Pimp my SPARC

09 January 2007 » Solaris, System administration

There’s a great thread going on over on the Suns-at-Home mailing list about case mods to old workstations built by Sun Microsystems.

Suns-at-Home has been catering to the foolish among us for almost 20 years who couldn’t resist picking up outdated Sun hardware – known for its high-end enterprise applications – and seeing if we could apply it towards some domestic purpose, however impractical it may be.

> To summerise, what other ways can one with too much time
> pimp out their sparc?

Trying to imply a machine is fast with neon lights, flame jobs, glowing
skulls, etc. is not going to fool anyone into thinking these machines
are fast.

We’re fans of slow machines, and we should embrace that by evoking the
visage of shambling zombie hordes. This is probably best accomplished
by riveting hunks of meat onto the side of the case and take a more
organic approach to case modding. Within 2 or 3 days you should have a
pretty clear indication that the zombie motif is working. Inside of a
week the neighbors will be asking if you’re keeping a dead cat in your home.

Are we not, after all, keepers of the undead? Caregivers to the
carcasses that IT managers of old have long since given up for deceased?

I thought my abandoned E450s were already living the life as barstools in my friend’s basement-turned-nightclub. Now I’m thinking fishtank or speaker upgrade…

  

4 Responses to 'Pimp my SPARC'

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  1. magnus said,

    10 January 2007 at 9:53 am

    Whoever wrote that case modding post about zombie sparcs is *brilliant*

  2. krook said,

    10 January 2007 at 9:55 am

    Ha. I fully agree Magnus, great work :)

  3. Jima said,

    10 January 2007 at 10:06 am

    s/brilliant/insane/ ;-)

  4. magnus said,

    12 January 2007 at 12:43 pm

    s/brilliant/insane/ ;-)

    Hey! I resemble that remark!

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