Wow, you're a wee lad. Sit down kiddies, Grandpappy KGIII is gonna tell you a pointless story...
The K6-2 was my first exposure to AMD. I'd always just used Intel before that and the data center had Sun equipment and the office had Sun workstations. I had the AMD K6-2 350 with Windows ME on it and it was *stable* to the point where I had multiple months of uptime while running an OpenNap server and a server hub (connecting disparate servers into one big server - think distributed Napster, basically). I had it overclocked to just a whisker under 500 MHz and it was still stable. It was hot but stable.
I had broadband at the office (upgraded from an ISDN to an OC12 at the time - as I recall, later an OC48 but I'd been "kicked out" of my own DC by then and had real competent people running things) and moved the computer into the server room and ran the hub from there. Eventually, Napster was attracting a lot of legal attention at the the time - it might have been Kazaa that was in the news or whatnot, we were visited by some men who had a taste for drama and dark attire. It would appear that a variety of illicit things were being shared on the network and I was asked if they could manage it for us and, if not, if I'd be so kind as to disable it.
They were still in the office and followed me in and observed me just pressing and holding the power button to force it to shut off. They didn't want to take it with them (I'd have asked them to get a warrant) or anything but they did want to monitor it and collect the data from it. As the hub it could see all the searches, file connections and transfers, and things like that. After they left I asked a tech to wipe the drive and I don't actually know what happened to the computer after that.
This was before the PATRIOT ACT as I recall? I'm not entirely sure of the date but I know it was that computer. I think 9/11 might have happened but I don't think we'd quite reached the TSA/DHS stages of life at that point. I'm pretty sure that they didn't have NSL things at the time. It was a pretty stupid thing for me to have done but it was kind of exciting. I can only imagine the world of hurt that I'd be in today if that situation were to happen in today's world. Sadly, this was only somewhere around 15 years ago. It's amazing how much has changed in such a short time.
Today? I'd probably be facing legal issues or have had been forced to install some software to allow them to monitor the connections and traffic. OpenNap didn't encrypt anything like search data or connectivity data. As the hub, anything that left the individual OpenNap server was something I could see in the logs, at least that's how I remember it. I don't think that I could *easily* view chat as the connection was made across the hub and then the connection was made P2P but the searches and the selected transfers could be seen if they searched for music/porn/files across more than just the server they connected to - you didn't have to connect to the hub and each server could run independently of each other but when they were connected to the hub you could search the whole thing. I had both a hub and a server running.
Hmm... I think it was kgiii.no-ip.org:8088 and metal-hub.no-ip.org:8089 for the hub. Something like that, at any rate. I think the combined users were in the 20-30,000 most of the time with peaks during nights and weekends. As I recall, I used something called WinMX to connect. We survived for a couple of years and they kept going for a while after I left. I sincerely believe that those sorts of activities would land me in prison or in a civil courtroom today. It really is amazing how much the landscape has changed.
We were, shall we say, still a wee bit like the Old West back then. It was a lot more tame than it was when we dialed into individual computers or small networks (it took like a day for an email to travel all the way to Australia but it was awesome and it sometimes actually worked) but it wasn't as tame as it is today. Don't get me wrong, it was never really very good A lot of people seem to remember it as glory days but, really, it was never great. Sure, it was good but not great. In some ways it was better and in other ways it was worse. *sighs*
Anyhow, that's the story of my first AMD processor. I'm still a fan even though they're no longer the king. Frankly, they're "fast enough" for anything that I typically do and, if they're not, I've got some patience. So, I tend to stick with AMD.
And now, Grandpappy KGIII should probably take a nap, after a cup of tea. Oh, and we wore onions on our belt, which was the fashion at the time... ...give me five bees for a quarter... You know, if you live in Western society and were born in 1988 or later, you've never known life without The Simpsons.