Andrew Trembley (bovil) wrote,
Andrew Trembley

Buying crap...

The old computer, it is not dead, but it is definitely old. Not the happiest piece of machinery.

So before going to bed, I decided to check out the Dell Outlet website, not really expecting to find much at midnight.


A Dimension 5100c with 1gb RAM, 160gb disk, Pentium D 820 (that's dual-core 2.8ghz), CDRW/DVD combo drive and a 9-in-1 media reader built in.

Yeah, I know, it doesn't have a DVD+/-RW like I kind of wanted, nor does it have the ATI Radeon X600SE video card (which I would like; the built-in video is analog VGA out, whereas the ATI is DVI out), but it came in under $800. I can live with that.

As for something much older, I also just picked up a junky Elna Supermatic on eBay. No, it's not pretty. It does, however, have parts I need for my own much nicer Supermatic. It's got the bolt-on knee lever (which I've rarely seen available as a part, and then in the neighborhood of $40) and the parts tray that slides under the free-arm (oy, do I need that). If there are any items in the parts tray, that's even better. We'll see if there's anything besides what's in the picture included.

There is a possibility that the knee-lever won't be of any use on my machine; I've seen notes that speak of a "conversion" to use a foot pedal (which I've got), so it might not work.

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