Determining PCI Vendor ID and Device ID

In working with LTSP and K12LTSP I use some old hardware as dumb terminals. Some of this old gear presents problems in determining the correct NIC driver or graphics driver to use.

If the old machine still has windows on it I use Craigís PCI Programs to determine the Vendor ID and Device ID. I then go to PCI Database and look up the vendor ID/device ID pair. This works best for video drivers.

Alternatively I look up the Etherboot database to determine the best network driver.

eBayís vanishing Buy It Now annoyance

I just listed a cubby house on eBay for a client and the strangest thing happened. Itís a $0.99 listing with a Buy It Now of $1250.00. After launching I revised the listing to add another link to the Ask the seller a question section.

Ten minutes after listing I received a question from a potential buyer asking where the Buy It Now link was. When I checked, it had vanished and someone else had already bid on the item. I thought maybe in revising the listing Iíd managed to delete the buy it now price.

It turns out eBayís Buy It Now process is counter-intuitive. As soon as someone bids, the Buy It Now option vanishes. Instead of allowing the bidder to end the auction early, it only allows the first to bidder to stop the auction from starting.

What is the point of offering sellers the option of Auction or Buy It Now? An auction allows you to see what the market demand is for something. The Buy It Now should be for sellers and buyers to cut the process short, and bidders who donít Buy It Now should know that the listing could end.

Am I just being thick?