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Spring cleaning for geeks

The office here at the House of Hum has been getting more and more cluttered. The clutter attack started sometime during the summer when the office got too hot to inhabit. I've been pecking away at the edges, and took a large swing at it today.

ashacat and I made a trip to the local Staples for supplies before lunch. Included in that list were a half-dozen 'lock-together' crates and a bunch of little plastic bins. The result is a two crates wide by three crates tall set of storage shelves in the basement. I have moved all of the pieces parts – hard drives; floppy drives; PCI, AGP, and ISA cards of every description; cables; memory; and all that PC stuff out of the office and into the basement. There was a moderate culling of the herd – some excess 3.5" floppy drives and 200W ATX power supplies went into the metal recycling bucket.
click me!

There is substantially more floor visible in the office, and a box that had been hiding under my desk since we moved in '97 is gone! I still need to file away all of my "organization" stuff, find a place to stow two big tubs of Legos, and tackle that jumbo tote bag full of more tech bits.

Alas, the thing I really need to do is go through the three Pentium/PII PCs I have down in the basement, salvage the useful guts, and get rid of them; I have two idle Pentium III boxes, so there's no shortage of machines to use for experiments and such. This won't be an easy task, as two of the three chassis have high sentimental value, and I have a really hard time throwing things out that are still working.

Here's a thought. Free to a good home (you pay any shipping):
  • Two Pentium PCs (P166/MMXs) - perfect for Linux experimentation or small web/email/DNS servers
  • Pentium II PC (PII 333MHz, IIRC) - large "server" case, beefy power supply with lots of room to pack in drives and boards, also perfect for Linux hacking or even a Win2K server.
  • Two PCI video capture cards. They came out of a dead IP TV server. I keep meaning to do something with them, but never have.
  • SCSI-2 external disk cabinet w/4 1/2-heigt 5.25" bays, loaded with four working Fast SCSI-2 Seagate 7200 RPM 4GB drives. Would make a 12GB RAID5 array; not all that roomy, but still darn fast with those four 7200 RPM spindles.


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Mar. 20th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
I have a really good idea....I just joined a group called "freecycle" of likeminded people who post to a yahoogroup stuff that is too good to throw out. You post the stuff, people snatch it up, you feel good, and keep crap out of landfills.

There's also a very good organization that will take all your pieces and parts and turn them into whole PCs for underprivileged kids....will have to find the name of the place for you, but I think they may be out of Waterbury. Give me a bit to dig up the name.
Mar. 21st, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
but I think they may be out of Waterbury

That's probably "C4K" – Computers for Kids – started by the guy who was my first boss out of college.

The sad thing is that all three of those Pentium/PII boxes are way below the minimum donation specs of most organizations. Heck, even my two PIII "experiment" boxes might have a hard time getting accepted. Well, the 1GHz box would probably be OK, but my own employer wouldn't take the 600MHz box.

Where do I find your "freecycle" group?
Mar. 21st, 2006 03:22 am (UTC)
Drats! That's the group, that is.

Hang on....*rummaging around for the darn Yahoo group thingie*

Here's the main freecycle page: www.freecycle.org. Basically, it's a loose group of lots of little organizations. The one I joined is here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EastHaddamCTFreecycle/ (the East Haddam group had 500 members, so I thought it would be active), but there are lots of others...the Hebron/Andover/Marlborough group is large and - DAMN - Glastonbury has 1500 members...I didn't even notice.

Anyway, follow their directions, join up, and give stuff away!

Mar. 21st, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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