Have you ever gotten technology out of the dumpster /g/?
I recently got a Pentium D machine, but I have gotten much more in the past.
A considerable majority of the technology I own comes straight out of the dumpster.
Picture related, basically all of this was trash picked.
I also trash picked this 50-inch Pioneer Kuro a couple of years back. It just needed about $60 worth of transistors.
All of that gear is in use because of its value in utility, not nostalgia.
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i look out for things that look promising and i noticed a computer with the blue usb ports
took it home and ripped it apart, cheap-ass asus b85, 8 gigs of ddr3, and an i7 4770
powered it on and it was rebooting every few mins, there was a bios update though so i updated it and it was fine
also found a minitx with an i5 but that mobo is fried, i would need to replace it an actually spend money so it's in the mobo in a box somewhere
dell at-101 old school crappy mech keyboard
cisco 2060 (nice for poe cams and phones i guess)
8-port pci-e hardware raid card with the cables
I don't know the hours since I don't have the service remote for it. It seems fresh enough, with no unevenness or burn-in whatsoever.
The dynamic range is impressive to say the least.
So I found this giant pile of old dell optiexes that my school had thrown out near the garbage shoot on the first floor. I normally just walk by it, but I saw one of them open and just saw a CPU lying their on the mobo. I took it out and saw it was an e7600.
I tried to find some others with open tops and managed to find two more open cpus after tearing off the heatsinks. They were covered in thermal paste so I did not get to take a look at the name. I assumed it would also be e7600s.
I was thoroughly disappointed to see that these core 2 duos only ran for $5. Less than shipping it out flat rate. Got home and cleaned them off. Behold two i5-3570k's.
Gonna go back Tuesday to see if I can find some more.
Yeah, university dumpsters are the best. I've found laptops, desktops, monitors, a speaker system, a laser printer, old phone equipment, and all kinds of other great junk. Make sure the faculty know you'll treasure old computer stuff. They've always got things in dusty corners to get rid of.
Do recyclers count? I get my shit close enough to free, $5 for desktops $2 for laptops flat.
Got my DD Precision T7400 with dual X5450s from there, plus older cost-no-object shitboxes I collect like pic related Most recent haul was a couple Power Mac G4s and a dual Opteron 2218 PowerEdge space heater.
Grabbed a non-functioning laptop out of an apartment building dumpster. In the bay area, so whoever owned it was smart enough to remove the ram and the HDD before throwing it out, but I had fun with it fucking around with the random parts.
If you count looting, I also got half of my ram from one of the riots in Oakland.
Nothing insanely interesting, most things of "interest" I pick up are usually personal information like tax forms, financial information, addresses and other stuff. When I was just getting into collecting I picked up a 486 with a shit ton of SSNs from a hospital, and this little shitbox had some spreadsheets on it with the full names and addresses of what seemed like every fucking registered democrat in the state. Sometimes you find porn as well, picked up a T22 last Monday that belonged to some YMCA coordinator and had a "misc" folder full of anal and scat in the documents directory. Favorite so far was a 700 series ThinkPad with a bunch of perfectly preserved early 2000s milf sites in the temp folder and some neat ballistics/hunting software.
Probably the weirdest shit I dig up are personal journals, which almost always tend to be on Macs. My favorites were a Performa 6300 owned by an Alaskan crab fisherman and a Quadra 700 full of some old woman's sexually frustrated ramblings.
I have a couple disjointed local archives of stuff like that, eventually I want to unify it all and go over all the shit I've got and snag all the software I can off of it for posterity. The obscure/niche shit from small developers is especially (obviously) hard to come by.
I found some bestbuy asus prebuilt with a i5 and 8gb ram. Had a virus filled hdd though and had been rained on for a few days. Took it home, dried it, tested everything, reinstalled windows, and sold it next week for 100$. Easy money
>Apple iMac G4
>2 Dell systems (not working)
>Apple Power Mac G4 Quicksilver (not working)
>2 Dell Monitors
>SGI Indy (Not working)
I am currently trying to restore the Indy and see if I can get it working. I am more than sure its the PSU but aside from purchasing a new PSU (which I do not have the money for) I am hoping I can find which caps/components can be replaced first.
I need to dive from my local college more.
Got a bunch of laptops from a university, some pentium 2 or 3 thinkpad I use for win 98 games.
Some medical equipment or something from a university that tossed em.
