In a classic "friend of a friend of a friend" scenario, I got a heads-up last night that someone in my town was looking to offload "some old computer stuff" before it just went to the local e-waste place. Without knowing much other than "I think they mentioned a small Mac of some kind," I agreed to meet up during my lunch break today. The person with the gear turned out to be a super cool lady who had a long background in Linux OS development (I think she mentioned working for SUSE Linux), and she was happy to pass along some dusty old gear to a nerd rather than seeing it all broken down as e-waste. None of this stuff originally belonged to her, so it's all of unknown specs or condition, but either way, this is a hell of a good free haul:
- Macintosh Classic in good physical condition (fingers crossed for no 'battery bomb' inside), with an ADB mouse, keyboard and cables
- Silicon Graphics "Indy" workstation (judging by the "glenpark.njudah.com" label on the front, it's almost definitely a machine used in San Francisco, and maybe had some role in the SF Public Transit BART / MUNI system. Here's hoping there's something on the drive to indicate what it was used for!)
- Silicon Graphics "O2" workstation (including a hand-burned set of IRIX installation CD's)
- Mac 128k / 512k style keyboard with cable (pretty dirty but in good shape overall)
- Sharp Minidisc player box which contains only a few blank cassettes and 20-30 Minidiscs with various music recorded onto them (no minidisc player, sadly)
- Complete-in-box copy of "Heavy Gear II" for Linux (I think this is a mech-combat type game, and it's pretty damn unusual to see a 'big box' retail game package for Linux)
- Two small boxes (not pictured) loaded with various ISA / PCI cards, misc. cables, an AMD Athlon motherboard, etc.