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.