[BLUG] How cheap can you build a box? - redux
simon.a.ruiz at gmail.com
Tue Nov 9 10:42:27 EST 2010
On Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 9:09 AM, David Ernst <david.ernst at davidernst.net> wrote:
> >From Mark Warner
>>You can buy pallets of old P-IIIs for next to nothing on eBay.
> Wow. This was a great tip.
> Mostly I'm averse to used hardware because we want the
> machines to be reliable, nearly identical, and require little labor to
> set up. Buying lots of nearly identical hardware like this should
> address those concerns. And the prices are amazing.
Yeah, just buy twice as many as you need, and you'll have enough spare
parts to last you a good long while! They may be old and prone to die
at some point, but I've got an identical one at home I can swap it out
for if any part of it dies (just swap the hard disk over and voila).
Don't forget to take power consumption into consideration for
budgetary and/or environmental concerns, though. Old PIV desktops will
probably suck a lot of power to give you the same performance as that
Android tablet, plus the power to run a monitor. (And the expense of a
monitor; unless explicitly expressed, I doubt those LOTS come with
Just some thoughts.
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