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What Would Be Your Dream Machine?

Cliff posted more than 7 years ago | from the if-you-could-afford-the-components dept.

Supercomputing 213

isaachulvey asks: "If you could put together your dream machine with any components you want, what would it be? Obviously price is not a factor here or we'd all be putting together 800 MHz systems with 128 MB of RAM. This is your dream machine, so be creative, go as over the top as you need, remember overkill is not a crime."

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Linux compatible (4, Interesting)

linvir (970218) | more than 7 years ago | (#18387587)

All I want is a machine 100% compatible with my Linux distro of choice. If I can have that, I don't care about the specs.

Re:Linux compatible (3, Funny)

wolrahnaes (632574) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388457)

I'm absolutely certain that my circa-1991 IBM PS/1 is completely supported by Linux. 25MHz 486SX, 20MB RAM, 129MB hard drive, and a 2400 baud modem in the ISA slot.

I'll trade you for whatever partially incompatible hardware you've got today, since you don't care about the specs.

Re:Linux compatible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18388865)

Funny... though he said "Linux distro of choice". I tried installing Ubuntu onto my 1998 Pentium (233MHz) and it didn't work; turned out it requires at least a P2, and that was when I knew it had crossed the line from being a usable second machine to something that was mostly just taking up space.

didja try.... (1)

zogger (617870) | more than 7 years ago | (#18389295)

...any of the small distros like..damn small? They might still work, or like slax might be even better. I think for the most part though, today, RAM is more important than CPU speed. I know up to last year I was still using a 200 pentium pro and after I crossed the quarter gig of RAM size it ran fedora (1 and 2) OK.

Re:Linux compatible (1)

GreggBz (777373) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388745)

I was hoping for a fun comment(s). Instead I get posturing to show what extreme Linux die hards some of you are. Yay for Linux, I love it and all, but come on men, have you no imagination?

Anyway, my dream machine is whatever I can tinker with and learn cool stuff from, and that's usually not a PC, and changes quite frequently. I'd like to play with some serious SGI workstations sometime, that's my current obsession.

Motorola 88K Harvard Architecture Data General (1)

mosel-saar-ruwer (732341) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388759)


Would love to be able to run a modern OS on Harvard Architecture hardware - something like OpenBSD [openbsd.org] on a Data General AViiON with lots and lots of Motorolla 88K CPUs [badabada.org] .

More recently, a big honkin hypertransport backplane with a mix of quad-core Opterons [slashdot.org] and FPGAs [slashdot.org] .

Bonus points if there's an onboard analog processing unit [slashdot.org] .

Soundcard would have to be the LynxTWO-C [lynxstudio.com] : six input channels of 200K samples per second at 24-bits per sample.

Re:Linux compatible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18388791)

Here you go: http://www.dell.com/nseries [dell.com]

The case is the most important thing... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18387611)

The case would be a beautiful woman.

With 4 gigs of RAM.

talking computers ftw (2, Interesting)

uber-human (842562) | more than 7 years ago | (#18387637)

I would want it to talk, kinda' like HAL, only without the killing people part. Oh, and it would have a sexy female voice.

Re:talking computers ftw (1)

robyannetta (820243) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388125)

Oh, you want the Planet Express Ship.

Re:talking computers ftw (1)

Cygfrydd (957180) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388333)

I don't know... a spaceship with the voice of Sigourney Weaver. Would this also involve a trip to LV-426? And a housecat?

The absolute ultimate dream machine. (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 7 years ago | (#18387643)

The Sandia / Cray Red Storm [top500.org] super computer crammed inside of a Real Doll [realdoll.com] .

I build myself a top of the line machine about once a year, so I already have my "dream machine". But the above is a true dream machine. Especially if it washed your dishes, cooked your meals and ran linux.

Re:The absolute ultimate dream machine. (2, Interesting)

NayDizz (821461) | more than 7 years ago | (#18387767)

Yeah, and output it to two of these [gizmodo.com]

Re:The absolute ultimate dream machine. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18387799)

I think Lenny Kravitz had the same idea idea [lyricsdepot.com] before you.

Re:The absolute ultimate dream machine. (4, Funny)

kinzillah (662884) | more than 7 years ago | (#18387829)

Where the hell is the "-1 Creepy" mod?

Re:The absolute ultimate dream machine. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18388133)

Right next to "+1, this is gonna be the best prom ever!" mod ;)

Re:The absolute ultimate dream machine. (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388199)

Don't be hatin' on me, just because I have now provided the world with the design for the perfect Stepford (and linux) wife.

Re:The absolute ultimate dream machine. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18388261)

Whoa.. thoroughly seconded.

Re:The absolute ultimate dream machine. (1)

dunkelfalke (91624) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388441)

what's the problem? i actually like the idea.
a robotic woman without any quirks real women got would be really cool.

Re:The absolute ultimate dream machine. (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 7 years ago | (#18389061)

Where is the "-1 Whipped Pussy" mod?

My first place entry (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18387645)

Is a Beowulf cluster of whatever comes in second place.

I think I'll take... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18387687)

Dual quad-core processors with 2 or so 8800GTXs and a 12-drive raptor raid all cooled with liquid nitrogen and overclocked to the max.

