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Title: New Purchases 2020
Post by: VinDSL on March 17, 2020, 03:35:29 pm
Been hunkering down, the last few days, and got bored.   ::)

Hey, eBay is open 24/7/365, right? What better way to socially distance myself?!

I love Dell 7010 i7 DT boxes -- already own two (2) of them. When properly config'ed, they fly like the wind (3-5 sec. boot on PM).

For shiggles, when I see Dell 7010 i7's being auctioned on eBay, I bid some ridiculously low offers.

Guess nobody is in the mood to play, right now - just picked up two (2) more of them...

New Dell mouse - new Dell keyboard - new WD HDD with a fresh install of winders 10 Pro, et cetera.


(http://vindsl.com/images/Opera Snapshot_2020-03-17_www.ebay.com.png)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: spence on March 18, 2020, 12:28:19 pm

Guess nobody is in the mood to play, right now - just picked up two (2) more of them...

Everybody's saving all their spare cash for beans, canned goods, coffee, rice and toilet paper...

 ::)

Nice snag though
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: VinDSL on March 18, 2020, 01:26:53 pm

Everybody's saving all their spare cash for beans, canned goods, coffee, rice and toilet paper...

 ::)

Nice snag though

Yeah, they're distracted more than usual -- that's for sure.

The whole 'thing' is rather ironic. Take "social distancing"...

They've been doing that for years. Datum proves "physical distancing" is what's needed in pandemics.


(http://vindsl.com/images/peking-china.png)


On food items: We build our own -- bread, refried beans, rice dishes, yogurt, apple sauce, lemon curd, blah, blah, blah. All we need are the basic components (bought in bulk) and electricity -- all of which is ironically similar to the way I rig computers, web sites, code, and so forth.

Anyway, yes. Every crowd  has a silver lining.

Now that I have a lifetime supply of Dell i7 Optiplex's, I can unsubscribe the search on eBay and start looking for gingerbread items -- RAM, SSDs, dedicated PCI-E network cards & video cards, et cetera.

Might as well get 'em while the getting's good, right? An opportunity like this only comes around every 100 years   ;)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: spence on March 18, 2020, 01:54:18 pm

On food items: We build our own -- bread, refried beans, rice dishes, yogurt, apple sauce, lemon curd, blah, blah, blah. All we need are the basic components (bought in bulk) and electricity -- all of which is ironically similar to the way I rig computers, web sites, code, and so forth.

None of those things are allowed in our pantry, nor on our plates. I suppose we may wind down to them eventually if forced to do so. Also a good time to get back on intermittent fasting...

 ;)

Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: VinDSL on March 18, 2020, 02:57:35 pm
Different strokes...

I've been an ovo-lacto vegetarian since WELL into the last century. I don't take any medications, and I 'fast' 14-16 hours every day. Actually, I could care less about food (or sleep). All it does is slow me down.

The last time I was in Vegas, I lost 13 pounds (3-day stay). I was living on coffee, and a single slice of cheese pizza, per day, before bedtime.

My diet would be detrimental to most humans; but, you know what they say. What doesn't kill you...  8)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: VinDSL on March 26, 2020, 10:30:35 am
The Dell Optiplex 7010 i7 DT twins showed up, at my doorstep. Judging by the exterior appearance of the boxes, they had a rough ride (UPS shipping) but the contents were well packaged with 'bubble wrap.' So, no harm, no foul  :)

When I bench tested these machines (using a PM10 Live USB stick), everything worked fine. Dittos for winders 'Tin' Pro.

The only problem I discovered was, one of the USB slots, on one of the computers, was internally broken. Looks like the previous owner/lessee used the front panel USB slots a lot (but not the backside slots). Besides the broken USB slot, on the front panel, the contacts in the other USB slots were heavily worn & flattened, so buying a new front input panel was in order.

Gotta love that eBay -- Brand new OEM replacement parts, for pennies on the wholesale dollar:

(http://vindsl.com/images/Opera Snapshot_2020-03-26_101423_www.ebay.com.png)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: clatterfordslim on March 27, 2020, 03:33:23 am
I have a Optiplex which was reconditioned from Amazon. It's so compact inside that trying to get at the hard drive bay to change to a SSD is a nightmare. Half of it's innards has to be removed to get to the hard drive. Knowing my luck I'll end up with extra bits, that won't go back in. Ikea furniture is the same. :))
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: VinDSL on March 27, 2020, 09:47:30 am
I have a Optiplex [...]

Half of it's innards has to be removed to get to the hard drive [....]
Ikea furniture is the same. :))


Brilliant analogy!

