My neighbor who's responsible for bringing me up in the way of computers is moving away, and yesterday when I went down there to ask if he had a socket 370 proc he could spare, he said he wasn't sure. He then asked me if I wanted a 10-port 10/100 network switch, and what was I gonna say? Sure, I will take that. He then responded by saying I had to take everything he had if I wanted the switch. Everyting?? For the next half an hour I cleaned out a closet full of computer parts, new and old, and he helped me move them all to my car. My whole back seat and trunk was filled with computer parts. Among some cool things I got were usb hubs, the switch, a 2'x2' organizer box (like the kind in shops full of screws) full of everything from extension molex connectors to dvi-rgb adaptors, a few optical mice, an two-year old canon bubblejet, and of course, about 7 computers. The stuff is still in my car because if my mom saw it all, she would probably tell me to throw it away.

Anyway, that story was pointless aside to show the goodness of humanity. The point is that I have 7 computers ranging from a P3 500 to a PPro166. Pretty much a lot of crap, but useful for something. What I want to know is what I can functionally do with some of these? I'll probably end up giving some of them away if charities will even take them. I've heard of making a firewall/router, a mail server, etc, but what else could I do. I already took a P166 out of a dead machine and made a cool keychain out of it, so that's not an option.