neeroc (neeroc) wrote,

I am a hoarder of old useless computer bits. I'll admit this. Years ago my company used to get rid of their depreciated equipment in auctions, and I used to snap up computers for various home projects. Over the years I grew sick of playing with computers at home, especially as I was more involved with fixing them at work. Well, it's been several years now since I've played with a computer, either at home or for work, and hubby is on a cleaning binge. Specifically, he wants my crap out of his office *g*.

Another bad habit I used to have was hopping from machine to machine without ever backing up my data or moving it to the old machine. This resulted in a fairly decent collection of orphan harddrives that I'm convinced have some original and very important data on them. What this data is I can't tell you, as it's been at least 10 years in some cases since the drives were accessed. But it is important and I can't just trash the drives.

So, Monday and Tuesday I played with machines. Hubby brought up an old desktop he's building for his mother, and I used it to test all the additional parts and drives I have hanging around.

I also wiped a bunch of drives and posted a bunch of stuff on Freecycle. Well, holy crap! Post a computer on FC, and people lose their minds. I specifically included the specs (like PII 300, 64meg, no working HD and no CD) so that people would understand what they were working with. I also included part numbers so people could look them up. Do you think that happened? NO. I had people dreaming of sitting on their back decks typing away (um, no battery in that laptop and no OS - good luck) I had sob stories about how learning disabled children needed the machines (They won't even run XP - good luck!) and I heard from people for 3 days after I posted taken notices!

Give me a break! I think I now realized why I got sick of playing with computers - I actually got sick of dealing with the users of the computers. I mean I had a blast playing with the hardware, dealing with HD jumpers, trying to remember beep codes...good times.

I think I have 6 more machines to go through, but I won't make the mistake of posting them again. Two guys contacted me who actually use the bits and bobs to cobble together machines for low income families (I'm not even going to ask where they get the OS's from *lalalala*) and I'll just ping them directly when I've got more stuff to go.

Apparently too, I could try posting them on our local used newsgroup, there are people willing to pay cash money for this stuff!

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