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Free Computers

I have two computers that I'm giving away for free. Just come and get 'em, or make it so that it doesn't cost me anything to get 'em to you.

Computer 1: Power Macintosh G3. (I think that's the right model. If you're serious and really care, I'll look it up for real.) Includes keyboard and mouse. 4 GB internal drive, 64M RAM. I'm pretty sure it's got Ethernet and a 100M Zip drive in it, too. Currently running system 8.something. Does not include monitor. This looks like the same computer listed on ebay for $80, but unable to garner any bids.

Computer 2: Power Macintosh 5260/120. Monitor is built-in. Includes keyboard and mouse. Internal specs unknown. Does not power up. This looks like it's a step up from a computer listed on ebay for $10, but unable to garner any bids yet. Of course, the one on eBay will probably power up, so there goes the competitive advantage of mine being a 120 instead of a 100.

Computer Accessory 1: A Global Villiage modem. I don't know (or care) what baud. It looks like somebody stepped on it, cause the case is snapped in two pieces. But you could probably fix that with a rubber band. Or duct tape. Yeah, some duct tape ought to do the trick.

Computer Accessory 2: Some sort of Macintosh MIDI interface called Macman. I'm too lazy to even do a google search on this one. It's a beige metal box that fits in the palm of your hand. It would probably hurt someone if you threw it at them.

I got both of these computers because they were on their way to the dumpster and I recognized them as Macs. I hoped to be able to get one of the running OS X (seriously, it's possible) and see if I could hook up a SCSI scanner to it. Why? Because I own a SCSI scanner and am too cheap to 1) buy a SCSI->USB conversion cable or 2) buy a USB scanner. Anyway, I wasn't going to even show my OS X discs to the computer when I saw it only had 64M RAM. And it's too big to set up somewhere in the house just to be able to run a scanner from anyway.

So, they're on their way back to the dumpster.

Unless you're into retro computers and want to just get your geek on, these computers are not for you. Well, the tower might make a good doorstop, similar to cramer's doorstop. Or, maybe you want computer equipment that you can destroy -- if so, these are the machines for you.


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Sep. 28th, 2004 10:47 pm (UTC)
Can I get them? It'd be worth the trip over to Greensboro :)
Sep. 28th, 2004 11:02 pm (UTC)
eagle243 snagged the tower via IM, but you can have the rest of the stuff if you're still interested. Getting the 5260/120 working could potentially be a fun project for someone who's into that, but like I said, it doesn't appear to be working right now.
Sep. 28th, 2004 10:50 pm (UTC)
I'd love to have that G3 so I can run OS X Server (Rhapsody). :)
Sep. 28th, 2004 11:03 pm (UTC)
It's yours. We can arrange for the transfer offline.
Sep. 29th, 2004 01:17 am (UTC)
No dumpster. Lead in the PCs = lead in the landfill = lead in the water supply.

If you can bear with for about 4 weeks, I'll be researching an article on this stuff and can give you details on how best to get rid of it.
Sep. 29th, 2004 03:06 am (UTC)
Keep me informed 'cause I want to know in general, but it looks like these pieces are getting picked up anyway.
Sep. 29th, 2004 01:49 am (UTC)

That MidiMan is mine! I was just letting you borrow it. But if you can find someone that wants it, give it to them. If not, throw it at a frenchie or a cat. Bonus points for hitting a french cat.
Sep. 29th, 2004 03:37 am (UTC)
Oh, so you hate cats now, too? You truly are my mortal archenemy and I never realized it. No random CD presents for you. Tant pis.
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