More info on the (nearly) free servers

John Teller jsteller at
Wed Jan 9 19:30:56 CST 2013

I'm not sure how they are mounted into the racks. I'll check tomorrow.


On 01/09/2013 08:49 AM, Robert E. Seastrom wrote:
> Rapidrails or ???
> -r
> John Teller <jsteller at> writes:
>> I'm planning on making it to tacos on the 19th, and will bring as many
>> of these as possible with me.
>> Also here's some more info on what you'll get for $15
>> + A 1U server with slides, single Xeon 2.8 GHz processor, 2 Gig RAM
>> and CD-ROM.
>> + The servers come with two SCSI hard drives - they have been running
>> continuously since they were installed in 2005, so they are all going
>> to be somewhat noisy.
>> + I/O includes one DE-9 serial port, two 1-Gig Ethernet ports, two
>> USB-2
>> ports, VGA Video port, PS/2 mouse & keyboard ports.
>> + Most servers have two power supplies, but don't count on it.
>> + NO operating system, other than an ancient version of Debian Linux.
>> Some servers have a Winderz 2003 license sticker - but don't count on
>> it.
>> These are large industrial servers, meant to be installed in a rack in
>> a dedicated computer room.  They feature many loud fans - not
>> something you'd tuck into a corner of the living room.  Also, because
>> they are servers, their graphical abilities are pretty rudimentary,
>> consisting of a single cheerful VGA connector with only 16 MB video
>> memory.  However, it is enough to run a desktop - but nothing more
>> sophisticated than that.
>> Check the Dell site for PowerEdge 1850 specs - these will all fall
>> under the base model configuration.
>> The IT guy here at Current (no, we don't make BPL stuff any more!)
>> would like a check for $15 for each server - with the serial number of
>> whichever box(es) you take with you written in the memo spot. The
>> check should be made out to Current Group, LLC.  BTW - I'm not making
>> anything on the deal.
>> I can guarantee that the server will work when you take it home and
>> plug it in - if it doesn't we'll replace it as long as there are any
>> servers left to replace it with!  If you decide you don't want it
>> after all, I'll give you back your $15 - it's worth at least that much
>> to a scrapper.
>> ---JST
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