I had to make a snap decision a few days ago, and my choice has resulted in another orphan parked on my living room floor. This time it’s a Sony VAIO PCV-J15 — an 800Mhz Duron, with 192Mb on a 40Gb Seagate hard disk, all running Windows Me. SIS 730 for a graphics card, CDRW, stereo sound with matching two-point speakers, PS/2 wheel mouse, jp106 keyboard, foldout palmrest, etc., etc.
It’s a pretty little computer — rather svelte and with a gray-and-blue color scheme. Not unattractive in the least. Unfortunately, the monitor is an absolute cow. It looks like — and is as heavy as — something you would strap to someone’s feet before dropping them off the end of a pier.
This homeless child was the castoff of a neighbor who received a much newer, much cooler computer as a gift for an impending wedding. The alternative to me, in true Dickensian style, adopting this waif, was to see it lobbed into a local recycling pit. (Okay, maybe not a real pit, but you get the picture.)
Since there’s nothing wrong with the machine and it’s been fairly well maintained, I decided it should at least have another turn on the great wheel of life.
The plan right now is a complete bath, a strip-down to the frame, double-check of all components and parts, then a few test runs with a couple of distros. After that I might rebuild with something fun on it, like … gee, I don’t know … Linux, and see if anyone will take it home. I have a friend or two who might be interested, either as a gift or as a curiosity. In any case, this one is not going to be a homeless wanderer for long.
But neither is it going to be parked in my living room for very long. I don’t do desktops.
P.S.: 500 yen says I can get it from Grub to X in under 20 seconds.