First post, by techgeek
I know that most of you guys go after the fastest CPU from a given generation, upgrading the RAM to the maximum supported by the motherboard and using the fastest drives to soup up your computers. I used to do the same, but recently my focus shifted to the low end hardware - for example instead of spending most of my time with my 386DX40 with 256kb cache, 32MB RAM, 1MB video card, CD-RW and a 4GB HDD, I play mostly with my 386sx-16 with just 1MB RAM and 40MB HDD trying to get the most out of it. I installed Stacker to double my hard drive, I use a 387 emulator to run software that requires it (an old version of Mathematica), installed Windows 3.1 and run on it Word 2.0 and Excel 3.0 and I transfer files using laplink. It is just more fun to optimize the software and deal with limited resources of a low end machine. Same with my other computers - I have a top of the line 286-20MHz with 16MB! RAM and co-pro, but I prefer to play with my 8MHz 286 with 512KB and 20MB ST-225 HDD. Anyone else into the slowest hardware of a given class? What are your reasons?