My old Dell E4310 laptop lost its one and only USB port a few weeks ago. I was able to get the data off using rsync over the network, plus using an SDHC card for the occasional new file. At the recommendation of a friend, I went to the monthly surplus sale conducted by our local state university. I found a Dell E6410 with no HD for $35. The keyboard was sticky, but I scored a replacement on eBay for $20, and that was only a 3-minute repair. I then bought a 240 GB SSD at our friendly local geek emporium, and swapped the 8 GB of ram in the old machine into the new one. The internet specs I found claimed an i5 with two cores for this machine, but the OS shows four. It’s got three USB ports instead of one, a bigger display for my aged eyes, and a less jittery trackpad. With the SSD, it’s wicked fast, and I’ve got all of $135 into it. The battery isn’t new, but works well enough for the moment. If you have such an event in your own home town, check it out. There can be some interesting stuff there; I saw nanovoltmeters, old HP analog AC voltmeters, chemical analysis equipment, a complete microtome setup, and a dentist’s chair, among other things. Oh, and desktop machines and printers. Woo-hoo!