Sitting alone, I kind of miss my younger days when I was at the tech department under the infra team. I guess I was just one of the lucky few who get to really explore all the new tech of that day and one of the greater impact in my life was seeing a real life data center and being able to configure and touch the “high-end” servers in that time. Can any of the guys who are now doing their time to the national say that?
One of the memories that I had was the sight of a new and huge Sunfire server. Wow. You know how Sun Fires are, the dark grey and the purple and the tall size. I still remember the vendor booting it up and it ran Solaris. And later, I found a dis-used Sun Workstation which I parked it under my desk.
I didn’t know what to do with it at that time, so I just installed Redhat on it. It ran it just fine but I didn’t know how to join the network or access the resources and Linux was still pretty new then, so I just let it run.
I also got to use a Alpha DEC machine. Since the root password was lost, I installed FreeBSD on it and it booted just fine.
I was glad that I was given the chance to explore all these fascinating machines which were absolute beasts during their hey days. I think its precisely because of this, I always wanted to own a UltraSparc machine. It just feels special to me.
Yes, it might not be the fastest machine out there but then so is a old MG Rover. They just have their own charm I guess.
Well, at least I have a Solaris box running under X86 now, and I have done what I wanted to do all along, to migrate this writings to a box like that.