Any used computers kicking around?

2008-03-26

in Daily updates, Geek stuff, Internet matters

I find myself with a renewed interest in setting up a VNC compatible Linux-based terminal server. I don’t want to use my existing laptop because (a) I don’t want to leave it all on the time and (b) I don’t want to expose it to possible attack from the wider internet. As such, I am looking for a fairly basic used system – PC or Mac – that someone is willing to let go cheaply. A computer that got relegated to a closet when a newer one was purchased might be perfect.

Do any readers in the Toronto/Ottawa/Montreal area have any such hardware kicking around? It only needs to be capable of running a virtual private network client, terminal server client, and web browser.

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Milan March 26, 2008 at 1:38 pm
Milan March 27, 2008 at 12:11 am

Ideally, the server should be fanless and quiet, since it will be running most, if not all, of the time.

Litty March 27, 2008 at 12:33 am

Try Craigslist.

Anon March 27, 2008 at 10:08 am

A Mac Mini is small and can easily be tucked away. Also, setting up a VNC server in Leopard is dead easy.

That said, a Mac Mini is fairly expensive.

Milan March 27, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Try Craigslist.

There is nothing suitable there now.

A Mac Mini is small and can easily be tucked away. Also, setting up a VNC server in Leopard is dead easy.

$650 is way more than I intend to spend on this thing. It really has a very limited range of purposes.

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