Yes, all of the Dell products I own are like Ikea furniture. I believe Dell does this, because they offer so many different options, from the factory. They need to be modular, and relatively tool-less. However, size matters...

Put another way, they're sort of like women. One can take a 'Plain Jane' and doll them up' to look any way they want.

Think...

https://youtu.be/6JqknijwSHI

* Yes, I watched the whole (hilarious) video -- all 18 minutes  ;D



Dell Optiplex 7010 boxes come in four (4) different shapes and sizes.  Think 'Goldilocks and the [Four] Bears'.

Personally, I prefer the ones in the center -- the SFF and DT models. The 'bookends' are too small and too big :
(http://vindsl.com/images/Optiplexes-7010.png)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: VinDSL on March 28, 2020, 11:22:38 pm
I have a Optiplex  [...] It's so compact inside that trying to get at the hard drive bay to change to a SSD is a nightmare.

The new front input panel arrived today. 

I don't know which was harder -- taking out the original, or installing the replacement.

All n' All, it wasn't too difficult. The hardest part was NOT to damage the surrounding wiring and connectors.

I took my time, with lots of good lighting and my trusty Optivisor. Think "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids."  :))


https://youtu.be/jZz89oeLYt4


Probably took a half-hour --  start to finish...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: clatterfordslim on March 29, 2020, 06:22:32 am
Blimey the bloke in the video near the end looked like he'd just forged a dollar, the way he was looking at it. An hour hey, at least you had the right tools to fit the panel. All I want to do in mine is change the hard drive, can't even see it. Hidden away deep inside. Loved the makeup video too and laughed my head off, she has a really good sense of humor.  ;D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: VinDSL on April 03, 2020, 05:30:57 pm
I ordered a couple of Intel Desktop Adapter PRO/1000 GT Low Profile PWLA8391GTLBLK (https://is.gd/TLtciK) nics, for my 'new' Dell 7010 i7 DT boxes.

It's probably over-kill, but I hate the pseudo, integrated nics that are baked into motherboards. Separate, dedicated  plug-in cards work better, and use fewer system resources, IMO.

Intel PWLA8391GTLBLK nics are my go-to card, and all of my desktops have them. I found two (2) of these nics on eBay, in "Never used. Pulled from unused machines" condition, for $22.97 (to the door). They arrived today, and look/work like new -- plus, they came with the optional, relatively rare, low-profile bracket(s):


(http://vindsl.com/images/PWLA8391GTLBLK.png)


These cards only take a couple of minutes to install, so I immediately threw them in the boxes and tested them:


(http://vindsl.com/images/Windowshot_2020-04-03_22_50_56.png)


(http://vindsl.com/images/Windowshot_2020-04-03_22_52_01.png)


Perfect!  I have a 60/5 mbps bonded pair VDSL connection, here at the abode, and the nics are (basically) running at full-speed, with IPv4 & IPv6 connectivity.

Guess I'll start looking for a couple of dedicated graphic cards now, in order to get them off the bus, too.

Onward and upward...   8)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: VinDSL on April 16, 2020, 11:26:52 am
Out of boredom, and for the sake of conversation...

I snagged an unbelievable deal on eBay, last week -- an Actiontec C3000A modem/router for $26.40 USD (Delivered).

If you're cooped up in lock-down, and bored out of your mind, you might find this DSLReports convo entertaining.

Redirect to DSLReports:  https://is.gd/P5JKNh   ;D


(http://vindsl.com/images/20200413_173838-3.png) (http://vindsl.com/images/20200413_204440-3.png)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: VinDSL on June 05, 2020, 02:14:45 am
I'm running out of challenges, and decided to upgrade a much neglected HP Compaq Elite 8000 SFF (https://is.gd/Q6EJaQ) box, that was buried in the closet. It's been sitting around so long, I almost forget I owned one. I'm a Dell fanboi.

This winders 7 era 64bit HP business machine was manufactured before UEFI/Secure Boot was invented, so I didn't have to worry about that - the options don't even exist in its BIOS.

I evidently had previously installed 8GB RAM and a 250GB Sammy SSD (which I'd also forgotten about). Really, the only thing left to do was find the fastest OEM CPU available, at the time it was originally built @ HP, and buy the matching accessory 1 GB HP PCIe NIC.

Turned out to be a very pleasing upgrade project. Amazingly, PM10R & winders 10 Pro are both flying like the wind...   ;D

(http://vindsl.com/images/Opera Snapshot_2020-06-05_011708_www.ebay.com.png)


(http://vindsl.com/images/Screenshot_2020-06-05_01:07:59.png)

* I didn't need two NICs, but it doesn't hurt to have a spare. The CPU was the cleanest, scratch-free one I've ever bought.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: spence on June 05, 2020, 08:40:45 pm
I unloaded all the "extra laptops & PCs" back in 2018... I channeled my challenges energy elsewhere today...



