Originally intended to document my experience of DeLorean ownership, focus is often radical and strange, boring and obtuse.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

New Computer - $0

NASA put a monkey into space with less than this.

Money comes and money goes, but in my household, money does go spent upgrading my computer every time something new comes out, which, in the computer world, is about once every 4 days.

Nope, I get my computers from the garbage. But I don’t have to go dumpster-diving to find them. I simply sit and wait - and they come to me.

My good friend BPZ has come through once again and supplied me with a whopping 2.4 Ghz Pentium 4 which used to be his company computer. When they upgraded his home computer, the old one, which is outdated by their standards, was slated for recycling. Instead, it will replace my P3 450. As BPZ points out, my old computer is the ‘point four’ of the new one.

This one came loaded with circuit boards, wires, boxes that hummed and tilt steering. It even had a big fan that spun around, dizzying the eyes and mind. The circuit boards were covered in little nubbies and bits of shiny stuff.

Very cool.

It also came with a CD burner, which I’ve never had before. I don’t know how they fit matches in there, and I don’t know why anyone would want to melt a CD, but considering people use them as coasters, I guess someone had to invent more fun things to do with them.

I do enjoy my new computer very much. If it weren’t for the tempting, candy-like ASUS finger-grater located directly in the middle, I would’ve considered the computer less of a torture device and more of a toy.

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Blogger patti_cake said...

Well aren't you the lucky one not having to dumpster dive but the stuff comes to you :) Enjoy your toy. I wouldn't know what to do with a CD burner either. Hell I still don't know what to do with the freakin' two iPod's me & Stacy got for Christmas.

12:41:00 PM

Blogger SJ said...

Your friends think you are the dumpster.

1:22:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

SJ, you could be onto something. I'm amassing quite a pile of useless computers, and have nowhere to put them.

4:23:00 PM

Blogger Cuppojoe said...

A P4 450??? You can't be serious! Dude, this new (almost) current-technology machine must feel like it's running at light-speed!


(btw, did I ever mention that I work for one of those computer recycling facilities?)

10:37:00 PM

Blogger Ms. Creek said...


11:48:00 PM

Blogger Rainypete said...

So you're saying your house is like an electronics dumpster?

8:44:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

C.O.J. - no you silly billy, you've not mentioned that neat-o news before. I am utterly curious to find out about the recycling process of computers. I feel awful "throwing out" a P3 that's faster than almost everything we use at work.

10:50:00 AM


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