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Old 12-02-2008, 01:57 PM
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We cannibalize the parts to create The Beast Machine for our son. Right now it's a gigantic old monitor, a laptop, and an external drive. That way he can pound on it all he wants.
Isn't Neverwinter Nights fun? Are you playing the first or second one? I just found out there's a second one that came out in November; I pray it's Vista compatible.
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:06 PM
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We cannibalize the parts to create The Beast Machine for our son. Right now it's a gigantic old monitor, a laptop, and an external drive. That way he can pound on it all he wants.
Isn't Neverwinter Nights fun? Are you playing the first or second one? I just found out there's a second one that came out in November; I pray it's Vista compatible.
The second one doesn't mention Vista on the box, so I'm not sure. But no, I'm playing the original, which has been around quite some time. I've always wanted to play it, and it did come out on CD but it's difficult to find, and was made in limited numbers. The DVD version however, is everywhere. Let me tell you something, as old as it is, this game is awesome! It has the real old D&D feel to it. The graphics may not be perfectly up to date, but the interface and the gameplay are excellent. Just because a game (or anything, for that matter, including the TOS Enterprise .) has a little age on it, doesn't mean it isn't fun or endlessly enjoyable, and this one is an absolute gem. In fact, if I could find a copy of the XT era EA games release "Sentinel Worlds: Future Magic", I'd still be playing that as well, it was that good.
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:15 PM
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Every PC I have ever owned is either still here or has found a good home with someone else...of course im kind of an old tech junkie.
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Old 12-03-2008, 12:04 AM
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Up until about 4 hours before I found this thread (as I type this) I would have answered Yes, as I had kept all of my old computers in the garage for years.

But today they all went to the tip (minus the hard drives, which I have kept for security), where they may be recovered and given to other people. They were an original Pentium, a Pentium 2, a Duron and and a Pentium 3. So, No, I don't keep my old computers anymore.
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Old 12-03-2008, 01:30 AM
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The first poster makes a good point, and older machine, with no internet connection, and therefore no need for security software can be a great machine for all sorts of uses. Antivirus and firewall are a (necessary) curse as they soak up so much of the machines speed. I have a 18 month old HP core 2 duo laptop running Vista Home Premium with 2 GB Ram and also a 4 year old Dell Celeron laptop with 512MB Ram, running XP SP3. The Dell is no longer connected to the net and actually achieves certain tasks, such as ripping DVDs to iPod format quicker than the new machine burdened with security software (and a heavier OS) does. As for Macs, I used to use Mac when I was a student (we are talking 15 years ago or more). I never liked the untidy interface with program gfiles all mixed up with documents and no way to tell how many applications were running untill you run out of resources. Much preferred the seperation between software and files in Windows (3.1 at the time I used Macs). Still I was in the local Apple shop at the weekend buying an iTunes gift card for my sister and the new Mac laptops are sexy. However at £1000 for a basic one when a more powerful Vista based machine from Dell would cost £350, you are not half paying a lot for the Apple logo (despite all objective reviews indicating that Vista is a better OS than the Mac OS). I note also Apple are now saying Macs need to have antivirus software so you don't even avoid that curse now.

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