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Salvage Server Project
Free Range Publications:
Salvage Server Project
The Salvage Server Project (SSP) has been developed to assist those
who want to get more 'technical' with their equipment. In particular,
it concentrates on the use of recycled electrical equipment in support
of community-based projects. For full details see the SSP website.
The Salvage Server Projects work erratically – producing information
as events take place or as individual development projects are
completed. Therefore it produces information to serve different
Salvage Server Project (SSP) Reports are produced on different aspects
of using junk systems, and are intended to provide information on how
you can do thew same sort of thing.
Junk Ideas are practical projects, using junk equipment, that you can
follow to develop the same type of project.
These are detailed, in number order, below.
SSP01: Selecting Operating Systems for and Upgrading Older Computers
A guide to selecting the right operating system for a particular model
of computer, and the steps that you need to go through to upgrade the
computer in order to run that system effectively. Available as HTML or
(63kB) Acrobat (213kB).
SSP02: Networking Computer Systems Using Ethernet
A guide to developing Ethernet netorks using old equipment, including
how to set-up the hardware, and what types of useful services you can
run over the network. Available as HTML or (74kB) Acrobat (217kB).
SSP03: Setting Up Mail Forwarding Lists with KMail
KMail is a moderately lightweight email client that works well under
both the KDE and Gnome desktops. But it also has very good mail
filtering functions. These can be manipulated to forward mail
automatically each time your mail is checked. So making KMail function
as a small email list server. Available as HTML or (67kB) Acrobat
SSJI01: Swappable Hard Drives for Backing-up
This sheet looks at putting old hard disks to a practical use – as
bulk storage devices. For older hard disk the storage capacity is
relatively similar to CD-Rs, but perhaps more expensive if you buy the
drives. But when using recent, large capacity, hard disks you can
achieve storage capacities that are cheaper per gigabyte than DVD-R
discs. Available as HTML (87kB) or Acrobat (247kB).
SSJI02: Ethenet Cable Tester
This looks atbuilding your own low cost network cable tester. The
sheet contains detailed information and pictures to guide you through
the process. Available as HTML (index) or Acrobat (1,024kB).
SSJI03: The 'Tech2' Variable Voltage Regulator
A voltage regulator project esigned especially for powering small
devices, laptops and peripherals from battery packs. The designed was
originated at the Tech 2 festival in Lancaster in August 2002, and
this report is an update on the original information developed for the
CLTC web site. Available as HTML (index) or Acrobat (840kB).
SSJI04: Uses for Useless Computer Hardware #1 – PC Cases
When old computers get too old what can you do with all that old junk?
One of the big problems are the cases of computers and other
equipment. They're bulky, and although the steel ones can be sent for
recycling, the plastic ones tend to get landfilled, or worse,
incinerated. So here's an idea for re-use. Available as HTML (40kB) or
"Age is a very high price to pay for maturity." -- Tom Stoppard
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