Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Over 500 Used DIMMs?

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the dimm-house dept.

Hardware 291

An anonymous reader writes "My company is pursuing a RAM upgrade, resulting in 500+ used DDR3 4GB DIMMs. What could this be used for? Are there any cheap products on the market which can take a huge number of DIMMs? Is there a worthy cause we should donate the gear to?"

cancel ×

291 comments

Sorry! There are no comments related to the filter you selected.

PCs for Kids (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807715)

Find out if there's a compters for kids or pcs for kids program in your area. They make computers available to low income kids at a very affordable price by recycling donated computers. They could definitely use ram donations.

Re:PCs for Kids (5, Informative)

Archangel Michael (180766) | about 2 years ago | (#41807971)

Donate to http://www.computersforclassrooms.org/ [computersf...srooms.org]

They would end up going to Computers used in classrooms.

Re:PCs for Kids (5, Insightful)

Sponge Bath (413667) | about 2 years ago | (#41808755)

Listen to this guy, do not futz around trying to think up uses or store them expecting to have a use in the future. Give it away now and be done with it. Soon it will be obsolete and no use to anyone. (says the man who recently trashed a bag of dusty, obsolete and now useless RAM)

Re:PCs for Kids (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41808801)

IANAA (I am not an accountant), but AFAIK, in the US, as long as the company didn't depreciate the capital on the computer overall, they can write off the full cost of the RAM against their taxes if they donate it to a charitable organization. Added up, it can be a rather sizable chunk of money, and can even offset the cost of the upgrade by a considerable margin. Win-win situation.

Re:PCs for Kids (5, Funny)

Kenja (541830) | about 2 years ago | (#41808357)

Better yet! Give them out as halloween "treats".

eBay... (5, Insightful)

kevin_j_morse (1282350) | about 2 years ago | (#41807717)

Why not just sell them? Slashdot always has to find creative things to do with old stuff. Just sell it and use the money for something else.

Re:eBay... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807867)

I agree with this, although if you can't do so due to company mumbo-jumbo, donate them all. I would think numerous hackerspaces would be glad to use them but if push comes to shove, I always give working electronics to my local Good Will/Salvation Army. If the electronics are on their way to failing, I donate them to an electronics recycling company like this one. http://www.ecoveryllc.com/

Re:eBay... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41808011)

First: Hold onto them until they're actually worth something. Sometime in the middle of the DDR4 lifecycle, it will become nearly impossible to find new 4GB DDR3 sticks, so people will have to turn to used sticks if they want to upgrade their machines from 8GB (4x2GB or 2x4GB) to 16 GB (4x4GB).

History tells us that they will be valued at at least twice the original market rate. So sell now and get ~$7.5k, or wait 2-3 years and likely get $15-20k. I'd wait.

Re:eBay... (3, Insightful)

mobby_6kl (668092) | about 2 years ago | (#41808327)

First: Hold onto them until they're actually worth something. Sometime in the middle of the DDR4 lifecycle, it will become nearly impossible to find new 4GB DDR3 sticks, so people will have to turn to used sticks if they want to upgrade their machines from 8GB (4x2GB or 2x4GB) to 16 GB (4x4GB).

History tells us that they will be valued at at least twice the original market rate. So sell now and get ~$7.5k, or wait 2-3 years and likely get $15-20k. I'd wait.

That's a good point. I just had to RMA a module of extended-warranty DDR2 RAM. Ignoring for a moment the fact that they asked me to send the whole kit instead of just the faulty module, more importantly instead of replacing it, they refunded me the money instead. Which is just slightly less money than what new (and slower!) DDR2 memory costs. Oops.

In the end I managed to find the last few identical kits in some weird online store, but another year or two and I'd be completely fucked.

Re:eBay... (1)

lightknight (213164) | about 2 years ago | (#41808507)

Hmm. Perhaps we need a part swapper website. "Offering 2 sticks of Corsair DDR2 4 GB RAM, looking for a Nvidia / ATI PCIe video card."

Re:eBay... (5, Insightful)

caffiend666 (598633) | about 2 years ago | (#41808449)

Just because something is worth a certain amount, does not mean it can be sold for that amount or that it is worth the time to sell something or warehouse it for years. Grandpa still has his tubes from his tv repair days. They are doubtlessly worth thousands. But, no one will pay fair value for them in bulk and it would take hundreds if not thousands of hours to sell them individually on ebay. It would have been better for him to sell them when he retired, even at a loss, and invest the money.

