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i just want to compile a list of possible uses for old pc's (irc convo being expanded lol)

when i say old pc's i mean back when 4gb was above average hd space lol.

so far ive got

mame arcade

classic console emulation

win98se/95 box

basic servers(irc, old games, ect, ect)

media station

web browser

virus test environment

and thats all i can think of. i ask because we were (jokingly) asking for old comps to be sent to us and i said something about there being use for any comp even old 4gig hd boxes.

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I threw them all away and switched to virtual machines.

well that was a waste lol

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Could use it as a Torrent Box, or a Firewall (see Smoothwall, IPCOP etc).

not for me lol. most of my torrenting(dattebayo anime torrents) are extremely fast and i dont think an old system could get the speed. now if it was something like i come across all the time that does absolutely nothing most of the time. then it would be perfect for it

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get one of those test board things or mod a random USB device that can be turned on and off from with in windows

then soldering a lot of bright LED's on it

then you will have your self a 500MHz flash light :)

or load it up with a crap load of hard drives then store anime or it

or if you want, install it into a closet

then hook up some splitters and set up a speaker system for your entire house then just use a wireless keyboard with media keys as a remote for it so you can control windows media player (great for house parties )

or fine random unnecessary/ useless things to do with it

or build that keyboard emf scanner thing for it and aim it at your neighbors house then monitor them 24/7 when there on their pc

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get one of those test board things or mod a random USB device that can be turned on and off from with in windows

then soldering a lot of bright LED's on it

then you will have your self a 500MHz flash light :)

or load it up with a crap load of hard drives then store anime or it

or if you want, install it into a closet

then hook up some splitters and set up a speaker system for your entire house then just use a wireless keyboard with media keys as a remote for it so you can control windows media player (great for house parties )

or fine random unnecessary/ useless things to do with it

or build that keyboard emf scanner thing for it and aim it at your neighbors house then monitor them 24/7 when there on their pc

packet sniffing lol

could be used for wep cracking(my knowledge on the subject is based on a semi-outdated guide). leave it to gather what you need and use aircrack-ng on the results

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set up a server (irc, http, ect..) i guess anything except for a file server, 4 gigs of files would not be all that great for a file server you can fit that on a thumb drive or if it has usb hook up a 500GB usb drive to it for more storage and make a file server, or you could set up a telnet BBS

use it as your ass machine, and run all your malicious codes on it, there are alot of things, just depends on your needs. if you have kids make it the kids PC since they tend to mess up computers all the time while learning.

I have not heard of useing a PC just as a firewall.. if anyone could link me to more info i would appriciate it. I ussually use my router for the extra firewall capabilitys along with comodo or such

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set up a server (irc, http, ect..) i guess anything except for a file server, 4 gigs of files would not be all that great for a file server you can fit that on a thumb drive or if it has usb hook up a 500GB usb drive to it for more storage and make a file server, or you could set up a telnet BBS

use it as your ass machine, and run all your malicious codes on it, there are alot of things, just depends on your needs. if you have kids make it the kids PC since they tend to mess up computers all the time while learning.

I have not heard of useing a PC just as a firewall.. if anyone could link me to more info i would appriciate it. I ussually use my router for the extra firewall capabilitys along with comodo or such

one of the season 1 or 2 eps of hak5 have a segment on smoothwall which is a program to turn a comp into a firewall

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Old machines eat too much power for simple machine that do very little, you can get far more millage out of a low end core 2 machine with 2-4GB of RAM running VMware server. Hell, until something nasty happened to my P4 server I was running a domain controller and a couple of *nix boxes on a fairly modest 4 year old desktop. Aside from things like file servers/torrent boxes and routers/firewalls there is very little point keeping kit running thats more than 2-3 gens behind current kit, and even with the types of things that run low-CPU stuff like the above the Via mini-itx machines are far more practical. And if your clever you can run a smoothwall install on a virtual machine. There is zero point in keeping a 4GB drive powered up.

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Server, File Storage, Firewall, or you can just use it as spare parts, I saw somewhere (dont remember where) a guy had used his old HDD to store movies on and hook them up to his TV and watch the movies. I need to remember where I saw that. Need to do that soon. :)

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I have an old laptop I'm attempting to find a use for.

Its perfectly functioning except for the fact that its only network interface is blown, which unfortunately makes the majority of the ideas here useless.

So, any ideas for a standalone box?

do any coding or black hat?

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not really RogueHart. I've been thinking about using it to compile rainbow tables, run aircrack-ng, brute force, and other processor intensive jobs I'd really like to have off my main computer.

aircrack-ng sounds like a good use.

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