Thanks. Lots of learning from this post.
As an aside, specially with mobile devices, once the battery life is over and the device can't even be used as a USB drive, then its life is over I guess.
Now I recollect, when I was very young, I have seen folks carrying punch cards they said that they used on Computers.
When I was in school, we had the IBM PS2, Vax/VMS and then the Macintosh came. There was no graphical interface in them all pretty much. However, they worked quite well. I had bought floppy disks then to use with them. We were given a one hour time limit as there was a queue to use them. I used to go to the computer center late friday evenings and early mornings on weekends as there was hardly anyone there then and we were allowed to use the computers as long as we wanted. They all didn't have the graphical interface and we could still use them quite comfortably: 1. Wordprocessing
2. Spreadsheet and 3. Usenet. These were the main programs that I used back then. If I could work without the use of graphical interface then, I must be able to do the same today with some practise, support if I came across a much older PC. By the way, back then, these computers were quite expensive.
Youtube is also good to recollect how things were back then. A picture speaks a 1000 words, a video speaks a lot more. Here is a video of a 386 PC that is still working well:
16Mhz 386 PC here:
Win 95 Promotion
Unbelievable that I was considering discarding my Pentium 2 PC that is still working so amazing. With time, only the eye candy is increasing it appears when I see all these videos.
My special thanks to Peter again for this last post. I have one question: Peter do any of these OSes
have Live CDs or full install to hard drive only ?
This calls for some deep introspection.
How come, I am suggesting Linux to others, have this long thread but am not trying nCurses ?
When I look inside myself deeply, I am not theoratically dedicated to Linux. My main aim is
try and use hardware as long as possible, with as simple a linux distro as possible for now.
So, this is a practical approach.
The next point is, I have spent a lot of time in this regard, learning linux, learning older distros,
collecting old hardware, getting them up to screaming performance etc., So, I am quite exhausted.
Also, this is more of a hobby for now, rather than a Job. This limits the time greatly available
for this. However, this will be a good thing to try in the long term future if I have the time and
motivation for this. If one works for a PC Recycling company or a used IT items seller etc.,
There is certainly a wealth of info. here with practical applications.
On a different note on the economy, I said before that debtor prisons may make a come back.
Appears that they are already making a come back as per this article on the Tunnel people
Such people slip under the radar and are rarely talked about and do exist. A cell phone or even a tablet
PC is very vital in such a situation to look for job or get info. on any emergency assistance being offered.
This is what I mentioned before. Even a laptop becomes heavy and not worth it in this case. We are only
as strong as our weakest point. I encourage all to read this article, it is very informative. Now
if we go thru a bailout, then this number of tunnel people will only increase by n number of times.
How does this connect to Linux ? All these people ending up homeles means more unwanted hardware.
It will be very noble, if a service was offered by a business to take their old hardware and
provide a tablet or cell phone in exchange. This will be a green solution but I don't see that
happening for the most part. The returned old PCs can be used with a Linux
live CD for those who can use it. Otherwise, these will just simply get old,
gather dust and rust somewhere.
Laptop Overheating Problem. This is a common issue with a number of easy
If you know someone with an overheating laptop, suggest this link and try
to assist them sincerely. Chances are usually tho, they don't wish to do
anything with it anymore, at that time you can ask for it.
Also, came across another interesting distro for older machines:
Wow, every time I feel everything has been covered here, something new comes up.
Article: IT work in Prison:
If one goes to debt prison in future they maybe sent to do IT work in prison.
Better use Linux on older PC and be debt free, than buy new PC etc., on
credit card. Also, from the article, it is evident that a lot of PCs come there,
atleast it is good that these are not discarded immediately. Hope, they use
Linux there. These are mostly business PCs I feel.
Anger and IT Stuff
It is best not to be close to IT stuff when angry.
They can cause serious injuries as they are heavy.
Stay away from PCs if angry. This is what I do.
A thrown desktop PC if it hits a person can cause serious
injury or even death.
Some interesting related links:
Facebook page for those who feel like throwing their PC
out of window:
Quote on Throwing PC:
Specially, saying this here as some get angry with older PCs
and their related issues. If you know someone who says this
about their PC, ask them if they will give it to you, if they
do, then take it.
Personally, for me an older PC is an amazing experience.
I almost feel it saying, please take me, care for me
and use me. I will work very nicely for you as I did the
first day. My P3 Tower is giving me amazing performance.
At one point I was eagerly looking to use the Reiserfs system and then decided not to.
Here is a wiki article on Hans Reiser:
Technical Interview with Reiser:
The above articles are interesting reads. Several may have given up on the
Reiserfs system mainly due to lack of consistent support I feel.
Today is a very grey, wet, snowy day outside with warning of
My P3 Tower PC was making a wierd noise and now the floppy disk is not
mounting. Will have to look into this. I tried another floppy
disk and it didn't work either. Interesting, appears this floppy
drive itself has got damaged. Will have to reboot PC and see what
happens. Rebooting PC didn't help, the turning noise made by floppy
drive on boot is now absent. The green LED on it goes on during
boot or when I try to mount it with: mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
The above process continues constantly and never stops.
Also, clicking on the floppy icon gives the message:
Failed to execute child process "/root/.pup_event/drive_fd0/AppRun" (No such file or directory)
Now, I can only try to test further by removing this floppy drive,
putting it another PC and trying another floppy drive on this PC.
However, it is too much work and I am almost convinced that this
floppy drive is gone. This is one thing with older PCs, some parts
will fail with time. This is just one post after I wrote that this
P3 Tower is giving amazing performance. Funny but still not a disaster.