Playstation 1 from the side of the road, in retrospect may have been from someone getting kicked out, but who knows.
As much as others have told me to do so I am too fascinated by obscure systems to abandon it for a quick buck.
Especially considering that this is the east coast, SGI is an insane rarity here. This Indy is the only system I have seen in person and I would like to try and get it running again.
ayy it's you again
dunno if you've looked around much, I found this but it's not much, might be a good start though if you haven't tried:
>The Nidec/Power General Indy power supply (SGI P/N 9430813) is one of the most frequently failed components (along with hard disk drives >and monitors), and because of the complexity of the power supply, repair shops willing to try to repair them are very hard, if not impossible >to find. Swapping power supplies is probably the least expensive option.
>There was a post on Usenet recently about repairing the Nidec Indy power supplies, P/N 9430813. Here is the text of that post, by Fernando Teixeira
>1- Check the electrolitic capacitor C1(1uF 400V) and the resistor R5, is the most frequently failure in that power supply.
>2- Check the diode D14 (2 diodes on a TO220 case) and D11, they fails often.
Hit 'em up and tell them what you're looking for.
My "recycler" is technically a thrift store distribution center, I got the deal set up just by going and asking if they had any super old stuff. A lot of them don't sell it simply because they don't think anyone will want it.
kek, they're buried in my garage and aside from digging them up I'd have to rig up a clusterfuck apparatus to transfer the documents from them over PhoneNET.
Maybe some day I'll dump some shit in an old tech thread though, I've started saving desktop screenshots from every shitbox I get now. Collection still isn't big enough. ;_;
I'm working for a company doing a windows rollout. We're throwing out hundreds of desktops because they at being replaced with new ones. The ones being thrown out have 3 year old i7s, 16gb of RAM, ssds, they are nice machines. All getting dumped. It's sad as fuck.
>new manager comes in
>decides he doesn't like the 2 dell ultrasharps work provides him
>orders IT to get rid of them
>brings his own shitty CRT monitor in instead
>mfw IT let me have 2 perfectly functioning dell ultrasharps for FREE
>not having some latex gloves, wipes & decontamination foam on hand
I found one of these old CRT projectors
it was only 640x480 but I had fun with it for a while
>mfw friend works at UPS
>tells me how much perfectly good hardware they just throw into the fucking trash
>told him I would offer them some money for some of the stuff
What a fucking joke seriously. Hardware replacement is one of the most wasteful shit I've seen. All that high precision technology just dumped.
Few weeks ago I picked up a semi-working stereo receiver made in Poland in 1979. It's a Radmor 5102 and I have a lot of work to do.
One of the channels barely works, the knobs produce noise, lights and switches don't work.
Also the FM head is in original state which means I have to manually set it to receive the 88-108MHz FM band. Seriously, fuck commies and their 66-73MHz FM band choice.
Picture isn't mine tho.
It's a problem in any developed first world country.
We live in a (mostly) wasteful society.
Most people understand that paper, plastic, etc. can be recycled, but the thought of scrapping electronics for recycling doesn't occur to most.
It would help if it was advertised more.
Here they don't even allow you to throw electronics away. If you leave them in the garbage they refuse to pick them up. Nice way to force a flow of money to the recycling centers that are profiting big time. This also encourages people to sell good items off for pennies though as opposed to the added hassle of taking them to a recycling center so I suppose it evens out.
Man I loved those XUs. The standard was XA and you had to have a buddy in IT or be some badass engineer or something to rate an XU. I was the envy of my whole group with that beast on my desk.
Pulled this out of an old server rig they were tearing down at work. Cleaned most the keys and switches. Pretty much a free $150 keyboard.
Damn, that must have been some shit to be running one of those in their prime. There still isn't jack for contemporary software I can't throw at this thing as a home user even 20 years later. The only thing that kills it is web surfing.
I'm still really gunning to go full retard some day and upgrade to an XW for that kickass GLiNT goodness.
Not like I'm at all rich, but do you see anything wrong with your faux oldfag circlejerking when most of the stories go like this
>I found it in a DUMPSTER
>because I was looking in a dumpster
>it doesn't even work
>here's a picture of it though
Any one of these is a red flag and you're doing all four of them.
for non working luddite ironic "tech"
ayy it's this again
1. Buy something new
2. Stop falling for the age meme
3. Grow up and enjoy modern technology made in the last 15 years
Let's finish this sentence
I want to restore this system so I can ________
there is no filling in the blank besides "jack off"
Found this little guy in the trash a few years go.
