I thought I would document my computer history here. It all started with a Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K (1982), which much later got replaced by a Sinclair Spectrum Plus (the latter I did not use very much.)
While studying computer science at the University of Amsterdam, I bought the first computer with my own (not my father's) money, which was a SOYO 386DX at 33MHz. I later equipped this machine with a 387 coprocessor.
Next up, again a PC, and it was a really good deal at the bargain bin of a dealer at the HCC dagen. I bought a real multiprocessor motherboard equipped with two Pentium PRO at 200MHz. I was working at ElectroGIG at the time, and I chose it on the floating point performance which is paramount in ray tracing technology.
After ElectroGIG, I purchased a powerhouse. Pretty much the fastest processor money could buy, thanks to some funding from the Silicon Polder Fund. I bought it during a road trip to the US, from Aspen Systems in Colorado. It was a Dec Alpha based, 533MHz ev56 164LX system called Durango II.
While I was working at SARA super computer centre as a Virtual Reality specialist, one of the supers got dismantled. It was a Parsytec CC with 56 PowerPC processors. Each node was a PReP Blackhawk 603 board. Because it was capable of running Linux, the scrapped nodes were distributed to personel, and I received one. This computer was my home server for a long time.
SARA also encouraged and subsidized private computers for employees. Under the PC-Prive regeling I bought a mini laptop years ahead of its time. The Sony Vaio C1VE is more a piece of jewelry than a plain laptop, and it featured a novel CPU from Transmeta. I was following Transmeta actively at the time, as it employed my idol Linus Torvalds at the time.
Tinkering with a Sony PS3 running linux got me interested in CELL SPU programming. This in turn landed me a job with SlantSix games in Vancouver. While in Vancouver I started exploring iOS and for this purchased a Mac Mini and a Macbook Air.