Re:eBay... (5, Funny)

rot26 (240034) | about 2 years ago | (#41808569)

And yet putting them on eBay costs next to nothing and you'll never know until you try.

At one point after a project failed to get off the ground I had about 100 new-in-box Supermicro ATX motherboards each with a couple of ISA slots. Turns out that after the death of ISA, those motherboards started gaining value until they were worth more than they cost new. So I sold them all and made thousands of dollars**.


**This is a partially a lie, I was lazy and just threw them away.

Re:eBay... (3, Interesting)

slartibartfastatp (613727) | about 2 years ago | (#41808591)

Capitalistically thinking, if nobody would pay thousands for it, then it's not worth thousands. The market is not really into fair pricing.

Re:eBay... (2)

ArsonSmith (13997) | about 2 years ago | (#41808703)

fair market value is where the owner of something and someone who desires that something meat on a price point. the "worth" is just a guesstimate of what that number could/should be. If you can't sell something for what you think it's "worth" or what some expert told you it was "worth" then it is not worth that much your or the expert were wrong.

Re:eBay... (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about 2 years ago | (#41808107)

Usually that requires some overhead and isn't cheap/easy. Donations are often easier, and less hassle, with tax deductions.

Re:eBay... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41808625)

500 DIMMS and it can't be re-purposed to new servers?
Buy some of these [tyan.com] when you can find a shipment.
128GB per server should be enough to do *something*.

500 DIMMS is almost enough to populate a whole rack of 2U servers built around these boards.
That maxes out at approx 1000 cores with 2TB of RAM.
Pair it with a SAN and you could be the next cloud provider.

Re:eBay... (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | about 2 years ago | (#41808765)

Fuck eBay. It I've learned anything, it's not worth selling anything under $100. Time = Money. When you factor in shipping, and both eBay and Paypal skimming off the top, you're left with little to no profit margin. If anything, it will cost you more money than if you just simply dropped them in the trash bin.

If you're serious about getting rid of 500 DIMMS, just sell them at your local flee market, or donate to the Goodwill and make it a tax write-off.

Re:eBay... (5, Funny)

ArcadeNut (85398) | about 2 years ago | (#41808773)

So the next /. story would be "Hey, I just bought 500 DIMMS on eBay, what should I do with them?"

eBay... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807737)

...thats what they're good for

DiMM (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807741)

Ill take a handfull of those off of you!

I'll take 2 (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807745)

I'll take 2, thanks.

ebay (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807751)

try to sell them to ebay at $2 per dimm

Re:ebay (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807825)

I meant at bulk though... so 500 -> $1000

send an email to University EE departments (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807757)

They pick up the goods with a $15 check written to charity (to incent serious takers).

Yum (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807763)

EAT THEM!

Re:Yum (3, Funny)

Dogtanian (588974) | about 2 years ago | (#41808661)

EAT THEM!

Not a good idea- I tried eating one and it took me an eternity. At a guess, I'd say it had around four billion bites' worth.

Trip down memory lane (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807765)

Could always treat the memory sticks as if they were legos and take pictures of the creative things you build. Then you can take a trip down memory lane (pun intended).

Worthy Cause: Education (5, Informative)

BabaChazz (917957) | about 2 years ago | (#41807769)

I don't know where OP is from, but in BC, Canada, there is a group called Computers For Schools BC, who are in the (government-funded) business of taking old computers and buffing them up for use in the school system. I suspect they would be pleased to receive something as close to current as 4GB DDR3... and they do enough volume that 500 of them would likely be used up in a month.

Re:Worthy Cause: Education (2)

Gen_Music (2420986) | about 2 years ago | (#41807877)

Good idea, but the thought of trying to find a old mobo that takes DDR3 pretty much kills that idea in my mind.

Re:Worthy Cause: Education (1)

confused one (671304) | about 2 years ago | (#41807961)

DDR3 is the current standard...

