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Update [05/23/04 - 02:58:23]

After serving its primary mission as the on-line image repository for my trip to Mexico, I installed webcam software on Hellbender for a few weeks as I adjusted to a new living situation in Cleveland, Ohio (early May 2004). After realizing that, in fact, no one really ever looks at your webcam if you're not naked, I went ahead and put Hellbender into stasis until I can figure out what its next uses will be.

Thu Apr  1 11:41:53 EST 2004
Ok, all photos are up.
Added: DSC00665.JPG -- DSC00964.JPG

Mon Mar 15 15:13:37 EST 2004
A few new photos uploaded to front page,
but I can't get enough bandwidth to load
them all. Gdl, Jal, Mexico.

Sat Mar  6 14:15:35 EST 2004
Added: DSC00626.JPG -- DSC00665.JPG

Sat Feb 21 14:47:23 EST 2004
Added: DSC00555.JPG -- DSC00588.JPG

Wed Feb 11 15:50:28 EST 2004
Added: DSC00454.JPG -- DSC00554.JPG

28-Jan-2004 16:25
Added: DSC00431.JPG -- DSC00453.JPG

Update [01/05/2004 - 17:34:37]

Hellbender is alive once more!
Reachable via a quick HTTP redirect through hellbender.vilimpoc.org, Hellbender is back on line!
Current Uptime (" . $date . "):" . $uptime . "\n"; */ ?>

root@hellbender:~# date;uname -a;w

Current Specs -- Asus P5A-B Motherboard, Pentium-MMX 208MHz, 288MB RAM, 30GB storage, Realtek RTL-8029 NE2000 PCI card, Matrox Millennium II PCI card, Aureal Vortex 1 PCI card.
What Is?

Hellbender was assembled over the course of three days at the end of 1999, just before I took off for the awesome Chicago-land New Years Bash. Initially, I used Hellbender as a testbed for various things, as an Apache/SSL webserver, as a Samba server for my MP3 collection. It gave me a good understanding of the client-server environment, and it was just neat to listen to the thing quietly humming away at night. I remember the specs including one very, very quiet (~30dB) IBM hard drive.

I'd been using it to store most of my more important data files and things that I probably couldn't live without if my front-end computer were to crash. At the time, I remember my desktop had a 10GB drive, while Hellbender had a new 20GB drive which was handy for storing, say, music. I'm not going to share the specs on it, but let's just say it makes for one monster phallic augmentation, if you know what I mean.

Fortunately, it had no problems over four and a half months of continuous operation. To give you an example, and to give away what it is running (of course it was running Linux), here is an uptime I did a long time ago:

hellbender:/$ w
 11:31pm  up 46 days,  4:37,  1 user,  load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
USER     TTY      FROM              LOGIN@   IDLE   JCPU   PCPU  WHAT
vilimpoc pts/0    rbra-91-146.resn 11:21pm  0.00s  0.15s  0.03s  w 
And here we are as of the date shown:
hellbender:/$ date
Sat Apr 22 17:46:32 EDT 2000
hellbender:/$ w
  5:45pm  up 14 days,  2:04,  1 user,  load average: 0.03, 0.02, 0.00
USER     TTY      FROM              LOGIN@   IDLE   JCPU   PCPU  WHAT
vilimpoc pts/0      1:15pm  0.00s  0.43s  0.03s  w
I think it actually made it a bit further than that, possibly to day 60, but I can't remember, either way I had to shut it down when I abruptly left the dorms to pursue a co-op at the beginning of Spring Quarter 2000. Unfortunately, this means I had to miss the beautiful sunbathers scattered across the campus through that particular quarter.

Can anyone guess who's in the poster in the background? Hint: It's a female musician. And she plays the piano.