At least until the liquid nitrogen tank goes empty. :

800 mhz? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18387691)

I realize there's a long queue, but how many years ago was this question submitted?

Gmail?! (1)

XanC (644172) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388285)

The guy's got a gmail address, so it can't be too old... I can't figure out what's going on here!

Re:800 mhz? (2, Interesting)

Soul-Burn666 (574119) | more than 7 years ago | (#18389263)

A friend of mine just recently upgrade his P2 266mhz to a P3 667mhz and he's quite happy with it.
Guess what? It runs WindowsXP quite well, he can surf the web no problems and play the awesome games that were released at that era and a great number of new small games you can get from the net, including his mmorpg of choise (runescape).
I don't really understand it, but I guess he knows what he's doing.
He does have PS2 and a couple of really cool board games tho.

C= 64 (4, Insightful)

thhamm (764787) | more than 7 years ago | (#18387747)

i want my C64 back. and the whole bunch of good memories too.

Re:C= 64 (3, Funny)

lavid (1020121) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388013)

we're sorry you've lost your memory.

Re:C= 64 (1)

thhamm (764787) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388157)

hugh? i don't know you people.

Re:C= 64 (3, Funny)

ai3 (916858) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388771)

But it had only 64KB of'em, which surely wasn't enough for everyone!

Dream laptop (1)

jhoger (519683) | more than 7 years ago | (#18389183)

My dream machine would...

Turn on and off instantly, no boot time
Be ultraportable
Run for 20 hours on a charge
Run on off-the-shelf batteries
Be easy to use
Keep working if I drop it
No hard drive, fast, rechargeable-battery backed all-RAM filesystem

Oh wait, that's my TRS-80 Model 100 that was designed 24 years ago.

Too bad the laptop industry hasn't quite caught up with this "obsolete" machine.

-- John.

Re:Dream laptop (1)

MindStalker (22827) | more than 7 years ago | (#18389353)

A slightly hacked ipod can achieve most of this :)

Re:C= 64 (1)

einhverfr (238914) | more than 7 years ago | (#18389317)

Contact me via email if you really want a C=64. Working condition, drives, monitor, etc. Printer ribbon might not be working though (haven't checked) Will go to the highest bidder. I have one that is taking up space.

Anyway, my dream machine: I was thinking about a nice 64-proc Power5 or something with 64GB RAM and 20TB of disk storage. The thing could even double as a heater in the winter to "reduce" my electricity bills. And no, you probably don't want a Beowulf cluster of these ;-)

And yes, it would run Linux.

The Subject. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18387811)

Uh, well. It'd be a 65536-processor machine running at 100GHz with 10TB of SRAM and 1000TB of MRAM.

Dream Computer (0, Offtopic)

Yaddoshi (997885) | more than 7 years ago | (#18387817)

My dream computer [apple.com] may offend some, but please bear in mind I am employed as a PC repair tech who gets to fix Windows computers all day, every day. Even though I presently operate LINUX as my primary laptop OS of choice due to my limited budget, if my budget allowed I would switch to a Mac without hesitation.

"What about games?"

Well, seeing as how PC games no longer fit into my budget either due to hardware requirements, I've switched back from PC gaming to console only, so gaming really isn't a requirement for me anymore.

[Not really on-topic] (1)

empaler (130732) | more than 7 years ago | (#18389075)

Session-specific link... Please try again :-)

At any rate, I'll agree though. My boss has been punking me to order a lappy for myself, and the Macbook Pros are just a smidgeon over budget - that's why I haven't ordered yet.

Imagine a Beowulf cluster... (1)

Ceriel Nosforit (682174) | more than 7 years ago | (#18387823)

I'd like a Beowulf cluster in my basement. That, however, requires I first acquire a basement.

The cluster would be running low-power/performance parts so that I wouldn't have to worry about cooling and power bills too much. It would use solid-state solutions for storage, such as a bank of CF cards mapped into one huge drive. In general, it would require next to no maintenance.
The rest of the house would have microphones, high-def steerable video cameras, screens and speakers in every room, all fed to the cluster.

The software running on the machine would be much more complicated, featuring for example voice control for simple commands and object-recognition of the video-feeds. I'd be able to hold up a piece of paper in-view of a cam, say "OCR this" and have the text written on it turn up on the screen closest to me. More complex commands might be possible through some logically structured command language. Much would not be required.

Hmm (4, Funny)

micksam7 (1026240) | more than 7 years ago | (#18387831)

Can we pick two? I'd take a core 2 quad pc with two GeForce 8800GTX in SLi, and maybe a few drives in 0+1 raid. Custom built of course.

Then perhaps a closet full of dual-processor quad-core blade servers for password cra^W^W helping out folding@home or something.

A macbook pro which doesn't suck. (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 7 years ago | (#18387891)

Ok, if the price isn't important it's already done, just get the most expensive modell. If else just give me lowend model with 256MB vram and maybe a better GPU and I'm all for it. There is hoping for may.

Re:A macbook pro which doesn't suck. (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388063)

Or what about a Mac tablet? That's somewhere high on my list.

I hear that... (1)

interactive_civilian (205158) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388197)

If money weren't an issue, I'd be all over a fully decked out 15" MacBook Pro. Unfortunately, I don't have the 394,000 yen to spend on the one I want (I want a JIS keyboard because I am used to the layout and it makes it much easier to switch between typing in Japanese and English).