 8)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: VinDSL on June 05, 2020, 11:01:24 pm
I unloaded all the "extra laptops & PCs" back in 2018... I channeled my challenges energy elsewhere today...

Right. I suppose I could take up gardening, golf, or whatevs, but the whole world revolves around two (2) things: electricity and debt. Take away either one, and it'll all come crashing down like a house of cards.

I figure, it's a way of saving humanity  :))
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: rayzer on June 06, 2020, 06:25:49 am
anything i dont use nowadays i just dump, dont see the point in hoarding stuff. you think youll use it someday but never do
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: VinDSL on June 06, 2020, 01:14:51 pm
anything i dont use nowadays i just dump, dont see the point in hoarding stuff. you think youll use it someday but never do

"One man's rubbish may be another's treasure."  ~ Hector Urquhart, 1860's

'Dumping' is a turning point of sorts, in one's journey through life - wares, wives, whatever.

People spend half their existence collecting stuff - and, the other half getting rid of it. Something spurs it.

Finding sellers willing to dump their stuff, for pennies on the dollar, is key to making a good deal on eBay.

Have you considered selling vs dumping? I've been a verified seller on eBay since Jan 07, 2001 (just checked).

While I was checking my account date, I captured this promo screen:


(http://vindsl.com/images/Opera Snapshot_2020-06-06_124507_www.ebay.com.png)

I used to buy/sell items on eBay; but, I don't have time for selling, right now -  just 'hoarding.'

I judge, it's probably better to trade items I don't use, than sending them off to the landfill.

The point in hoarding ???   Once, again, I'm saving mankind from itself... :))
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: spence on June 06, 2020, 02:03:06 pm
Right after relocating to Arizona, I spent a few years with an Amazon store selling off all the valuable books, cds, records and assorted odds, ends & paraphanalia we dragged from DC to AZ. In his early days at V.O.A. https://voanews.com/ (https://voanews.com/) my other half produced country music radio shows for his Russian & Slavic nations audiences. They love American Country Music...

Simultaneously, he began competing with the DJs in the DC area C&W dance halls we frequented, to be the first to purchase the newest CD releases. C&W was all the rage at the time and we spent 7 nights a week dancing. 

Turns out we had a treasure trove of highly valuable CDs which found new homes all over the world in '08 and '09. His French, Russian & Spanish university text books also turned out to be lucrative, most all found homes back in DC with new students at his Alma Mater, who were following in his language classes footsteps at Georgetown University. I seem to recollect a high dollar sale of a French language text book to Japan. It was a 30 year old text book when he'd first purchased it in '76. Same thing with his huge collection of Soviet era novels, most got shipped back to DC.

Somewhere along the way our US States got into a hissy fit about Amazon's bypassing collection of local and state sales taxes. Amazon responded by dumping the responsibility for collection of all sales taxes world wide upon it's sellers. I closed my account the very next day, as millions of similar small sellers followed suit.

 >:(

Now when I need to clear stuff, I offer it up on www.freecycle.org (http://www.freecycle.org)... which was coincidentally, founded right here in hippy, dippy, recycling loving Tucson AZ and now reaches world wide. Tucson is sorta ground zero for all things bartered, recycled, reshared, resold or traded.... It's part of the R.I.S.E. Computer Recycling Center

http://riseequipmentrecycling.org

All three of my prior laptops found happy new owners and I left them dual booting their version of winblows & that year's version of peppermintOS.

 8)

I've never had patience with ebay... and the one time I've ever had a stolen identity issue, it sprang from their platform. Have never been back.

 >:(
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: rayzer on June 06, 2020, 03:23:37 pm
selling stuff cheap is more hassle than its worth, people trying to bargain on stuff for twenty quid & then dont bother turning up to collect after all that :D

id rather just give things away than sell them cheap because at least theyre guaranteed to go then.

got rid of 3 tvs a monitor and a couch the other day, straight to the dump because it was just taking up space and nobody i knew wanted it
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: VinDSL on June 06, 2020, 03:52:48 pm
Heh!  I always chuckle when somebody talks about colonizing Mars, or the Moon.

Think about it - mankind will turn them into garbage dumps too - just like here on Earth .

And, I'm not acting innocent. I'm as guilt of creating pollution as anyone - especially my farts.

