[clug] Computer buildfest idea = linux Digest, Vol 35, Issue 1

Robert Edwards bob at cs.anu.edu.au
Thu Nov 3 22:47:17 GMT 2005

Please note, people, that we are proposing a Buildfest to help out
Charities and to clear away pre-loved gear that others can use.
We are not proposing a "Trash and Treasure".

There can be not even a hint of a reason for anyone to think that we
are running a computer market. Please don't advertise stuff for sale
in connection with the buildfest.


Bob Edwards.

Ben wrote:
> More bits for buildfest:
> I have a working Celeron 700 on a motherboard, 64 or 128MB of RAM I think...
>>I'd be interested in the Cat5, providing no other worthy cause has raised
>>it's hand (i'd just be using it to run in the next house of friends etc).
>>What sort of lengths do you have available?
> Many and various, longest maybe ~30-40?, most around 10-20? I'm not
> really sure. I've got far more than I need and it's all in a very big
> box. It's all second hand and I usually give it to friends who are on
> a budget, who'd rather try it than get new.
> I wouldn't want to charge anything for it, I'm happy for anyone who
> wants it to grab a bit, providing I'm left with something at the end
> of the day :-)
> I'll bring the box to the buildfest, If anyone wants to crimp it, they
> can do so for the cost of the connectors @cost, I have:
> *cheap (bad?) connectors that only work with the cheap crimper :P, 20c/ea.
> *expensive (good?) connectors that work with either crimper, 85c/ea.
> I've also got phone 4connector 6way (standard phone) connectors that
> I'll pass on @ cost, mostly for stranded: 40c/ea. some for solid core
> 85c/ea. (I only got a small pack). Might come in handy for wiring up
> VoIP. I'm using the stranded connectors on solid core cable, but only
> for VoIP without fallback to the phone network - just in case.
>>I'm starting my own xbox collection as well, so if they are destined for a
>>smelly rubbish tip, my hand will raise for those as well.
>>What sort of compensation would you be looking at for this stuff?
> If you want new/bulk  CAT5e, I get 305m boxes occaisionally. I've got
> some no-name stuff (CAT5, not sure about the "e") @ cost: 25c/metre,
> but you'd probably want the Belden for the ~same price @cost. I'm
> getting some Krone soon, which will also be the ~same price @cost, I
> keep finding better suppliers :P
> I can't imagine from that sales pitch I'll get anything for the
> no-name stuff, but I would appreciate it if someone wanted it :P
> Regarding the Xbox:
> I think working ones are going for $130-$150 on eBay bundled with a random game.
> I paid a little less than that when I got it a year back.
> Is something around $80-$90 ono reasonable? I can bring it along the
> buildfest and you can have a look if you want. I've opened it up, only
> to see the hideous non-standard CD-ROM power connector. I suppose I
> could try looking up a wiring diagram and just use a standard drive...
> I don't know how amenable they are to that sort of thing.
> If anyone could possibly want the PS2s, they'd be around $40-50 (not
> reading DVDs), I paid $80-$90 a year back.
> Hmm, maybe I should get a second hand parts forum going, so I'm not
> spamming the list with all this junk
> In general, I'm happy to trade for any/all parts. I don't really need
> anything, but I'm happy to leave with some working PCs, PII 350 or
> above. I'm also looking for a PATA PCI RAID card, RAID 1 support with
> 2 connectors would be sufficient.
> Regards,
> Ben

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