Had a coyple tiny dots of nail polish on the screen and the screws in the stand needed tightening. Other than that perfect condition!
I use it in the guest/ kids/ crafting room works grwat even has a built in dvd player.
literally don't even bother replying, he's some retard from reddit trying to be a master ruseman by crying into his keyboard every time he sees a thread about old shit
ironically he's more of a luddite than any of us, wait until he starts blogging about the shitty '90s games he squanders his 980ti gaymer shitbox on
I normally dig around behind computer repair shops and schools, high schools, universities, elementary, does not matter which kind, usually in the evening because there is no one around to ask questions.
pulled this out of the trash, Q6600, 8gb ddr2 667, radeon hd 5770 and a blank 250gb samsung spinpoint drive
- Custom Core2 box with a busted PSU and 200 gigs of personal files on the HDD
- AT-era keyboard with Cherry MXs
- AT-era keyboard with rare pepe Alps SKCM, but likely counterfeit because they feel like shit
- Framed 1930s lithograph with lesbian lolis
pic related, took a few hours and some parts from another broken 2530p that was also dumpstered and broken
I made a good amount of money last year dumpster diving. Often sell items for cash, tax free.
Large companies are great, 'specially if they are recycling IT gear. Problem here is that the companies I scrounge are retiring lots of SAN gear, but shredding the drives, leaving the SAN nearly worthless...
It's a shame plasma got ditched. I think it's greatly superior to LCD at least. I bought my grandma a 65 inch Samsung (really, really wish I could have found a Panasonic though), at Sears last summer, really cheap. I was a little worried about glare because she has it in front of a big picture window in her living room, but it's not an issue at all. The picture on it just looks fucking amazing.
>tfw my state has strict electronics disposal laws so unis are very reluctant to give old shit away
>tfw they have to show records of electronics being disposed in proper disposal facilities
I don't oppose trying not to pollute the earth with perfectly reusable heavy metals but it's kinda sad to see perfectly usable tech being recycled.
My college holds auctions for entire classes worth of older desktops when they upgrade.
Usually around 30-40 Q6600 machines.
I'm a stingy bastard so go outbid by £150 for them..Bretty shitty, but oh well.
I got an old Pentium 4 that was about to go in the dumpster at work here while back. The office manager had me take the HD out and drill holes in it, in exchange for letting me have it. That's cool though, I've got a bunch of old IDE drives lying around.
The thing had XP on it, and it was extremely slow. They had me occasionally clean the bullshit off of it, so I know from experience. I installed OpenBSD 5.7 and Xfce on it. It's not an amazing system, but for browsing the web or doing some light shit it's perfectly good. XP was the problem, not the PC itself.
Maybe $150 new to a store buying POS equipment.
I have a couple of these that I snagged from a surplus shop. $15 apiece, I like the layout okay. I don't really use the card reader much, thought about using it for passwords but I'd be so fucked if I lost the card.
>tfw first world fuckers throw out working Q6600s while I have to resolder fucking caps in fucking tualatin machines at the uni
Oh my college never threw them out. Like I said, they held auctions.
Smaller business owners would show up looking for some cheap and usable computers. Shit like that.
If they can't shift them, then they pull out all the RAM and CPUs, and sell them on eBay..Rest of it goes off to a recycling centre.
Cases are sold for scrap. What little value there is to them.
>tfw we just disposed a bunch of working Dell machines with core2 because they're "too slow with the new windows"
could've repaired the fucking rain damage in the computing center with that money. or hired an extra instructor.
microsoft is truly harmful.
>Core2 + SSD
Right, but the other side of that coin is warranty.
Fortune 500 companies throw away thousands of 3-5 year old servers simply because they're no longer in warranty.
Usually the cost analysis break even point is n-2. Anything 3 generations back is due to be replaced.
yea we walk him, he loves it he is a total mama's boy tho I seem to be more of a playmate than anything
That's exactly what my PC was, with a Radeon 4850, and it was still an excellent PC that could suit most peoples' needs.
I had to retire it because it couldn't handle the latest games, couldn't really handle PS2/Wii emulators, and couldn't do Twitch streaming all very well due to the dual-core processor and old video card.
But if none of that meant anything for you, it's still JUST AS FAST as a new machine for everyday uses.