Of course, while we are imagining things, I'd probably also go for a fully decked out Mac Pro (quad Xeon 3GHz, 16GB memory, 3TB hard drive space, 512MB VRAM, 2 30" Cinema Displays, extra superdrive, and WiFi/Bluetooth). That is 2,145,970 yen.

But, hell, right now, I'd be happy to get my hands on a MacBook. Maybe when I return to Japan someday (currently traveling/working as I travel around the world...right now I'm in Morocco)

ev8 Alpha... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18387893)

A 2GHz+ multicore ev8 Alpha, with SMT support.

Too bad that will never happen...

Transmutation device (1)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 7 years ago | (#18387955)

Why not, the question was pretty open ended? And after changing most of the dirt in my back yard to [insert favorite precious element here], I could go buy whatever I needed.

Forget the innards (1)

oskard (715652) | more than 7 years ago | (#18387959)

Who cares when you can get a decent business machine for 400 bucks?

I want a touch screen, with multi-point technology like on the iPhone or demonstrated here [nyu.edu] .

Obviously, whatever the fastest desktop hardware configuration is at the time would be a nice touch :)

Re:Forget the innards (3, Informative)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388359)

In terms of form factor, I think the Psion Series 3 had it about right. I'd like an updated version. Give it an 800x480 touchscreen like the Nokia 770, a 1GHz XScale CPU, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of flash. Throw in WiFi and UMTS. Keep the keyboard. Make it about half a centimetre thinner, and add a web browser and mail client. Oh, and some kind of magic batter technology so it can get the same sort of life that the original Series 3 had...

Expansion (1)

architimmy (727047) | more than 7 years ago | (#18387963)

Something that would let me add CPUs and Memory up to some ridiculously high number. I do a lot of 3d rendering so number of processors pretty much aids me in a near linear fashion. I work on a small budget though so being able to increase my rendering capability incrementally is really the only way I can go. Right now I do this by buying an affordable machine and upgrading every 12-18 months and putting the old machine in a stripped down box on a network and using it to network render.

I guess if money were no object, I'd buy myself: (1)

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# PowerEdge 2900

        Date 3/17/2007 2:04:22 PM Central Standard Time
        Catalog Number 4 Retail 04
        Catalog Number / Description Product Code SKU Id
        PowerEdge 2900:
Quad Core Intel® Xeon® X5355, 2x4MB Cache, 2.66GHz, 1333MHz FSB 29C26 [222-7262] 1
        Additional Processor:
Quad Core Intel® Xeon® X5355, 2x4MB Cache, 2.66GHz, 1333MHz FSB 2PC26 [311-6941] 2
        Memory:
48GB 533MHz (12x4GB), Dual Ranked DIMMs 48G125D [311-5738] 3
        Operating System:
Windows Server® 2003 R2, Enterprise x64 Edition, Includes 25 CALs WS6R2E [420-5799] 11
        Operating System Addition:
25-pack of Windows® Server 2003 Device CALs (Standard or Enterprise) W2K3L25 [420-4739] 19
        Primary Controller:
PERC 5/i, Integrated Controller Card PERC5II [341-3018] 9
        2nd Controller and HBAs:
2x PERC 5/E SAS RAID Adapter, PCI-Express, 2x4 Connectors, External 2PERC5E [341-3024] 24
        Hard Drive Configuration:
Integrated SAS/SATA RAID 10, PERC 5/i Integrated MSR10N [341-3000] 27
        Primary Hard Drive:
300GB, 3Gbps, SAS, 3.5 inch, 15K RPM Hard Drive, Hot Plug 300A15 [341-4424] 8
        2nd Hard Drive:
300GB, 3Gbps, SAS, 3.5 inch, 15K RPM Hard Drive, Hot Plug 300A15 [341-4424] 23
        3rd Hard Drive:
300GB, 3Gbps, SAS, 3.5 inch, 15K RPM Hard Drive, Hot Plug 300A15 [341-4424] 54
        4th Hard Drive:
300GB, 3Gbps, SAS, 3.5 inch, 15K RPM Hard Drive, Hot Plug 300A15 [341-4424] 51
        5th Hard Drive:
300GB, 3Gbps, SAS, 3.5 inch, 15K RPM Hard Drive, Hot Plug 300A15 [341-4424] 52
        6th Hard Drive:
300GB, 3Gbps, SAS, 3.5 inch, 15K RPM Hard Drive, Hot Plug 300A15 [341-4424] 53
        7th Hard Drive:
300GB, 3Gbps, SAS, 3.5 inch, 15K RPM Hard Drive, Hot Plug 300A15 [341-4424] 71
        8th Hard Drive:
300GB, 3Gbps, SAS, 3.5 inch, 15K RPM Hard Drive, Hot Plug 300A15 [341-4424] 72
        Chassis Configuration:
Tower Chassis Orientation TOWER [310-7489] 28
        Power Supply:
Redundant Power Supply with Y-Cord RPSWY [310-7405] 36
        Bezel:
Tower Bezel Included TBEZEL [313-4363] 17
        Network Adapter:
Intel® PRO 1000PT Dual Port Server Adapter, Gigabit NIC, Cu, PCIe x4 1000PD [430-0959] 13
        TCP/IP Offload Engine Enablement:
Broadcom TCP/IP Offload Engine Enabled, Microsoft OS Only TOEKEY [430-1497] 6
        Documentation:
Electronic Documentation and OpenManage CD Kit EDOCS [310-7402] 21
        Additional Documentation:
PERC 5 English Documentation P5EDOC [310-7586] 89
        Uninterrupted Power Supply:
Dell 2200VA Uninterruptible Power Supply, Stand Alone, 120v UPS220T [310-8309] 80
        CD/DVD Drive:
48X IDE CD-ROM 48XCD [313-4311] 16
        Floppy Drive:
No Floppy Drive NOFD [341-3052] 10
        Keyboard:
No Keyboard Option NOKYB [310-5017] 4
        Mouse:
No Mouse Option NOMSE [310-0024] 12
        Hardware Support Services:
3Yr GOLD ENTERPRISE SUPPORT: 7x24 HW/SW,Escalation Mgmt,2hr 7x24 Onsite GOLD6U [960-9062][960-9272][970-4830][984-1467][984-1469] 29
        Installation Support Services:
ONSITE INSTALLATION: PowerEdge Hardware and Windows OS Installation- Basic QBASIC [984-1048] 32

