While it’s basically impossible to use old electronics to mine at a rate comparable with modern GPU, CPU, and ASIC mining equipment or to start a highly profitable cryptocurrency mining business solely using older hardware, it’s still very interesting to see the various possibilities of mining. Here are some cool examples of what Shiriff has done to creatively repurpose old electronics for bitcoin mining.
In 2017, Shirriff turned a Xerox Alto into a mining rig. This is an amazing feat considering that this computer was released in 1973 and was the first computer to ever have an operating system based on a GUI. Shirriff has also converted older computers like the IBM 1401 mainframe (introduced in 1959) and even old gaming systems like the 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) to cryptocurrency mining rigs.
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