Bait and Switch.


The office needed a new machine. We ordered a new machine (E7200 Core 2 Duo 2.53 Ghz, 2GB RAM, Asus Mobo). We waited a week. It didn't get here. We waited another week, still didn't get here. Don't want to change the supplier either. So I did a bait and switch. Well not exactly, I donated my machine to the office.

The machine itself is rather old but it's the ax that a wood cutter has been using for a long , long time. He changed the handle once, then a few years later he changed the ax head. The machine I had was also like that. It was a P4 2.0 Ghz with 1GB Ram and a rather cheap mother board. The casing had been with me for a long long time and showed it's age. But I like this machine and this is what has been working as my desktop for ever so long. I have a much more powerfull machine (E 2180 2.0 Ghz , 2Gb RAM, Asus Mobo ) working as my file server.

What I did was rip everything out of the casing - including the power supply from both my desktop and the file server. Then I switched the too. The old P4 went into the new casing (a high quality asus casing) and into the cheap one went the Asus Mother boad ,the 2180 VGA cards etc etc but not the hard drives. Those I put aside.

So in the end I had an old machine in a new casing. Into this I installed Fedora 9 - i386 - the hard drive was a spare hard drive. I had taken out the other two drives which contained my OS and Data. These I plugged into the asus motherboard. Now I think you are suitably confused, so let me explain that again.

The new Asus casing has an old mother board + old cpu + a spare hard drive. The old casing has the Asus mother board and dual core CPU that used to be my file server. Into it also went the hard drives (with OS intact) taken out of my old desktop. Got it?

When the machine that was supposed to have been delivered days ago is finally ready, I will pay for it out of my own pocket , bring it home and set up a new file and media server on it. Into it will go the drives taken out of the file server that I just ripped up.

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