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The joys of freecycle. [Aug. 27th, 2009|05:47 pm]
Douglas Spencer
I'm sending the following message to my local list:

    OFFER: Very very old laptop

    This is an old laptop. This is a very very old laptop. You might think it's a long time ago that Tony Blair took over as Prime Minister, but that's just peanuts to how long ago this thing was built. If this laptop was human it could get married without its parents' consent.

    486DX processor, 50 MHz.
    Standard 8MB RAM, additional 8MB card, 16MB total.
    1300MB HDD
    3.5-inch floppy.
    9.5 inch screen, 640x480

    There's a trackball (not builtin, it clamps onto the side of the laptop) and I'll throw in a network card (but I don't have any drivers for it).
    There's no CD-ROM and no USB, but there are two PS/2 style connectors for a keyboard and a mouse, together with one parallel and two serial connectors.

    The battery life is just under a quarter of a second. It weighs nearly half a stone.

    There are three places where bits of the plastic casing have broken off and been lost -- the cover of both PCMCIA slots, and the cover of the hard disk drive bay.

    I've put DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.11 on it, to prove to myself that it actually works... although the lack of drivers for the trackball and network card places a severe limit on the already tiny level of potential usefulness for this device.

    If you're excited by the prospect of getting your hands on this machine, you really need to re-examine your appetite for supefluous technology.


    Free to a good home. Best of luck with it.


So am I over-egging it?

[User Picture]From: jon_a_five
2009-08-27 05:14 pm (UTC)
You still have copies of DOS 6 and Win 3.11?

Mind you I think I may have DOS 4 on floppy somewhere. Floppies that have undoubtedly rotted away.
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[User Picture]From: darth_tigger
2009-08-27 05:48 pm (UTC)
I bet you get several requests!

If not for it as a computer, as components for an art project.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-08-27 07:24 pm (UTC)
Two requests so far (one of whom has already collected), both of whom wanted to use it as a computer!
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[User Picture]From: beermat
2009-08-27 06:08 pm (UTC)
1300MB HDD? That's huge for that era!
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-08-27 06:36 pm (UTC)
The little carrier it's in says "320MB", but the disk itself is 1358MB -- it must have been a subsequent upgrade, but it's still a Toshiba-branded disk.
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[User Picture]From: gaspodia
2009-08-27 07:13 pm (UTC)
Bet someone asks whether it comes with a case :)
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-08-27 07:24 pm (UTC)
"What condition is it in? It's in free condition."
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[User Picture]From: beermat
2009-08-27 10:05 pm (UTC)
reads link, giggles at People.
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[User Picture]From: the_magician
2009-08-27 11:44 pm (UTC)
Last year I finally threw away the remains of my Toshiba T3100e (286x, 40Mb hard disk, Windows 3.1) and the working Compaq 386sx laptop with docking station.

I believe the IBM Thinkpad with butterfly keyboard I've still got may be a 486 :-), otherwise I think everything is now Pentiums (a 120Mhz, a 233Mhz, a 500Mhz) or later (I'm typing this on an AMD Sempron laptop, heh, sem-pr0n, f'nar!)
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[User Picture]From: jon_a_five
2009-08-28 08:14 am (UTC)
I love to see those Sems getting it on...

It's been about 10 years since I read Computer Weekly but their backpage columnist used to write his stuff using a 286 and Wordstar. It's amazing how little processing power people actually need, as evidenced by the growth of netbooks and webphones.
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[User Picture]From: hazeii
2009-08-28 09:40 am (UTC)
A few years ago old Tosh laptops were much in demand, because they were one of the few models that got medical approval - someone even wanted to buy my broken T3100 for that reason alone.

No doubt times have changed, they probably even risk using Windows in medical kit these days.
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[User Picture]From: frostfox
2009-08-28 02:35 pm (UTC)
If they want a docking station (I think the cables are long gone) to match, I found one in the spare room t'other day.

I'm not a computer geek, where does it all come from? Self replicating computer hardwear, I'd believe it of the rest of the cabal, but ME?!?


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From: ladytg
2009-08-28 03:50 pm (UTC)
I am greatly impressed that you weren't sent messages asking if you had a newer laptop they could have.

I enjoy watching the free cycle here. We are getting at least two messages a month asking for "free car must have tax and MOT". some go so far as to write "must be power steering cd player, ABS, four door...."

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[User Picture]From: jon_a_five
2009-08-28 05:02 pm (UTC)
"Wanted: Moon on a stick."
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[User Picture]From: sarah_mum
2009-09-08 11:49 am (UTC)
I have been tempted to post just that on my local group, with the added note "stick must be exactly right shade of beige" . Said group should be rename WANTCycle
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