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Old 03-19-2013, 03:28 PM   #136
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This thread has given me a lot of nice, small goodies. So, I am sharing whatever I find here for the benefit of all. Simply grab and enjoy, specially since they are all free.
 
Old 03-20-2013, 12:39 AM   #137
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Post I missed yesterday from local freecycle:
7 P4 computers with CRT monitors available for free. Located at Decarie and Van Horne.
Any or all available.

I have never seen so many used PCs given away. Down the road, this trend is expected to increase at this rate, time will tell. Even if you don't need anything, it helps to join local freecycle and keep an eye out on general trends for what is being offered.
 
Old 03-20-2013, 09:56 AM   #138
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Post I missed yesterday from local freecycle:
7 P4 computers with CRT monitors available for free. Located at Decarie and Van Horne.
Any or all available.

I have never seen so many used PCs given away. Down the road, this trend is expected to increase at this rate, time will tell. Even if you don't need anything, it helps to join local freecycle and keep an eye out on general trends for what is being offered.
I called these folks and realized that it doesn't indicate a trend. This is an isolated case, and this business just doesn't want PCs anymore. Atleast they are offering it on freecycle and this is good, 4 of them or so are gone already. They also have mouse and keyboards.

EDIT: I offered knoppix 3.6 OS on CD on freecycle. Old copy. Not a single request so far. Clearly says that P2 and P3 use is out. Also, the P4 were on sale for 35 and 29 bucks recently, a few months ago they were 100 bucks. Appears that price of used PCs fluctuates widely between supply, demand and the new generations of PC pushing the older ones out.

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Old 03-20-2013, 03:22 PM   #139
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I shared info. on the P4 PCs being offered with another local organization. I have enough computing power for now. There is no point in collecting more systems and just let them get old. If someone else can use them, then this is best. This way I am not being selfish in grabbing all. Moreover, I can't grab everything. If no one else wants them, then I might get a few of these. Will see, time will tell. For now, I sincerely hope that others will get them and use them.
 
Old 03-21-2013, 03:15 AM   #140
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I shared info. on the P4 PCs being offered with another local organization. I have enough computing power for now. There is no point in collecting more systems and just let them get old. If someone else can use them, then this is best. This way I am not being selfish in grabbing all. Moreover, I can't grab everything. If no one else wants them, then I might get a few of these. Will see, time will tell. For now, I sincerely hope that others will get them and use them.
All these PCs are taken. I am glad someone else got them, no matter who it is. They will be used and I am glad. I am positive more such will be offered in the future. For now, I have enough computing power. This City has millions of people out of which only 6000 or on freecycle. Connecting well with other people will assist in coming across more unwanted items.
 
Old 03-21-2013, 03:23 AM   #141
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Did you consider going back to older versions of OS? Like one that was active during your PC's day? Modern OS expect more tailbone but OS in the PC's day would have been made for the hardware. You could put Windows 3.1 on that machine and think it screams...
 
Old 03-21-2013, 07:36 AM   #142
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Did you consider going back to older versions of OS? Like one that was active during your PC's day? Modern OS expect more tailbone but OS in the PC's day would have been made for the hardware. You could put Windows 3.1 on that machine and think it screams...
Thanks. Yes, this is the most vital point to consider. In its days, this PC performed amazingly well for the tasks it was needed. I could even watch online TV on this back then I recollect. MS software is Copyrighted tho, it is not free and also it is not supported. Hence, I have to resort to Linux. There are not many that old PCs available. I will use mine as a backup PC when needed. So, it is ok.
But for my posting on this thread, my daily uptime was 10 mts. approx. Now with this P4 it is 3 minutes or so.

When I have time in the future, one good exercise will be to try and install FreeBSd 2.2.1 or 2.2.5 on this PC. This will be for the longterm tho.


As an aside, here is another goody to grab, Uberstudent for those who are learning computing:
http://downloads.sourceforge.net/ube...sktop-i386.iso


Back to the old hardware part. I was almost becoming an old hardware vampire, realized this is not good and glad I decided to slow down, give others a chance. Unless I really need it immediately, I will not go for readily usable hardware. What is more of a joy is to get hardware that no one else wants, get it working and then share it with someone else who will use it.
 
Old 03-22-2013, 04:56 AM   #143
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I have posted in local freecycle, looking for old/broken PC hardware. Will see if I get any responses. This will be an interesting experience.
 
Old 03-22-2013, 06:31 PM   #144
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This thread also encouraged me to learn the install/use of different hardware with Linux that I haven't tried before. Here is one for starters.

Getting Started with a TV tuner card:
http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/8116
 
Old 03-22-2013, 09:24 PM   #145
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Older PCs can be used to stream net radio and tv. More info. on these below:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_television
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_radio
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compar..._media_systems

Edited to add: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...audio_software

Based on above, I got this which is quite a find:
http://distro.ibiblio.org/puppylinux...eamtuner-3.pet

Miro, the best net TV playing software for Linux it is said:
http://www.getmiro.com/

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Old 03-22-2013, 09:54 PM   #146
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I haven't gotten any responses so far for my old hardware request on freecycle. So far this appears o be like a stone dropped in a well. If I get any responses in future for this, will share here.

One thing I have done yesterday that I didn't share here is to get several OSes. These help avoid reinventing the wheel. best to grab them when they are available and store them on hard drive. If needed, later they can be burned to media. It helps to read a bit about them and get familiar. There are some older OSes that are no longer on the net now. Never know when these ones may disappear suddenly.

Regarding reading about linux, software etc., it is best to read a bit more than what is needed and to try to solve any issues encountered. Down the road, all these will be amazing assets when older PCs become more available.
 
Old 03-22-2013, 10:54 PM   #147
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Upon reflection on one aspect, I realized the advantage of networking with small businesses that are either going to close or upgrade steadily. This can also be with their local vendor who assists them in this regard. As opposed to networking with individuals, in this case, one can get between 4 to 10 PCs with full accessories etc., servers even. These days most companies may prefer to recycle their stuff or sell them away etc., So, only a few leads are good for this but these few will yield good results. Local company closure info. can also be obtained from online sources or local newspaper if available. One thing with closures is that they happen suddenly sometimes, folks have to leave in a rush and tehy just dump stuff out. This can even include office supplies like pens, stapler etc., So helps to keep an eye out.
 
Old 03-23-2013, 09:11 PM   #148
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Tiny URL for this thread:
http://tinyurl.com/cnyu2x3
 
Old 03-24-2013, 01:43 PM   #149
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I got the P3 today itself actually. Just returned home with it. The journey to and fro was 4 hours almost. Since it is far from the heart of the City, the sky was more clearly visible and nice. The atmosphere outside was just great. There were people in the metro and bus chatting in French, it was nice to listen to them. It was a very pleasant and relaxed experience, best of all I have yet another new PC to try out later.

This one has floppy drive and also 2 CDrom drives. will set it up later and see how it goes.
 
Old 03-24-2013, 01:51 PM   #150
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With a new PC, the first step is to open it and clean it if needed. Sometimes there is dust like a sweater inside it.
 
  


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