Freeish computer equipment

Tara Andrews taralee at
Tue Sep 2 13:57:57 BST 2008

Hey, at least it's not a job advert.

A friend of mine in Boston sent me this today.  His company wants a
colo rack cleared at no expense to itself.  If you're interested, ping
me and I'll put you in touch.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <tara's friend>
Date: Tue, Sep 2, 2008 at 1:48 PM
Subject: Freeish computer equipment
To: <tara>, <mike>

Tara, Mike --

My company is soon going to shut down its colocated site in London.
As we'd rather not send a person to London to do it, we're looking for
people in the area who would like to get some free equipment in
exchange for an afternoon's work.  I figured that y'all might know
some people of that description.

If you do know people who might have an interest, I can send along
more details.  Here's the synopsis:

What's required?
* One or two trustworthy and relatively strong people
* Means of transportation
* Two or three hours in London (East Aldgate)

What's the reward?
* Most of the equipment from the rack (everything that's not worth the
shipping cost back to the States):
 + Three Dell PowerEdge rack-mount servers, dual-processor, hardware
RAID1, dual power supply, dual gigabit NICs, with mounting rails
 + A Cisco Catalyst gigabit ethernet switch with fiber interface card
 + Two six-foot long power strips -- great for parties!
* It's all about three years old
* Keep it or sell it, we don't care.

What's the catch?
* You have to deal with some irritating paperwork and even more
irritating people to get to the rack (security, you know.)
* You have to ship some cables and a network KVM back to us
* The servers are somewhat heavy and hard to remove

Anyway, feel free to pass this on to anyone you know who would have a
use for this sort of thing.

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