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'[OT]: Junk or useful?'
2005\10\12@154004 by John Ferrell

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Rats! I forgot the [OT] and sent it to all... Sorry for the interruption but I don't know how to Un-Send the first one...
Its time to gather up another trailer load of junk and get rid of it...

Can anyone offer a reason to keep any of the following:
MFM hard drives?
PC XT?
PS2 M80?
Any ISA parts?

My interest is in the future, not the past!
Most likely it will go in the trash, I don't think it would pay for the effort on EBAY.
John Ferrell    http://DixieNC.US

2005\10\12@155125 by Mario Mendes Jr.

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Contact the nearest computer/science museum, other than that, I would
trash it all.


-Mario

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2005\10\12@161020 by Harold Hallikainen

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Well, I just took my original 286 (that cost me $1,500) and my original
486 to the "museum in the garage." The 286 is still pretty much original
and runs. The 486 now has linux on it, and runs SLOWLY. I think it came
with Windows 3.1.

Harold

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2005\10\13@002014 by William Chops Westfield

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On Oct 12, 2005, at 12:40 PM, John Ferrell wrote:

> Can anyone offer a reason to keep any of the following:
> Any ISA parts?

I'd say ISA parallel and serial cards might be worth keeping.  There
are enough mid-range pentium systems with an ISA slot or two that
they're
not totally useless (and you can avoid munging your motherboard chipset
when using the ports for non-traditional uses.)

I recently realized that the amount I've paid to store some of my older
junk has exceeded the cost of replacing it all with brand new stuff :-(
I think I'm about to trash a bunch of monitors, for instance...

BillW

2005\10\13@152108 by Patrick Murphy

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Hi John,

Wednesday, October 12, 2005, 2:40:30 PM, you wrote:

> Can anyone offer a reason to keep any of the following:
> MFM hard drives?
> PC XT?
> PS2 M80?
> Any ISA parts?

The hard drives likely have strong magnets in them - I've pulled a few from
dead drives; they are fun to play with, even if you cannot find anything useful
to do with them. I have a hard time prying them off of my filing cabinet - they
have to be slid off the edge.

I don't know how many boards you would need to justify trying to extract the
gold, but IIRC, Nuts & Volts had an article on what was involved in reclaiming
the gold at home.

Then there are the floppy drive motors....

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Patrick Murphy
James Valley Colony

2005\10\13@154607 by David Van Horn

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Those little black jumpers go for $0.10 each, and the nuts that hold
serial and parallel cables on are obscenely expensive. I pull them from
every card I pitch.


2005\10\14@132518 by James Newtons Massmind

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And you wash and re-use zip lock bags? What is your hourly rate? How long
does it take you to pull one of them and take it to the storage bin for it?

Not trying to be critical... Just reviewing my justification for NOT
collecting those things. Maybe I'm wrong.

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2005\10\14@134728 by John Ferrell

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You are probably right, but us pack-rats are uncomfortable without a certain
level of junk around us!
Of course, the level varies from individual, and you can deduce something
since I still have this stuff...
John Ferrell
http://DixieNC.US

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2005\10\14@135546 by David Van Horn

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> And you wash and re-use zip lock bags? What is your hourly rate? How
long
> does it take you to pull one of them and take it to the storage bin
for
> it?
>
> Not trying to be critical... Just reviewing my justification for NOT
> collecting those things. Maybe I'm wrong.

There are times when every waking hour is potentially billable time.
Then there are times when I'm not that busy.
I put aside things that will take "tinker time" for those times.

I also have kids that can do this kind of thing, and even enjoy it.



2005\10\14@155242 by Mike

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On 13 Oct 2005, at 20:20, Patrick Murphy wrote:

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2005\10\14@155608 by Dave Lag
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So you've thrown away hundreds of those little black jumpers,(even the
ones with the fancy pull tabs) then you have to buy some at ten cents
each, ten or a hundred times what they are worth.
Don't you get that feeling like ground glass in your stomach?
:)
D


James Newtons Massmind wrote:
> And you wash and re-use zip lock bags? What is your hourly rate? How long
> does it take you to pull one of them and take it to the storage bin for it?
>
> Not trying to be critical... Just reviewing my justification for NOT
> collecting those things. Maybe I'm wrong.
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> James.

2005\10\14@175623 by Jinx

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> > Not trying to be critical... Just reviewing my justification
> > for NOT collecting those things. Maybe I'm wrong.
>
> There are times when every waking hour is potentially billable
> time. Then there are times when I'm not that busy. I put aside
> things that will take "tinker time" for those times

I find the TV news hour is a good time, those 1/2 days when you
just can't concentrate on or apply yourself to anything, or even
when on the phone. A little forethought is all you need to have
little things that need doing handy to do as the opportunity arises

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