[SLUG] Orphaned Machines

From: Paul M Foster (paulf@quillandmouse.com)
Date: Sat Nov 10 2001 - 14:49:52 EST

Well, I was throwing some trash in the dumpster at the office, and I
looked in and noticed a couple of PCs sitting in the bottom of the
dumpster. I spent a long time trying to decide whether to jump in and
take a look. (I felt like such a scuz, dumpster-diving for PCs later.)

Anyway, turns out someone had thrown (emphasis on the word "thrown")
seven PCs in the dumpster, which I retrieved. All 486's, some working,
some not. Only two hard drives in the bunch, and a couple of NIC cards.
Some with memory, some without. I've got 72 and 30 pin SIMMs out the
butt, so they can be populated. Couple have VESA Local Bus video cards.

Probably, most of these can be made to work, but I'm not sure what they
would be good for. Yes, I know they're all good for firewalls, but one
only needs so many firewalls. I'm wondering if they have enough
horsepower for fileservers with large hard drives. Anyone have
experience with this?

Doubtless, I won't need all these, so some lucky SLUGs may be able to
buy some for a modest sum. (I'm kidding! Any of these I get rid of will
be given away or raffled.)

Anyway, comments are welcome.


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