What to do with old computers?

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We all have them. Computers in our house that have started collecting dust. That computer that just was too slow and you didn’t want to deal with anymore so you replaced it. Now you’re stuck with this piece of metal and plastic wondering what to do with it. Well there are a couple of options to consider.

First and probably the most used is to recycle it. There are many places across CNY that will take your old machines off your hands at no cost. Bruin Computer in Liverpool is just such a place. There are many things they can do with them like either re-purpose them or they can be harvested for the precious metals inside.

The other option is to re-purpose the computer yourself. I recently dug up an old netbook I had sitting around my house. I had stopped using is because it was old/slow/running Windows XP. I had installed a version of Linux on it called Ubuntu but even with that it was still preforming below what I would deem acceptable. So I buried it in a box and forgot about it. I collected dust until a friend mentioned he was running a version of Linux called which breathed new life into his netbooks. I thought I would give it a shot and I was amazed at how well it preformed. Not only that but it picked up all the drivers I needed so i was ready to go once the install competed. I now plan on using this for my on the go computing.

There are also a lot of other things that can be done with old hardware. You can create a media center for your movies and music to allow your streaming devices to pick it up around your house. I have an old desktop top doing this for me now using a service called Plex.

So before you go tossing out that old computer think about what other purposes it might serve! You’ll be helping your wallet and the environment 🙂

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