This is the recovered Machine Room from 2005. Please don't expect wonders. The look and feel of this site is nine years
old, and so is its code. Some of the functionality has been recovered while the rest of
the site is modernised and restructured. Watch this space!
People sometimes ask how it's all done. Here's a complete explanation,
including a list of the tools used to produce this site. All of the software
tools are free
most are Open Source or Freeware (take your pick) based on the GNU Public License
by the Free Software Foundation
. No commercial software
is used to create the Machine Room.
How things are now: simple. All static content and scripts are php
scripts. All mutable data is stored in a MySQL
the K6 Linux
box serves HTTP and PHP.
a SPARCstation 5), ladles out MySQL data.
is used to describe
computers and companies. Hordes of PERL
shell scripts did the conversion from the old, kludgy status quo to the new, more
Hypertext markup is done in XHTML 1.0
At the time of writing, the WWW server hosting these pages is Hecate
K6-333 box running
The database server, Bastet
, is a
Sun SPARCstation 5, one of the last pretty and elegant
(inside and out) workstation series to come out of Sun. Bastet runs
The web indexing robot is Khepera
SPARCstation IPX. These 'lunchbox'-style
workstations go beyond elegance, they're downright cute!
The desktop machine where I do all the actual development is Vennëa
Duron box running Linux.