I eat a lot of homemade yogurt and refried beans. Space travelling with me would be deadly...  :))

Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: VinDSL on July 01, 2020, 03:19:03 pm
Score!   8)

(http://vindsl.com/images/Opera Snapshot_2020-07-01_124436_www.ebay.com.png)

Gotta love eBay auctions. I just won a dozen (12) Intel Gigabit CT Network Adapters for $1.00 + shipping.

I've been busy upgrading my local area network (LAN) desktop machines (PCs) with dedicated Intel network cards (PCI-e NICs) to match the performance of the CenturyLink Actiontec C3000A modem/router. I don't trust pseudo onboard chipsets -  Broadcom, Realtek, et cetera. It's another link in the chain.

Currently, I only need five (5) NICs, but it doesn't hurt to have a few spares in the closet, right?
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: josephd on July 01, 2020, 08:36:04 pm
Wow, they're practically stolen from the vendor. :D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: VinDSL on July 21, 2020, 03:22:12 pm
All of the NICs worked fine. Some of them have never been installed, judging by appearance(s).

Recently, I took a chance on an auction from a seller with (0) Buys, (0) Sells, and (0) Feedback.

I never expected the item would be shipped, but it was, according to the FedEx tracking number.

(http://vindsl.com/images/Opera Snapshot_2020-07-21_120151_www.ebay.com.png)

We'll see what's in the box, when it arrives. Hopefully, something like this... (https://www.newegg.com/netgear-jgs524-24-x-10-100-1000-mbps-twisted-pair-rj-45/p/N82E16833122058)  :))


(http://vindsl.com/images/netgear-JGS524NA.png)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: josephd on July 21, 2020, 07:14:25 pm
Wow. I wouldn't even bother listing something that low. The effort in shipping it is more than the purchase price.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: VinDSL on July 22, 2020, 12:25:25 am
Wow. I wouldn't even bother listing something that low. The effort in shipping it is more than the purchase price.

That's why I thought he might not ship it. Then again, the buyer (me) had to pay for the bid ($8.50), the shipping ($17.39) and the tax ($0.66) for a grand total of $26.55. Assuming he isn't a scammer, he'll get a little experience under his belt, a happy customer, a 5-Star review on eBay, and some beer money in his pocket, for his trouble  ;D

Here's the deal...

I watched the auction for a week, and there weren't any bidders. When I checked closer, the seller had never bought anything (red flag #1), had never sold anything (red flag #2), and didn't have any history (red flag # 3). 99.999% of the ppl on eBay wouldn't take a chance bidding on something like that.

But, you never know on eBay. So, I threw caution to the wind, waited until 20 seconds before the auction expired, and put in the minimum bid.

eBay offers a 100% money-back guarantee (for free) if I get fleeced. Plus I paid for it using PayPal, and they offer a similar guarantee. So, if worse comes worst, I've got my bases covered. All it's going to 'cost' me is a little time n' trouble, contacting the seller, eBay and PayPal.

Sure, it's a gamble, but it's more likely to pay-off than (say) a handful of lottery tickets...
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: VinDSL on July 23, 2020, 02:19:45 pm
Lucked out again. All 24 ports work. No scratches. Perfect transaction   :)

(http://vindsl.com/images/Windowshot_2020-07-23_14:12:46.png)
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: 151tom on September 14, 2020, 01:13:32 pm
Now that I have a lifetime supply of Dell i7 Optiplex's, I can unsubscribe the search on eBay
Hell I ain't used up my stash of 2010 Dell Optiplex 380 desktops yet they are tanks and almost last forever.  ;D

https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/desktops-all-in-one-pcs/optiplex-380-desktop/spd/optiplex-380
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: josephd on September 14, 2020, 08:19:50 pm
As long as they're not running Windows... Dell makes fantastic hardware. I think a lot of that has to do with using Intel processors. :D
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: 151tom on September 14, 2020, 09:06:29 pm
All of my Dell Optiplex 380 desktops are E7500 core 2 duo processors and Intel integrated graphics adapters with 4.0 GB DDR3 memory and mechanical hard drives.

They are great Linux computers and I only paid $5.00 for each desktop so zero complaints.

I don't need the latest or newest computers for my use.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: rayzer on October 11, 2020, 02:27:59 pm
bought a new usb mic, audio technica at2020 usb.. just waiting on it to arrive.

once i start getting wages rolling in again (back out of work again) i might fork out on a cheap desktop to throw windows on so i can use it for music purposes. already have a tower but its a neverending pile of trouble so might scrap it.
Title: Re: New Purchases 2020
Post by: VinDSL on October 11, 2020, 03:10:05 pm
bought a new usb mic, audio technica at2020 usb.. just waiting on it to arrive.

Noice!   :)