers

Postby leileilol » 2014-7-29 @ 23:19

The only PCB wallpaper i've used is some macro photography of a Voodoo at a dramatic focused angle :P


Just straight-up PCBs can be a visual noise eyesore.
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