The casual reader might make the mistake of thinking this machine gets
its name from a certain famous military installation, but the
surprising truth is that it's the other way around. Yes, folks, the
DoD has nothing on DoddsNET where this box is concerned. This norad,
so old that it too was carved completely out of solid rock, runs
happily at 100MHz with its 486DX4 chip. With 48MB of RAM and 4GB of
drive space at its disposal, this most happy of nuke-resistant linux
boxxen serves DoddsNET's mail and web space, and also sports a tiny MUSH.
Once considered a redundant backup, sheridan has gradually become an
integral part of the DoddsNET project. This Gateway-built and
ISU-customized 486/66 with 32MB of RAM is now the Dodds anonymous ftp
server, thanks to our purchase of a 3.5GB drive <yay!>.
Resource-intensive experiments often find themselves exiled here.
Users' Personal Machines
After finally getting the promised refit acquired is now running
with 4.2 Gb of fast wide SCSI drives, 16 Mb of ram, and a ThunderLan
ethernet card... And Zeke still isn't telling anyone where all this
Our business administrator, Sunago
(whose name comes from the Greek for "eat lead, sucka"), spends
far too much time staring at the monitor attached to
this machine. Whether he's designing more graphics
with which to offend Niles-Foster or screaming sunago at his opponents
in another round of crunchy death, this P90 with 24MB of RAM, the only
machine still around from the original DoddsNET, never lacks for
Built by Maverick and summarily browbeaten by
this chintzy-cased P100 is happy with its 24 MB of RAM and 2.2 GB of
drive space. This DoddsNET outpost on the Eastern Seaboard fancies itself
a nuclear submarine, and fears nothing but Fleuret herself (and the
If Aphrodite was the goddess of love, then we can conclude from these
specs that love truly is blind. Runt of its litter, the 486SX has
hardly grown stronger as it has aged, and with the weatherworn copy of
Windows 3.11 it runs on 4MB of RAM, it would appear to be the only
16-bit machine remaining in the Dodds arsenal. Poor Harmoney.
Talon23 certainly seems to
have a thing for numbers. Yet another big machine to be brought home to
Dodds in the recent past, Area51 is a Pentium II 233 sporting 64MB of
RAM and 4.2GB of drive space. The owner promises that we might see it
converted to a linux box in the near future, so keep your fingers
Aptly named, this linux-grokking P133 is <twitch> the home of the
most psychotic of the DoddsNET
sysadmins. It sports 32MB of RAM and a couple gig of drive space. Word
is that its owner may soon be trading it in for a larger <munch>
One of the few DoddsNET machines that doesn't attend Iowa State, this AMD
K6-200 called dilbert and its
owner both live in the Davenport area. The ideal 'diskless
workstation,' this box with 32MB of RAM and a 4.3GB hard drive--but no
floppy--is still in the process of being upgraded.
Some people would look at this P-200 and call it a wonder of modern
technology, but not me. I call it... a PIECE OF SHIT! This
isn't a computer, it's a MICROSOFT-INFESTED caricature of a machine,
dumbed down so that it's clueless owner, who only WISHES he ran
anything as noble as linux, can check his email without tripping over
his fat, power-hungry fingers. It's sad to see the glory of the
microchip brought low by the likes of an NT-worshipping,
toenail-wielding train chaser with less spine than your average sappy
pornographic, paperback romance novel.
But hey... it's an imperfect world. Right, Nathan?
The baby of DoddsNET, Maverick's personal
workstation is a P-200 with 96Mb of RAM and 10Gb of disk space.
Fortunately for the rest of the world, its owner obligingly slows it
down to 386 speeds by running NT 4 on it.
Once a not-so-fearsome warrior, this stubborn avatar was captured by the
Vorlon. Since its entry into servitude, this
Pentium 200/MMX Linux laptop (still not clothed in proper white) has become
important in the development of many Linux tools related to security and
Despite its name, this now off-campus machine is anything but hozed.
Yet another tribute to the grandeur and subtle power of Linux,
hozer.dodds.net once ran MacOS, but has since been cured.
Still in the infant stages of its conversion, the P133 belonging to
DoddsNET's own dead astronomer has recently learned to dual boot. But it
has time yet to grow, as "the Pentium downstairs" also still lives at home
The newest machine to be brought to Dodds, max is also the biggest by
far as a 300MHz Pentium II with 48MB of RAM and 6.4GB of drive space.
Gearmesh brings us this
beast, and is kind enough to make the rest of us feel terrible by
letting his machine run full speed ahead by installing linux and by
refraining from installing NT.
This box was once a 486/66 with 8MB of RAM before one of the last remaining
First Ones began to make "modifications." Now, minbar proudly serves
the Vorlon as a P166 with
32MB of RAM and ample drive space for any Linux installation, with room
left over for a Babylon 5 archive.
