Subject: Re: Swapmeet?
To: None <regional-ca@NetBSD.org>
From: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
Date: 02/09/2005 22:43:16
> I was thinking:
Dangerous occupation, that. It tends to result in ideas.
> Would anyone in the Montreal/Ottawa region be interested in getting a
> HW swapmeet / NetBSD BoF event happening (or elsewhere in Canada, of
> course, but I am kinda stuck here in Montreal)?
Absolutely. Preferably in Montreal, of course, from my point of view,
but I could do Ottawa (though I'd need driving help if I were to bring
more than a very few machines with me - and for a swapmeet, bringing
machines is half the point).
> (However a swapmeet would probably work best sometime past April...
> snow&ice tend to disagree with most HW...)
Not as badly as rain. And not as badly as you might think in any
case. Just a month or two ago, I was walking along the street and
someone had a CD drive out in the snow, no enclosure or anything, wth a
sticky label wrapped around the front labeled SCRAP. I picked it up
thinking I might be able to salvage useful parts. But just for the
heck of it I tried hooking it up, and it seems to work just fine! I
don't know what provoked the SCRAP label, but if it really was a drive
problem, sitting outside in the snow seems to have cured it. (I did
let it warm up and dry out for a couple of days, positioned so that the
melting snow would drain away from it rather than into it, before
risking powering it up.)
> That being said, now for the free stuff - there's a Mac Quadra 700 up
> for grabs for anyone willing to pick it up from McGill. And I still
> have a Sparc LX looking for a good home;
I'd certainly cheerfully take either or both, though I honestly have
plenty of hardware and don't want to get greedy. But I would most
definitely take them rather than see them thrown out.
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