Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Mar 2018 23:52 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

I stumbled upon an absolute gem of a website over the weekend - Sophie Haskins' Pizza Box Computer. On this site, Haskins details a number of ancient non-x86 workstations. All of the posts on the site are fun and interesting reads, so let's pick one of her machines - a DEC Multia running Windows NT for Alpha -

The Multia was an attempt by Digital to make a lower-cost Alpha workstation for running Windows NT. There were Alpha and Intel Pentium models, and they use a lot of off-the-shelf PC components rather than custom Digital ones (hence its later name, the "Universal Desktop Box"). It's quite tiny - so much so that it has laptop PCMCIA slots for expansion!

The latest post details getting Windows NT up and running on the Multia, and is certainly worth a read - like the rest of the site.

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RE: Comment by streetmagick
by Lennie on Mon 26th Mar 2018 08:27 UTC in reply to "Comment by streetmagick"
Lennie
Member since:
2007-09-22

It's cheaper to buy bulk products. Bulk products are generic products which use generic components. Which means consolidation of the market:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consolidation_(business)

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RE[2]: Comment by streetmagick
by Anachronda on Mon 26th Mar 2018 17:25 in reply to "RE: Comment by streetmagick"
Anachronda Member since:
2007-04-18

Yeah. That's why they told us they needed to kill Alpha because Itanium was going to take over the world.

Not that I'm bitter or anything.

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RE[3]: Comment by streetmagick
by zima on Tue 27th Mar 2018 18:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by streetmagick"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Itanium was a great success for Intel - just its mere announcements were enough to kill off most of competing CPU architectures...

As for the news here, the only pizza box computers I had contact with were Macintoshes LC475 in highschool ...cute little machines.

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RE[3]: Comment by streetmagick
by Sidux on Thu 29th Mar 2018 09:17 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by streetmagick"
Sidux Member since:
2015-03-10

It's actually Compaq that killed Alpha (sadly the story doesn't end here)..

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