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What do you usually do with old hardware?

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Repurpose it
  5528 votes / 21%
Trash it
  2779 votes / 10%
Hoard it
  11037 votes / 43%
Give it away
  3652 votes / 14%
Sell it
  840 votes / 3%
Cry and bury it in the back yard
  1767 votes / 6%
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What do you usually do with old hardware?

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  • by Sean_Inconsequential (1883900) on Friday May 11, 2012 @09:53AM (#39966175)

    I do tend to keep it until it is quite outdated, however.

    • Re:Outdated. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by s.petry (762400) on Friday May 11, 2012 @01:14PM (#39968883)

      I used to do this long ago, but after years of dusting off the same ole shitty ISA cards that no longer existed I started to simply clean up every time I upgrade. Maybe some poor guy picking through the trash every morning can find a use for the 8X CD-Rom drive that I will never use because I have the capability (money and machine) very nice DVD-RW.

      Media on the other hand is something I still hoard to some degree. I still have the install drivers for my Voodoo2 on CD for example. I should really pitch that stuff as well.

      • Re:Outdated. (Score:5, Interesting)

        by SolitaryMan (538416) on Friday May 11, 2012 @03:08PM (#39971087) Homepage Journal

        For some reason I always feel guilty when I trash stuff that still works. I would really love to give it away to somebody who needs it, but looking for this person is too much of a trouble, so I just hoard it.

        As an electronics hobbyist I try to reuse some parts, but mostly that boils down to just hoarding smaller parts.

        I think if there were a service that would allow me to get rid of the old hardware *before* it gets terribly outdated and stops being useful to anybody except me, I would really upgrade more often, knowing that no resources gets wasted.

        • Re:Outdated. (Score:5, Informative)

          by Dahamma (304068) on Friday May 11, 2012 @07:30PM (#39974561)

          We have a service like in the Bay Area, it's called Weird Stuff Warehouse [weirdstuff.com]. I'm not sure I have had anything they wouldn't take and either recycle or fix up and resell...

        • by kermidge (2221646)

          For computer equipment, after going through the list of friends of the family and such, I suggest Craigslist and a local independent computer store. Last store I was at we turned corporate, biz, and personal computers that were made redundant or discarded into entry-level machines for poor folks and those who'd never had a computer (often the same people.)

          Any machine coming in had the drives wiped with Darek's Boot and Nukem.

          I've never been able to afford to upgrade near as often as I'd like yet find that

          • by cayenne8 (626475)
            I use my stuff till it breaks, or is no longer useful for my purposes.

            To me..outdated in the poll, to me means broken or useless....in which case, I throw it out in the trash for the garbagemen to haul off.

            I find, however, 9 times out of ten, in the New Orleans area, anything thrown out that even 'looks' useful, like some old big 21" Sun monitors I had once...get taken before the trash guys come the next morning. Lots of scavengers around here I guess.

            I used to have a problem hoarding stuff I was "alway

            • by Muros (1167213)

              But I found old CRT monitors.......and out in the trash they go.

              Why? I'm sitting in front of a 17" black IBM CRT I bought about 12 years ago. I'm planning on upgrading when I get my next PC, but this is running along just fine. It still has better picture quality than most of the flatscreens that were available 2-3 years ago, and dumping it would be a bigger hit to the environment in processing than the energy saved by a new screen.

              • Yep, I've still got old CRT monitors for all my PCs except for my laptops and a HTPC (which is hooked up to my flatscreen TV), they work well and although they are slightly bulky I simply can't justify the extra $100+ to trade it in for a new flatscreen considering the resolutions will be identical.
        • Just put up an ad on a specialized website: "free old IT stuff, come and get it from my house, I'm not gonna mail it or carry it to a rally point".
          The downside is that all sorts of shady resellers would gather to get it.
          What I do: I look for NGOs which help the elderly, poor or orphans and donate the hardware to them. Some such NGOs are pretty serious and get the job done. It's a win-win for everyone.

  • One man's old... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by KingSkippus (799657) on Friday May 11, 2012 @09:57AM (#39966225) Homepage Journal

    I usually hang onto stuff for years. I never cease to be surprised by how my definition of "old" is other people's definition of "bleeding edge." The other day, I was talking about an "old" motherboard, Core 2 Duo processor, and 4 GB memory I had laying around. He asked if that was better than his Pentium 4 with 1.5 GB memory.

