Spitfire was the name of the desktop I used throughout most of college. Spitfire eventually morphed into Shepherdess which like the Ship of Theseus is now a new machine entirely after having every part replaced over time.

While using the name “spitfire” these were the machine's specs:

  • Intel Core i5-4590 CPU
  • Radeon 5850 GPU
  • 8GiB RAM
  • 1TiB HDD
  • HAF 912 case
  • 2 Dell 4:3 monitors (2560x1024)
  • Unicomp PC 122 Buckling Spring “Model M” keyboard

Aside: my first step into cryptocurrency was mining Dogecoin with that beast of a GPU in January 2014. I donated my first bag of coins to the Jamaican bobsled team and the NASCAR sponsporship.

Software workflow on this machine involved the following programs:

  • Gentoo Linux
  • dwm as an X11 window manager
  • urxvt as a terminal emulator
  • JoE (Joe's Own Editor) as text editor
  • mpd + ncmpc for playing music through Pulseaudio