Central Standard Time? (1)

XanC (644172) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388265)

I guess Dell is having is having trouble with the new DST rules...

Re:I guess if money were no object, I'd buy myself (1)

Presence2 (240785) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388821)

What sucks is that most of that price is the software licenses.

Re:I guess if money were no object, I'd buy myself (5, Funny)

cgenman (325138) | more than 7 years ago | (#18389107)

You spent forty four thousand, four hundred fourty two dollars, with no less than eight hard drives, forty-eight gigs of ram, and three years of onsite gold enterprise level support... But you cheaped out on the DVD drive?

Man, spend the extra twenty bucks!

Re:I guess if money were no object, I'd buy myself (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18389337)

The $26,000 PC
http://blogs.pcworld.com/techlog/archives/003855.h tml [pcworld.com]
Thursday, March 08, 2007

Quick--how much did you pay for your last PC? Betcha it was less than the pricetag on a desktop recently assembled by our colleagues at PC World's German edition, PC-Welt. And that prediction holds even if you bought a top-of-the-line Alienware and pulled out all the stops: PC-Welt's computer cost $26,000 to build.

Ergonomic, effective, and energy friendly (1)

Tatisimo (1061320) | more than 7 years ago | (#18387967)

My dream machine would be one that can do simple tasks (check email, check news, etc.) on single button commands (or voice) in order to save my wrist energy for more important stuff. Energy friendly is a big deal for me, I hate paying high electricity bills. When it comes to specs, the only thing I care about is huge storage capacity, and fast enough for media, songs, and downloads. And no useless, RAM crippling tasks, or "antipiracy" malaware. I'm already having trouble with those, since I reinstall windows so often.

wrist energy ??? (1)

malraid (592373) | more than 7 years ago | (#18389315)

Please, we do NOT want to know why!

I'm actually going to build this... eventually (1)

Wonko the Sane (25252) | more than 7 years ago | (#18387971)

Case: Koolance PC4-1036 [koolance.com]
Motherboard: Tyan Thunder n3600M [tyan.com]
Raid: 3ware 9650SE-24M8 [3ware.com]
Hard Drives Seagate 750GB [google.com]
RAM water cooled [slashdot.org]
Power supply: Koolance 1200W [koolance.com]

Re:I'm actually going to build this... eventually (1)

empaler (130732) | more than 7 years ago | (#18389243)

Sw00t. 16 RAM slots FTW.

It would be a... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18387973)

Lucy Liu-bot [wikipedia.org] .

Uh.. (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 7 years ago | (#18387987)

If money were no object, why would anyone's dream machine be one which would have been crap 10 years ago?

Depends on your requirements (2, Insightful)

hcdejong (561314) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388017)

Sure, it'd be fun to have the fastest computer available, but lots of power comes with drawbacks: noise and high electricity bills.

My main machine is a Mac Mini G4, and you know, it's fast enough for just about everything I do. It's nice and quiet, and doesn't draw ludicrous amounts of power. The only drawback is its lack of room for internal harddisks. I've got two external disks connected for a total of 500 GB, and I still don't have enough space.

I'm shopping for a PVR at the moment. AFAIK, any current machine would do for this purpose; the only thing that may pose a problem is HDTV playback. But given the lack of HDTV broadcasts where I live, this wouldn't be a dealbreaker.

My work machine could do with a bit more power, but in my job (writing technical documents), the CPU rarely is the bottleneck. Disk speed is more of an issue. I just replaced the 4200 rpm disk in my laptop with a 7200 rpm disk, and the difference is quite remarkable.
My ultimate work machine would be a laptop with 4 GB RAM on the fastest bus available [1], a RAID-0 using four of the fastest drives available [1], a 15" internal screen and 2 DVI ports that can drive a 30" screen each. Then again, with that RAID it wouldn't be very portable.

1: note the lack of technicalities. I've no idea which speeds we'd be talking about. Mostly, I just don't care enough to keep up.

big apple (2, Interesting)

St. Arbirix (218306) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388031)

Go max out a Mac Pro on Apple's site... it's $20k.

