[conspire] Re: conspire Digest, Vol 21, Issue 8

Barton L. Phillips barton at applitec.com
Wed Feb 16 09:39:09 PST 2005

I too just cleaned my garage and found several sub 100MB IDE disk 
drives, but the real find was an old (and very nice) S100 bus machine. I 
had but this in a box and up in the top of the garage when I bought my 
first IBM PC with a huge 10MB hard drive. The old S100 bus had a 8086 
card in it and the eight inch CPM diskettes. I actually hate to throw 
this out. The power supply was huge with a soft core transformer (linear 
power, none of those switchers) the size of a toaster. The box would 
make a great boat anchor, but I don't have a boat.

It's kinda sad to look back at this old relic. I think I bought it in 
1984 (I had just turned 40) and it brings back memories of a time when I 
really did know just about everything about my computer, my OS, and all 
of the hardware. Boy I sure can't say that today.

I wish I could find a museum somewhere that wanted this antique (maybe 
Antique Road Show could give me some tips.) If anyone wants it they can 
have it for free (just kidding). I am afraid it goes to the recycle 
place, maybe I can get a couple cents for all that copper in the 

This is just one reason I hate cleaning my garage.

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>From: bruce coston <jane_ikari at yahoo.com>
>Subject: [conspire] 2late4 pixma ip2000 printer @ $70-50
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>finally blew some time trying some cups drivers w my
>ip2000 and the canon s450 gave p-out that resembled
>the color cups test but i need2tweak. The ip3000 is
>still on sale for $50 at Fry's and u can probably get
>it workin too + it refills much easier, individual
>tanks for its cartridges, wishing u all gorgeous printing---bruce
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>From: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
>Subject: [conspire] Time flies
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>So, there I was, sorting through my couple of dozen old hard drives that
>were now findable, now that I've mucked out the garage.  And such
>treasures they were!  E.g.:
>Conner IDE, 162 MB
>WDC IDE, 170 MB
>Hey, I was able to figure out without thinking about it, that those
>should achieve their best and highest purpose as landfill.  But I had a
>momentary brain glitch when I was sorting the greater number of SCSI
>hard drives into 50-pin SCSI-2, 68-pin, and 80-pin (SCA) categories:
>"Honey, what do you think?  Are a pair of slightly oversized Maxtor
>340MB SCSI drives worth keeping?"  The answer, of course, is _no_.  
>There's no conceivable reason to keep those, unless you really need a
>brick-shaped doorstop.
>I finally threw out everything below 1 GB, which cut the number of
>drives roughly in half, and am busy torture-testing those that remain 
>using "badblocks -vw /dev/sd?".
>But I still feel just a _little_ silly doing it.  Every once in a while,
>you really have to look at what's available new, and decide the old
>stuff just isn't worth bothering with, any more.  E.g., Central Computer
>will sell you an _80GB_ PATA (regular IDE) drive for about $70, and a
>SATA one for about $10 more.  
>So, puttering around testing old 1 GB and 2.1 GB drives is just a tad 
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Barton L. Phillips
Applied Technology Resources, Inc.
Tel: (818)652-9850
Web: http://www.applitec.com

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