I just gave away my laptop of some 8 years. Its hostname was “vajra“, a Sanskrit multi-semantic word – some meanings rather less subtle than others, but that’s a tale for another rainy day. The meaning I first encountered for it however was ‘diamond’. That is the name I gave to it.
I do not know if I can confer this name on to an equally worthy machine in the future – whether I do, or do not – equality in this case will never replace Vajra’s intrinsic identity.
The Vajra that just left was truly a diamond, it stuck with me through thick and thin, all throughout my university and personal life – the whole of my time in Melbourne. A most resilient machine. It was sad seeing it go having been a significant part of my life for so long. Yet it is well that it went to someone who wanted to reuse it as a small mail server, as my main use for it has, sadly, since dissolved.
While a university student with a tight budget, it gave me no trouble. Many days it ran at least 10-15 hours a day, compiling code, browsing the net, playing music, yapping on IRC. It has been a companion for the longest time.
I remember that on the way to Melbourne, the first time, I managed to lose its original power adapter due to tardiness at the airport security check. I found an original, new, and cheap replacement not long after though. Truly it was Divine synchronicity. Even when I messed up, it remained kind to me.
2-3 years ago, the one thing that died was its hard drive. I replaced it the next day, and it was buzzing with life once more.
Vajra – a Compaq Presario 1700 AP – has the following featureset:
- Pentium 3 (Coppermine), 750 MHz
- 384 MB RAM
- 110 GB HDD (the original was 40GB I believe)
- Built-in (soft-)modem
- Floppy drive-bay
It has accomodated several OS spirits during its time with me:
- Linux: Mandrake, Redhat 7.2, Debian, and most recently Ubuntu Karmic
- Windows: WinME, WinXP
I wish it well, and when the time comes – may its various elements evolve further: the minerals powering its chipsets, the metals of its frame, the luminous atoms of its LCD.
May the spirit of Vajra,
In one form