About the Nerdrium
Several years back, my family and I moved into a new house (for the third time in about six years....). Our basement has an extra bedroom that had previously been used as a guest room of sorts. I decided, somewhat to the dismay of my wife, to turn the room into my office instead. I ran some Cat 5e lines into the room, removed the old paneling and then finished the drywall underneath, and finally built a desk-type structure that takes up much of three of the walls.
My wife then accidentally coined the name "the nerdrium." (I think she was trying to come up with the term "nerdery" from Tommy Boy). At any rate, the name stuck, and when it came time for me to finally get around to starting up a website, The Nerdrium seemed to make the most sense.
For the curious, here's some pictures:
Pretty uninspiring, isn't it? At least I picked it up somewhat before taking pictures--normally the clear areas of the desk are covered with all sorts of junk (broken hard drives, old case fans, wires, switches, ethernet cable plugs, various tools, etc. And the fish tank is "seasonal"--during the Spring and Summer months the fishes are outside in a water garden.
This is my Linux machine, that I built myself. It has an Intel motherboard, a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 processor, 640 megs of RAM, two hard drives (40 gig and 320 gig), and an ATI 7500 video card. It runs version 6 of Fedora Core Linux.
Here is our Windows Machine. I also built this machine. It has an ASUS motherboard, a 3000+ Athlon 64 processor, 1 gig of RAM, a 160 gig SATA hard drive, and an nVidia 6800 video card. It runs Windows XP Professional (and won't be updating to Vista anytime soon...). The kids are most comfortable using this machine, I think because they use it to play games. Recently I purchased a 19" widescreen flat panel as well.
This is the machine that I typically use most often. It is a Macintosh G4 "Quicksilver." It has a 733 MHz G4 processor, 1.5 gigs of RAM, four hard drives (40 gig, 40 gig, 20 gig, and 300 gig), and internal CD-RW. It currently runs Mac OS X "Tiger" version 10.4.9. While this machine is the oldest in the room, it still holds its own. Recently I added a second video card (an ATI 9200 PCI) so that I could power three flat-panel monitors, which I absolutely love having. You can also see the HP LaserJet 1022n networked printer on the shelf above the monitors. Any of the machines can print to it, and we can also print to it wirelessly from our laptops.
Oh well. Like I said, not very earth-shattering or anything.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy your visit. :)