- A little java game I wrote a few years ago. Clearly
inspired by the "multipication puzzle" coming with EMACS, its
purpose is to find out the figures in a multiplication which terms
have been replaced by words.
- 1982: Texas-Instruments TI 58C, 480 bytes RAM (fun
My first programmable "thing". It did not have a huge amount of
memory, but it was not so bad, and it had indirect addressing and
- 1984: Hewlett-Packard HP-41C, 896 -> 2240
bytes RAM (fun rating *****)
Would this be my best machine ever? I am not sure, but I have never
any "machine who thinks" as much as this one. Mine is out of order
now, and nobody wants to repair it. That is really too sad. Could
me a working one?
- 1987: Canon X-07, 12 -> 20 kb RAM (fun
My first (and in fact only) BASIC machine. At this time, I liked the
amount of memory. But if the machine itself was fine (mine still wakes
every morning switching on my CD player), its BASIC language was really
poor and slow. My first microsoft experience...
- 1989: Commodore Amiga 500, 1 Mb RAM (fun rating
Any non-brain-damaged former Amiga user will tell you: THIS is the best
personal computer ever made. The only thing that can compare to it is
intense amount of mental illness Commodore put in their Amiga
Have a look at the true possibilities of an Amiga in 1985, and you will
immediately understand why there should not be any "Mac vs. peecee"
war today. By the way, among all the software included with the A500,
part disappeared in the later versions... go on reading, please!
- 1992: Wozzeck I -- Commodore
Amiga 4000/030, 4 -> 18 Mb RAM (fun rating ****)
When I got this one, I was happy to keep all the advantages of the
with a really increased power. But here begins the problem: the system
software had reached a level some editors will never get close to, but
hardware was not so new, and in fact was quickly getting old. At this
it became difficult to find good drivers for printers, some HD did not
properly, etc... And Commodore were beginning to die, trying to sink
custommers. At the time I am writing this, the story has not finished
no new system software has been published since 1991. Do you want the
the A500 puzzle? The only "system-compliant" software sold for
the A500, and that was ill-formed enough not to work on an A4000 was
AmigaBasic, developped by... Microsoft!
- 1996: Wozzeck II -- Cyrix
P166+, 32 Mb RAM (fun rating *)
A PC, trying to run under Win95. Crashes several times a day. Any
write a tiny C/C++ programme resulted in multiple crashes, internal
But I am compatible, my daughter can play with compatible
I can plug-n-pray compatible devices. The only
positive feature is the
possibility to run POV-Ray 3.0 in a so-called multitasking
environement, at 30
times the speed I had on the A4000.
- 1997: Wozzeck IIa -- Intel
P200, 64 Mb RAM (fun rating *)
The same, 77% faster at POV-Ray rendering.
- 1998: Wozzeck IIL -- Intel
P200, 64 -> 96 Mb RAM (fun rating *****)
The same with an L standing for Linux. The box
remains a dual-boot system, as windoze remains mandatory for the girls'
- 1999: Doktor -- Intel dual PII 450, 128 ->
512 Mb RAM (fun rating *****)
A blind and deaf computer, without any keyboard, mouse, display and the
like, a small HD, but with fpu power.
It quietly runs Linux SMP with several weeks long uptimes, and is
connected with Wozzeck II through a 100-base TX LAN.
The best fpu/price ratio at its build time.
- 2000: Hewlett-Packard HP-41CV, 2240 bytes RAM (fun
It's back! Thanks to eBay, I could buy a (nearly) new one, at a very
The old habits came back immediately, showing the incredible ergonomy
of a machine I hadn't used for 10 years.
And with it came an ancient HP-35 (1972), the first pocket scientific
A few months later, I added a dream card reader, which just needed the
usual "gummy wheel" problem to be fixed.
- 2001: Wozzeck III -- Via
C3/800, 512 Mb RAM (fun rating *****)
The sequel to Wozzeck II, which remains a dual-boot system for the same
The hardware is a bit special: the Via C3 (MB BIOS upgrade mandatory!),
the Asus GeForce 2MX and the 5400 RPM HDD will certainly not make this
a powerful monster, which will remain the aim of the "closet box" (see
But neither the CPU nor the GFX card need a fan, and the HDD is very
Put these into a Landmark 745 case, and you'll get one of the most
silent PCs you can build.
The next step involves using a low end ATX P/S, which fan was removed.
The resulting noise is impressively low, but the temperature increases
seriously (10 to 15░C): the system is very stable in winter, but a
P/S is better in summer.
To get rid of the only remaining noise, coming from the HDD, I also
tried the "silentdrive" HD housing. Do not try it: now I have a brand
HDD because my
previous one died in less than 3 months.
- 2002 : Doktor II-- Intel P4
2400, 512 MB -> 1GB RAM (fun *****)
A sequel to Doktor in its closet, which is why I chose Intel over AMD.
Yet another x4 at rendering speed.
- 2005 :
-- Intel Pentium M 1860, 512 MB RAM
Once again, the goal was silence, in a more relative sense than with
the previous version.
- 2008 :
-- Intel Core 2 quad 6600, 2 GB RAM
Three "new" computers in 2008. An USB controller issue
with the motherboard of Wozzeck IV prevents windows from
booting. Of course, serious operating systems like Linux still work
flowlessly. The "desktop" computers gets modernised, and with a bit of
recycling, both other computers arrive.
- 2008 : Doktor
Intel Pentium M 1800, 512 MB RAM
The former Wozzeck IV, with a minimalist graphics
(still the Matrox Millenium from Wozzeck II since 11 years), and an
array of hard disk drives.
- 2008 : Mado
-- Intel P4 2400, 1 GB RAM
A straightforward recycling from Doktor II for one of