It's an older computer, 366Mhz PII, 64MB RAM, 4gb hard drive, keyboard, mouse, everything that I'd need to turn it on and watch it go.
I, however, am a geek, a nerd. My first thought was, "what would be the best use for it?" Destiny could use a nicer computer; the one she uses now is a little faster than the freebie, but hers is one thrown-together from bits and pieces and doesn't run very well. Like my server, most of it was rescued from a dumpster.
So, I think, "that 4GB hard drive would be nice in my fileserver...the RAM, too, if it'll work."
I pull the freebie computer apart, and shut down the fileserver for the first time in months to open it up.
The RAM won't be an advantage to the fileserver, but the hard drive would be. Then I think, I should put Des' old motherboard in my server, while I'm at it.
What to do with the motherboard I take out of the server?
I may as well build a second server. No use letting good parts sit idle.
My livingroom floor has the carcasses of four computers (Des' old computer, Des' new computer, the server, and a third for parts). As modern Dr. Frankenstein, my efforts will cause three good computers to rise from the discarded bits and pieces.
The fileserver is naked on the diningroom table, it's hard drives hanging loose inside for easy access, it's steel cover discared and lying on the floor. There's a stack of test hard drives on the table next to it, and the floor is a minefield of tiny screws.
Man, this is fun!
You know, it's a shame I'm on the other side of the pond. I could do with you clearing out our engineering room, there's so much stuff in there, it's all free, you can have it, I promise!!
--Abi, 9/13/2002 09:18:36
Ooooh -- do they have weird keyboards with the characters in the wrong place, and that bizarre "L" thing instead of a "$"? I bet they even put a "u" in "color" and operate on the metric system!
--Derek , 9/13/2002 09:33:58