Re:Worthy Cause: Education (1)

Gen_Music (2420986) | about 2 years ago | (#41808241)

Which makes it pretty useless of a company "in the (government-funded) business of taking old computers and buffing them up for use in the school system". Being current means that a company like this would much rather sell them and buy DDR2/SDRAM for the umpteen million P4s and P3s in this world that are just lying around. The cost of each pair of these units could easily match the relative worth of the systems that they distribute, if you consider there are Dual Harpertown Xeon servers for sale these days at $300.

Re:Worthy Cause: Education (2)

CnlPepper (140772) | about 2 years ago | (#41807987)

They could sit on them until DDR3 supporting devices get "old".

Re:Worthy Cause: Education (1)

FyRE666 (263011) | about 2 years ago | (#41808093)

What sort of MB are you using that's loaded with DDR4?

Dance Dance what? (4, Funny)

tepples (727027) | about 2 years ago | (#41808221)

What sort of MB are you using that's loaded with DDR4?

Original PlayStation, model SCPH-5500-something if I remember correctly. It runs Dance Dance Revolution Konamix, the U.S. version of Dance Dance Revolution 4th Mix.

Oh, you meant that DDR4, the kind that can hold every Dance Dance Revolution song in one stick of RAM at once.

Re:Worthy Cause: Education (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41808691)

"old mobo that takes DDR3"

Any school PC in need of an upgrade is likely to be old enough to be running on DDR2 and not support DDR3 modules.

The ones with DDR3 support probably aren't looking around to upgrade just yet.

Re:Worthy Cause: Education (1)

BabaChazz (917957) | about 2 years ago | (#41808147)

Who says computers donated to this place are "old"?

Typically, these people get computers that have been in the school system for a couple years and are physically abused. School kids don't treat school computers very well. Electronically they are still sound, and recent in enough cases that DDR3 is a serious option. Granted, they also get rafts of (relatively) ancient computers from businesses, but the update / recycle of school machines that have only suffered physical damage is, as far as I understand it, still a pretty big part of their job.

Re:Worthy Cause: Education (2)

DarwinSurvivor (1752106) | about 2 years ago | (#41808229)

There are TONS of these companies in BC. Roboot [rebootvancouver.ca] , FreeGeek [freegeekvancouver.org] , etc. If any of those organizations can't use that much ram, they'll know who can!

Charity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807777)

Find an organization that promotes (technology) causes that you like, and see if you can donate. Here's one that puts open source packages on donated hardware for poor kids - www.kidsoncomputers.org

Donate through National Cristina Foundation (4, Informative)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about 2 years ago | (#41807787)

They'll help your used chips find good homes in school computers and so forth: http://www.cristina.org/aboutus.html [cristina.org]

ECC? (2, Insightful)

nion (19898) | about 2 years ago | (#41807797)

Desktop or Server ram? Because server ram is generally ECC and cannot be used in desktops.

Re:ECC? (1)

LordLimecat (1103839) | about 2 years ago | (#41807935)

I believe ECC can be used in (some?) AMD desktop mobos.

Re:ECC? (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | about 2 years ago | (#41808807)

Correct. ECC memory can be used with some modern AMD systems. The DIMMs just can't be registered.

Re:ECC? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807957)

Not necessarily true.

If the memory is registered or unbuffered may be the more important spec. Putting ECC memory in a desktop that doesn't support it just leaves the ECC bits unused, But platforms that don't support Registered memory won't boot.

Modern servers will generally boot from either Registered or Unbuffered memory and with or without ECC as long as you don't mix memory types in the same system.

Re:ECC? (1)

ericloewe (2129490) | about 2 years ago | (#41808113)

Can't it be used, just without the ECC features?

Consider local public universities (2)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about 2 years ago | (#41807799)

They're more likely to get more bang out of 2nd hand hardware. Additionally, there's always a need to upgrade hardware. Note, make sure you contact an administrator rather than a student employee in their IT departments. Odds are better the hardware will get put to use inside university machines rather than repurposed to supe up some undergrads private servers.

The obvious answer (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807811)

Few people are going to need 500+ DIMMs.

If your company really wants to help a worthy cause, why not put the work in, sell them all individually on eBay, and then donate the revenue to a charity of your choice?

