Fun things to do with computers sitting around

Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by rusek, Jan 27, 2005.

  1. rusek

    rusek Limp Gawd

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    So, I have a few extra computers sitting around not doing anything really at the moment except for folding@home for team33...

    My question is, what other fun/useful things can I do to put them to work...

    Here are the computers

    My Main PC:
    3.2 P4 HT
    512mb DDR3200
    Geforce FX 5200
    80Gb 7200 RPM Drives


    Other PC's:
    1. 1.3Ghz Duron
    512 PC133
    40Gb 7200 RPM HD
    8mb Vid Card

    2. 500 MHZ PIII
    512 mb PC133
    20Gb HD 5200rpm
    Adaptec SCSI Controller
    5GB Seagte SCSI Drive
    2 Older 9 GB iBM SCSI Drives
    Removable HD Cage
    Onboard Graphics

    450 Mhz PIII
    184Mb PC133
    8GB HD
    Onboard Graphics

    533 MHZ K6-2
    184 MB PC133
    8GB HD
    (Not yet running-Up by next week)

    500 Mhz K6-2
    128MB PC133
    ~4GB HD
    (Not yet running-Up by next week)

    Other various 433-533 K6( and a 700mhz Celeron) machines depending on number of parts left over

    PII Laptop 400ish Mhz
    256 mb PC133
    10 Gb 4200RPM HD

    My network gear includes a 4000/384 Cable Internet Connection from Comcast into a SMC Wireless NAT Firewall and Router. This has 4 output ports, one to my main computer, one to my Xbox, one to my 12 Hub, and 1 to what I would like to use as a server.

    I will probably set up the a server for my music and such on the computer with SCSI array, but I still have all these other PC's just sitting there folding.

    What else can I do with them?
     
  2. h41cyon

    h41cyon [H]Lite

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    can you say .... computer fort ?
     
  3. draconius

    draconius 2[H]4U

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    install every linux distro that exists? :p

    Setup a game server...setup a webserver...setup a mail server....sell them and buy better parts....send them to me..... :D
     
  4. IceWindus

    IceWindus n00b

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    Setup a protein number crunching farm to help those dying of cancer and other diseases?
     
  5. Phildeeze

    Phildeeze Please note, I am a guy.

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    Take them apart and use the pieces to make a suit of armor.
     
  6. P3N1X[H]

    P3N1X[H] Limp Gawd

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    world domination
     
  7. h41cyon

    h41cyon [H]Lite

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    ooo, ooo, melt down all the metal parts and then smelt together a life size model of Han Solo frozen in carbonite. Then put it in your front yard to attract...... coool people.
     
  8. dariob

    dariob [H]ard|Gawd

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    sell or donate them to people/organizations.
     
  9. rusek

    rusek Limp Gawd

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    They do, but in addition to that I want to do something else with them.
     
  10. IceWindus

    IceWindus n00b

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    Do what I do at work, throw and smash them, run them over with the bulldozer or blow them up. *shrug*
     
  11. O[H]-Zone

    O[H]-Zone [H]ard|Gawd

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    I'll take the laptop before you blow it up...I need one for my observatory!
     
  12. rusek

    rusek Limp Gawd

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    I use the laptop almost as much as my main system, probably more.

    Im not going to waste these computers that still work, that'd be dumb
     
  13. O[H]-Zone

    O[H]-Zone [H]ard|Gawd

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    Then it's not an "extra" computer.
    Is it?
     
  14. DoMeHardR

    DoMeHardR Limp Gawd

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  15. omega-x

    omega-x 2[H]4U

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    i had a bunch of 400-500mhz corporate level compaq's laying around, so i took an extra NIC and made one an IPcop firewall.

    veryy nice.
     
  16. LadyJaqie

    LadyJaqie I Have No Title

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    my honest opinion - everything under 1Ghz, sell and use the money to rack-ize the rest...
     
  17. IceWindus

    IceWindus n00b

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    You wouldn't get much for those machines.
     
  18. dariob

    dariob [H]ard|Gawd

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    You could get about a buck fifty apiece if you sold em locally and offered to warranty 'em (onsite). Lots of people want a low-maintaintance web-browsing/office machine without alot of power.
     
  19. locutus24

    locutus24 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Linux server would be a good thing to do with them, cause i wish i had some extra comps like those so i could have main linux box :D
     
  20. PawNtheSandman

    PawNtheSandman [H]ard|Gawd

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    1. Doorstop
    2. Booster seat
    3. Step stool
    4. Shower seat
    5. Donate them to the local gun range
     
  21. HTPC Rookie

    HTPC Rookie Gawd

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    Find an elementary school or daycare and donate them. Charitable tax write-off, 500 bucks per system.

    Just make sure they leave them on at closing time so they can fold after hours!
     
  22. omega-x

    omega-x 2[H]4U

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    where'd you get a value of 500 at?
    they cant be worth more than 40-60.
     
  23. dariob

    dariob [H]ard|Gawd

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    When you write it off, you can determine a value with the charity. As long as the IRS doesnt audit you, it's alright.
     
  24. HTPC Rookie

    HTPC Rookie Gawd

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    Few year back I donated 8 Macintosh systems to my youngest's daycare. Don't remember the model number, I think they were IICs. They were headed for the boneyards.

    Claimed 300 bucks a system on taxes. Since you can only claim up to a certain total dollar value, I believe it was 2000 back then, it put me well over the "safety" level in case of an audit (which won't happen just because of charity donations anyways).

    [EDIT] just looked on ebay, found pictures. They were IIc units.