ewx: (penguin)

I have the following things to give away, mostly related to the Sinclair QL:

  • Large pile of Sinclair QL World magazines
  • Large pile of Quanta (QL User Group) magazines and associated handbook
  • QPTR Pointer Toolkit manual
  • EasyPtr 3 Development System Manual
  • QDOS/SMS Reference Manual
  • QL Macro Assembler Manual
  • QL Macro Assembler microdrive cartridges + manual
  • Minerva Technical Guide (for versions up to 1.79)
  • The Code Machine manual (assembler for ZX Spectrum)
  • flp-level-2 manual
  • QMENU Manual
  • Digital C SE Manual
  • The Editor SE Manual
  • Superforth Manual
  • Lightning SE Manual
  • IDIS Disassembler Manual
  • Supercharge BASIC Compiler Manual

Would suit computer history enthusiast with more spare space than me.

Terms: you collect from north Cambridge.

ewx: (geek)

Does anyone have any use for the following things?

  • 1.5TB USB2 external hard disk (the disk inside identifies as a Western Digital 15EADS)
  • 1.5TB 3.5" SATA hard disk (Seagate Barracuda 7200.11, formerly inside a USB enclosure)
  • 750GB 3.5" SATA hard disk (Hitachi, HDT721075SLA360)

All are fairly well used. (I have some PATA disks around too but I assume nobody still wants those.)

Terms: you collect.

Update: all now allocated...

ewx: (penguin)

More books that I’m not going to read again (or possibly at all), plus some duplicates:

Bede - The Ecclesiastical History Of The English People AME
Bill Bryson - The Lost Continent WA
David Langford - War in 2080
Jack Vance - Cugel's Saga
Jack Vance - The Dying Earth
Jack Vance - The Eyes Of The Overworld
Maureen Dowd - Are Men Necessary?
Max Brooks - The Zombie Survival Guide
Neal Stephenson - Quicksilver JNH
Nicholson Baker - The Size Of Thoughts IDB
R U Sirius and St Jude - How To Mutate And Take Over The World
Robert Cowley - More What If? JNH
Robert Cowley - What If? JNH
Timothy Leary - Design For Dying
Haynes Manual For Peugot 205

Please comment if you want any of them. You collect from here or Station Rd, or possibly the pub.

ewx: (penguin)

More books that I’m not going to read again (or possibly at all).

Adam Roberts - Stone
Alan Dean Foster - Life Form
Alan Dean Foster - The Tar-Aiym Krang
Alan Dean Foster - Voyage To The City Of The Dead
Alexei Sayle - Barcelona Plates
Brian Stableford - Journey To The Centre
Charles Sheffield - Divergence
Charles Sheffield - Summertide
Clifford D Simak - Catface
Clifford D Simak - City
Clifford D Simak - Way Station

David Zindell - Neverness
Geoff Ryman - Was
Iain Sinclair and Dave McKean - Slow Chocolate Autopsy
Jack Womack - Terraplane
James White - Hospital Station
Janet Allen Young - The Bridge
Janet Evanovich - One For The Money
Janet Evanovich - Two For The Dough
Jeanette Winterson - Gut Symmetries
Jeanette Winterson - The Powerbook

John Sladek - Keep The Giraffe Burning
John Sladek - The Reproductive System

Kim Stanley Robinson - Blue Mars
Kurt Vonnegut Jr - Wampeters Foma And Granfalloons
Kurt Vonnegut Jr - Welcome To The Monkey House

Philip José Farmer - Jesus On Mars
Philip José Farmer - The Stone God Awakens
Robert Sheckley - Mindswap
Robert Sheckley - Shards Of Space

Thomas M Disch - Under Compulsion
Tobias Wolff - The Night In Question
X Protocol Reference Manual

Please comment if you want any of them. You collect from here or Station Rd, or possibly the pub.

ewx: (geek)

Miscellaneous bits. Most have not been used in years, so no idea if they work.

  • 3 button Logitech serial mouse (M-CE15-)
  • 3 button Logitech PS/2 mouse (M-S35)
  • 3 button Logitech PS/2 mouse (M-CAA43)
  • 2 button Microsoft PS/2 mouse
  • Optical Logitech USB mouse with scroll wheel (M-BJ58)
  • Optical USB mouse with scroll wheel
  • Modem cable
  • Longer modem cable
  • Mystery cable: 9 pin 'D' female to what looks like a 3.5mm jack. I have no idea what this was for.
  • 4 PS/2 mouse to serial port adapters
  • Serial mouse to PS/2 port adapter
  • Two AT keyboard to PS/2 port adapters
  • USB mouse to PS/2 port adapter
  • Three ethernet cables that only support 100Mbit/s (two at a meter or so, one longer)
  • Linksys LNE100TX 10/100 PCI ethernet card
  • 3Com 3C905C-TX-M 10/100 PCI ethernet card
  • PC keyboard with AT connector
  • PC keyboard with PS/2 connector

Ancient computer. Hasn't been used for years.