Donate to an artist or art class (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807819)

Tech like that tends to be great material for artists.

recycle them (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807821)

Dont mess with it just recycle them, ebay em, upgrades for personal computers, etc.... Unless you are personally going to end up with it. You probably are just wasting your companies time messing with it. But mostly just get rid of them. Though a 2TB ram drive would be awesome :)

OEM PCWORLD (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807831)

Oem PCWorld has a memory buyback program - http://www.oempcworld.com/customer_service/buyback.htm. It might be worth contacting them to find out if they do larger quantities of what your suggesting.

Probably just recycle, but check value first (3, Interesting)

Wrexs0ul (515885) | about 2 years ago | (#41807839)

RAM has a history of starting expensive for cutting-edge, getting dirt cheap as it becomes mainstream, then the old stuff gets expensive again when the market moves-on and it's in limited use. If an EBay search doesn't offer good value then most parts can be recycled these days, check with your local recycling center to see if they have a program to reclaim component materials.

Or, if you're looking for a laugh, ehow says you should consider making a sculpture [ehow.com] . With the amount of RAM coming out of companies I bet you could do something person-sized :)

Re:Probably just recycle, but check value first (1)

deburg (838010) | about 2 years ago | (#41808089)

Or, if you're looking for a laugh, ehow says you should consider making a sculpture [ehow.com] .

Please don't. I live in a 3rd world country where lots of us are still using C2D as primary/sole machines. And those with motherboards that can accept DDR3 would go gaga for these RAM.

Re:Probably just recycle, but check value first (2)

mcrbids (148650) | about 2 years ago | (#41808425)

I live in a first world country, where lots of us are still using Core 2 Duos as primary/sole machines.

Re:Probably just recycle, but check value first (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about 2 years ago | (#41808783)

You are talking about the same 1st/3rd world country, the USA. Not enough people have noticed that the lead nations have changed 1st world is Europe and China and the US is 3rd world.

Re:Probably just recycle, but check value first (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 2 years ago | (#41808447)

Please don't. I live in a 3rd world country where lots of us are still using C2D as primary/sole machines

Wow, talk about luxury. I live in a first world country and I'm still using a K8 machine as my primary/sole machine. And I'm quite happy with it. (I only wish for an ARM-like power consumption profile, that's all I need to be happy.)

Re:Probably just recycle, but check value first (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41808399)

4GB DDR3 is still commonly sold today. Probably even the most common size right now.
A quick check on ebay puts them at $15-20, perhaps at the low end if you want to get rid of a big bulk like that.
Even heavily reduced at $10 you can make $5000 from it.

On this topic (5, Funny)

Threni (635302) | about 2 years ago | (#41807841)

I've got a load of car stereos I want to shift fast because..uh..I've upgraded to in-car mp3 players or something. Anyway, if you want a load of car stereos quick and aren't going to ask too many questions then get in touch.

Re:On this topic (1)

magarity (164372) | about 2 years ago | (#41808095)

I've got a load of car stereos I want to shift fast because..uh..I've upgraded to in-car mp3 players or something. Anyway, if you want a load of car stereos quick and aren't going to ask too many questions then get in touch.

It does sound dodgy since 4GB modules shouldn't be anything to sneeze at. But image a poorly spec'ed corporate purchase that got PCs with one 4GB module of 667Hz memory when the chipset supports 1066 - if they want to upgrade to 8GB the proper way to do it is to toss the individual slow ones and get a pair of 1066 4GB for each computer.

Donate them! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807843)

Donate them to a local school system. Most schools' PC's have minimum specs to keep them cheap. Extra memory never hurt anything.

yeah donation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807851)

i second donation. we have a local one like this that we give old stuff to. they make good use of it

The metallurgy dept. of your local tech college (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807853)

Let them have fun melting them down and separating out the constituent metals. They could cast the end-products into a little sculpture of a fist or something, as a warning to the EE department to show more deference to the true founders of modern electronics.

Donate them to me and (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807855)

I will eBay them for 100% of sales price. Sell them, in bulk quantities as is, no returns. "Free shipping" because people like to feel they're getting a deal.

Donate to FreeGeek! (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807873)

http://www.freegeek.org

I work at a school. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807875)

I work at a school for special needs teenagers, and we could probably use about 200 of them if they were available.

Re:I work at a school. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807989)

Sorry I posted this as AC. I didn't realize I wasn't logged in. I reposted while logged in [slashdot.org] .

