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#1 New BOINC cruncher just arrived

Unread post by Hal_Bregg » Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:39 pm

Hello fellow BOINC crunchers,

I just started "boincing" recently with purpose to use old computers and to do something good at the same time.

And I hope I am helping to shape the future bit to mine another crypto coin.

Nice to be on board of TSBT.

And that would be all for now. At least.

Happy boincing.

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#2 Re: New BOINC cruncher just arrived

Unread post by Alez » Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:44 pm

@Hal_Bregg Welcome to the forum and the team.
Feel free to browse the forum and obviously join in. Anything we can help you with, then let us know.
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#3 Re: New BOINC cruncher just arrived

Unread post by davidBAM » Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:51 pm

Hi there Hal & welcome

Very helpful lot on here. You chose well.
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#4 Re: New BOINC cruncher just arrived

Unread post by Dirk Broer » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:18 pm

Hal_Bregg wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:39 pm
Hello fellow BOINC crunchers, I just started "boincing" recently with purpose to use old computers and to do something good at the same time.
That must have been my original motive too, back at the end of last century. Before I knew it I had a pile of IBM PS/2's and Dell Pentium 200 MMX machines -and a powerbill from here to Tokyo and back. That was because I went all-out for BOINC credits and ran the farm of -then not quite so- ancient hardware 24/7/365. There's nothing wrong with old hardware as long as it runs, but keep your power meter in plain sight!
With those new digital power meters they give you nowadays here -Netherlands- there's even the opportunity to plug in hardware of your own to monitor it -a nice Raspberry Pi and/or Arduino project.

What ancient hardware do you try to keep running? x86 machines, or other architectures too? Old Apple's? RS/6000's? Alpha systems? Just curious.
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#5 Re: New BOINC cruncher just arrived

Unread post by davidBAM » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:19 pm

a PDP 11/34 would be fun
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#6 Re: New BOINC cruncher just arrived

Unread post by Dirk Broer » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:52 pm

davidBAM wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:19 pm
a PDP 11/34 would be fun
That's not ancient, that's almost pre-historic. The PDP 11 was a 16-bit microcomputer, try running BOINC on that.....
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#7 Re: New BOINC cruncher just arrived

Unread post by davidBAM » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:01 pm

That was when I first used unix though - 1976 when Bell Labs first gave it away to Universities. It was love at first sight.

Might have been a PDP 11/40 at Uni actually, my first employer had a PDP 11/34

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#8 Re: New BOINC cruncher just arrived

Unread post by Alez » Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:35 am

I've got a complete 80486 system sitting , complete with GPU !!. One day I intend to try and get Android for PC to run on it :o
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#9 Re: New BOINC cruncher just arrived

Unread post by Hal_Bregg » Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:11 am

Dirk Broer wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:18 pm
Hal_Bregg wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:39 pm

What ancient hardware do you try to keep running? x86 machines, or other architectures too? Old Apple's? RS/6000's? Alpha systems? Just curious.
Thank you for the welcome message.

I wish I could say that :-) . But on the other hand, considering how fast computers evolve and comparing equipment I use to crunch to what I can get, let say, few hundred pounds, not mentioning GPU which itself can cost another few hundreds, I dare to say I run BOINC on pretty much ancient rig.

Equipment you mentioned in your post I would describe as prehistoric :lol:

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