    Hard drives are especially apt to be repurposed to friends (after wiping, of course). That "old" 500 GB drive is like heaven to a friend who is still on an even older 100 GB drive.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      It's the other way around for me. I have an 8 year old PC at home that does everything I need. Other people get talked into the latest and greatest from Best Buy every couple of years because their old one is full of malware.

      What really burns my ass though, is they put that 2 year old PC in the dump's electronics bin, and the dump workers won't let me take it home with me! Granted, it's being recycled, but it would be a big upgrade for me.
      • by Krneki (1192201)
        The only problem are the mechanical parts as they tend to deteriorate over time. So the HDD is probably way slower then what it was when new.
    • Re:One man's old... (Score:4, Interesting)

      by mlts (1038732) * on Friday May 11, 2012 @11:22AM (#39967355)

      I have five categories of equipment:

      "Vintage" -- stuff that is unique enough to keep around, such as a fingerprint scanner from UareU, CDs of Windows 98 and XP, an Adaptec 2942UW card, various HDDs and floppy drives, and an occasional parallel port based tape drive or ZIP drive. Stuff that is interesting enough to keep, such as a Syquest 44 or 88MB drive which was decently fast at the time.

      "Junk" -- stuff that is not going to be interesting to anyone, takes up space, and won't be useful for much. Broken IDE HDDs for example.

      "Pointless" -- stuff I keep around because it does work, but the low-end Pentium and its OS is far better running in a virtual machine than discrete hardware just due to electricity usage.

      "Backlevel" -- older equipment which might be useful such as a CRT monitor, functioning IDE hard disks, and so on.

      "Servicable" -- any USB or SATA hard disk, USB flash drives, removable hard disks, and other stuff made in the past couple years. No, that old AGP card might not be fast, but it might still allow a computer to have video that is several years old and has data so it can be P2V-ed.

  • Donate it! (Score:5, Informative)

    by nullchar (446050) on Friday May 11, 2012 @10:00AM (#39966255)

    I donate old hardware to my local PC Recycler. They supposedly re-purpose the decent hardware and give that to local charities, then recycle the rest.

    But recycling usually means loading up a few shipping containers to send somewhere [time.com] without many environmental controls.

    Find a more responsible electronic waste recycler here: http://e-stewards.org/ [e-stewards.org]

    • I fix up my old pc's just a bit and then they are always donated to the local Boys and Girls club. At least then I know it gets used as all of their equipment is donated or bought on the cheap via donations when needed.

    • Thanks for the link. I have a bunch of old PC cards, dead keyboards and so on that I'd like to get rid of, but I don't want to toss in the trash. Now, I should be able to find a place to get them properly recycled.
  • Craigslist (Score:5, Informative)

    by pavon (30274) on Friday May 11, 2012 @10:04AM (#39966303)

    I hate to just throw things away, and in the past there was no good way to find people that could use the majority of the hardware I had. So I used to hoard it on the rare chance I could find a use for it later, and eventually take it to the electronics recycling after it was 15+ years old. Now I can use Craigslist to get rid of it, so I have gotten into the habit of selling things as soon as I don't have a use for them, while they are still useful to other people.

    I've stopped posting things for free, since the people who responded to those tended to be a much bigger hassle. They would say they were picking it up at a certain time, and I would never hear from them again. They would would insist on sending detailed questions on the condition of the equipment through text messages even though my posting stated in caps not to text me. And I got the impression that most of them were just getting the stuff to hoard it as well, since you can't beat free. I have found that just setting a $5 price weeds out most of those folks.

    • Freecycle (Score:5, Informative)

      by Kadagan AU (638260) <[moc.liamg] [ta] [nagadak]> on Friday May 11, 2012 @11:08AM (#39967181) Journal
      If I have something that I no longer need and can't sell, my local freecycle [freecycle.org] group is always a good option! I think you'd have better results with them than posting for free on craigslist.
      • by pavon (30274)

        In my area, Freecycle operates entirely through a mailing list, which naturally has extremely high volume. Even with filtering, it is a pain to deal with that many emails year-round when I just use it every couple of months. Worse, I would get tons of inquiries from people who saw the OFFER email, but not the TAKEN email long after the item is gone. I found it to be a much bigger hassle than Craigslist.