  • Mini-tower case
  • External ports: serial, parallel, sound, USB.
  • MSI MS-6385 motherboard (3 PCI, AGP, 2 IDE).
  • Unknown CPU
  • Unknown RAM
  • No drives of any kind.

Old computer. Was in use until recently.

  • Mini-tower case
  • External ports: LAN, VGA, sound, USB.
  • ABit NF-M2S motherboard (2 PCI; 1 PCIe x1; 1 PCIe x16; 4 SATA)
  • AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+
  • 1GB RAM
  • CD ROM drive
  • No hard disk.

You collect from King's Hedges (or Station Road, for the transportable things).

ewx: (penguin)

More books that I’m not going to read again (or possibly at all).

Armistead Maupin - Babycakes
Armistead Maupin - Further Tales Of The City
Armistead Maupin - Maybe The Moon
Armistead Maupin - More Tales Of The City
Armistead Maupin - Tales Of The City
Armistead Maupin - The Night Listener
Colin Greenland - The Hour Of The Thing Ox
Dean R Koontz - The Bad Place
Ellen Datlow (ed) - Omni Best Science Fiction Three
Gabriel García Márquez - Love In The Time Of Cholera
Greg Bear - Beyond Heavens River
Greg Bear - Heads
Greg Bear - Strength Of Stones
Ian McDonald - Hearts, Hands And Voices
James Hawes - A White Merc With Fins
James Hawes - Dead Long Enough
James Hawes - Rancid Aluminium
Joe Haldeman - Forever Free
Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle - The Moat Around Murcheson’s Eye
Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle - The Mote In God’s Eye
Lin Carter (ed) - The Young Magicians
M John Harrison - The Course Of The Heart
Michael Marshall Smith - Spares
Nick Hornby - High Fidelity
Peter F Hamilton - A Second Chance At Eden
Richard Cowper - Clone
Richard Cowper - The Road To Corlay
Richard Matheson - I Am Legend
Robert Holdstock - Lavondys
Robert Holdstock - Merlin’s Wood
Robert Holdstock - Mythago Wood
Robert Holdstock - The Hollowing
Samuel R Delany - Nova
Samuel R Delany - The Jewels Of Aptor
Samuel R Delany - The Motion Of Light In Water
Samuel R Delany - Triton
Stephen Baxter - Flux
Stephen Baxter - Raft
Stephen Baxter - Ring
Stephen Baxter - Timelike Infinity
Stephen Baxter - Traces

Stephen Baxter - Vacuum Diagrams
Stephen King - Needful Things
Walter M Miller - A Canticle For Lebowitz
Wil McCarthy - Bloom
Wil McCarthy - The Collapsium

Please comment if you want any of them. You collect from here or Station Rd or possibly the pub.

ewx: (penguin)

I don’t think I’ll read these books again (or in some cases, at all):

Anderson, Poul - The Long Night
Beigbeder, Frédéric - £6.99
Bury, Stephen - Cobweb
Dann, Jack & Dozois, Gardner (ed) - Space Soldiers
Ellison, Harlan (ed) - Dangerous Visions 2
Herbert, Frank - Dune Messiah
Rohan, Michael Scott & Scott, Allan - The Ice King
Simak, Clifford - Why Call Them Back From Heaven?
Towsend, Sue - Number Ten
Varley, John - Millennium
Varley, John - Wizard


Elton, Ben - Stark
Robinson, Kim Stanley - Green Mars
Silverberg, Robert - Dying Inside
Silverberg, Robert - Recalled To Life
Silverberg, Robert - The World Inside
Silverberg, Robert - Thorns
Sterling, Bruce - Distraction
Vinge, Vernor - Tatja Grimm's World

Please comment if you want any of them. You collect from here or Station Rd, or possibly the pub.

ewx: (Default)

Broken Canon PowerShot S40. Still takes pictures but the display on the back no longer works; possibly a loose connection or damaged ribbon cable. Comes with two 570mAh batteries and charger.

Picture )

Broken tape drive. Can’t remember what’s wrong with it.

Picture )

Terms: you collect.

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I have a spare computer. It is about ten years old (so won’t run the latest games l-) If anyone wants it and will turn up and take it away it’s theirs.

(In the unlikely event that more than one person wants it, they can bid for it, make representations as to why they are a better cause, etc.)


Motherboard MSI K7T Pro2-A (KT133 chipset, 6 PCI slots, AGP, sound)
CPU 1GHz AMD Athlon
RAM 512MB (2x Kingston KVR133X64C3/256)
Hard disk 80GB Hitachi Deskstar (model HDS722580VLAT20)
Video Matrox G400 (32MB, AGP, dual head)
Network card Intel EPro100 might be removed if we need it to fix N’s computer
CDROM Sony CDU5211
PSU Astec SA202-3540 (200W)
Case Desktop
Floppy disk drive NONE
Monitor NONE
Keyboard NONE
Mouse NONE
Speakers NONE
Operating System Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic)

If you really need a floppy drive I may be able to find a working spare, but it is 2010...


ewx: (no idea)

I'm actually more interested in how I keep them out.


Nov. 8th, 2008 02:05 pm
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1. It's very high volume. Fortunately I was warned of this in advance and set up filtering arrangements pre-emptively.

