View Poll Results: What should I do?

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  • Throw it away! It's useless!

    16 12.12%
  • Put it back in the closet and sell it as an antique in 15 years

    30 22.73%
  • Put some version of Linux on it.

    66 50.00%
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    Question What should I do with this old relic?

    I did some digging in storage today...and found an ancient laptop my dad gave to me a couple of years ago that he used at work a loooooonng time ago. I decided to at least do something fun with it; it's useless for anything productive.

    I looked around the case for any clues to when the laptop was made. I did find that is made in Taiwan, though not the date. I did find, under the battery, a sticker with some basic specs:

    Model: Ast Advantage! Explorer Colour 486SX/25 Model 173W

    170mb HDD
    VGA Dual Scan STN Colour LCD
    1.44mb Floppy disk drive
    8mb of RAM (The back said 4, but the OS said 8, so it had obviosly had been upgraded)

    I imagine this was cutting edge at one point..

    Booting it up, it runs Windows 95...and took a good 3 minutes to desktop. I even had to set the date in BIOS (system setup the computer called, it nowhere did I see the word BIOS, but I did see a version 1.5 in Setup). It ran Winows 95 fairly smoothly (as smoothly as Windows goes).

    Some pictures, taken with a crappy webcam, are attatched below.

    2010-05-16-142158.jpg

    2010-05-16-142314.jpg

    What should I do with it?

    Scott
    Last edited by Windows Nerd; May 16th, 2010 at 10:44 PM.
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    Re: What should I do with this old relic?

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    Re: What should I do with this old relic?

    That is indeed a relic!

    Quote Originally Posted by Windows Nerd View Post
    ->Put it back in storage, you may be able to sell it as an antique in 15 years.
    I would go for this one.

    Cheers

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    Re: What should I do with this old relic?

    -> Try and put some version of Linux on it...

    That.
    Blueflops should work for instance, it works like a live cd.
    G! dpu s:++ a C+++ UL++ P L+++ !E W+++ N+ o? K- W-- O- M- V- PS+ PE- Y+ PGP t- 5 X+ R* tv-- b DI- D- G e+ h+ r--- y+

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    Wink Re: What should I do with this old relic?

    You could probably run Damn Small Linux on it. I'd play around with it as opposed to stashing it back in the closet, but that's MHO.

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    Re: What should I do with this old relic?

    DSL works with 8mb of RAM?
    PS: It doesnt even have a CD drive. Only [geeky halo reference]f10p33 d1skss!1[/geeky halo reference]. If you can tell me what I referenced you get a cookie.
    Last edited by Windows Nerd; May 16th, 2010 at 10:41 PM.
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    Re: What should I do with this old relic?

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    Re: What should I do with this old relic?

    Deliver this space heater to your nearest recycling center for safe disposal.

    Maybe once put some small Linux on it and take a few pics, just for bragging rights.
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    Re: What should I do with this old relic?

    Don't throw it away...Put Linux on it and donate it to a needy family and let them enjoy Linux.
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    Re: What should I do with this old relic?

    I say keep it for novelty, or recycle.

    Quote Originally Posted by robertcoulson View Post
    Don't throw it away...Put Linux on it and donate it to a needy family and let them enjoy Linux.
    Robert
    Dude it's got 8 MiB of RAM, That's enough to run this: http://www.micheleandreoli.it/mulinux/ .... maybe.

    And that's only a command line. No family wants that.

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