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Monday, November 27, 2006

1987 computer serving a site from floppy!




1987 computer serving a site from floppy










Se[
BBB]e's
286 Web Server







Believe it or not, this page is brought to you by a 1987 computer. It
doesnt have a harddrive,
and everything it needs,

including this page, is on a single floppy disk!! Operating System (DR-DOS),
server application (EZ-NOS),

packet drivers, this page and the image. It's reading the floppy as you read
this text!



The specs are as follows:

IBM PS/2 Model 30

286 processor running at 8 MHz

1 MB RAM

1.44 MB 3.5" floppy drive

Etherlink III network card







Someone is
probably saying HEY!! That Model 30 on the pic has
a hardrive! Well, no, it
doesnt
. It's the actual server serving this page, but the
harddrive broke down and I had to remove it for it
to boot properly. So it's a single floppy system now. I
dont
hear it complaining though :-)









How I did it:



Requirements:


An 8088 CPU or newer

640 KiB RAM

720 KiB Floppy drive or a
harddrive
(Dont tell me you have such a
luxury item =P)

A network card and packet driver

EZ-NOS (
download
+ howto here
)



It's actually very easy to do this. I just installed an
Etherlink
III, got the drivers and followed EZ-NOS'
howto for the server software. It creates a
bootable floppy with all required software, and over 1 mb
free space (if you use a 1440 kb floppy, 720 kb is also supported) for the
actual site. Of course, you can also install it to a
harddrive
.






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