Getting Thrifty

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Popped into the thrift store today, just to see what I could find. I like looking for new VHS movies to import or older technology I can rescue, but today... I stumbled upon a treasure trove of semi-modern gadgets for a tenth what they would cost on eBay. For myself, I picked up a Netgear Nighthawk and Sonos 3 for less than $40; a haul so good I had to double check that I wasn't inadvertently robbing a Best Buy.

Oh, and just in case you are curious, they both work perfectly. Aside from those two things, though, there were digital cameras, mechanical keyboards, a shelf of new video games, and a handful of other similar items. I can only assume that some poor kid made his mom angry enough to donate his gear to the local Arc as punishment.

On an unrelated note, I also picked up a new-to-me General Electric Clock/Radio/Telephone (to go with my Sony CRT, of course). I've been dreaming of setting up an Asterisk box for a while now, and this seemed like the perfect piece to start with... unfortunately, it turned out to be a pulse-dialing phone, so now I have to pick up a pulse-to-tone converter.

So, while I wait for that to come in, I'll be turning my Raspberry Pi into an FM transmitter and broadcasting the absurdity that is the Art Bell Radio Archive to the "Radio" part of my little GE box, because why the hell not, right?


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