A tour of the house I lived in between May of 2007 and February
2011. I moved out of this one when the drunken landlord sold it.
It should come as little surprise that my room was full of
vintage computers and oddities. In fact there was so much stuff
in it that I ran out of room for my bed...
...requiring that I put it in the closet! You'd be surprised
by how comfortable a closet can be. The width was exactly right
for my bed, and rain could be heard on the other side of the roof
Behind the door was this, my shrine to all things Sega. And
My desk is an old wooden one that's seen time in several offices.
It's in pretty ratty shape, but it's very strong. I'll take it
over a piece of Ikea junk any day. I never have to worry about
the weight of whatever crazy project I'm working on.
This was my workshop. Okay, it's actually supposed to be the
master bedroom, but I figured turning it into a shop was a better
use of the space.
At the far end was my general purpose bench. That's actually
an IAC Dimension 4 workbench with a heat/chemical/static resistant
surface. Thing weighs a ton and can take a huge amount of weight.
I got it from the liquidation of A&B Sound, via Free Geek.
A good thing, because otherwise it would have been several thousand
dollars. Next to it was a surprisingly sturdy shelf bought from
Costco. It's much better than the ~$60 price tag would suggest.
So much so that I eventually went back and bought 3 more. Had
to beat the thing together with a hammer, but that just means
it's not likely to come apart.
On the right side were my two other workstations, separated
by a functional 68040 NeXT cube. Said cube actually held up the
pair of boards I used as a shelf. And the whole bench was just
2 sheets of plywood across 3 cabinets I found on the free pile.
One side of the plywood bench was my electronics workstation.
I've got a very good little Xytronic
digital temperature controlled soldering iron which I picked up
from Main Electronics.
It's actually branded Circuit-Test, which is RP
Electronics' house brand, yet Main had it cheaper. Go figure.
Either way it's got great power and a grip that's very close to
the tip for working on tiny things with precision. I also scored
a Metcal power supply from free geek but the wand was missing.
It just sat there looking imposing. There's also a very dated
oscilloscope, a cheap and nasty Chinese variable power supply,
and an ex-BC-Tel signal generator. Together with my NeXT cubes
the signal generator held the shelf up. I love multi purpose items.
The other side of the bench had my PC repair workstation.
This was pretty straight forward, plunk a PC down and go to work.
You can also see my second 68040 NeXT cube holding up the other
end of the shelf.
The left side of the room held my vintage workstation. All
sorts of outdated nerdery happened here. Note such things as the
K6-2 dream machine and the laserdisc
rig were kept at this station.
Sadly, as nice as this place was, the time came to move. The
drunken landlord decided to sell it, and it went to a couple for
1.2 million CAD. I guess I can't blame the landlord for wanting
the money, but I still maintain it was a bad move on his part.
And speaking of bad moves, with housing in Vancouver being some
of the most expensive in the world, I had to take a crappy
little basement suite up Dunbar street, lest I find myself
Last updated June 16th, 2013
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