Damien and I went to an auction yesterday. It was called a ‘general’ auction but it was just about all used computer equipment. I’ve been looking to replace my old PC at home for some time now but didn’t want to spend the $1k+ that it would cost me for a new machine. So second hand seemed the way to go. I did a bit of research through the auction site before hand. We went an hour early and inspected the machines. Some of them were slightly different to the auction listing specifications. Made a note of the items we were interested in and waited for the fun to begin.
First off were four print servers that Damien was interested in. But when the auction started the guy changed it to a bulk lot for all four items and before we knew what was going on the bidding was finished. Bugger! After that we knew how the game worked and by end of the day Damien had gotten two PCs and I got a fairly new PC for the prices we wanted.
This morning at 8.30am I had four cubic metres of peanut shells delivered so I can re-cover my front garden. I wasn’t positive I’d gotten my math right and it seemed like a lot. But after two hours of shovelling and wheelbarrowing and removed the pile and had covered the entire garden perfectly. That will keep the weeds at bay for another two years until I’ll have to do it again.
While I was going the gardening I had a professional carpet cleaner in the house cleaning the bedroom carpets. There is a huge difference between home and professional vaccuum cleaners. The guy had been working for a while and I had a look at the carpets; they looked spotless. I made the comment ‘looks great, must be just about finished’. To while he informed me that he had only vaccuumed for far and hadn’t done the dry cleaning yet.
Damn, got to get me one of those vaccuum cleaners. Maybe I can find one at auction 😉