        • by wvmarle (1070040)

          Have a procmail recipe filter out the freecycle stuff and dump it in a separate folder. Helps a lot. Read by subject, then select all and delete all in one go (unless something interesting pops up of course). But then in my area it's a few mails a day so quite manageable.

    • Re:Craigslist (Score:5, Insightful)

      by CubicleZombie (2590497) on Friday May 11, 2012 @11:09AM (#39967191)
      People have a hard time understanding that if they paid $1000 for a computer a couple of years ago, it isn't worth $800 today. But that's what I see on Craigslist all the time. Most items I could buy new for less and get a warranty.
      • Sounds like people who have Apple computer stuff, talk about over priced used stuff.... I guess if you can find a sucker somewhere to buy it, then it is not really over priced.
        • Re:Craigslist (Score:4, Interesting)

          by gman003 (1693318) on Saturday May 12, 2012 @04:38PM (#39981227)

          Yeah.

          This Mac I'm typing on was probably $5,000-$6,000 when it was new, six years ago. I got it "for free" - I was doing an unpaid internship (not one of my better ideas, in retrospect), and they felt so guilty about not paying me that they basically paid me in stuff (also got a Droid phone and a few other little goodies).

          I checked eBay to see about how much it's worth, as I was considering some upgrades. I expected maybe $1,000 - Moore's Law would claim it would be only $400 (6000 / 2^(72 / 18) = 375), but I don't think that applies to full computer systems. I know you can easily build a similarly-powerful computer for maybe $800.

          Nope. Someone was selling the same model, and bidding had gotten up to $3,000. Another, slightly-lower-end one had a Buy It Now price of $4,000.

          Mac fans are morons.

  • Then buy it back later in the form of new hardware.

  • I'd like to focus on the PCs that I've given away...but my closet at home says that I'm hoarding more than I let go.

    Speaking of which, would anyone like an IBM 'Portable' 8088 PC? It weight about 30 pounds, but if you can lug that around it works fine. Looks like this. [vintage-computer.com] Free to a good home, or to any landfill that will take it away without charge.

    I'm pretty sure it's too late for me to give that one away. Even my girlfriend's sons won't want it. Maybe if I can get it to boot Linux...

    • by rogabean (741411)
      I'd love to have that old beast in my collection. Surprised you want to give it away.
    • by wvmarle (1070040)

      IBM 'Portable' 8088 PC? [...] Maybe if I can get it to boot Linux...

      Now that would be interesting! Linux on an 8-bit system :-)

      Maybe you should have a look at NetBSD which reportedly can even run on a toaster. So an IBM 8088 will be a no-brainer. Just stick in a bootable USB and... euhm... oh wait... well... the CD maybe?

      • Maybe we should start by asking if any Linux distro is available on a 5" floppy...

        • by rubycodez (864176)
          a current one? not practical, even Damn Small Linux takes thirty-eight (38) 1.44MB 3-1/2" ones (but people do that)
      • by rubycodez (864176)
        8088 can't run GNU/Linux, no memory management module and no protected memory mode in CPU. what you can do is run kermit or similar and have your old pc be dumb terminal for a Linux box via phone modem or locally via serial. There are things like ELKS, but those are not Linux: http://elks.sourceforge.net/introduction.html [sourceforge.net]
    • I remember when my friend tried to install Linux on his 486, it wouldn't install in 4Megs but it would run in 4Megs. He had to borrow some of my memory from my Ramlink (C64/128 ram drive), I had 16 megs in it.
      My question is who thought it was a good idea to have the install specs higher than the running specs?
      • When any cheap portable comes with at least 256MB, why do you think an installed needing more than 4MB is such a bad idea?

        The installer runs on top of the same system it installs. That makes the installer easier to do and maintain, what is worth much more than being able to install with 4MB of RAM.

        • by Dahamma (304068)

          When any cheap portable comes with at least 256MB, why do you think an installed needing more than 4MB is such a bad idea?

          Linux has been around for more than a few years, you know... he said "I remember when."