I could use that.

Re:big apple (5, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388387)

Go max out a Mac Pro on Apple's site... it's $20k.

Pfffft. Lemme know when you get it up to $640k. That oughta be enough for anyone...

Re:big apple (1)

limecat4eva (1055464) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388555)

Now fit that into a 12" aluminum PowerBook case with a 24-hour battery life, and you've got my dream machine.

How come Apple doesn't sell small laptops anymore? What the fuck, Steve? Power users only use machines the size of aircraft carriers? And please do something about the name. "MacBook" has a ring, all right... the ring of mediocrity.

My dream machine has breasts (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18388049)

'nuff said!

Easy (1)

Eastside2000 (930929) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388093)

A 1024 core processor at 10Ghz, 5 Tb of RAM, 3Tb Video card, 1 YB Hard drive... And a custom OS that runs any file system and any types of programs.

There can be only one! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18388101)

Cray XMP....

Barcelona overkill (1)

Brian Stretch (5304) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388153)

I'd go with four of AMD's upcoming Barcelona quadcore CPUs, max out the RAM capacity, a pair of the upcoming ATI R600 video cards in Crossfire mode, one or two 30" widescreen monitors (I'm not sold on the dual screen thing), a RAID of those new 32GB Sandisk flash drives for the boot partition and a RAID of the upcoming terabyte SATA HDs for data storage so I'd never have to delete MythTV HDTV recordings (using a 3Ware SATA RAID controller?), at least a couple of HD-5500 HDTV tuners [pchdtv.com] , dual boot 64-bit Vista Ultimate (for games) and Fedora 7 (for everything else, running 32-bit WinXP in a KVM instance when I have to), maybe a X-Fi audio card, probably a PC Power & Cooling kilowatt power supply [pcpower.com] , a Blu-ray burner, watercooling by DangerDen [dangerden.com] , and a suitable case (maybe a Thermaltake Mozart TX [thermaltakeusa.com] ?).

And a naquada generator so I could power it all off-the-grid.

Alternatively, a Tyan Personal Supercomputer [tyanpsc.com] might be fun too.

TI 99/4A (1)

robyannetta (820243) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388165)

I want to play Hunt The Wumpus again.

Re:TI 99/4A (1)

cervo (626632) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388309)

Wow, the TI-994a was my first computer. I remember hunt the wumpus...not to mention Spacewar 7.

Re:TI 99/4A (1)

5pp000 (873881) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388447)

That's so cool that people still remember Hunt the Wumpus. The author of that game is an old friend of mine -- I'll mention this the next time I see him.

Re:TI 99/4A (1)

John Courtland (585609) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388663)

When I was a little kid, my dad bought a TI99/4a. I can distinctly remember him showing me how to play Hunt the Wumpus and trying to explain to me how the curved arrows and curved caves work. It's one of my best childhood memories.

Perpetual Motion Machine (1)

araphwael (81229) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388315)

The question was vague.

My dream machine... (1)

Hymer (856453) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388327)

...does not exist yet...
  • it is more powerful than anything you can buy now
  • it fits in a normal pocket
  • it got infinite batteries in it's casing (miniature fusion reactor ?)
  • it got holographic display
  • it is fully voice operated
  • it got foolproof navigation (GPS + inertial)
  • it has AI
  • it has infinite storage capacity
...you have seen this device on film... Lamberts SELMA in Time Trax.

Re:My dream machine... (1)

Surt (22457) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388429)

I think your battery problem will be solved by having it be extremely low power ... some breakthrough will drop power requirements a hundredfold some time soon, and then we'll be able to power these things off of solar cells with a small battery backing it that will last overnight.

Re:My dream machine... (1)

ravenfan (1070656) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388793)

...would contain the following features: - 38DD - doesn't complain when I have game night - keep the kitchen stock full of Mt. Dew and Doritos

easy (3, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388357)

I want a machine with an original Pentium I processor (you know the one). Put that together with like 16MB of differently spec'd RAM (2-8s or 4-4s) on a mobo with capacitors circa 2001, and an IBM DeskStar 75GXP hard drive. Oh, and it should be running WinME. That's like a dream come true...

Re:easy (3, Funny)

MyOtherUIDis3digits (926429) | more than 7 years ago | (#18389087)

I want a machine with an original Pentium I processor (you know the one). Put that together with like 16MB of differently spec'd RAM (2-8s or 4-4s) on a mobo with capacitors circa 2001, and an IBM DeskStar 75GXP hard drive. Oh, and it should be running WinME. That's like a dream come true...

About the only things you're missing are the USB-attached crotch kicker and keyboard with random TASER capability.

Multi-arch (1)

HomelessInLaJolla (1026842) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388379)

I'd like to build a mobo with a RISC descendant (PPC), Intel, and AMD processor sockets, a POST menu to select the processor of choice, and multiple flashable BIOS (post-POST) banks. Maybe even made so that the other processors can be accessed (somehow) after boot. Two top video cards (nV and ATI), TV tuner capable, whatever SoundBlaster's latest extreme audio card preferably with RCA or bare wire connectors like the back of a home audio receiver. After that I guess it'd be just technicalities. Network, wireless, 56k modem (just for phun), stack in the RAM and storage space. I like experimenting.

