The Cobalt Networks RaQ 3i
Erik Eckel owns and operates two technology companies. As a managing partner with Louisville Geek, he works daily as an IT consultant to assist small businesses in overcoming technology challenges and maximizing IT investments. He is also president of Eckel Media Corp., a communications company specializing in public relations and technical authoring projects.
You're looking at just the base unit.... Otherwise, look to MAXIMUM 2x 120GB HDD's (IF you used a standard IDE cable, and a power-splitter cord from the power cord to the drives.) I have mine as a simple server at home, and it does just fine.. I am still trying to find a alternative to the Cobalt OS I was able to obtain from SUN before they became Oracle.) I REALLY would love to be able to run a simple 5X USB IDE card, to the device, and be able to punch a few multi-SATA docks to the storage.. I would love to be able to feed it a variation of UBUNTU, called Ultimate Edition, and run it flat-out.. Since your remarks were back in 2008, about the time the unit was active, I'd say you missed the best parts later, before Cobalt folded, My only gripe, was the two weak cooling fans. I've seen people put the ever popular slot fans into the single PCI slot on the back, but i found a pair of super 2" fans that fit outside the two points, that move plenty of air!
We got ripped-off! I never knew the RaQ 3i was so damned empty! 80% of it is thin air! We'd have been better-off spending the cash on a decent multi-purpose server - like a web and exchange host; like an IBM IntelliStation...
WOW a 20 GB HDD and a whopping 512MB of RAM oooh and it has IDE connectors, it reminds me of using a UPS 12X12X12 box to ship a baseball.