> You might want to try http://www.veryComputer.com/
> Ask for Walter. He's very resaonable for items like you're interested
> in. I've purchased many things from him.
I absolutely DISAGREE with this advice. CompSysCon (also known as CSC)
ripped me off something terrible in a purchase 15 months ago...
First, he charged me more than the shipping price that he quoted. I queried he
and he said he would refund the excess, but he never did.
Then I found out that the package was shipped by SURFACE MAIL (ie boat), even
though my order clearly said AIR MAIL. So instead of getting it in 10 days I
would have to wait 4 months. And this was for an order which he knew was
After arguing with him about it, he agreed to send a second machine for no
cost by air mail and I would return the first one when it arrived four months
Although he had agreed to send the second machine at no cost, he then CHARGED
me for it by making an UNAUTHORIZED charge to my VISA card. If I had been a US
citizen I would have blocked the transaction, but international VISA doesn't
support that facility.
I then found out that he had sent the second machine by SURFACE mail (again).
I also found out about the second VISA charge. So I complained to him once
again and he agreed to do a refund, but it never happened (again).
I gave up on CSC and purchased the machine I needed from SRK.
When the first machine finally arrived, months later, it was missing several
components even though I had explicitly listed them on my order.
When the second machine arrived it was completely dead. The power supply was
dead, the motherboard was dead, and the floppy drive was dead. I know this
because I tried replacing various parts to salvage whatever I could.
So I ended up buying two machines, one of which was dead on arrival and the
other useless because it arrived so late that I had to buy from an alternative
source to get one in time for my requirements.
I complained several more times, buy email and fax, but nothing ever
eventuated. I basically never heard from him again.
Throughout the whole process he continually said one thing but did another.
In the end I simply concluded that he was a complete con-artist.
*** The m*is simple: STAY AWAY FROM CSC ***
If anyone is wondering, I can prove every word of the above statement. If it
wasn't for the high cost of the international legal process, I would take him
to court over the whole fiasco. For me it was not the money so much as the
time delays which cost dearly.
For purchasing 2nd hand SPARC equipment I would strongly recommend someone
like SRK (in Australia) or SunValleyTech (in California). I've purchased
multiple machines from both these organizations and they have always been
cheap, fast, professional, and the machines worked flawlessly.
SRK's web site is http://www.veryComputer.com/~craig/srk/
SunValleyTech's web site is http://www.veryComputer.com/
Imagine that CRAY decides to make a personal computer. It contains 16
Alpha based processors executing in parallel, has 800 megabytes of RAM,
9 Gigabytes of disk storage, a resolution of 4096 x 4096 pixels, does
24bit 3D graphics in realtime, relies entirely on voice recognition for
input, fits in your shirt pocket and costs $300. What is the first
question the computer community asks?
"Is it DOS compatible?"