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Some particulars regarding this computer:
It's a regular 'desktop' computer like one might have at home although this one usually does not have a mouse, monitor or keyboard plugged into it, as it can be administered remotely. A most unusual feature of this computer is that it is not contained in a case or tower like most computers, but the components are arranged on a board and attached to the wall. While this may not be art, it is unusual and fun.
There is now just one small SATA hard drive used by the computer, which contains the operating system, web pages and other saved files. Several web sites, or domains are hosted here. It was built on the cheap!

March 2024 update -
CERTBOT has been employed to enable https for all domains now, so here's an opportunity to bring this update.
Most domains hosted here have fallen by the wayside leaving only and Owners of other domains may chose to comeback but for new it's just those two.
This machine remains attached to the wall in my home-motorcycle shop. It is runnnig on a small Intel Atom D410PT motherboard which has a 1.66GHz fan-free CPU. There are still 2GB RAM installed but the 1TB SATA hard drive was repurposed and now all of this is on a 256GB SATA drive. The operating system has been
upgraded to Debian GNU/Linux 12 (bookworm).

Update Aug. 2022 New Comcast IP address caused us to go dark for a while - Update... Resolved. Current mobo is Intel D410PT, 2GB RAM, 1TB SSD Debian 11 (bullseye) Linux Server Config.


Update Jan. 2017 Dell Vostro Mobo / Atom 220 Processor /1TB HDD 2GB RAM Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS LAMP


Update May 2009 Intel Atom 330 - 6x6inches, 15watts
Intel 945GC Mini ITX Motherboard w/ Atom 330 Dual Core Processor
Ubuntu 8.04 server edition LTS (free download)
Apache/2.2.8 (Ubuntu) PHP/5.2.4-2ubuntu (free download)

When Intel produced a dual core Atom processor I felt this might offer great promise for the server on the wall in reduced power consumption. What I was surprised to learn is how reliable the combination of this Intel motherboard with the Atom 330 processor coupled with Ubuntu LTS server operating system would be. As of this writing, the server on the wall has 233 days of uptime - a personal best. While the server on the wall is no longer contained in a picture frame, it is still hung on the wall - screwed directly on the OSB board. I liked it so much, there are now two of them, side-by-side. One for the, and a second one for all my other domains.
Dual Xeon (Apr '08)
Ubuntu 8.04 server edition LTS (free download)
2 Intel Xeon 2.0GHz Processors SL5Z9 ($21.49)
Dell Precision 650 Motherboard 2x-Xeon Socket 603 ($34.91)
Dell proprietary 460w power supply ($37.45)
1 GB RAM (donated)
Apache/2.2.8 (Ubuntu) PHP/5.2.4-2ubuntu (free download)

The 64bit setup was buggy as heck. Linux and FreeBSD both gave nothing but trouble. I wondered what might be more reliable and then I found the Xeon procs, next I went hunting for something to put them on, which led me to the Dell Precision 650 parts. Ubuntu works (as in 'everything just works') best for me. Even though I really like to fiddle, this system has potential to last years and years. (we'll see ; - )

Yet - Yet another UPGRADE !! (Jan '08)
Ubuntu Linux 7.10 Server Edition
AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+
GIGABYTE GA-MA69GM Motherboard
Apache/2.2.4 (Ubuntu) PHP/5.2.3-1ubuntu6 Server

As hardware has became less and less expensive, we decided
to upgrade to 64-bit hardware and build a
based on this platform.

Yet another UPGRADE ! (Jun '07)
Ubuntu GNU/Linux 6.06 LTS
Pentium 4, 2.8GHz Processor
Apache/2.0.55 (Ubuntu) PHP/5.1.2 Server
I had a desire to revert back to Linux as I was no longer chummy
with the BSD admins I once knew and had more familiarity with Linux. I'd been installing Ubuntu on our charitable distributed computers since the New Orleans Project ( so it was our distro of choice for the wall server. We tried it on SparcUltra1s and an Ultra5, a dual-Pentium III but settled on this P4.
FreeBSD Unix version 5.4 replaces Fedora Linux
AMD K6 500MHz Processor has been replaced with an
AMD Athlon 750MHz Processor.
The Gigabyte motherboard is now a GA7ZX
In addition to switching to FreeBSD, a primary motivator for the upgrade
is a serendipitously obtained stick of RAM,
which brings the total to 768MB
Apache/2.0.55 (FreeBSD) PHP/5.0.5 Server
Details: (Oct '01)
AMD 500MHz processor (eBay - $22).
Gigabyte GA5AX Motherboard (eBay - $14).
256MB RAM ($44)
4MB video card (donated :-)
8x CD-ROM drive (donated :-)
Fedora Core 3 operating system (free download :-)
Apache/2.0.53 (Unix) PHP/4.3.10 Server (free download :-)
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