The Zoo

This is a list of the computers I own. I list them in the order in which I got them (except on the Graveyard - that's basically random ...).



A Compaq Presario C792EZ
Duck is FrankenBox - the SSD from Raven in the shell of Digger; it's my "at-work" machine now; frugal, old and limited, but still working.


A Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E130
Jackdaw is now my do-it-all workhorse; the keyboard had to be replaced, but it was well worth it. Apart from my Chromebooks, it's still my most used machine.

"Bat (1)"

An Acer C720
  • Intel Celeron 2955U
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB SSD
  • Chrome OS
A Chromebook! A very slick machine actually - I'm using it for most of my casual surfing now (which in turn accounts for most of my screen time anyway), and it proves absolutely sufficient. Who'd have thought it ... well, I have, ever since the inception of the EeePC! The unexpected thing is how much I like it, though.

Sadly, the keyboard is starting to fail ... well, I used the heck out of this puny machine, anyway.


An Asus
An "ultrabook" - very slick and elegant, very high-resolution screen; yet still not as sturdy and hassle-free as Jackdaw; a dream for image editing, though.


A Minix NGC-1
  • Intel Celeron N3150
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB SSD
  • Ubuntu 16.04.* LTS - heavily customised
  • Windows 10 Home
Bought as an experiment - in it's working (sort of ...); powers a 4K screen and does so decently, at least when using Windows; Ubuntu struggles with pointer control.

"Bat 2"

An Acer CB-431
  • Intel Celeron N3160
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB SSD
  • Chrome OS
The latest toy - great screen, fast and simple, yet a lot more elegant than "Bat (1)". My go-to machine for media consumption ...


Samsung Galaxy S4

A GT-I9505
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • Android 5.0.1 with TouchWiz
When I bought this, it was a capable device. But nowadays, its limits become increasingly obvious. Still, it works, and its specifications remain impressive.

Google Nexus 7

  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • Android 6.0.1
One of the best devices I've ever used - holds its own after years of ever increasing use, receives regular updates. In my personal opinion, it doesn't have to get much better.

Geeksphone Peak

  • Firefox OS (version TBC)
(Hardware TBC)
This is a rather interesting device - not high-end by any means, but well up to its job. As it's a developer device, app support (and usefulness) is limited.

Lenovo TAB 2 A7-10F

  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • Android 5.0
My home appliance - only used as a sort of sophisticated remote control.

Other stuff


A Casio PB-110
  • 1.5KB RAM
  • no permanent memory (changing the battery erases all data!)
  • A proprietary calculator "OS" in ROM, programmable in BASIC
This is an old-fashioned programmable calculator - but it has some nice features, like a database (only of small, serially ordered data). And it's using a very old-fashioned, but well documented BASIC dialect.


A Texas Instruments TI-82 STATS
  • 32KB RAM (26KB usable)
  • A propietary calculator OS in ROM, programmable in "TI-Basic"
This tool's a bit new to say much about it - it's the cheapest usable variant of a sensibly programmable graphics calculator. I'll say more about it when I've used it a bit. It's meant to replace Fruit in everyday use.

Home Server/Storage


A Synology DS115j
Bought as an emergency solution when MoonStation(1) died, it now serves as a) a backup device to MoonStation3 and b) my personal web server.


A Synology DS215+
My main backup device, period. These boxes rock!

The Graveyard

A list of machines I don't use any more (most, but not all of them are gone).



Morris was a huge, noisy machine that served as high-end desktop when it was new (1998), then became my first GNU/Linux box and subsequently grew into my first full-blown Debian server. It was retired in January 2008 but later revived as a desktop machine and eventual project server.


Greyback was my father's machine. After over ten years of constant use, it lost its hard drive in April 2008; before that, it worked quite well, especially given its modest setup. It served as a proof-of-concept machine for the fact that you can put almost everything to good use with GNU/Linux.


Kong was one of my friends' last desktop computer (he's using laptops exclusively by now); it was a pretty small machine stocked with a lot of hardware (double HDDs, double sound cards, double video adapters). I used it as a workplace desktop.


