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What use for my old 32bit machines? Suggestions please!

 
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zarathustra



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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2005 8:45 pm    Post subject: What use for my old 32bit machines? Suggestions please! Reply with quote

Hi
since I made the switch to AMD64; suite of three machines, laptop, desktop and dual cpu box I have a few rather high spec AMD XP and one dual AMD MP box sitting idle.
What on earth can I use them for? Seriously, I have one sitting as a rather excentric router! and I gave one to my daughter but the rest whilst fast for their time are now paling in comparison to the 64bit boxes. Although they all have the edge on my new desktop as I'm having major problems with that, but that's another story.

They can be novel or downright wasteful but anything to shift em really....Go on cheer me up, please?
Regards zara
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2005 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a server for BZFlag Smile
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2005 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Donate them to your local school to try to encourage them away from Micro$oft
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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2005 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Give em to me!
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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2005 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are charities that find badly-needed homes for unwanted PCs. They are especially desperate for decent modern kit like yours.
Anybody know a good url?
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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2005 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.communitytechnology.org.uk/, if you're anywhere near London.
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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2005 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bet those XP's can out perform even your dual opteron! Go on, grab a copy of cluster knoppix and set up your own local grid
http://bofh.be/clusterknoppix/
why.....mmm.. because its possible, and kernel compiling in 1minute sounds good, or actually install gentoo in less than 30mins, I wonder if UT2004 would run over a cluster?

Or actually make use of http://distcc.samba.org/

Or, perhaps a bit of both, donate a box if you think it would be more use to others, then keep one back for taking online backups of your linux and win32 box's (if you've got both). This software has a web interface and, for me, takes backups of changed files every hour from 2 windows + 1 linux box, just users home files.
http://backuppc.sourceforge.net/

Or spend 60 on a TV-Card, maybe underclock the slowest unit, lower the core voltage, get a silent cpu heatsink+fan and setup a PVR. MythTV, or if you prefer, kaffeine is excellent and now supports streaming media / broadcasting across the network. So you could get a wirless card, stick the box in the loft / anywhere out the way, and broadcast your DVD's, DIVX, OGG, DVB data to other PC's in the house.
http://tinyurl.com/2t62t
The windows software for this card is terrible, hideous, just plain nasty, thankfully kaffeine and MythTV are far better.


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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2005 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nordle could you perhaps use http://tinyurl.com/ for long links like the ebuyer one then the message board will render nicely Wink Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2005 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The PVR idea is a good one.

but you can also :

- build a wireless gateway and share your bandwidth with your neighbours
- snort your whole network into mysql
- contribute to internet anonimity
- build an enemy territory dedicaded server

and of course always boinc the best of you
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2005 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

towy71 wrote:
nordle could you perhaps use http://tinyurl.com/ for long links like the ebuyer one then the message board will render nicely Wink Rolling Eyes


Done Smile Thanks for the link, there's a Firefox Extension too.
https://addons.update.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=126
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2005 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah go nordle Cool Cool Cool
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