Friday, August 31, 2007

My computer

Just realized that the computer I work on nowadays is over five years old. All in all, that's not such a bad lifespan for piece of commodity technology. It helps a lot that I'm not a flavor-of-the-month gadget freak, but rather, a squeeze-everything-you-can-out-of-it techno-miser.

After all: it's not what you have, it's how you use it.

(Er, did I just say that?)

Were it not for its age, this particular computer would be nothing to write home about. The motherboard is an el-cheapo ECS K7SOM+ with an AMD Duron 1.3GHz processor and integrated video, sound, and LAN. No accelerated 3D graphics, thank you very much.

It's gone through a significant memory boost (256MB to 1GB), changes from CD-ROM to CD-RW to DVD+/-RW, and a couple of hard disk swaps. Aside from these changes, it's pretty much the same unit I bought to keep me company at my Cityland condo.

Yay for good mileage!

Full specs:

computer
description: Desktop Computer
product: K7SOM+
vendor: ECS
version: 1.0
serial: 00000000
width: 32 bits
capabilities: smbios-2.3 dmi-2.3
configuration: chassis=desktop
*-core
description: Motherboard
product: K7SOM+
vendor: ECS
physical id: 0
version: 1.0
serial: 00000000
slot: PCI2
*-firmware
description: BIOS
vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
physical id: 0
version: 07.00T (04/02/01)
size: 64KB
capacity: 192KB
capabilities: isa pci pnp apm upgrade shadowing escd cdboot bootselect socketedrom edd int13floppy360 int13floppy1200 int13floppy720 int13floppy2880 int5printscreen int9keyboard int17printer int10video acpi usb agp ls120boot zipboot biosbootspecification
*-cpu
description: CPU
product: AMD Duron(tm) Processor
vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
physical id: 4
bus info: cpu@0
version: 6.7.1
slot: Slot-1
size: 1300MHz
width: 32 bits
clock: 100MHz
capabilities: fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 mmx fxsr sse syscall mmxext 3dnowext 3dnow up ts
*-cache:0
description: L1 cache
physical id: 5
slot: Internal Cache
size: 128KB
capacity: 1MB
capabilities: synchronous internal write-back unified
*-cache:1
description: L2 cache
physical id: 6
slot: Internal Cache
size: 64KB
capacity: 1MB
capabilities: synchronous internal write-back unified
*-memory
description: System memory
physical id: 1
size: 947MB
*-pci
description: Host bridge
product: 740 Host
vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
physical id: d0000000
bus info: pci@00:00.0
version: 01
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
configuration: latency=32
resources: iomemory:d0000000-d3ffffff
*-pci
description: PCI bridge
product: Virtual PCI-to-PCI bridge (AGP)
vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
physical id: 1
bus info: pci@00:01.0
version: 00
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pci normal_decode bus_master
*-display
description: VGA compatible controller
product: 65x/M650/740 PCI/AGP VGA Display Adapter
vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@01:00.0
version: 00
size: 128MB
width: 32 bits
clock: 66MHz
capabilities: vga cap_list
configuration: latency=0
resources: iomemory:c0000000-c7ffffff iomemory:cfee0000-cfefffff ioport:bc00-bc7f
*-isa
description: ISA bridge
product: SiS962 [MuTIOL Media IO]
vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
physical id: 2
bus info: pci@00:02.0
version: 25
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: isa bus_master
configuration: latency=0
*-serial
description: SMBus
product: SiS961/2 SMBus Controller
vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
physical id: 2.1
bus info: pci@00:02.1
version: 00
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
configuration: driver=sis96x_smbus latency=0
resources: ioport:c00-c1f
*-ide
description: IDE interface
product: 5513 [IDE]
vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
physical id: 2.5
bus info: pci@00:02.5
logical name: scsi0
logical name: scsi1
version: 00
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: ide bus_master emulated scsi-host
configuration: driver=pata_sis latency=128
resources: iomemory:1f0-1f7 iomemory:3f0-3ef iomemory:170-177 iomemory:370-36f ioport:ff00-ff0f
*-disk:0
description: SCSI Disk
product: Maxtor 91021U2
vendor: ATA
physical id: 0.0.0
bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
logical name: /dev/sda
version: FA52
serial: G229DJZC
size: 9770MB
capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
configuration: ansiversion=5
*-volume:0
description: Linux filesystem partition
physical id: 1
bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,1
logical name: /dev/sda1
capacity: 9303MB
capabilities: primary bootable
*-volume:1
description: Extended partition
physical id: 2
bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,2
size: 462MB
capacity: 462MB
capabilities: primary extended partitioned partitioned:extended
*-logicalvolume
description: Linux swap / Solaris partition
physical id: 5
logical name: /dev/sda5
capacity: 462MB
capabilities: nofs
*-cdrom
description: DVD-RAM writer
product: DVDRAM GSA-H44L
vendor: HL-DT-ST
physical id: 0
bus info: scsi@0:0.1.0