UNIVAC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18388381)

I would get all of the chicks.

a man of modest needs. (1, Insightful)

the_greywolf (311406) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388393)

What I want in a "dream machine" laptop is modest, at best.

  • 13" - 14.1" display. I really don't want anything larger, and anything smaller is a PDA.
  • 80+ GB 1.8" or 2.5" hard drive. These days, anything smaller is unreasonable, but anything larger, and that's what USB storage is for. :P
  • 802.11g, or n when it matures. What I'm describing is a mobile workstation, so I want to take it literally anywhere.
  • Extremely low-power CPU with a reasonably high clock (1GHz or more). I'm looking for 9-hour battery performance, under a modest load. ARM seems to fit the bill, but I'd like to see something a little more powerful. A low-end OpenSPARC maybe? x86 is out of the question.
  • Low-power 3D accelerator. 3D programming is a hobby of mine, so I want that capability. Low-power profile GPU, with modest 3D power: Equivalent to a GeForce Go 6600, but with an open architecture and Free specs, and easily able to handle a ported version of Folding@Home for GPUs when hooked up to AC power and put in a standby mode. (Read: I don't care how much power it burns in 3D mode, but 2D mode has to use a trickle of power.)
  • USB and Firewire - for everything else.

Why can't I get that kind of thing in a laptop computer? Why do I have to move up to 17" desktop replacements to get a usable 3D GPU? Why is the Core CPU always paired with the industry's biggest joke in 3D graphics (the GMA9x0)? Why is battery life still stuck at 3 to 4 hours? The mobile market has had more than enough time to develop beyond that, and it has thus far failed.

silent and fast (1)

dunkelfalke (91624) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388401)

well...

core 2 duo passive cooled
two gigs of ram
a silent psu
quad raid 0 made of a real hardware raid card and 4 sandisk extreme III 16 gb cf cards
any decent passive cooled 3d graphics card (got a radeon 9800 pro with heatpipe now)
a really good soundcard
19" tft display with a mva screen
microsoft natural 4000 keyboard and a DIN A5 size wacom digitizer

and no, i am not into graphics, i just use the digitizer instead of a mouse, because of less wrist pain (rsi sucks).

Does it need to exist? (1)

miyako (632510) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388461)

Do all the components need to actually exist? If not, I'd say that I want a machine with a quantum co-processor. Heck, if we're really getting outlandish, maybe with DNF installed as well.
If we're going to be looking at reality, I've been considering putting together a core2 quad system with 8GB of ram which is totally worth it now that Maya has a 64-bit version.
As far as things that would be neat, but that I wouldn't actually spend any money on, I think it would be neat to have dual SLI video cards (does that even work under Linux?), and a KillerNIC, and one of those physics acceleration cards.

Easy (1)

Blankhorizons (1003315) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388505)

Intel QX6700 Asus Stryker Extreme 680i chipset motherboard 2GB (or 4GB is using a 64 bit OS) Corsair 1066MHz 2x Nvidia 8800GTX Promise Supertrack EX4350 PCI-e x4 Raid Controller 4x 750GB Seagate Barracuda in Raid 5 2x Plextor slot-loading DVDRW 20x Galaxy 1000W PSU (way overkill, but this is a dream machine right?) 2x Apple Cinema 30" Widescreen LCDs (not up on monitors, there are probably better) This is pretty easy, because unless you're into development (and thus would want Quadros or FireGLs over the GTXs) there are clear winners in performance right now. The only thing that would be faster is to put Raptors in the RAID 5, but I'd prefer more space in this case.

Riker said it best (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18388515)

If anyone needs me, I'll be in Holodeck 2.

two words (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18388563)

lubricated sleeve

that's easy, because I have one at $WORK (1)

Yonder Way (603108) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388609)

IBM pSeries 595, fully loaded.

Well designed... (1)

evilviper (135110) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388621)

Performance doesn't hardly matter. I have one system that does all the video encoding, game playing, etc., and the rest of my machines are just the cheapest hardware I can find on pricewatch when the old one finally breaks...

Mostly, I'd be happiest with the quietest, lowest power equipment I can get. A 25W Turion CPU, 80%+ efficient Seasonic PSU, etc. Not sure about GPUs, but something low powered, but has full-featured open source 3D drivers, and TV-out. Integrated chips need not apply.

Incidentally, this system is actually pretty cheap to put together. Newegg has a 2GHz Turion for $70, and Socket 754 mobos are only $50. Throw in $40 for the PSU, $40 for the GPU, and maybe $40 for RAM. Throw in the largest capacity HDD available, since I'm not paying for it...

The case really seems the most important part of a computer these days. Front ports for lots of frequently used connectors like audio, USB, Firewire, etc. I'd even like front RS-232 and IR. Importantly, good and quiet cooling is almost entirely a function of a well-designed case layout. Not to mention ease of maintenance is almost always hampered by cramped, poorly located components, and the usual jerry-rigged fans to handle hotspots that shouldn't even exist, in cheap/junk cases.

As for my multimedia machine, mostly the same as above, but lowest power (fast) Opteron available, RAID, and importantly, ECC RAM to guarantee stability/integrity.