Goodwill (1)

ItsJustAPseudonym (1259172) | about 2 years ago | (#41807895)

Goodwill repairs and recycles computers.

Re:Goodwill (5, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | about 2 years ago | (#41808097)

Goodwill repairs and recycles computers.

We have something called The Grey Bears, which recovers and recycles working computers for low prices. Might be something like that in your community.

One cautionary word, though. Make absolutely certain your employer is completly cool with you gathering these up and sending them off to worthy causes, get it in writing lest some stuffed shirt bureaucrat or bean counter come around and claim you took company property - some employers have very bizarre ways of handling disposal of assets, even stuff like old, broken printers or CRT monitors, which you and I would think are largely worthless, they have numbers on books which state otherwise.

I'll give you $8. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807897)

Call me.

Armor (5, Funny)

Microlith (54737) | about 2 years ago | (#41807907)

Put holes in the corners and connect them via metal rings. Create yourself a suit of nerd armor the likes of which has never been seen. With 500 DIMMs you should be able to get a chest piece or pair of gauntlets...

HardOCP (2)

Pedestrianwolf (1591767) | about 2 years ago | (#41807909)

Steve over @ HardOCP is always putting together PC's for charitable causes.

Ram Drives (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807917)

Ram drives are great performance wise.

Snark... (2)

multimediavt (965608) | about 2 years ago | (#41807921)

Build a giant RAM NAS!!! hehe

Find a nonprofit... (3, Informative)

magarity (164372) | about 2 years ago | (#41807929)

I once worked at a nonprofit that redistributed bulk PCs donations from large donors to many small nonprofits. We would get a hundred computers at a time and they almost always 1: had minimal RAM and 2: no hard drives. Any donations of RAM would be appreciated. If you have a similar charity in your area consider old hard drives (that are still working OK) as well.

I work at a school... (4, Informative)

theedgeofoblivious (2474916) | about 2 years ago | (#41807937)

I work at a school for special-needs teenagers, and we could probably use about 200 of them if they were available.

Poker Chips (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807973)

Paint them with coloured paint and use them as poker chips

Check with accounting (4, Interesting)

whoda (569082) | about 2 years ago | (#41807975)

You may find donating company assets is harder than you think.

RAM disk (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41807983)

Make a RAM disk

A little mortar... (2)

ackthpt (218170) | about 2 years ago | (#41807993)

And you could build the absolutely coolest clubhouse, ever!

Also, I see geocachers attach these to Travel Bug dog-tags, and give them names like "I've lost my memory" and send them traveling.

Re:A little mortar... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41808179)

Some nerd had their bathroom tiled with 486 processors...

Decorations (1)

Kingkaid (2751527) | about 2 years ago | (#41808035)

Try to donate them as best as possible to a school or computer recyclers - although they do make GREAT Christmas tree decorations!

Sell them. (1)

rollingcalf (605357) | about 2 years ago | (#41808043)

Either sell them all as one big batch, or in lots of 100. There are businesses and nonprofits that will buy them.

Find a local non-profit (1)

jacknifetoaswan (2618987) | about 2 years ago | (#41808049)

I used to work for a non-profit called the Devereux Foundation, and we were always accepting computers from organizations that were upgrading. Most of the computers were Windows 98 vintage or older (in 2002) so they were horrendously underpowered at the time (and we were trying to shoehorn XP onto them), but an influx of additional RAM would have made a world of difference. If you can, call around and find out if there's a non-profit that would accept the DIMMs, especially if they're for desktop systems. I can't speak for the organization now, but there weren't many laptops floating around, and their group homes tended to be desktop only.

DDR3 Donation (4, Informative)

hardburlyboogerman (161244) | about 2 years ago | (#41808061)

You can always donate them to a local Computers For Kids project.Believe me,any and all kinds of hardware is always needed.I ought to know.I've run such a program for a good 20 years

You could hang it from your car mirror... (1)

nighthawk243 (2557486) | about 2 years ago | (#41808103)

I use old burned out DDR3 sticks for a mirror decoration. They even have a little convenient hole to put a thread through.

Re:You could hang it from your car mirror... (2)

characterZer0 (138196) | about 2 years ago | (#41808175)

Shiny things swaying in your field of vision while you are responsible for controlling a 3000 pound vehicle without hitting people. Brilliant.

