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I got all you punks completely beat.
I went out a while back to acquire an extra computer through this sort of work-deal. I was to get a 1ghz+ machine, which was to be a P4 class machine or Athlon equivalent. So I was safely expecting an Athlon XP. But I didn't really want to use it for gaming, I wanted to designate the strongest system I could acquire just a spare machine, and designate something weaker as a gaming system to load with stuff I've overlooked before. So, for this purpose, I was hoping for a coppermine based system, a level that was deemed just plain too shitty to be useful for anything, but also too new to be smelted down for serious amounts of gold like a 486 or many pentiums. But maybe confused here, I possibly was just doing the whole cheapness thing wrong, I mean, there were questions as to what I needed such a whole damn arsenal of computers anyway when the common man humbly makes do with just one.
Oh yeah, and besides that, I was looking at scooping up this Pentium E mini-ITX system there, which I was actually expecting to pay for. It was an IBM at least, but still, that's a fucking current leaking Prescot chip crammed into a box suitable for a VIA C7 or Atom CPU, and then if you factor in a video card, that's a noise and thermal management nightmare ... now, putting up with *that* would be serious, serious cheapness.
Well, I didn't get it, but only because I didn't think I had a sensible way of taking it home. I would have *tried* to do something else with that thing, but I doubt I could have even underclocked it, and it had a pin-filled reverse-socket, the type that transfers the risk of damaging the CPU to the motherboard, and with that I couldn't swap in a Northwood P4 or a VIA C7. Yeah, I probably would have tried loading up as many games as possible on a VIA CPU box if I could have, but all I came across was one apparently broken C3. Hell, I came across an AMD Geode, err, wait, probably an even older National Semiconductor Geode based thin client, I was itching to install Freedos onto that kind of ultramini-machine. It did seem like an especially underequiped, poorly suited machine for such a purpose though.
But yeah, I got pretty hardcore with the cheepness. I wanted to put in more hours to have something for my resume, and they were saying "fuck you" to that, although not entirely blatantly, they were expecting to put me on *their* resume, but things didn't work out for them too, things managed to not work out for them over and over and over, there was a history of the lives of people involved with them going thoroughly to shit. But I didn't let them make a PR creature out of me either, that does qualify as ardent cheapness, doesn't it?
So, anyway, proceeding with the focal point, they had these like 900 or 1000 mhz machines which they deemed not useable that had completely pristine cases, and they were full ATX sized desktop cases, so really quite unusual by that time, I figured they'd have been quite acceptable for living room use, although today people would surely disagree. The #1 issue with them was the complete lack of an exhaust fan, so that probably would have implied some dremel work, ooooh, and guess what??? I'm too cheap for a dremel too, I just use tin snips! I don't even remember if it had room for a 92mm fan, to at least have that one advantage over a basic case with an 8cm slot.
They were also against selling cases, to avoid having "the wrong kind of people" crawl in there.
"Wrong kind people" obviously implies those that would effectively resist ending up spending loads and loads of time being involved there, way, way more than one machine was supposed to cost.
It also would have been neat to scoop up a number of such sub-ghz machines, hook them up into a LAN. But that wasn't really on my mind.
On a bigger level, it was a completely bizarre event, cause they had a small fuckton of computer hardware that was really only desirable for gaming purposses, which would have happened to have been a horrendously awkward thing to point out or bring up.
SVU:"Stocks & Bondage" pic quite related, there was a lot of "Human Ashtray" type people involved with that place, and they in fact mentioned needing to take a proactive stand against risking any association with people with hobbies of such a sort.