HP prebuilt, found just a few months after AMD released Bulldozer
>Phenom II x6
>4GB DDR3 RAM
>1TB WD Green
>AMD Radeon HD 4550
>PCIe Wi-Fi card
5.1 surround sound system, just missing the woofer. I traded it to my friend for his PSP
IBM Aptiva with AMD K6
Used the case for a sleeper for a while, then put the original guts back in and played around with it. This machine was my first time using DIP switches to overclock. I'm going to install Windows NT4 on it at some point.
Apple IIc monitor
4MB AGP iGPU VRAM expansion
>still JUST AS FAST as a new machine
Q6600 vs i5 2500
I5 wins with:
DDR3 - increased memory bandwidth
Increased memory density
Increased yield and availability
Sure, a Q6600 + SSD is fine for shitposting, but it's not cost effective to maintain old equipment.
recovered from a dumpster a few years ago along with a 250GB hard drive (got errors from day 1, but I still have it). Still haven't put them to use.
all of that amounts to what, a meaningless net 10% gain in select applications?
I notice pretty much no difference in my day-to-day work between core2 and sandy bridge systems, and in raw power my dual E5450 system will smoke a 2500 shitbox any day.
the IT department of a local university was selling their old C2D E8400 machines for €10 a pop because they couldn't legally just dump them into the garbage and recycling them properly would've been expensive, so I went and bought one for shits and giggles
not exactly dumpster diving but a good deal nevertheless
lots of colleges/universities do this. I bought a Sun Ultra10 Creator3D w/1GB RAM and a 440MHz processor and an Ultra 5 w/512MB RAM and a 360GHz proc for $5 each at ASU's property disposition store back in 2006.
Guys, where the hell can i find where people dump their shit?
I'm a dutchfag and we're all about recycling and garbage sorting so you won't find it in the dumpster in the back.
>inb4 goto the local dump
I can't walk out with stuff, they'll see it for sure.
synthetic benchmarks are shit, but really the only clear advantage you'd have is IPC, which isn't worth giving a fuck about since we're not talking about garbage software like gaymes.
it's not like it really matters in the end since both setups are still drastically overkill if all you do is surf the web and watch movies
Nigga, they are going to usually be kept in a utility space/room that is typically near by the loading/unloading areas for vehicles. This is done to allow the piles of computers/tech that are being tossed out to be done easily without much trouble moving from the ground to the vehicle.
Most college buildings have a garage-like door either on the side or in the back. If you can find access to said room from within the building, you will be able to find the stash ready to be moved out.
As someone who works for a major business I've learnt most businesses are obligated to lock their equipment away, whatever state it may be in. We pay a third party company to lift our old tech as they dispose of it the way it should be.
Small businesses who think they can throw out parts like they throw out other rubbish are naive targets.
And those naive people are most likely to underestimate the value of the discarded tech so i would like to take their tech instead of searching through an insanely large building or campus to find that one room which may contain stuff i'm willing to use.
I hope that one day i will find some gaymer's >$3000 desktop tossed out because he broke his windows install with pirated software.
P4s, even Dual Core Intels, loads of 17" LCDs once even a 21" widescreen Samsung LED, a UPS which just needed one dead battery taken out of the array, heaps of old Windows and SOE CDs, ridiculous amounts of USB and DVI cables..the list goes on. Look for big offices in major CBDs. Goldmines.
Not really, but with such an embarassing thing, i don't want to take any charges.
>get arrested later on for something else
>So mr Anon, is it correct that you were arrested before?
>For what reason?
>Theft of what?
>I really, really, really don't want attempted theft of garbage on my criminal record
>attempted theft of garbage on my criminal record
>attempted theft of garbage
>theft of garbage
nigga... where the fuck you living where this would even be an offense???
Where I live, once a month we're allowed to leave our large garbage items on the curb for pickup. Lots of people ride around looking for stuff to grab like this and the shit ain't illegal in the least bit. I've grabbed desks, monitors, old PC's... all kinds of shit like this and it's perfectly legal.
Even items in your dumpster are still yours until it has been picked up by waste disposal. Strictly speaking its theft although I doubt most people would have a moral problem with it.
It's legal everywhere in the US under the third-party doctrine. Trespassing is a different issue, but they legally have to warn you that you are on private property via a sign or verbally. If there are no signs then you're good. If they call the cops, all the cops will do is "trespass" you, which is just a warning not to come back.
And now instead of just forming an internet club around this garbage, you have to check for laws and you might go to jail for theft before you even get there.
