Posted to Craigslist looking for free computer stuff so that I can donate, sale and practice customization. I got a call at 8am today from a guy that had 17 computers "for the price of hauling them off", in other words, you want it, take it. He was happy to have someone clean out his garage sale leftovers, and I was happy to find the same model Packard Bell keyboard and monitor as my first computer from 1995! (I shall keep them) And now, the haul. First, I took 2 steps into the man's house before I realized he had counted the monitors to figure the number of computers that were hidden in the piles of junk. Turns out, there were only 3, how disappointing. The first is a Dell Dimension XPS 133c from 1995, if I come across a copy of 95 I'll be sure to load it on there, but first I'm going to see what it's got and maybe install 3.11 (you'll see why) It's got a Pentium P54cs 133(mhz). It's too bad it couldn't have been a LITTLE older, I really want a P54c with the Pentium FDIV bug. (Wikipedia, read it!) Click any images, they're huge! At first, 8 slots looks like a LOT of expandability from the outside, until you realize that there are 2 bus standards in play: PCI and the ancient ISA. Man, I forgot how big those suckers got, IBM leading the way >=\ What's that slot above the CPU? I remember something about these for expanding bandwidth or something similar, anybody know? A whopping 64mb of EDO memory! Look out, NT, here I come with a potential of 128mb!! I'm guessing this is some sort of magnetic tape storage? Next up are two machines by Hach Associates Inc. From what I read, I'm lead to believe it was/is an educational equipment provider and these machines were ordered by and educational institution. They date from somewhere around 1991, as the chip is an Intel i486 SX (the last before the Pentiums), specifically the Intel A80486SX-25(mhz). Man, the ceramic is beautiful, if no better purpose is found, I may just frame the thing, it's wonderful and historical. Did I say 25mhz? Well, take a look, this Turbo button (I presume) cranks the clock all the way to 33mhz with an LED readout to display the "Power". I could be wrong, somebody explain what those old Turbo buttons are, specifically. Have a look at that. Parallel and Serial and SCSI, oh my. You each should take a moment and be thankful for today's hot pluggable and limited, easy to differentiate, standards. Counting pins before buying a component, restarting and dipswitch flipping is now a thing of the past. It's mostly USB and FireWire for us, and then RJ jacks for networking. More EDO memory, but there are more slots that appear similar, though shorter No idea, computers from these days were like Japanese knock-offs. 50 different standards, 50 more non-standards, cryptic functions, and more proprietary parts than a Panzer. Hm, ISA and VLB slots...there's no hope for upgrading either in this day and age. Besides, I'm afraid to touch a single thing with that many menacing little jumpers flea-gripped to the motherboard. You people wonder why computers were for REAL geeks 2 decades ago? It's because you had to have 10 manuals equaling the size of the Gutenberg Bible and a whiteboard that would please Ben Stein to make calculations to save from spontaneously combusting. 213mb?! That's almost 200 floppies!!! Moving on I hauled off 2 boxes of other goodies. About 20 keyboards (the heavy responsive clacky ones I dream of every day), some manuals and software. Ah, my 10" Packard Bell. I remember the day I installed Timon and Pumbaa's Jungle Games myself, it was a proud moment. OH, I have a DOS box now! I'm soooo loading that game if I can still find the disk. (Yes, believe it, I do have that disk somewhere). This one had me jumping out of my shoes, I thought I had hit an Apple III stash! Alas, I don't get that lucky. Damn you Dell, 20+ years and still rebranding Apple's. *cough*Adamo*cough* That huge dirty *#&% at 12 o'clock...she will be mine...she's PS/2!!! Half of these are DIN -.-' I guess they'll go to the hacksaw if anybody has any neat craft ideas! Let's install that mouse now, Wolf 3D just came in the mail! Windows 3.11 and MS-DOS 6.22 anybody? I'd give anything for a copy of 95, but damn it comes on soooo many disks. I've got about 30 disks, anybody have any crafty ideas? Let me know, I'm WAY into stellar geek art. Some power supplies of all standards, at least I can salvages some wire and take the rest to scrap. Yo! It's Time! The Radeon Rage XL is the first chip to integrate flat panel support! So when you run out to pick up your 10" cold cathode-backlit 1024x768 flat panel for just $1,790, you'll have something to generate each eye straining frame of Quake III Arena within the 5º viewing angle without flinching! Epileptic seizures be damned! I mustn't lie. I jumped in the air and did a little twirl when I came upon this. "Yes! USB 2.0 for my Power Mac! Good golly yes!" Alas, I'm only so lucky to have received an empty box. Dreams born and crushed with but a box Welp, I'm glad to hear of any projects for these artifacts. I'm going to most likely get them running in prime condition before I rip them apart and paint and morph them to practice case modding, and if I find Windows 95, I may just keep the Dell with the 133mhz Pentium Thanks folks.