Last Saturday while the rest of you were in San Diego at the genealogy convention, I took in the traveling Computer Show at our local Fairgrounds. They come around every two months or so.
For five bucks entry fee, you get an option to buy excess, obsolete, pirate and reject computer paraphenalia at a discount.
I like to cruise the aisles just to see what year off motherboards look like. But this time there were fewer vendors. The bare bones computers were mostly faster than 500 mhz. The hard drives were mostly 8 gigabytes and up. They don't like to sell hard drives under a hundred bucks, and that's where it's at now.
The $50 pirate copies of Windows were now the same as the Box Stores, about $80. The price of entry level computers was no longer under $500, but then a dollar a megahertz ain't bad.
I got there during the noon rush, got my hand stamped, but forgot to go back. I'll wait until my old hard drive fails completely and then find a new hobby. :) -john-