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What to do with an old pc...

 
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When you replace your computer equipment, what do you do with it?
Take it to the tip
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Sell it
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Donate it to charity
15%
 15%  [ 2 ]
Give it away
30%
 30%  [ 4 ]
Use it for spares (recycle)
53%
 53%  [ 7 ]
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2007 12:33 pm    Post subject: What to do with an old pc... Reply with quote

Hi all, just last week I was surfing the net and stumbled upon a gemstone:
Freecycle. I promise you will like it and can offload all of your old stuff on the site instead of chucking it. The address is: http://www.freecycle.org

The key rule is that: you can only take 2 things per month and when the quota is reached, to get another thing, you have to balance it by offering another thing.
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2007 12:48 pm    Post subject: RE: What to do with an old pc... Reply with quote

great topic and a great answer too, I have given 3 older systems away, via freecycle, all with Linux installed naturally and still being used by people who want to surf the web, send emails and type the occasional letter Wink
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2007 4:50 pm    Post subject: RE: What to do with an old pc... Reply with quote

i would strip for parts that i can use in other machines, the other parts i sell on ebay..
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2007 9:50 pm    Post subject: RE: What to do with an old pc... Reply with quote

I hang on to bits until i've got enough for a whole machine, then give it away.

Normally with Linux, but thanks to FUD, and because obviously even a cracked copy of windows is more secure than any other OS, once with a free-as-in-yo-ho-ho-and-a-bottle-of-rum copy of windows.
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2007 11:34 pm    Post subject: RE: What to do with an old pc... Reply with quote

I've kept all the computers I've bought over the years (except the very first one). One for my brother, one for the living room, others servers and for testing things out.
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 8:45 pm    Post subject: RE: What to do with an old pc... Reply with quote

When I have an old PC I generally turn it into a server; Put Debian or whatever you're familiar with on it, and configure it with an SSH daemon and some other stuff. If you don't have a static IP look into http://dyndns.org and the ddclient updater software.
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 11:12 pm    Post subject: RE: What to do with an old pc... Reply with quote

I am a freecycle fan too Smile
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 11:21 pm    Post subject: RE: What to do with an old pc... Reply with quote

I don't know how old the donated computers were, but this librarian knew exactly what to do with them.

Warms the cockles of your heart, doesn't it? Smile
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 11:54 pm    Post subject: RE: What to do with an old pc... Reply with quote

good spot sc, now which way to the library Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well if it could be used in the future, of course I will not throw it in garbage or give it to charity, but if it couldn't (like old ddr modul which can't be used with newer motherboards) I used to trade it for new component in local store, of course with sur charge.
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