7 May 2001 technik   » (Journeyer)

Friends visited. Decided to occupy our friend's husband with a trip to to the Trenton Computer Festival. Really, it was a wholly self-less act. I had no interest. Uh. Yeah. Ran into a co-worker assisting at a vendor booth and another buying some equipment. It was nice to see I'm not the only one.

Picked up a new, in-box, buckling spring keyboard for $20. A genuine, new, IBM buckling-spring type M keyboard with the nice solid *clickety-click* feedback like the ones they used to make for the PS/2. This IBM model has an integrated trackpoint similar to those found on the Thinkpad but I'm not sure I like using it instead of a mouse. For what it's worth, PCKeyboard (formerly Unicomp?) still makes, sells, and repairs those great keyboards. They sell a similar full-size mechanical keyboard with the stick for $99 so I count myself lucky.

Our friend picked up an armload of untested, used equipment: a case with power supply, P2-333, and a BX motherboard for $45 total. He figures he'll install RedHat if the parts are okay.

Nearly bought a pile of six clapped out and stripped Sun IPC's at the flea market for $50 when the rain started. I'd have to sort through to make what would probably be two working units. And what would I do with them? Buy AUI-10BT converters and scavenge extra 30-pin SIMMS so I could run... NetBSD... slowly. Pass.

I also have to wonder what some of the flea market guys were smoking. One guy wanted $55 for a SS10, 40MHz, no ram, 1GB HD, and GX framebuffer. Another wanted $75 for SS20, 50MHz, no ram, no HD. I read on a list this evening that one bright light was hawking a SS/20 with 96MB, 9GB HD, and TGX for $575. Hello? Haven't these guys checked their prices against Ebay?

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