cb at mythtech.net
Sat Apr 16 23:37:29 CDT 2005
I went to the Trenton Computer Fest today. I didn't get over to the MARCH
table, sorry. I did see John Allain however, but down the end of a row,
and by the time I got down there to say hi, I lost track of him.
Back to the point. I picked up a pair of NeXT slabs for $2 each. I think
even Sellam would agree that is a good price ;-)
One is a Turbo the other is a Color. No idea yet was is in them other
than visually, there is a floppy drive and a hard drive. I've never
played with a NeXT, and at that price, I wasn't going to ask many
The Turbo has a DA-15 connector that looks like a Mac RGB connector. Is
it compatible with Mac monitors? The Color has a connector that I don't
know what it is called, but looks like a Sun monitor connector. Is it
compatible with those monitors? I'm crossing my fingers for a yes on both
counts since I have both available to me already.
And to verify, the keyboard/mouse uses ADB correct? These slabs were just
the computer, nothing else. (although I did find a guy that had a NeXT
mouse, but he was holding it to sell with his MacTV and wouldn't part
with it. I considered getting the MacTV, but since I got one from John a
while back, I decided against spending the $50 since it didn't have any
docs, software, cables, keyboard, remote, or the correct mouse).
The only other thing I picked up that might be of interest to this group
is some kind of video conferencing terminal. I don't know anything about
it at all yet, I wasn't actually interested in it, but the guy said if I
took it away right then, I could have it for free, so I took it simply
because it looked cool.
Over all, I was a little disappointed this year in the items available.
It is only the 2nd time I've gone, the first was two years ago, and I
remembered there being far more vendors with a better selection. This
year was a bunch of so-so priced used PCs, TONS of old laptops, and some
over priced used Macs. I was surprised I couldn't find a decent deal on a
rack mount PC server, or much in the way of RJ-45 patch panels (I needed
two 72 port ones, I was able to find two 48 port ones at an ok price, and
that was about it). Its possible that some of the vendors just weren't
there yet or fully unpacked, I was there from about 10 am to 12:30. I
also didn't go indoors anywhere, so I may have missed a bunch of other
dealers (I had limited time today as I had to be back home by 2, and it
takes about 1.5 hours on the drive).
Anyone else get anything of interest? Oh, and Hi John, since I didn't get
to say it to you today. :-)
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