I recall 60s movement videos of hippies who just opened a commune in central park, I love how it's acceptable to put emotion and feelings onto private property, "but it was going to be thrown out anyway!". "nobody was using it anyway!".
Even if that is true
>people with jobs THREW THIS SHIT OUT.
What you want - visit a thrift store or recycling center that sells things, since they usually turn it on to see if it works and you can get it for almost nothing before spending hours looking up documents on how to fix everything. Or maybe you want it to be broken to soak up your time, I dunno.
Ahaha I bet this is one of those people who thinks SSDs are a meme. This reminds me of people who think C2Ds and P4s "use less power" simply because they're old. I'm sure if limit yourself to win2k and put it on these two, this might have some air.
because I don't fucking DUMPSTER DIVE I am automatically a consumer whore. Wow, I may hang out some more in these threads because I feel like a millionaire or something now.
The real energy behind these threads is that you are scared just like the grandmas you make fun of how they can't learn to use technology, it's just you target different decades, they say 1985, you say 2005. Nobody stocks this shit anymore so your only choice is to go dumpster diving. Fortunately there is a place for this and it is >>>/vr/
>stop liking things I don't like
Come on man, people enjoy tinkering with old tech, or in many cases tech which is still perfectly serviceable, and they look out for that tech wherever it may be. Some make a little bit of cash off it too. No need for the autistic rage.
Ambra icpi model M in the trash can outside my apartment
Thank goodness they don't actually fit that way in reality.
Industry and rich people. The analogue scope (as well as the case for the vertical dummy load and the distortion meter) came from a TV transmission facility and it just werks. The Rigol was getting dumped by a dude because it had broken encoders and he was upgrading to something fancier.
>>people with jobs THREW THIS SHIT OUT.
While I'm sure this is bait, we have six computers at my actual job, which is a legal and revenue generating company with several employees, and every single one of them came out of the trash. Even accounting for time spent making them serviceable, the cost is less than one third of what buying equivalent, new machines would have cost.
I just found that to be a tad amusing.
In the USA cops will give you shit for dumpster diving.
Technically, you are trespassing, as far as theft of garbage I don't know, doesn't mean cops won't come up with a reason to charge you with something.
Once i picked up an old pc from the 90s, used the case to repair a hole in my garage door. I recently picked up a 1080p 21" monitor for 10 dollars at a thrift store. It's been sitting on a shelf, I'm too lazy to find a power cable for it.
Dumpster diving kit for less than $50 for those who are interested. Antistatic bags not included
It probably is if you live in some silly place like the U.S.
In the civilised world, the government only cares about things which you pay for. Tax-wise, a free computer is the same as no computer.
Is there anything cozier than north germanic technology?
The sony CRT projectors from the VPH-12XX series on up (so no, not my old dumpster one) had IFBs (interface boards) where you could swap in various types of connectors. This one was made by a third party company years after Sony stopped production.
Some of these projectors could do like 2500x2000 at 140Hz and had 9 inch liquid coupled tubes. Having 2x 1997 Sony G90U's converged to show the same image (for beyond-normal CRT brightness) is probably the best projector image quality money can buy for a home theater. The black levels and contrast are outstanding
I managed to get two specced out Mac Pro 4,1s (Xeon W3690, 1TB 7200rpm HDDs, 16 GBs RAM, etc) and two 23-inch Apple Cinema Displays that came from my school's art department.
The Mac Pros were a bit scuffed up, but they work just fine. They're fucking beastly machines. I ended up throwing an HD7970 in one of them and use it as a gaming rig.
>All of that gear is in use because of its value in utility, not nostalgia.
I haven't been dumpster diving in a while because nowadays it is much harder to find electronics in public dumps here.
I used to get a ton of HDDs and RAM a few years ago, though.
Maybe I should go back this summer. Winter's not really the season to find stuff that still works.
well, too bad I can't find one in my Europoor country, I probably couldn't even afford it if I found one
todays projectors are meme, those old crt pj may be big and complex but my god the quality of build and image they produce. ehh ;_;
2 80 gb seagate hdds
2 power supllies for my old dust blowing ancient side computer
1 asus gtx 6600
one of the PSUs has spider eggs in it and the other one didn't fit to case. hdds and gpu have worked fine.
>one of the PSUs has spider eggs in it
About 100ish 1gig ram sticks, sells between 4-7 dillars on ebay.