          I remember installing Linux on a 486 with 4MB RAM when 4MB RAM cost about $150 (I remember because I eventually upgraded to 8MB so DOOM would run better ;) Seems just as bad an idea back then to make the installation requirements higher than the runtime requirements...

      • by wmbetts (1306001)

        I installed Slackware on a 486 with a stack of floppy disks. I was in elementary and had 0 on site help. It took me about a week, but I got it done.

    • by Misagon (1135)

      I know that there are people who collect vintage hardware who would buy that PC. There are some people who want just the keyboards, so that would be easier to sell.
      Vintage clicky keyboards from IBM are highly sought after right now. It would have been better if it had talked the PS/2 protocol, though.

      Many old things are collectibles these days. Getting money out of it is a matter of finding the right buyer.

    • by couchslug (175151)

      Ebay. That's the way to reach everyone who wants old computers and parts.

  • by Ellis D. Tripp (755736) on Friday May 11, 2012 @10:24AM (#39966587) Homepage

    Even stuff like 386/486 era PCs generally get claimed within a day or so. About the only thing that nobody seems to want anymore are CRT monitors.

    http://www.freecycle.org/ [freecycle.org]

    I've also picked up quite a few pieces of gear from other freecyclers over the years. One man's junk and all that...

  • Depends on the hardware.

    Anything still decent I tend to turn over and donate to Goodwill or a school, usually with a linux distro running.
    Obsolete mainboards, gpu's, cpus, psu's, etc I tend to put in the recycling center's electronics part.
    All hard drives get fuzzed, and horded.
    All Cables get horded. Period.
  • Freecycle (Score:4, Informative)

    by Deep Esophagus (686515) on Friday May 11, 2012 @10:27AM (#39966619)

    It's not just for the US anymore...
    http://www.freecycle.org/group/?noautodetect=1 [freecycle.org]

    Freecycle is the perfect matchmaker between folks who are getting rid of stuff and folks who are looking for stuff. You think nobody in their right mind would want this old piece of junk? Think again!

    Disclaimer: I am not in any way affiliated with The Freecycle Network®; I just participate frequently.

  • Seriously, I've done all that. Can you even do just 1?

  • Repurpose (Score:5, Interesting)

    by GameboyRMH (1153867) <gameboyrmh@NoSpAM.gmail.com> on Friday May 11, 2012 @10:28AM (#39966657) Journal

    Hardware trickles down from my gaming PC to many other computers.

    • I've found that the problem with this is it's quite environmentally unfriendly if you have 24/7 computers - gateways, NAS, OpenWRT, etc.

      The power consumption of, say a big old 800Mhz tower used as a Internet gateway is so much higher that that of a similar $50 MiniITX system that from an environmental/power standpoint (although probably not from a cost standpoint) you shouldn't be reusing big, old computers.

      Of course, then you have to dispose of the big, old computer and, eventually, a MiniITX system.
      • True, this is why I sell the most power-guzzling gaming parts and concentrate many tasks onto a little hardware, that means less idle power waste.

      • by geekoid (135745)

        ", then you have to dispose of the big, "
        bah,. just blend them and dump the dust in the trash~

    • by sjwest (948274)

      I just chucked an old 2004 motherboard, and metal case. The 32mb graphics card, an 80gb ide disk, dvd rw, power unit, memory, and network cards where saved. Most of this is being used in an even older pc, or as replacement items

      However the pci spec of the network cards means i have spares, and the memory (of the 1gb size) looks a lost cause.

    • by gman003 (1693318)

      Same.

      I've got an old Compaq desktop that most of my *really* old stuff's ended up in. It's quadrupled it's RAM from stock (a whopping 512MB now!), upgraded to a GeForce 2, added a DVD burner and second floppy drive, and is the final resting place of all my functional IDE drives (two identical 20GB drives I'll set up in RAID as soon as I remember to, and one 120GB drive).

      It serves several purposes. It's a good "disposable" server - I can test stuff, fiddle around with new programs, and not worry about breaki

  • by LoudMusic (199347) on Friday May 11, 2012 @10:49AM (#39966959)

    The young geek me used to hoard. It was scary. At one point I had more than a dozen large CRT monitors at the house.

