More people than you'd expect use W.A.S.T.E.:
W.A.S.T.E. is a perfect example of what happens
when you amass enough hardware in one place for too long.
So far, it has undergone four changes in hardware configuration, each of
which could be considered better than the previous one. In its current
state, W.A.S.T.E. is comprised of an Intel i486 DX/2 chip with
256k cache, running at 66MHz, with Twenty megabytes of RAM.
Other hardware includes a 2MB Cirrus Logic video card for
running X Windows, a state-of-the-art NE2100 clone to connect to
our vast local network, a 28.8k modem for a dial-in/fax line, and
a cutting edge SoundBlaster 1.0 which currently serves no
purpose except to annoy us whenever anyone goes to the
Footguy Home Page. The net link is accomplished with a
dedicated 28.8k link to Winternet, the cheapest place we
could find. Oh, and it has a tiny little keyboard that fits right on
your knees (about laptop-sized). Our 810 MB of disk space is
currently squandered on the Slackware 2.2.0 Linux distribution. Our
web server is NCSA HTTPD 1.3R. We also run CERN HTTPD 3.0 as a
caching web proxy. Our main web space is being built and maintained
with the experimental WebWeave and various custom Perl scripts.
The previous incarnation of W.A.S.T.E. was
comprised of an Intel i486 DX chip on an Orchid VLB motherboard with
256k cache, running at a blazing 33MHz, with a whopping
Eight megabytes of RAM. The NE2000 card (Yes, it runs with
Netware) was swapped out during this time with Lord Toad's
NE2100 to allow for compatibility with a Gravis Ultrasound,
which it turned out didn't work anyway.
Before that, W.A.S.T.E. consisted of a 20Mhz
i386 in a 33MHz motherboard (can we say "burn out?") with
broken SIMM slots and a non-functioning 128K cache. Four meg of
RAM was held in place with small plastic wedges. Amazingly, they
never fell out while the system was running, despite our best
And before that, W.A.S.T.E. was run on a
386/SX-16 with Four meg of RAM. This was what could be
considered its original state, and before hooking up to the Internet, it
spent the previous month compiling a kernel for itself.
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