Chairman of the Bored
Join Date: May 2004
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Bikes: 2004 Raleigh Talus, 2001 Motobecane Vent Noir (Custom build for heavy riders)
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Garage sales. I picked up a Dell Latitude LS for $80 at one...those go on ebay for around $200.
He had it sitting out there, for $120, but he had to send it to a service center to have the drive wiped if anyone wanted it...I told him i would wipe the drive there on the spot, and he said he would sell it to me for $80 then, since the service center wanted $40 for a drive wipe....so I powered it up and formatted the hard drive....chatted with him while the 6GB drive was being cleaned up, and left with a nice sub-3lb laptop.
Reason he wanted to do a drive wipe first is he was a doctor, and this was his old buisiness laptop...he had to clear out customer data. I gave him some advice on portable storage solutions, so this would not be a concern in the future, as well as showed him how to format his own drives. Computer literacy is still not as common as I wish it was....but I do try to help when possible.