    Then I realized it was just a bunch of junk. I identified two or three complete computers and adequate networking gear to support them that I wanted to keep and anytime someone came over I let them take anything that wasn't turned on. After a couple months of that I loaded up what I thought was still useful and donated it. What was left I trashed.

    Since then I only acquire what I need, and use it until it no longer functions, at which point I trash it.

    The hoarding stage is all about learning about electronics. Once you think you've got a good understanding of the gambit of electronics that can be had for cheap or free there's little reason to keep any of it around.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by WyzrdX (1390963)
      You mirrored my thought exactly.

      Since then I only acquire what I need, and use it until it no longer functions, at which point I trash it.

      It took me several years to realize I was hording. I had a "REASON" to keep everything. It was going to be used for this, that , or whatever. Then I realized I needed to get rid of this stuff when I walked into my office and was ashamed to allow my best friend (best friend for more than 10 years) see inside and closed the door before he arrived.

      I had a 6 ft tall bookshelf that contained more misc parts than books and there was no room for anything else. My large walk-in

    • by kaladorn (514293)

      Not entirely convinced....

      I keep old machines around because I have quite a farm of peripherals and moving them all forward each generation isn't likely to happen. So to keep some of the old peripherals available (I still have uses for them), I need the older hardware.

      But beyond that, and older PC can make a decent firewall or a half decent embedded web browsing platform with a bit of work, etc. because you can generally run a decent version of Linux on one. You can use one as the basis for a NAS array. And

      • by geekoid (135745)

        " (I still have uses for them)"
        well the n they don't apply to the parents comment then do they?

        Assumes 'have uses' means you are actually sing them and not some hypothetical possible future use when the zombie appear.
        IN that case, get rid of them and get help.

        "Sometimes it is just a repurposing waiting to happen."
        and sometime that's an excises used by hoarders.

      • by LoudMusic (199347)

        I'm curious what these old peripherals are that you need old PCs to support.

        A friend of mine claims his PC based firewall does something superior to my Linksys router with alternative firmware. Sure it's more powerful but it also uses more power, generates more heat, and takes up more space and time managing it. My router is small, silent, and I never have to touch it. It routes my packets and protects my network. And I don't see the point of having and old PC for web browsing if you have a better computer

        • I've got rid of a load of old gear recently... because I found that it had rotted on the shelf. Out has gone, this past week, three dozen hard drives between 850MB-8GB (though not before attempts made to migrate whatever data off them - generally successful but boy, did it take some time!), probably 10GB worth of old SDRAM and DDR, couple motherboards, several processors, two printer/scanners, and four laptop carcasses (less panels which are going on ebay - little known fact that a 12.1" panel from one lapt

  • In retirement, my dad assembles computers part time for a living, but he also puts together computers that are nowhere near cutting edge and donates them to churches and the like. Many of them are used to run lighting rigs, or for point of sale at charitable stores.
  • Occasionally I manage to give away some hardware to somebody, but I have a lot sitting around. I still have two TRS-80 Cocos. I'm sure they still work.
    • by mcavic (2007672)
      I'm just too lazy to go to the recycling center. I have two old PC's, a laptop, a few printers, and some hard drives. Oh, and an HP workstation with 21 inch CRT that I can barely lift.
  • I might find a use for it later!

  • I hoard just like the majority of the respondents. But when something is really, really broken it goes out on the street. I just have to convince myself that it is no longer useful and can no longer be repaired. I have an old iMac with a failed power supply that I mean to repair some day, but it too may find its way on to the street after 9 years good service.
  • I had to pick "Trash It" because there was no recycle it. In my area there are fairly frequent (maybe four times a year, sometimes more) events where you can take your old electronics to a parking lot (at places like Orchard Supply, etc.) and drop them off for recycling. There is usually no fee. If you go to one sponsored by a local school there is typically a small "donation". Most are just free. Usually twice a year some company will send out flyers that they are coming by on a certain day and if you leav
    • by KlomDark (6370)

      When they advertise about "No Fee", I'm thinking that they aren't really going to recycle it. With the proper equipment and techniques for getting the gold and rare earth elements out of a junked computer, they should be making $15 - $35 per machine. So they should pay about $5 for a user computer.

