Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Jan 2009 21:44 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Before the BeOS ever made it to x86, it had already spent some time on PowerPC, but the die-hard fans will know that BeOS was actually written and designed for a very different, short-lived processor: the AT&T Hobbit. While a PowerPC BeBox is already quite rare, the Hobbit BeBox was never sold, and only existed in the form of a number of prototypes. Imagine our surprise when we found out that Cameron Mac Millan, former Be employee, sold one of his two Hobbit BeBoxen on eBay a few days ago.
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pablo_marx
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2006-02-03

My plan (having the $1000 bid) was to

a) finally see a hobbit in action

b) dump the ROMs for more preservation (thankfully the hard drive images are already preserved -- see http://www.bebox.nu/tech.php?s=tech/hobbit/diskImages and http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=148070 for some rudimentary tools to extract the files from the disk images)

c) donate it to the computer history museum as they didn't have any Hobbits listed in their collection.

But, outbid as always... ;)

Hopefully whomever purchased it will do the same.

(*Edit for link to the extraction tools)

Edited 2009-01-29 01:24 UTC

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