You know the hardware is old and broken when you can’t even get it install Linux. Yes, I have kernal boot floppies around but these old laptops either don’t have a floppy, the BIOS won’t support boot from CD or their floppy is broken. All I could do was swap the drives to my working laptop, DBAN them and install DOS. Now these old clunky laptops are off to RE-PC to be broken up for spare parts.
And my work laptop is getting long in the tooth too. It has plenty of RAM (512KiB) and a fast enough CPU (697MHz)to run XP but it’s DVD broken and its USB socket is loose. My current working laptop is assembled from two Dell Inspiron 3800s, one of which I dropped, the other I bought used. I guess I could get a docking station and a used DVD drive for it off eBay but is that just pouring good many after to bad?
And my two gaming machines are noisier than hell.
So why all this talk about hardware? Well, my small business has manage to show a profit for more than three months. Time to think about upgrades. I bought a new, network-ready, all-in-one device at the beginning of the month.