Alloyhead was another friends' desktop before he fell for a Apple PowerBook (or similar). It was big, it was loud - a typical 2000 desktop.


Lilith was my last stand-alone GNU/Linux server; I bought it off a collegue for very little money. It was pretty neat and quiet, and it worked well. Lilith served as a basis for Phoenix.


Ponder was an old and really crappy Compaq Presario small desktop machine I received from another collegue as a gift; due to its extremely modest specs, it was an ideal testing machine for Debris Linux. Ponder got several updates - it even was a small wireless terminal for a while.


This was my fathers last desktop (he's using laptops exclusively now, too); it was a big and incredibly noisy machine with some crappy components (the DVD drive was working only occasionally), but pretty beefy. I reused most of its parts.


On the basis of Lilith, I crammed all the usable good parts of all dismantled machines into one case; I got a quite powerful machine, but I didn't use it anymore. It was just too huge, too loud, too power-hungry. Together with Morris, my long-standing all-purpose warrior, it was the last one to go in a second wave of removal of unused gear in May 2011.


This thing was bought brand new in May 2008. It was cheap and ridiculously low-spec'd, but it packed more than enough punch to become a usable GNU/Linux machine. But it was no real match for my laptops any more, so I decided to put it on the shelf.



An ASUS EeePC 701 4G: The EeePC was the big scoop of 2007/2008 in terms of portable computing. It's a very small, but also very modest machine - though in its time, it served me well. Still functional, but unused.


An Acer Timeline 1810TZ-414G50n: It was my main and long-time favourite notebook; it went through a lot, but took it mostly gracefully. Charging impossible.


A Toshiba Satellite 4030CDT: Bubbles was my first real laptop (I'd owned several minor machines before) and served faithfully for over nine years; it died - much to my dismay - in late June 2008. Hardware failed.


Even given its (then, 2002) impressive specs, Silvermoon had always been a bit of a disappointment. I bought it out of need for a "modern" machine in 2002, but it let me down time and again hardware-wise. I was able to use it as a work place GNU/Linux box, and it did reasonably well. Case broke.


This was an old and half-forgotten laptop from one of the racks in school; I was allowed to take a couple of them them away (another one's gone to Renegat3 of Debris Linux fame). It was used to test and run Debris Linux so well I invested in new batteries (main and CMOS backup). Mainboard failed.


A Highscreen Handy Organizer: This was my first pocket computer, bought probably in 1992 - and it's not a bad one either: It still works!

Smartphones and Tablets

Nokia N900

The first step into seriously useful smartphone concepts - using a true GNU/Linux OS!

Samsung Galaxy SII

Still one of the more capable handsets after years of (ab)use; sadly, a security patch disabled the camera part. Still function, but unused.

ASUS Transformer TF101

This came with a keyboard docking station - a capable tablet that falls just short of satisfying conceptually; it needs a dedicated charger and connection cable, and even though stamina is excellent, it's too bulky and heavy for true portability. Though the idea of the keyboard dock seemed intriguing, handling in practice isn't there yet.

MPman MID74C

This cheap device shows that you get what you pay for - which is rather sad, because MP3man got it seriously right when it comes to connectivity. But the OS as well as the screen were flawed from the get-go; no longer used due to severe security issues.

NAS and other devices


A Synology Disk Station 107+
This nifty little box replaced my GNU/Linux home server - it was versatile and very helpful, but the mainboard died. Pity - but it certainly made me a Synology fan.


A Claxan NAS100
My first NAS solution. Worked for a while, but was pretty quirky all along

Palm m105

A classical Palm organizer in a cheap yet useful version - I used it for several years as my main PDA, getting hooked on the whole idea solely by this experience.

Alphasmart Dana wireless

This was a unique concept: The Dana sports a full keyboard that would make it a great tool for writing texts on the go. But the rest of the hard- and software isn't up to much - it was a dead concept even when it came out.