History, way back yonder in 1998-1999 I worked for a local Computer builder / ISP A-Z Computers. Great place to work, except toward then end we had to start bringing our paychecks directly to their bank to make sure they didn't bounce... Anyway, my first "real" computer job. I will forever have fond memories of that place.
A few months ago, a coworker at my current place of employment gave me an old machine he was about to scrap. People throw computers away?! /faint Low and behold I see the case badge and imediately fall in love with it. Granted it was filthy, filthy filthy, like with dust bunnies half wedged out of every vent and oriface and then glued to the plastics... gross. So the machine didn't power on and it looked like crap. Set it aside, I'll deal with it later.
Fast forward a few months. I'm feeling nastolgic as I sometimes (frequently) do. I rip the thing completely apart, Everything, down to the bare metal chassis. I take all the plastics off and everything gets soaked and scrubbed. Turns out the case cleaned up rather well. I decide I'm going to put some "era" guts in the chassis and throw the box in to my little computer family.
Pentium 233-MMX, 128MB of ram (4x 32mb simms), 4mb Diamon Stealth 3D PCI graphics card, 4mb Diamond Monster 3D PCI Voodoo card, Creative AWE32 ISA sound card w/ 2mb ram. Linksys 100mbps PCI card, 30GB maxtor 7200rpm IDE drive and a 52x CDROM. This bitch is bad ass! Fastest most stable Windows 95 machine I've ever had the pleasure to play with.
Loaded the BEAST with Windows 95c + Plus!, Office 95 (seemed appropriate) DirectX 8a. Latest drivers... And a bunch of games. Mechwarrior 2 3dFX patch. Myst, Need For Speed II SE and of course the obligatory Quake. Damn fine performance from a Socket 7 machine. I shall sleep well knowing this machine is safe and sound and fully operational!