logical name: /dev/cdrom
logical name: /dev/dvd
logical name: /dev/scd0
logical name: /dev/sr0
version: SB01
capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
configuration: ansiversion=5
*-disc
physical id: 0
logical name: /dev/cdrom
*-disk:1
description: SCSI Disk
product: Maxtor 6E040L0
vendor: ATA
physical id: 1
bus info: scsi@1:0.1.0
logical name: /dev/sdb
version: NAR6
serial: E92AZ84E
size: 38GB
capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
configuration: ansiversion=5
*-volume UNCLAIMED
description: Linux filesystem partition
physical id: 1
bus info: scsi@1:0.1.0,1
capacity: 38GB
capabilities: primary
*-multimedia
description: Multimedia audio controller
product: AC'97 Sound Controller
vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
physical id: 2.7
bus info: pci@00:02.7
version: a0
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master cap_list
configuration: driver=Intel ICH latency=64 maxlatency=11 mingnt=52
resources: ioport:dc00-dcff ioport:d800-d87f irq:11
*-usb:0
description: USB Controller
product: USB 1.0 Controller
vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
physical id: 3.1
bus info: pci@00:03.1
version: 0f
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: ohci bus_master
configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=64 maxlatency=80
resources: iomemory:cfffa000-cfffafff irq:12
*-usbhost
product: OHCI Host Controller
vendor: Linux 2.6.20-16-generic ohci_hcd
physical id: 1
bus info: usb@2
logical name: usb2
version: 2.06
capabilities: usb-1.10
configuration: driver=hub maxpower=0mA slots=3 speed=12.0MB/s
*-usb:1
description: USB Controller
product: USB 1.0 Controller
vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
physical id: 3
bus info: pci@00:03.0
version: 0f
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: ohci bus_master
configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=64 maxlatency=80
resources: iomemory:cfff9000-cfff9fff irq:12
*-usbhost
product: OHCI Host Controller
vendor: Linux 2.6.20-16-generic ohci_hcd
physical id: 1
bus info: usb@1
logical name: usb1
version: 2.06
capabilities: usb-1.10
configuration: driver=hub maxpower=0mA slots=3 speed=12.0MB/s
*-usb
description: Mass storage device
product: USB Storage Device
vendor: Generic
physical id: 2
bus info: usb@1:2
logical name: scsi2
version: 1.00
serial: 20020509145305401
capabilities: usb-1.10 scsi emulated scsi-host
configuration: driver=usb-storage maxpower=100mA speed=12.0MB/s
*-disk:0
description: SCSI Disk
product: USB Storage-CFC
vendor: IC
physical id: 0.0.0
bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0
logical name: /dev/sdc
version: 301b
capabilities: removable
*-disc
physical id: 0
logical name: /dev/sdc
*-disk:1
description: SCSI Disk
product: USB Storage-SMC
vendor: IC
physical id: 0.0.1
bus info: scsi@2:0.0.1
logical name: /dev/sdd
version: 301b
capabilities: removable
*-disc
physical id: 0
logical name: /dev/sdd
*-disk:2
description: SCSI Disk
product: USB Storage-MMC
vendor: IC
physical id: 0.0.2
bus info: scsi@2:0.0.2
logical name: /dev/sde
version: 301b
capabilities: removable
*-disc
physical id: 0
logical name: /dev/sde
*-disk:3
description: SCSI Disk
product: USB Storage-MSC
vendor: IC
physical id: 0.0.3
bus info: scsi@2:0.0.3
logical name: /dev/sdf
version: 301b
capabilities: removable
*-disc
physical id: 0
logical name: /dev/sdf
*-usb:2
description: USB Controller
product: USB 2.0 Controller
vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
physical id: 3.3
bus info: pci@00:03.3
version: 00
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: ehci bus_master cap_list
configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=64 maxlatency=80
resources: iomemory:cfffb000-cfffbfff irq:5
*-usbhost
product: EHCI Host Controller
vendor: Linux 2.6.20-16-generic ehci_hcd
physical id: 1
bus info: usb@3
logical name: usb3
version: 2.06
capabilities: usb-2.00
configuration: driver=hub maxpower=0mA slots=6 speed=480.0MB/s
*-usb
description: USB hub
product: USB2.0 Hub
physical id: 4
bus info: usb@3:4
version: 7.02
capabilities: usb-2.00
configuration: driver=hub maxpower=100mA slots=4 speed=480.0MB/s
*-usb:0
description: Mouse
product: PS/2+USB Mouse
physical id: 1
bus info: usb@3:4.1
version: 22.70
capabilities: usb-1.10
configuration: driver=usbhid maxpower=100mA speed=1.5MB/s
*-usb:1
description: Printer
product: Samsung ML-1610 Series
vendor: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
physical id: 4
bus info: usb@3:4.4
version: 1.00
serial: 3977BKEY610101P.
capabilities: usb-1.10 bidirectional
configuration: driver=usblp maxpower=2mA speed=12.0MB/s
*-network
description: Ethernet interface
product: SiS900 PCI Fast Ethernet
vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
physical id: 4
bus info: pci@00:04.0
logical name: eth0
version: 90
serial: 00:0a:e6:ec:58:73
size: 100MB/s
capacity: 100MB/s
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=sis900 driverversion=v1.08.10 Apr. 2 2006 duplex=full ip=192.168.1.110 latency=64 link=yes maxlatency=11 mingnt=52 multicast=yes port=MII speed=100MB/s
resources: ioport:d400-d4ff iomemory:cfff8000-cfff8fff irq:5

