Mourning the death of my Cobalt Qube

At long last, my cute and reliable Cobalt Qube has decided to bite the dust.  Although its noisy fan still runs, no amount of vacuuming dust, swapping cables or reseating boards have been able to coax it into printing "Booting" in that lovely LCD screen.  With its massive 32 MB of RAM and 300 MHz processor it has reliably and unobtrusively performed its duties as firewall, NFS and backup server hidden in a closet over the last 6 years.

It was definitely worth the $2 billion that Sun spent to buy Cobalt back in 2000.

Now I'm looking for a replacement, inexpensive NAS device that I can put in my closet to act as a backup server for my family of Macs in the house.  If anyone has any favorites, post a comment. 

Why should you care?

OK, I admit it, you have me there.  There's no reason you should care so I'm violating one of my own rules laid out when I started this blog.  I'll try not to do it again.  BAD JIM!
 

Comments:

Jim, it can't be that bad? Possible electrolytic capacitors (they dry out over time).

I have a qube 3, that I am working on at the moment, 09/08/13.

Hopefully, you will find a good replacement, I just say, fix the old, and keep it out of the landfill...

James

Posted by guest on September 08, 2013 at 10:50 AM EDT #

I have a couple of old qubes, too lovely to dump, trying to figure a good use for them.

James, is your qube operational and if so, how are you using it?

John

Posted by guest on December 10, 2013 at 02:16 PM EST #

My Qube died many years ago and went to electronic recycling.

Posted by Jim Laurent on December 12, 2013 at 09:32 AM EST #

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Jim Laurent is an Oracle Sales consultant based in Reston, Virginia. He supports US DoD customers as part of the North American Public Sector hardware organization. With over 17 years experience at Sun and Oracle, he specializes in Solaris and server technologies. Prior to Oracle, Jim worked 11 years for Gould Computer Systems (later known as Encore).

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