Donate them!! (5, Informative)

EmagGeek (574360) | about 2 years ago | (#41808109)

Here's a charity local to me that builds PCs for the disadvantaged:

https://sites.google.com/site/carolinafreepc/ [google.com]

Purpose
        To provide PCs with educational programs to low income
        families and children at no cost.

Goals

        To help kids become knowledgeable about computers

        To interest kids in engineering and technology

        To encourage kids to stay in school and graduate

well.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41808117)

find a time machine and sell them for $$$$$

or make keychains out of them, that was really hip back in the 90s

I'd buy a couple of them off you (1)

blind biker (1066130) | about 2 years ago | (#41808157)

I most of my computers have 2 GB of RAM. I wouldn't mind to upgrade to, say, 8 GB

Obvious answer (1)

1s44c (552956) | about 2 years ago | (#41808185)

Sell them, they are worth money.

Or does your company not use money?

obviously someone screwed up (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41808191)

There is no way a _well-planned_ upgrade would result in that much extra. Re-evaluate and correct the order if it isn't too late. Next time either keep a proper inventory of send the IT monkeys (a.k.a. interns) out to get one. Then fire the 1.D.10.T(s) in charge and donate their salary to a charity that aligns with your company's mission. This reaks of an "end of year dump" that made my blood boil when I worked for the government.

Re:obviously someone screwed up (2)

Mike Buddha (10734) | about 2 years ago | (#41808293)

Someone really screwed up, and didn't RTFA.

Imagine... (2)

Anonymous Psychopath (18031) | about 2 years ago | (#41808217)

...a Beowulf cluster of these...

Let it sit around (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41808249)

Do what my company does.
Don't let anyone have it and don't give it away, let it sit around in random boxes and storage rooms for YEARS. Personal come and go, the stuff moves around into different locations and boxes. Eventually no one has any idea how long it's been sitting there and what it was for or what it was from. Now you have to pay someone to take it away parts because you can't just throw it in the trash.

ebay for about $3 ea. (0)

methano (519830) | about 2 years ago | (#41808259)

I looked on eBay just to get an idea. Although there are lots and lots listed for really high buy-it-now prices, the only real bids seem to be around $3-4 ea. If you consider handling, they're worthless to you. Donate them to somebody. Maybe try Craig's list. You get to meet some real weirdo's that way, just in time for Halloween.

More value than Gold or any other investment (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41808311)

Unless you have resources to build your own hardware, there is no use for those DIMM's, other than sale them.

Save them carefully in a box, and sell them in 30 years (2042)

Vintage hardware in good conditions get more value than Gold, or any other investment.

A bug curtain :) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41808313)

We had loooong time ago few hundred SIMM memories and it all felt too much work trying to sell those. So we came up with an idea to pull fishing line trough the holes, tying a knot at each end having them hanging nicely one top of each other. Then we used tiny nails and attached them hanging one strip next to each other to doorway from one end to another. Once completed we had one hell of a kind bug curtain (screen) at the doorway :)

It actually worked quite well couple of years and kept bugs out, before we moved the shop to another location when I thing it was lost.

You should make (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41808339)

A really big DIMMer!
I crack myself up.

Art project (1)

JestersGrind (2549938) | about 2 years ago | (#41808375)

Take down the AOL CD collage and tile the walls of your office with them. It will look cool and you can brag about you 2+TB walls!

I miss Amigas (1)

Grayhand (2610049) | about 2 years ago | (#41808499)

It's times like this I miss aspects of the Amiga computers. They had a really friendly system for expanding ram. Most cards and drives came with extra ram slots. I never understood limiting ram expansion so severely. For computer graphics I see no top end in ram needs and I used to always say if your computer has slowed down nine times out of ten it's the ram not the CPU. 500 chips sounds like a couple of hundred gig of ram if the OSs and hardware would support the expansion.

give them to employees (4, Informative)

XaXXon (202882) | about 2 years ago | (#41808515)

let the employees take home a few if they have a use for them. Make people happy and it won't cost anything or at least not much depending on what you would otherwise do with them.

Simple -- EBAY (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41808791)

Just sell it on EBAY - you will be surprise how fast they will disapear

Load More Comments
Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?