For a notebook, a more expensive version of the OLPC, redesigned for adults, would be pretty close. Large HDD, sharper screen (in color mode), DVD burner, decent keyboard, etc.
.

What I'd really like to see in computers, is the various components working together like never before. How about if the monitor's power button actually just sends a signal to the PC, which can decide whether to shut off the monitor, suspend the system, start an idle timer, etc. It wouldn't hurt to have external speakers receive a signal, telling them to power-off when the system does. And networked information sharing, so I can quickly change the esound host for all the machines at once. More useful LEDs (HDD but no CPU activity LED?). A small, 2-line LCD for status/info output while the monitor is off would be good as well.

Time machine! (1)

DarkPengu (1068132) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388653)

Time machine.

It starts with the case (1)

WorldDominationOrBus (1050248) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388655)

Case: (modded) Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder CPU and paraphernalia: anything (as long as it's not a Mac).

Fast, reliable and silent (1)

DaleGlass (1068434) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388725)

My list:

  • As fast as possible without making it annoyingly loud. At the very least, dual core. It would be possible to go up to 2 x quad core CPUs, but that's probably too wasteful and loud.
  • At least 4GB ECC RAM. Better 8GB. ECC because I REALLY hate memory problems.
  • Silent. Must be possible to sleep right next to it
  • Quiet, fast and reliable storage. Perhaps a Flash drive.
  • Assuming Flash can't be large enough, separated mass storage, with hard disks in RAID-1 (with hot spares) located somewhere I can't hear the noise.
  • Tape library for backups.
  • Automatic backups of small amounts of vital data to an offsite server (tape is for full backups, this is for small things like source code)
  • Decent video card. Doesn't have to be anything specially overkill
  • 4 20" LCD monitors, minimum 1600x1200 resolution.
  • Optimus keyboard, or something similar.
  • Fully Linux compatible, with no closed source drivers required.
  • Easily maintainable. Must have a good case that makes it convenient to replace components if needed.
  • Located somewhere reachable but out of sight.
  • A second box, with exactly the same hardware, kept in case the primary one fails for some reason.
  • System configured in such a way that everything is automatically backed up, and a complete hardware failure can be recovered from in a couple of hours


This should be quite doable right now with current technology, except for the stuff that hasn't been released yet.

Displays are the key for me (1)

justthinkit (954982) | more than 7 years ago | (#18389219)

...4 20" LCD monitors, minimum 1600x1200 resolution...

Yes, acres and acres of LCD!

I want what I wanted 12 years ago -- my full sized desk is my display. Say, eight 24" displays, or six 30" ones -- all touch screen. Driven by six or eight computers. Bookshelfed by a couple of RAID racks of 750GB drives. CPUs and RAMS out the whazoo. Multiple operating systems as appropriate. Dash of Dolby 7.1. Pinch of Dragon Dictate. Dollop of liquid nitro.

slow news day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18388741)

man, i really feel like i'm getting ripped off around here with shitball "stories" like this. fuck this fucking faggot shithole!

The Logrus (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18388753)

Zelazny fans will know what I'm talking about...
It's a hyper-dimensional computer with AI and the ability to manipulate reality.

Actually, my AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400 with 4G sitting here is called logrus. It's pretty freaking quick compared to the XP 2200+ it replaced and 4G of RAM is just awesome. But it doesn't manipulate reality all that well, unless you count the hallucinations I get from staying up late in front of it.

Something a bit different (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388787)

Here's the thing... If you want a PC then the dream machine is the fastest CPU around with the fastest graphics card, the most RAM possible, and an array of really fast really big disks. (Hang RAID. I wat RAED - Redundant array of expensive disks)

But what I want is a decent media PC. Plugs into the TV. Can stream video over the LAN. High quality video and sound output. And fanless.

All of the above is possible. But I want more. I want a remote control, negligible boot time (2 seconds or so), a mouseless UI that incorporates a nice video filing system, and a web browser. And to keep the ability to write additional software for it. I want this to remain as a PC.

Thinkpad X60s (1)

ThisNukes4u (752508) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388817)

I'd like a laptop basically the same as an X60s, except with a full-size keyboard(meaning backspace and \ need to be bigger), and a built-in video camera, like how the macbooks have it. And probably the option of having an ultrabay w/o the stupid dock.

Something like the OLPC (1)

Draconix (653959) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388869)

Something light, very portable, rugged, and powered by solar or hand crank, that could handle word-processing easily. Ideally, it could be about the dimensions of a laptop keyboard without numpad, and have a small form-factor, thus being easy to carry along while backpacking. I know it's not exactly a l33t gaming machine, but it's my dream machine. :P

KISS (1)

r_jensen11 (598210) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388911)

Keep it simple. Here are my only criteria for a dream computer: No moving parts A sound card that has a built-in mixer and digital out, I'll let my receiver do the decoding for DTS and Dolby Digital Lots and lots of disk space Linux fully supports it A graphics card that can do 1080P out If I want to play games, I'll use a console. Give me something that has excellent 2D performance.

Ultimate Machine (1)

greywire (78262) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388921)

I'm going to assume this means "something that might be possible to make currently or very soon, but is not just something you can go to dell/hp/etc and just configure online".

So...

