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anyone have an old pc sitting around that they want to give to me for the purposes of taking it apart and playing with the stuff in it?

didn't think so


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Dec. 3rd, 2001 02:52 pm (UTC)
sure - but you have to come pick it up.
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Dec. 3rd, 2001 05:15 pm (UTC)
as inherently wrong as Alicia's response was, your is even worse, Mr. Other Side Of An Ocean.

Dec. 3rd, 2001 05:14 pm (UTC)
BAH! try to get the skills to get a job when I get out on that coast and I have to get out on that coast to get a tool to get the skills to get a job for when I get out on that coast.

Sank yew, Mizz 22

Dec. 3rd, 2001 06:36 pm (UTC)
So come out here and work shit jobs for a while. Hell, I bet MS tech support is hiring, if you can stand it-- NOOOO technical knowledge required, and it's a great place to learn this stuff. (That's how I picked up Windows coding.)

Anyway, I'd offer you *my* old battered pc (um, it's, um, an AMD p133+ or something? Or maybe it's a p2/400? I don't remember which one it IS), but that'd be the same as alicia's offer, wouldn't it?
Dec. 3rd, 2001 04:44 pm (UTC)
If you're not picky about processor power, I've found that you can get a long way by politely checking with friends and relatives and asking them if they still use that 486 or Pentium I in the basement. I got my apartment's firewall that way, actually. Another I picked up at a computer show for $100 (but, you should see it - Dual-processor 200MHz Pentium Pro with a half-dozen 2GB SCSI hard drives, 128 MB of RAM... This system was a god in its day), and my newest system (if you can call it that) was a Pentium I that I literally discovered by the dumpster when I was taking out the trash someday. I don't even know if it works, but I should have time to tinker with it and make it work after the holidays.

Anyway, yeah, ask people. There are a lot of Pentium I's in this world that would make great toys and are probably just gathering dust in somebody's basement...
Dec. 3rd, 2001 05:13 pm (UTC)
well, yeah. What I'm looking for ideally is a 486 or P1 that I can take apart, put back together, play with for the purposes of teaching myself some things, and then at some point use to learn UNIX. It won't take a lot of power for that, so something very low level is sufficient.

heh.. I've done the rounds of people already. That's why I was extending my plea.
Dec. 3rd, 2001 05:51 pm (UTC)
the dumpster rescue
Well, if I can confirm that the major components of my dumpster rescue project actually work (i.e. processor and motherboard), then you're welcome to claim it. I *do* want the fun of at least trying to get it up and running myself first, though.

But, if you're not in a hurry, you might not even have to come all the way up to Fredericksburg to pick this up - I make fairly frequent trips to visit Brendan as well as a number of W&M students down in Williamsburg, and so for instance I might be able to bring the computer down sometime around when classes resume in January.
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