11 comments:

  1. jeez, was that post in english?

    fully unleashing your geek self today, i see :)

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  2. Hee hee, this is what occupies my brain half the time.

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  3. Mine is a PIII 750 Mhz bought in Q3 of 2001, its original parts were a CD burner, 17" CRT monitor and AGP video card with 16Mb worth of video memory and it had 128MB of RAM...upgrades it experienced were a memory upgraded to 256 then to 512 MB, a Video Capture card was added, Video card was bumped up to 32Mb then eventually to 128Mb, CD Burner was ditched for a DVD writer...Original HDD was 20 GB, then replaced with 2 40Gb... 1 40Gb HDD was eventually eaten up by ants so it was replaced with an 80 Gb HDD... oh and I replaced the Monitor with a 17" LCD to reduce its power consumption and so that its easier on my eyes...aside from the ASUS board and the Intel processor, the only original parts left are the casing, the sound card and the floppy drive...oh, yeah... and the screws that hold it together. :D

    So as the saying goes, if it ain't broke? *snicker*

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  4. My PC is 4 years old yet it's actually not the original. Every 4 or 5 or 6 months or so I dispose one part which I think needs replacing and get myself a new one. Eventually, everything has been replaced except for my atx casing and avr.

    For me you can get most out of your money if you upgrade piece by piece. Plus, you don't have to worry about one-time 15-30,000 full replacement/upgrade of your rig.

    (Anyway, I was searching for related wowowee topics and I found your entry quite useful. Hope more people will see things as you do, which maybe is the reason why our country couldn't progress unlike our neighbors particularly Japan, whose people successfully achieved this kind of modern economic and technological power despite being savagely disabled during WWII. As you've said, all of it probably boils down to being mental, just like in the caste system theory you have presented.)

    Sorry for being off-topic^^

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  5. Hi Dom,

    computer
    configuration: chassis=desktop

    from this point onward, i got lost!

    all that to mean: good mileage???
    :)

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  6. I have a 2.16 GHz core 2 duo mac book pro, with 1 GB memory.

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  7. Oh, boy! I didn't think this geeky indulgence would get this response. Thanks, all.

    Hoop: that's a real Frankenstein, alright. But...ants? Mice, I understand, but...ants?

    John: no worries about being off-topic, mein freund. From your upgrade pattern, you're typical male. ;-)

    Gilbert: ah, but it is the function of art is to say things indirectl... ;-)

    Roy:...and you also use your Mac Book to fry eggs? I do not think your new overlords will look kindly to your using anything other than Vista (kidding aside, my sincerest congratulations -- look up my two friends there, Bill Hilf and Nino Sarmiento.)

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  8. I actually instaled XP on this mac (shock!), and it's a nice machine whatever OS you put on it. Though OSX has unix goodness.

    If you're in Manila sometime in the next 3 weeks, I'll be flying to the Philippines for a short break.

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  9. I'll be in Manila the week of September 14-19, Roy. Drop me a private email so we can arrange.

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  10. what the?! boy, when you say specifics you do mean it! =) hehehe

    The only thing that interested me was:

    "After all: it's not what you have, it's how you use it."

    Yup, I think you've been reading a lot of FHM =) lol =D

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  11. Got an Athlon XP 2300, 128 MB VRAM, 1GB RAM, 80GB HD - almost 4 years old. And an P II 233, 256 MB RAM, 32 MB VRAM, 20 GB HD (almost 6 years old).

    Oh. and iBook G4 (almost 2 years).

    No iPod though.

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