I now have THREE Pismos, unfortunately NONE are currently working:
Pismo 1 'Big Boy' ($66) went dead about an hour after I received it in the mail, I now have another processor, but haven't installed it yet. Needs other parts too.
Pismo 2 'Big Z Boy' ($46) was my main machine up till last week when the hard drive decided to ka-chunk, ka-chunk, ka-chunk.... It works long enough in OS 9 to get the data moved to the PC storage drive on the network.
Pismo 3, tentatively named 'Pismo 3' ($31) was received yesterday. Supposed to be dead, I connected my power supply to it, got the single 'bong' for 'no RAM', installed a stick of 256M I thought was bad just for fun and it starts right up and boots to the DVD drive. Total luck-out! Still needs other parts though...
Anyway, there is a 500MHz processor ending on eBay in minutes (literally) for currently $43. If it goes for under $80 (like most 500MHz processors this month, down from $125-175 in May) is it a worthwhile upgrade?
I don't have the money till next month but will not be able to upgrade to a faster PowerBook or MacBook any time soon. Used 'Books are finally getting somewhat reasonable though: iBook G4s are usually under $400, MacBooks and 17" PowerBooks can be found for under $700.
Of course you can buy a low-end PC laptop with a Duo-Core 1.4GHz for $400-500 NEW!