As time goes by there was a lot of hardware pass by me, and to be honest old hardware gives me more pleasure than new one. I think old hardware inspire me to do new things.
Today, when I see an offer for a very old computer with a symbolic price (5-10$), I can’t help myself and buy it, because it brings so much joy, maybe the specs are outdated, but as a concept those oldies are better thought out.
A few devices that passed through my hand, some of them I kept
Thinkpad x250 - cpu i5 5th gen, 8GB RAM, 128 GB HDD, cheap display, slim case, probably the worse series of all.
Thinkpad x230 - probably one of the best laptops I've had, the webcam is not the best, the rest is pretty good, i7 3'd genre, 8 GB of ram, 3G modem integrated. Along with this laptop, the golden age of laptops is over. One thing that I dont like in this laptop is the cold white led light from the lid, the led does not light as well in the dark as deep warm orange light from Thinkpad R500.
Thinkpad x200 - Intel Core 2 duo, 8GB RAM, 128 GB SSD. This page is served by this great notebook several years, software debian + docker.
IBM xSeries 200 - The old machine from 2001, The case of this machine was used to build a NAS based on Razen 5, 16GB of RAM, 8TB HDD, 32GB SSD for OS, debian 11. Additional server fans was installed under the HDD panel. The server is generating a lot of noise from hdd's, investigating how to solve this issue (made a big mistake buying those hitachi server hdd's). At the moment this page is served by this machine.
IBM PL 300 - Well the first computer is like your first car, you never forget it. Here are some incredible specifications of IBM PL300: CPU PIII 450Mhz, RAM 128MB, HDD 6GB, VIDEO 4MB, software installed Windows Me.
It was not fast but for 2003 that was a rocket. Yes it was a second hand computer, but it was a good start to learn computer. It was fired by Windows Me, I personally like that startup sound nowadays. I almost forgot, it had pre-installed NFS 3 Hot Pursuit, still love that game, too bad it didn’t run NFS Porsche 2000, because of S3 Trio3D onboard video card with only 4MB. After a year I think I bought a AGP nVIDIA 32MB video card for that game, but I didn’t notice that I needed a low profile card.
This second hand PC back in 2003 was sold by 180 euros.