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Too Many Old Computers On Your Hands? (Video)  
User currently offlineAC773 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1903 times:



Well, now you know what to do with them!  silly 


Better to be nouveau than never to have been riche at all.
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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21495 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1899 times:

I just knew that even PCs must have some use...!  mischievous 

User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1896 times:

The Styx song "Too Much Time on My Hands" comes to mind

User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1844 times:

Is that the game that was being played with the servers when A.net was down for 8 hours a few days ago?

User currently offlineFlyboyseven From Canada, joined Feb 2007, 905 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1839 times:

That is a very odd thing to do with computers.


As long as the number of take-offs equals the number of landings...you're doing fine.
User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4763 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1825 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 3):
Is that the game that was being played with the servers when A.net was down for 8 hours a few days ago?

 rotfl  rotfl  rotfl 



Don't expect to see me around that much (if at all) -- the contact link should still work, though.
User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1820 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 3):
Is that the game that was being played with the servers when A.net was down for 8 hours a few days ago?

Beautiful!! This thread belongs in Site related now!!


User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5178 posts, RR: 33
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1799 times:

now that you have played dominos with them, install linux on them and set up a beowolf cluster... Big grin


That'll teach you
User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1793 times:

Now PC's have two uses:

1: Holding up Unstable shelves
2: Dominos Big grin


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21495 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1786 times:

Quoting ThePRGuy (Reply 8):
1: Holding up Unstable shelves

Ah, forgot that one...! Big grin


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24960 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1773 times:

Would have been better if they'd used Macs  Wink


When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8732 posts, RR: 42
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1767 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 10):
Would have been better if they'd used Macs

Thing is, a Mac is hardly ever "too old to be any good". And you could probably do it with the bleeding things runningBig grin



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1745 times:

Quoting ThePRGuy (Reply 8):
Now PC's have two uses:

1: Holding up Unstable shelves
2: Dominos

You forgot Doorstops.


User currently offlineDan2002 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 2055 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1705 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 12):
Quoting ThePRGuy (Reply 8):
Now PC's have two uses:

1: Holding up Unstable shelves
2: Dominos

You forgot Doorstops.

Beat me too it.. at my school, there is a bunch of old machines being used as doorstops. The old iMacs are too awkwardly shaped to be used as doorstops though.



A guy asks 'What's Punk?'. I kick over a trash can and its punk. He knocks over a trash can and its trendy.
User currently offlineFighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1418 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1697 times:

This is all Macs are good for, hopefully Klaus doesn't cry when he sees this.  Wink



Cal  airplane 



*Insert Sound Of GE90 Spooling Up Here*
User currently offlineWGW2707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1197 posts, RR: 34
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1646 times:

I wish I had noticed this thread earlier.

In my opinion, one of the more unfortunate things going on in IT at the moment is the needless disposal of a large number of perfectly solid enterprise desktops. I can guarantee you that (at least until they were knocked over in an festival of gross stupidity) most of those boxes ran just fine, and were only retired because of their age. Old computers like that, instead of being melted down or placed in landfills (where they pose an environmental hazard) could instead be donated to schools in third world countries, or otherwise put to good use. A range of open source operating systems such as DSL Linux, MINIX, and Dillo Linux, as well as the proprietary (and rather hard to obtain) Microsoft Windows Essentials for Legacy PCs, exist specifically for running on older hardware, so its not as though these devices would be completely unsupported (and of course you could also use OS/2 or Win95/98 or another legacy OS, if you wanted to). An old Pentium 1 or 2 box (or even an 80486) is ample for surfing the web and accomplishing basic productivity tasks, and in many cases, older computers such as those depicted above are more energy efficient than their newer, faster replacements (enterprises, over the past 5 years, have really felt the pain of that as the electricity bills for data centers and desktop deployments keep rising). Reliability is also sometimes better, due to the fact that a number of older systems do not require a case or CPU fan (resulting in fewer moving parts), and the observed downward trend in hard disk reliability.

Unfortunately, the pervailing trend is to want the latest and greatest irrespective of the cost. IMO for 85% of users (with engineers, developers, artists/designers, scientists and gamers being the exceptions), PCs such as those being wasted in the attached video running a user friendly Linux distribution would be perfectly adequete and reliable for day to day use.


User currently offlineAC773 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1629 times:

Quoting WGW2707 (Reply 15):
Unfortunately, the pervailing trend is to want the latest and greatest irrespective of the cost.

No, the prevailing trend is for more complex, more demanding software that eventually requires more modern hardware to maintain productivity. And on the YouTube page for this video, the author states that all these towers will be either donated to someone else or sent to a proper recycling facility.

Quoting WGW2707 (Reply 15):
I can guarantee you that (at least until they were knocked over in an festival of gross stupidity) most of those boxes ran just fine

...And they'll still run just fine. Desktops - especially the older, heavier ones featured in the video - aren't fragile in the same way that laptops are. They can take some pretty serious abuse and keep on running, so just "falling over" won't cause them to break - not even slightly.



Better to be nouveau than never to have been riche at all.
User currently offlineWGW2707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1197 posts, RR: 34
Reply 17, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1615 times:

True, AC. And to be fair, I also once inadvertantly dropped an old NetVista desktop I was working on (about a foot). It lived. I also had not realized that about the desktops being disposed of, so that's certainly great to know (that the incident in question was not merely an orgy of disposability).

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