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zacs7
07-13-2007, 02:39 AM
Hello again,

I have a spare MicroServer computer sitting in my house (1GHz MicroCPU) which draws bearly 80W (for the whole system). Currently I'm not using it for anything (nor it's 80GB hdd), I was wondering if anyone knew of anyways to make it help me? I don't need it for cross-compiling - already tripple-boot. And I can't afford supernet, so using it for a webserver is out of the question.

Could I perhaps set it up to help my desktop PC in someway? I don't know - CPU? Rendering? Anything!?

Thanks in advance.

cerin
07-13-2007, 06:19 AM
You could always take it apart. Get a couple other computers and you could build a small render farm. Other than that...just leave it on and run folding@home or something.

divineleft
07-13-2007, 06:48 AM
what's supernet?

zacs7
07-13-2007, 06:52 AM
good internet ;)
By good I mean good enough to host a server (upload wise)

indigo0086
07-13-2007, 07:16 AM
Unix server.

zacs7
07-13-2007, 07:19 AM
To do what? I really can't see what It could do for me.

CornedBee
07-13-2007, 07:31 AM
Build the most outrageously experimental linux system and hunt for bugs.

Or install some exotic system (some BSD variant, perhaps) and set it up as a Boost testing server.

zacs7
07-13-2007, 07:32 AM
Well I was thinking of using Plan9 (http://cm.bell-labs.com/plan9/), never used it before.
Has anyone else? Is it any good?

divineleft
07-13-2007, 07:48 AM
this is my website:
http://lol.homeunix.com/

it's hosted by linux on a p4 with 512 ram. my internetz only allows for 312kbps downloads, but other than that it's pretty good.

zacs7
07-13-2007, 07:50 AM
Hmm, well I could use it for serving a few files here and there, isn't that right justin? Is that a good SONY CD-RW drive in it? Or the Microsoft mouse :P

I'm only on 256kbps downloads :(

AverageSoftware
07-13-2007, 08:19 AM
Sounds like a free CVS server to me.

Source control is a good thing.

whiteflags
07-13-2007, 08:21 AM
I like destroying things that I can't use but that's just me.

zacs7
07-13-2007, 08:25 AM
I like destroying things that I can't use but that's just me.

Sorry I don't have a copy of Windows Server 2003 :(

I think I'll just set it up for various tid-bits, resource sharing, file sharing, whatever really.
Thanks everyone :)

abachler
07-13-2007, 11:10 AM
Im fixing to set my old system up as a linux box, just because if I break it its no big deal. Then ill run seti@home on it. need to figure out how to set it up to run from the main computers pool of work units though. Runnign both vista and linux on teh same network and filesharign between them, am I in for a headache?

AverageSoftware
07-13-2007, 12:22 PM
Im fixing to set my old system up as a linux box, just because if I break it its no big deal. Then ill run seti@home on it. need to figure out how to set it up to run from the main computers pool of work units though. Runnign both vista and linux on teh same network and filesharign between them, am I in for a headache?

I run a five computer network at home (three Macs, three Linux, one Windows) and I find that FTP is the most reliable way to get everyone playing together from a file sharing perspective.

brewbuck
07-13-2007, 12:53 PM
I run a five computer network at home (three Macs, three Linux, one Windows) and I find that FTP is the most reliable way to get everyone playing together from a file sharing perspective.

3+3+1 == 5? :)

AverageSoftware
07-13-2007, 01:09 PM
3+3+1 == 5? :)

One dual PowerMac G5 running Mac OS X
One iBook G4 running Mac OS X
One PowerMac G4 Server running Slackware Linux 11
One homemade dual Athlon MP running Slackware 12 and Windows XP
One homemade Athlon 64 running Slackware 12

3 Macs, 3 Linux, 1 Windows = 5 Computers

psychopath
07-13-2007, 01:10 PM
EDIT: oh crap. didn't see the second page....

carry on.

@nthony
07-16-2007, 03:15 AM
While were on the topic of what to do with old computers, what do you guys think of the prices for these specs?
AMD Athlon 1362MHZ
Ram: 256M
HD: 40GB
Price: $75

PIII 800MHZ (A-Open)
Ram: 256M
HD: 36GB
Price: $75

PIII 800MHZ
Ram: 256M
HD: 8GB
Price: $50

Xeon 366MHZ (IBM)
Ram: 256M
HD: 6GB
Price: $50

All systems include:
1 CRT monitor
1 Keyboard
1 Mouse
Are any of these worth their price? Which should I buy and/or will be actually useful for something (i.e. fileserver, unixbox, etc)?

zacs7
07-16-2007, 06:02 AM
The last two seem rather overpriced, Well, I just sold my old crappy PIII 668MHz, 20GB hdd, 128M to my bother for $100AU - but hey that's my brother, inflated prices.

I'd go with the first one, see if you can't knock off $25 and just buy the box (no kb, no mouse, no CRT).

abachler
08-02-2007, 10:02 AM
3 Macs, 3 Linux, 1 Windows = 5 Computers

thats because -

Linux = 3;
Windows = 2;
Mac = -2;

so 3*Mac + 3*Linux + Windows == 5;