I just inherited five Dell Dimension 9200 PCs. Help me think of something cool and hackish to do with them!
Specs: Intel Core 2 @ 1.86 GHz; 2 GB RAM; 130 GB hard drives; no Wi-Fi. They all have fresh reinstalls of Windows Vista Professional (32-bit). I have keyboards and mice for all of them, but only a couple of spare monitors. I'm not opposed to installing some flavor of Linux on them.
My first thought was to set them up to run BOINC
, and that's still the front-running idea. But then I got to wondering what else I could do with them:
—Mine Bitcoins (although I understand you need purpose-built machines for that nowadays)?
—LAN parties (although I don't have too many gamer friends, and I'm not into twitchy deathmatch stuff, and they just have the crappy onboard video cards)?
—Some kind of render farm?
FWIW, my home file server and media PC needs are already met.