Trenton Computer Fest 2010 - 24 & 25 April

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Trenton Computer Fest 2010 - 24 & 25 April

Just a shoutout to remind y'all TCF 2010 is this weekend. I'll be there, look for my old '85 VW Golf in the outdoor flea market area. Be nice to meet any AFers who might be able to stop by. Saturday looks to be gorgeous, Sunday rainy.

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Keynote Speaker for TCF 2010 - Richard Stallman

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Come hear Stallman's Keynote presentation at TCF2010 on Saturday April 24th at 2:35 pm. It is sure to be an interesting and thought-provoking presentation by a true computer pioneer, whose philosophies have greatly influenced the construction and dissemination of operating systems and software development tools and applications.

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Sooooo, what did you buy or s

Sooooo, what did you buy or see that was cool? Any TAMs laying about?

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The flea market was pretty sm

The flea market was pretty small on Saturday (and supposedly almost non-existent on Sunday with the rain and all).

Personally, I didn't see a lot of Apple hardware. One vendor had a number of dead iMac G5's along with a single working one, an iMac G4 and a couple of iBook G4s. I personally bought a G4 AGP from a guy who had a number of Sawtooth and Yikes! systems, stripped of drives and memory. I also saw a couple of older iMac G3s of varying vintages, two MDDs, another iMac G4 and a single blueberry clamshell iBook. The only classic hardware I saw was a PB 520 and a Q605. There was also a vendor who seemed to have a number of original Airport cards and one which was selling Apple USB keyboards for a buck a piece (looked like they were from school labs as some had missing or scrambled keytops).

I really didn't pay attention to prices, though I can tell you that the 400mhz Sawtooth I bought was $15 with no drives or RAM, but I could have had a second for $20 total if I had wanted.

I did also pick up a PC AGP Radeon 7000 for $3 which has now been flashed with Mac firmware and is firmly ensconced on the Sawtooth.

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flea market

I'm glad I decided to not take the trip there if the flea market was small!

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pretty sad really

Well, I always have hope, but the once mighty TCF flea market (acres of vendors, as recently as 2004 or 2005) has shrunk to near extinction. How I envy those who live near MIT and can go to the monthly shindig there!!

Anyhow, I ended up buying a pair of leaky and non-working watercooled G5 2.5 towers, and an 17" iMac G5 1.8 missing its PS and with some bulging caps on the MLB. Also cheaply snagged a flaky-but-mostly-intact 1st gen iPhone, which I'm hoping I can revive and jailbreak.

Wife gave me a working over for dragging home those non-functional towers, I can tell you!! Good deal or no, for some reason its hard to justify this stuff to the ol' ball-and-chain, even though she'll spend more on a couple pairs of shoes she'll wear only once or twice (if at all!!) Feh.

My nephew came along and managed to assemble a pretty zippy P4 system for peanuts. At least he took that one with him, so its not still sitting in a corner of the livingroom looking forlorn like the towers.

Heh, I was the guy with the stack of orig AirPort cards.

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[quote]Well, I always have ho

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Well, I always have hope, but the once mighty TCF flea market (acres of vendors, as recently as 2004 or 2005) has shrunk to near extinction. How I envy those who live near MIT and can go to the monthly shindig there!!

What surprised me was the lack of obvious surplus vendors. I remember buying a bare NEC DVD-RW DL drive the first year it was back a Trenton from someone who had a pallet of them at the swap meet.

For folks in the LA area, the monthly Northrup-Grumman (TRW) ham swapmeet is really good also. I actually went to the one the day after Christmas (was visiting the in-laws) and got some nice deals on small pieces, cards, etc.

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Heh, I was the guy with the stack of orig AirPort cards.

Okay... I was going to ask about one, but you were away from the car at the time. Out of curiosity, how much were you asking for one?

John

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