It would be a laptop/notebook/whatever. It would be smallish, with maybe a 15" widescreen (1280 x 800). It would be light weight, maybe 2 pounds. It would be less than 3/4" thick. It would would have at least 16gig of very fast flash (or one of the other new nonvolatile memory chips coming RSN) for the OS and most frequently accessed data and a large hardrive (100gig). It would get good battery life not needing to access the drive often and good performance. It would need a dual or quad core cpu, of course. 3 hours battery life. 4 gigs ram. The case would be metal, maybe titanium for strength and lightweight.

For the docking base, it would have two video adapters so I could go three heads (including the laptop screen) at work. It would have a full speed PCIe connection to the laptop, and it would have an additional video chip (for SLI) and an additional CPU matching the notebook. Throw in the option for more ram too. And its not some rediculous looking monster, its just a nice little flat platform the notebook sits on, no thicker than 1" in back, inclined so the laptop front is no higher than without it.

I want the keyboard to be translucent, with backlighting for nighttime use.

On the screen, I want flat panel speakers that fold open, like ears, and video cam on top that also folds out. I want the lcd to go right to very edge as close as mechanically possible instead of having a .5 to .75" border. I want the case, the touch pad, etc absolutely smooth.. no little cracks for "style" (I cant stand dirt getting in there). Make the pad large, I mean huge, like double the normal size. Use the extra area for customizable actions, gestures, whatever. Maybe put in some tactile bumps so you know where you are.

I want all lighting to be blues. Aw heck, make all the leds multi color and set them whatever you want.

I want a secure keychain dongle to lock my computer when I walk away (and not some hacked bluetooth mouse, but something really secure).

The wireless card should have an external antenna connector.

I would like all my ports on the back, except the memory card slots on the side. No legacy ports (including no modem). I want 6usb ports, 2 on each side and the back.

The fan and the exhaust should be in the center, not on the side where its going to rest on your leg most of the time.

I wont even get into the OS because that's a much harder request...

Primarily Aesthetic Concern (1)

fyoder (857358) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388971)

For guts, whatever. Give me a couple gigs ram, decent graphics card, and multicore processor (at least dual).

But for aesthetics, give me the classic steampunk keyboard mod featured in this slashdot post [slashdot.org] (except based on Model M Space Saver [clickykeyboards.com] ), and this 30 inch Apple cinema screen monitor [apple.com] . I'd apply a little black paint and gold leaf accents to the monitor to make it go with the keyboard.

The actual computer would have a black case, be as silent as possible, and be hidden beneath the desk.

Where no man has gone before. (1)

Umbrae (866097) | more than 7 years ago | (#18388981)

How about The Enterprise? [wikipedia.org]

Zalman TNN 500a Case (or simular) + all that fits (1)

Qbertino (265505) | more than 7 years ago | (#18389089)

A Zalman TNN 500a [kanet.ru] Case or a simulat custom built one with all that fits inside without making noise. All x86 CPUs and all memory that fits in, all OSes and most used software ready configured and installed into an extended BIOS ready to run 5 seconds after I booted. No HDDs, all SSDs. The fastest OpenGL card available.

Curiously enough, the Mac Pro Quad Core maxed out with all that fits in (~19 000 €) comes pretty much close to what I'd consider the best possible workstation.

Imagine a maxed out Quad Core Mac Pro with SSDs in all 4 bays and a passive heatpipe cooling. That would be my dream machine. I guess the SSDs (custom built from these [memtech.com] guys), the extended BIOS and the manpower to set it all up for me would be the biggest pricepoints for the box itself. 40 000 to 60 000 dollars? Dunno, something like that.

As periferals I'd like a thermal transfer printer (with 20 000 pages worth of ink and spare parts), a high end inkjet with 200 000 pages top quality paper and the ink for printing on them and a Z-Corp [zcorp.com] 3D rapid prototyping printer plus enough high-performance material, binder and color to print an entire army of Heavy Gear Mech figures and a few Star Wars Spaceships. All drivers preinstalled, tested and working.

Add in all the software goodies available for good measure (The entire Adobe Line, the entire Apple Line, Lightwave 3D 9, all training DVDs and plugins available + any software needed to make best use of the printers and the prototyper). Maybe some programming productivity / software design applications as an extra (Gentleware Enterprise CASE System, The Visual Paradigm Enterprise line)

Last but not least the system should come with all this in a documented base configuration where all of the above is set up and works and a tested desaster recovery to restore it should the need arise.

All this could easyly amount to 200 000 - 300 000 Euros - and still fit in a normal room. Then again, you said money doesn't matter.

I think that setup would keep me busy for a while. :-)

Hardware video encoding (1)

SleepyHappyDoc (813919) | more than 7 years ago | (#18389115)

Something really fast, say with HyperTransport links to dedicated hardware coprocessors designed to encode MPEG, DivX/Xvid, H264, VC1, and whatever other codecs take a long time to encode (FPGA's that can be updated down the road to support newer codecs?). I want to be able to click "export video to iPod", and have it immediately pop up "Done", regardless of video format.

12" Mac tablet (1)

metamatic (202216) | more than 7 years ago | (#18389293)

Based around Core Duo.

Or perhaps a Linux tablet running on Antaur, if someone could come up with some decent HWR for Linux.
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