I'm a sucker for a good yard sale. The possibilities of finding a sweet deal draws me in like a magnet; and the risk associated with buying something that may or may not work adds a bit of excitement to the whole affair. This past weekend I was drawn off down a side road where an extended family was trying to liquidate a huge amount of stuff from the garage and basement in an effort to raise some money for school expenses for their two boys. It may have been an pre-estate or estate sale of some kind, though I'm not sure.
In the mix was a plastic storage bin with some computer accessories; next to it was a fairly newer looking computer. Price? $50. After chatting with the folks and looking over the labelling I traded some paper with pictures of dead presidents for the lot. Had the two boys help me haul the stuff to my car.
Back home cleaned the PC (5 years old), screen, keyboard, mouse. Plugged in all the plugs, flipped the switch...and it worked (smile, relax). Next, I set about doing some research and then installed Linux Mint Olivia xfce (Ubuntu 15) and a few applications to include Oracle VM VirtualBox, FreePlane, Groovy and assorted other stuff.
The box will make a fine VM Server for my little corner of geek-dom. Because it has a AMD Quad Core 2.2 GHz CPU and 5 GB of RAM I will use it to host between 12 and 16 Virtual Machines, each running TinyCore Linux as web, database and application servers. If you are not familiar with TinyCore, and you are Geek-ish, I would suggest checking it out: small, tight and fast!
Final touch was to locate and apply a suitable Penguin sticker...and to just take a few moments feeling quite pleased with myself!
Allen Pollock, ( Owner of Gentle Breeze Farm, LLC located in Windham, Maine )
Gentle ponderings & ruminations on life and living