"In March 2007, a project to upgrade one of our customer's computers began. The upgrade took several weeks, with dozens of people working around the clock, resulting one of the fastest supercomputers in the world. But that is another story.
Along the way several hundred Itanium CPUs, in perfect working order, were going to be scrapped. I figured I could find a better end for them than the scrap-yard, and having seen Windell's computer chip trivet article thought I'd see if I couldn't improve my desktop by tiling it with the old CPUs."
We don't even want to think about how much all of those processors cost when they were originally purchased. The guy could have a million dollars worth of hardware sitting under that mouse.