Traditional computing fanatic Terrence Vergauwen has put collectively a web-based server with a distinction: it’s a Hewlett-Packard 200LX palmtop, a standard little little bit of moveable computing from the Nineties now boasting twice the processing power at a blistering 16MHz.
“This HP 200LX palmtop is an IBM PC/XT appropriate MS-DOS system with a 16-bit 80186 CPU and CGA graphics system-on-a-chip, a serial port, and a 16-bit PCMCIA progress slot containing a 2GB CompactFlash card for predominant storage,” Vergauwen writes of “Felix,” the codename given by HP to the machine which could develop into his web server.
“It has been upgraded with a double velocity crystal, doubling the CPU’s clock frequency from 8MHz to 16MHz, and a 2MB RAM progress board, elevating the complete amount of RAM inside the palmtop to 3MB.”
Even with twice the processor velocity and three instances the RAM, the HP LX family was on no account purported to behave as a web-based server — notably not one for buyers visiting inside the 12 months 2022 from modern browsers. The HP 200LX was first launched in 1994 as a follow-up to 1993’s HP 100LX, which was in flip a successor to 1991’s HP 95LX.
Designed for moveable computing, the pocket-size system runs MS-DOS with a custom-made graphical interface on prime — whereas its PCMCIA progress slot, ready to only settle for a modem, meant it found a home with road-warriors in search of to maintain on-line whereas touring inside the age sooner than smartphones.
Vergauwen’s occasion, though, wouldn’t go wherever. As a substitute, it stays plugged in and serves his website, Palmtop Tube, over a PCMCIA Ethernet card — connecting to a network-attached storage machine over Ethernet for bulk file storage, in a single of some stunning concessions to the traditional palmtop’s comparatively restricted specs, and using a considerably additional modern Raspberry Pi as a reverse proxy for SSL connectivity.
The mission leans on a Raspberry Pi reverse-proxy for supporting encrypted HTTPS connections. (📷: Palmtop Tube)
“[The] palmtop server can push out, within the path of HTTPS buyers, on widespread um about 377,000 hits — about 15.23GB per day,” Vergauwen notes. “With a direct connection — HTTP, unencrypted — we’re getting roughly 5 and a half hits a second, about 328 a minute, about 20.000, virtually, per hour, and, yeah, virtually half 1,000,000 a day.”