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10 October 2010 @ 07:48 pm
Hobo computer  

So, yesterday Kristina and i met (i was a little late) at a small grill in a nearby town. While we were waiting on food we walked over to a yard sale nextdoor for some goodies. We both found some stuff and went back inside to eat. After lunch, Kristina headed back home and i did more exploring in the yardsale. The owner of the restaurant had a little tent set up where he was selling lots of old ham/cb radios. I poked around but didn't find anything i could use.. didn't matter though, because he handed me a box of junk and told me to take it home. I said i would pay for it but he refused and said he'll throw it away if i don't take it. So, free treasure!

Box of junk, minus one mobo

My roommate Dan and I poked through the box on the floor of the office and found two older micro-atx motherboards w/ processor. We hatched a plan and built a computer using as much junk as possible. We dug up an old power supply and ram from a computer i used in 1999-2001 (Dan and I are both tech hoarders). The whole thing cost 15$. 10$ for a usb thumb drive and 5$ for a plastic tupperware container. Dan sharpie'd the case for cutting and setup the OS. I did the dremeling of the case and soldering of the power button and light.


Presenting, the Hobo Computer!
hobobuild w/o lid

hobobuild w/ lid

It works

Computer Specs
Processor: Intel P4 2Ghz
Memory: 512 MB SRAM
HardDrive: none, just a thumb drive
Operating System: Lubuntu 10.04
Cost: box of junk and 15$

I might donate it back to the restaurant or find someone who needs something to surf the web with.
 
 
 
ladybanditk on October 11th, 2010 05:31 am (UTC)
cool!
very awesome. :D
i.: plot pointmousewings on October 22nd, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
Congrats! $15 and spare parts for a computer=awesome.

I'm amused how both you and warraven both mentioned the computer and its awesomeness. :)
Danwarraven on October 22nd, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
it's because it's amazazing!! (that's right! extra letters make it more amazing!)

(Anonymous) on August 14th, 2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
Awesome, think I'm going to do this with my spareparts!
Carnestibman on September 5th, 2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
hah, it's a lot of fun : ) So fun that my friend and i decided to build more of these but with brand-new parts.

hobo2 w/o lid photo DSCN1105.jpg

There was four at one point and a fifth box that was an "infrastructure node" that had a switch and power strip in it. You could move the whole stack of computers and just plug in the bottom node to provide power and internet to everything. Like a semi-portable little cluster. It's been a few years and they've moved around a lot. My friend is using one as a media server. I have one packed behind the treadmill to provide some entertainment during the rare occasion i run on it, lol. But even after years they are still going great.

Good luck with your build!


Edited at 2013-09-05 09:52 pm (UTC)