About M A G I C
Magic was originally a thought. A concept caused by the desire for
solid commuications and freedom of publishing. Here grew resources from
random catalogs and old junk lying around. It became a monster.
Magic is a 486-based system (running Linux, no Microsoft O/S'es here!!)
with 16MB RAM, 1GB of disk space and a shared T1 to the internet. It does
not have a case, monitor, or keyboard, instead, it hangs from the wall
with a fan over the processor. It is actually quite impressive in sight
and when pictures become available, they will just dazzle you with its
weirdness. Currently, it resides in the dorm room of super programmer Chris Lattner where is is near its hurrah buddy Orbital.
Magic was created to learn
system administration skills by providing a system with users with
real-life problems and require prompt solutions.
Here's a brief history of M A G I C: Originally was
used as a small network computer in some big company. Then was sold
for some cheap price to Halted Specialties
Co. where it was sold without hard drive and RAM for $100 to James Neal.
Came to Geekfest 96 working perfectly, had a modem plugged in and
then DIED. (30 watt proprietary powersupply couldn't handle the load!)
Right afterwards, James got shocked by the mad capacitors screaming their
last volty words.
Was resurrected through a combination of cabling, deductive
reasoning, and creativity. The connector from the proprietary power supply
was taken off and was cabled up with a standard PS connector.
Chris' old 170MB drive was donated to the effort, so was 16MB of RAM
from James. Ryan had a fun time of figuring out how it was going to be
mounted and arranged.
For $2.00, we got an advanced power supply that the retailer thought
was broken. A creative paper clip fixes the powersupplies problem. It still
has the sticker that says "scrap" on it.
Now is hooked up to Ryan's funHUB and hangs precariously off of a
wall in Chris' room, where it is happy.
The system administration includes:
James Neal OpGuru, HandiCAT, Technical Director
Chris Lattner SysOp and Analyst, Network Administrator,
Ryan Sayre Webmaster, Artistic Director, and Hurrah Internet Liason
Michael Plumpy Software Maitenance Technician, Upgrade
Specialist, and multimedia consultant