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What to do with old PC?

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Don't sell.. always regret doing this.. there are always a use.. FreeNAS if you want to turn into a file server, monowall or pfsense and you can turn it into a router/firewall

I agree, I never sell my stuff either, but that may just be us. :p

Either way, I always cherish to have a fallback system, or in the case of retro use of computers many years down the road, you'll be glad to have working machines - if just for a spare part in another retro machine. :)

To add to this: I think that using a full blown system to run as server can turn into a waste of electricity quite quickly.

I'd either consider running the server on the main desktop that's turned on anyways and just "never" shut it down OR get an affordable secondary machine that's electricity efficient to run as server.

Could be a laptop, a netbook, nettop, etc... you name it.

Bonus for portable computers: they have their own USV onboard. :p

Pretty fly for a server. :)

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use it as a pfsense box. file, media server, backup server. or cram some disks in there. install vmware esxi and start cramming virtual machines in there like there's no tomorrow

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My last PC I gave away but this time, I don't know anyone so was wondering what to do? Is it possible to sell/trade-in used PCs? Any resources on where to do so? Thank you.

How about making a novelty indoor water fountain?

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ive heard about it before, dont know where, but i would

Install linux server

make admin account a local account

create new admin account

install something like ftp/ssh

open to internet with DMZ

log all commands entered in

i think there would be more to it, but that would be the start of the idea.

Look around the net for honeypot scripts and programs, they'll do what you want and log what happens safely! :)

Alternatively if you really want ****s and giggles, make it behave like windows xp (install samba or wine and enable xp's sharing folders, etc.) and THEN see who tries to crack into it and see how far they get ;)

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Thanks everyone, I ended up buying a new Del Inspiron I660s with 3rd Gen Intel

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