Prophets usually have the power of the gods behind them. Although not a
god, the Linux Godfather holds the marionette to
this speaker for the dead. Of course, this 533MHz DEC Alpha with 64MB RAM
and a 4GB hard drive (running Linux, of course) usually gets by just fine
without divine intervention.
This machine, which until now has been consigned to a bleak existence in a
far-distant tower, is the property of the most active
ghost the Iowa State campus
has ever seen.
The product of an experimental merger of raw power and modern electronics,
there can be no doubt that sd90mac is the territory of a true
The owner of DoddsNET's sole PPro200 started down the right track this
summer when he installed RedHat Linux.
The wooliest of all the DoddsNET boxxen, this cute PB Pentium 75 baas
acknowledgement to all that pass nearby. The 8MB of RAM and decent sized
hard drive running Linux (and Windows) makes an adequate machine for
DoddsNET's resident Business administrator,
Next in the list of sysadmin owned and operated machines is viper,
Spidey's home machine. This Gateway P133 tower has 32MB of RAM, 1.6GB
of drive space, and better speakers than any of the others.
Everyone has their own little world they live in, and Wonderland is
madhatr's. This temple to
insanity is a Packard Bell (ouch) P233 with 32MB of RAM and 5GB of
drive space. We all just wish it had a better label on the front.
Maybe we could fix that with a Dremel.
Named Machines Elsewhere
Excelsior, alas, is no longer with us. Once the biggest machine on
DoddsNET (A Pentium 100 with 16MB of RAM and 2.8GB of drive space using
a Micronics motherboard), it has now been stripped for parts and sold
to make way for newer and better machines.
This machine, formerly Fleuret's aged Frankenstein, is on indefinite leave
after an ill-fated trip to North Carolina. Gutted to serve the interests
of technological advancement, this 486DX/2-80-turned-66 and its mutant
motherboard might find work as a power supply, if that.
Earthdome to one of the DoddsNET sysadmins, geneva is reconquered on a
regular basis every time Vorlon returns home and finds
a need for a Pentium-grade windows box for such pablum as graphic
mangling, word reprocessing, or the playing of games.
Alas, this old laptop had one too many run-ins with the side of a van.
It's old 100MHz 486/dx4 processor now powers DoddsNET's flagship, norad. As for the rest of it... well,
it's no longer in one piece.
The only other holdover from the original DoddsNET, mercury has more or
less been retired from active service. It's still around, somewhere,
though, and may one day be called upon to act as a nice terminal or
Another powerhouse, this cetaceous PPro 200 sports 128MB of RAM, an 8GB
hard drive, and a 100base-T connection to the Net. We just wish it was
ours, instead of belonging to Psycho's employer.
Have you ever noticed that some school administrators just don't Get It?
We certainly have. You can thank one batch of such !clued for this entry
featuring neptune, a 486 running Debian Linux in the dark dungeons of an
unnamed Oregon high school. While geneva may serve for pablum, neptune
is the spot where new flavors of mush are being developed.
(To any of the aforementioned administrators who may be watching: no, we
won't remove the DNS entry, so don't bother asking. If you won't provide
hostnames for machines in your jurisdiction, then I will. So sue me, I
have better things to do with my time than memorize your
One of only two networked machines in existence belonging to an Amish midi
composer, this box makes its home in tropical Pennsylvania, where it is
host to a PSU student and his associates. According to its linux-friendly
guardian, planet0 is a P75 happily overclocked to 90MHz with 40MB RAM and
3.0GB drive space. But we all know it's just a clever front for the
Roland Soundcanvas inside.
The so-called "$27 system," planet1 shows that the virtue of thrift still
holds true in the computing world. At $10 for the VLB 486 motherboard, $15
for the FITH 486SX/33 and $2.00 for the IBM-AT case (the rest having been
scrounged for free), the second charge of our PennState affiliate is at the
very least loyal. Clearly, however, as with other astronomical bodies,
lower numbers here denote greater luminescence.
Another machine belonging to DoddsNET's self-styled maverick,
tehachapi is a P-166 MMX laptop with 32Mb of RAM and 2.1Gb of disk
wedway is mine. Fuck off.
Peoplemover for a family in Davenport, wedway is a 386 with 8MB of RAM
and a 40MB hard drive that serves as a linux masquerading box.
Despite its extreme age, it is probably one of the stablest machines
on the Dodds roster, and it even finds time to run a distributed.net client when
it's not shuffling packets. Mr. Disney would be proud!
Maverick's gift to Angela, who is now gone from the confines of the
Doddsian nest. Generally inaccessible from the network, we include yukon
in the listing here simply because we can.