2. You have to mess around with Yahoo's web interface just to subscribe. I know there's a lot of poor mailing list interfaces out there but you can certainly do better than this.

3. The (global) member FAQ suggests combining multiple items into one email (s11). Based on my experience I don't believe this is good advice.

Firstly, some of the responses are at best vague on which items they wanted. In practice this meant I favoured the people making more specific requests and wasn't in the end left with excessive vagueness to guess at, but still, life would have been rather easier without that step.

(When one is giving away useful things for free I don't think it's unreasonable to expect the requester to make some effort to be specific!)

Secondly I'm not convinced that it achieves the intended effect of saving the readers' time. It's stated as cutting down the number of emails but of course message count is only a proxy for the real scarce resource here: human lifetime. Certainly a worthwhile goal, given there's thousands of readers, but only good advice if it actually succeeds.

If all the items offered (among a group of messages) are in the subject lines then you can read them straight off the list of subject lines and carry out bulk deletion: I can read N lines and perform a single UI action to delete them all.

But for each messages where the subject line says "various items" you have to specifically select that message and read the individual line items. That's an extra UI action to select the message, and a pair of visual shifts (from subjects to body and back) for each such message.

So if there are N items and and M "various item" messages, you've got N+M+1 UI actions (including the bulk delete at the end) and 2M visual shifts to process the lot. N's a given, so to minimize reader time and and effort spent all you can do is minimize M.

My immediate personal experience, theorizing aside, was that I quickly started ignoring 'OFFERED: various items' rather than digging into the details of what they were. That doesn't help anyone.

4. You can give away things I thought were unshiftable - my old monitors went out the door last night.

5. It really helps if you get your own address right.

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Four black and four color print cartridges to suit the following Epson printers: claimed

Stylus color 400/440/460/480/500/580/600/640/660/670/
Stylus photo 720/750/1200/EX/EX3/700/710/EX2/
PM-2000C/MJ-810C/830C/830CS/STYLUS C20/C40

17" Panasonic CRT monitor provisionally claimed

15" Samtron CRT monitor provisionally claimed

Matrox G100 AGP video card claimed

Matrix Millenium (M2064W) PCI video card claimed

PCI network card marked "SN3200CT" claimed

Micron Technology 512MB DDR 400 CL3 DIMM claimed

Two Compaq 128MB EDO DIMMs (228470-001) claimed

Kingston 64MB PC100 DIMM (KVR100X64C2/64) and Anonymous 64MB PC100 DIMM claimed

You collect from north Cambridge.

ewx: (Default)

Anyone want a CRT monitor? I have a 19" NEC, a 17" Panasonic and a ?15" Samtron looking for a home. all now gone.

You collect from north Cambridge.

ewx: (Default)
I've decided the three-piece suite has to go; it takes up too much space and we can do better with the futon and a few more sensibly sized chairs. What's the best way to get shot of such things? Does anyone want it? The individual chairs look like this (young lady and penguin not included) and the sofa is similar; it's about ten years old and is in reasonable nick.
ewx: (Default)
I also have a Matrox G100 to give away. This is an AGP card with 4MB. It'll be slower than the Creative/nVidia card from the last posting but might have better X11 driver support.
ewx: (geek)
  • Two 64MB PC100 DIMMs. One is Kingston KVR100X64C2/64, the other anonymous. Haven't been in use for a while now.
  • Two 256MB PC400 DIMMs. Both are Kingston KVR400X64C25/256. In use until a recent upgrade.
  • Creative Graphics Blaster CT6710 video card. 16MB, AGP, nVidia RIVA TNT chip, dates from the late 90s. Unused for years.

People who can collect preferred, since I'm terrible at getting round to posting things. (If you can collect and are on my way to work or something you might find I deliver.)

I also have a Crucial 1GB PC400 DIMM, only not in use because my motherboard has a duff socket (see earlier postings) [edit: now sold]. I hope to get around to inspecting the socket for further cruft some time but if someone makes me a sensible offer for the DIMM first (Crucial sell them for around £30) I'm likely to say yes since it's also possible the socket is permanently damaged.

ewx: (Default)

Duplicates, books I don't want to read again, books I'll never read, the detritus of CUSFS raffles from years past. Friends can have what they like for nothing, anyone else is invited to make me an offer.

List )


May. 13th, 2007 09:12 pm
ewx: (Default)

I have a large pile of (mostly quite ancient) VHS tapes I want rid of.

Let me know if you want any of them )
ewx: (Default)
  • 2 male-male AT keyboard cables (for use with switch). Worked in 2006.
  • Small blue heatsink.
  • 4-way monitor/keyboard switch. NB keyboard connnectors are AT-style (not PS/2 or USB). Worked in 2006.
  • 2 male-male VGA cables (for use with switch). Worked in 2006.
  • Speakers for computer. Don't know if they work. Includes mains adapters.

Full list.

How do these people wish to arrange exchange?

(edit) I've managed to shift a few items via UAG but a lot of this stuff is destined for CCR or the dump, depending which I get a lift to first (for the larger items).

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