nullroute | hosts

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This is an approximate list of all computers that I currently own or have owned in the past. At any given point, there are probably 3–4 different machines that I tend to use, each with its own stuff.


Desktop PC, an HP Compaq SFF 300 for casual browsing and gaming, running Windows 11 (and Windows 98 if I pretend real hard that it's not VirtualBox).
Currently my main laptop, an HP EliteBook 840 G4 running Arch Linux.
Low-power home server/NAS, a Dell 3050 Micro running Arch. It runs SMBv3 and NFSv4 for my regular computers, hosts a copy of Lanman for SMBv1, acts as a Syncthing halfway-point between Blizzard and Midnight, and currently also acts as a network audio server.
Lifebook T4010D, dedicated linuxing device for when I just want to read some old textfiles. It's small and cute and has a pen-tablet screen that flips around.
An HP compaq nx9000 laptop running Windows XP with Cygwin/X11, for miscellaneous reading.
My work laptop, a Lenovo Thinkpad T15 that also runs Arch.


See also rwho session list.


Cute little HP MicroServer Gen8 which acts as a storage server (NFSv4, SMBv3, Syncthing) as well as being my primary host for tinkering over SSH. It lives in my workplace's server room.
Second-hand HP ML310e Gen8 tower server. Slightly rusty, but decently powerful for building things. Was originally meant to be a VM host. Sometimes hosts OpenAFS. Also colocated at work, with a 10 Gbps connection directly to Ember.
Another HP ML310e Gen8v2, slightly less rusty. Currently runs ESXi 7.x for Dust (an Arch Linux VM) as well as miscellaneous legacy/retro VMs. Lives in the “Dunelab” at work.
VPS at ‘Interneto Vizija’, hosting this web site as well as my mail, my IRC client, LDAP, Kerberos, and probably other things that I don't remember.
VPS at ‘HostHatch Amsterdam’, once my main machine, now generally abandoned for most purposes besides tunnels and BitTorrent.
VPS at ‘PHP-Friends’, currently hosting Salt and some IRC bots.
VPS at Linode London, previously my main hosting server for a long time, now just a tiny LDAP host and HE.NET tunnel endpoint. Now migrated to a physical host at Hetzner.


Ember is my primary “workspace” server, located at my workplace's server room. It hosts most of my files, projects, and repositories. After being upgraded from a Celeron to Xeon it has also become the occassional build server and retro-VM host and so on.


Wind is a slightly rusty, second-hand server that tends to be forgotten a lot of the time. Besides building packages it runs game servers and other tasks needing a bit of extra memory. It's also colocated at work, though at a different building, but has a direct 10 Gbps Ethernet connection to Ember.


Dune is another second-hand ML310e that runs VMware ESXi and hosts Dust as well as a few small retro VMs (such as Windows 2000 or OpenServer). It's a slightly newer revision but complains about dying iLO flash.


Dunelab is the remaining miscellaneous hardware surrounding Dune – originally just DuneGW, later the three Cisco 1760 routers, now encompassing all other “experimental” systems including those elsewhere in the campus.

Mikrotik RB951G-2HnD alongside Ember. Provides out-of-band iLO access to the server.
Mikrotik hEX Lite somewhere next to Wind, providing iLO access.
Mikrotik hEX at the tiny Cisco lab where Dune is connected.
Three old Cisco routers (top, mid, btm) that originally comprise the so-called Dunelab. Interconnected using 128 kbps synchronous serial links running X.25 and accessible through Telebahn XoT.
IBM ThinkStation
An old Windows XP box with a dual-core AMD Athlon 64.
Soekris net4511
Rescued LEMA gateway. Originally ran LemaBridge on top of PC-DOS 3; now runs OpenBSD 4.x.
HP tc2110
Rescued LITNET gateway from ~2010; a bog standard Pentium 4 ATX minitower server.


Mikrotik hAP ac², home IPv6 gateway. One of several Mikrotik routers slash access-points, most of which are unnamed.
Debian 9 container for the specific purpose of providing SMBv1 access to my older VMs. Duplicated across Ember and Myth.

Previous PCs

Frost gen.1

Frost the 1st was a flimsy Dell Inspiron 5547 that I received as my work laptop; a decently powerful machine in a chassis that bends if you look at it the wrong way. Eventually it was upgraded to (Frost gen.2) and currently sits unused, with only a blank Windows installation.

Unusually for its age, it only has a 100 Mbps Ethernet port.


Rain was an ASUS K52JT (~2010) that was my primary laptop for many years, until it eventually degraded to the point of being unusable. It dual-booted Arch Linux as well as Windows 8.1 (later Windows 10), where it had the stage name Raindows. Now, Rain is only an SSD in my drawer while its chassis collects dust on the shelf.

It technically still functions if I hold the charger cable in place with one hand, and press down on the bottom bezel with the other – to make the LCD stop flickering – but then I have no hands left to use it with.

Drouth (appx. 2005–2010)

A second-hand Dell Latitude C840 (~2002) with a really great 1600×1200 LCD (in contrast, the "new" laptop that replaced it eight years later only had 1366×768) and a trackpoint that was arguably better than what ThinkPads have these days. I faintly remember having Windows and Ubuntu on it, but I definitely spent most of my time within Arch Linux.


The second family PC and technically my first actual Linux PC. It ran Windows XP, at one point booting Ubuntu Linux via Wubi (the "Ubuntu in Windows" tool they used to have, which would install Ubuntu into a loop image on the NTFS filesystem and use Grub4dos to boot it).

After the mainboard got fried by a lightning strike, it was replaced with a Pentium 4 which was… more of a space heater than a CPU. Eventually, a while after it became my personal desktop, I turned it into a VirtualBox VM Snowclone on Blizzard – it still takes care of the XP-only flatbed scanner.

Nameless desktop

This was the first PC I've ever had (or rather, our first family PC). It came with Windows 98 and Windows 2000 pre-installed in a dual-boot setup, and a CRT that did not support EDID (which eventually led to its demise).

At some point, I managed to break the Windows 2000 half and had to learn how to install Windows XP; it took two nights to download the .iso from our ISP's warez site over ADSL. (Yes, our ISP used to have a warez site.)

It had a C-Media audio chip and came with one of those "audio rack"-like control panel apps, and most importantly with a set of "C-Media C3D HRTF Positional Audio Demo" minigames that were probably the only 3D games it could run.

Running a Knoppix live CD on this machine (or its successor, I don't quite remember!) was my first introduction to GNOME and KDE; later I somehow acquired a SuSE live CD that decided to boot at 1600×1200 and lasted about two minutes until it fried the CRT.