      If it's for free, they are probably just going to sneak it into the dump, or are part of a scam organization that is only there to get the data off drives that people will inevitably 'donate' without wiping them f

  • I would take it down to the dumpster room in my apartment block and leave it in the bin labeled "Electronics". When the bin is full, someone in my house will call the recycling company who will come and empty the bin free of charge.

    In the European Union, the cost of recycling a piece of electronics is supposed to be embedded in the sales price from the start. It could work much better, though, if all apartment blocks actually did have electronics bin and if people weren't so lazy and actually threw the r
  • Parts of your current car could have been a 386 at one point....
  • If it works or partially works, I sell or give away/donate. If it is broken for sure, then I toss it UNLESS someone can fix it to take. Also, I do keep some working parts just in case until it is totally not usable like my Apple //c stuff I gave away back in 2008. ;)

  • by NoSelf (656465) on Friday May 11, 2012 @05:01PM (#39972959)
    If there's no freegeek.org in your town, you should start one!
  • I recycle, but usually after I've repurposed equipment and it either stops working or just isn't useful for me any more. I had stored old hardware around just in case for a long time and finally got rid of my hoard a few years ago when I came to the realization that holding onto equipment that was more than a decade old wasn't useful to me. I have thrown things away sometimes in the past, but that's just a bad thing to do given how many scarce materials are in electronics. I don't do that anymore. Boy, I t
    • I should say that this is my personal process. I follow whatever disposal procedures my employer mandates, after repurposing. Where I worked for years we sold off surplus property, donated or recycled it.
  • by Kargan (250092) on Friday May 11, 2012 @06:58PM (#39974257) Homepage

    I will absolutely sell my most recent graphics cards, they're still worth some dough and it really helps to offset the cost of upgrading all the time. I call it "trading up", and usually I can get away with buying a $200 video card and make $100 back from the old card. (Simple math: new cards only cost me $100 that way!)

    But I just gave away my old K6/2 400 Windows 98-era retro-gaming box. It's so old that I couldn't even donate it anywhere, and one of my co-workers wanted one just like it. No more Mechwarrior 2 or Rogue Spear for me.

    • by xtal (49134)

      Why give it up? I junked almost all my machines when I discovered the wonderful world of virtualization.

  • by BigSes (1623417) on Friday May 11, 2012 @06:58PM (#39974263)
    I'm one of those strange purchasers, and I know there of more of you guys out there (c'mon chip in here!), that when I buy something new the first thing I do is put all the packaging, box, manuals, etc, right in the attic. I always think I might need some vintage PC gear here or there, so I've ended up with nearly everything I've purchased new at one time or another. After recently getting married, I had to trim down the collection a bit, and was shocked to find that eBay was an awesome outlet for what most people would consider just junk. I've always been an early adopter, and my items are largely the very first editions of anything, I've sold (working, of course) like new in box original Soundblaster, Disney Sound Source, Thunderboard, IBM PS/1 expansion bay, Soundblaster AWE32 (bidding war on that one), a large portion of my Commodore 64 software, VIC modem, Monster 3D, Stealth 3D, and Orchid video cards, packages of unopened Bonus (the brand) 5 1/4" floppies (who'd have thought?!?), external 1x SCSI CD-ROM drive, and the list goes on and on. That group alone, short a few hundred dollars in spending case, paid for me to honeymoon in Barbados. I haven't even gotten to my Roland sound gear, but I hate to part with my MT-32, SC-55 and LAPC-1. I always sit and debate on making a monster DOS box and not mess around with emulating anything on my gaming rig anymore, I'm just lazy as hell I guess. This poll really does remind me that its time to let go.
  • I'd like to up my hoarding a little bit actually.. I only have a drawer full of stuff that I don't use. I'd love to have a floppy drive and all the parts needed to use it, for example. I bought some SDRAM for a really old laptop a couple of months ago, and it didn't work. So I had to get rid of the RAM, and I couldn't even get anyone to take it for free.
  • by 0-9a-f (445046) <drhex0x06@poztiv.com> on Friday May 11, 2012 @07:15PM (#39974421) Homepage

    Most of my hardware is someone else's old hardware... usually corporate hand-me-downs... err, ex-lease. Auctions rock!

    My employer keeps buying me the new toys, but my personal data centre is 2nd-hand everything. Thin clients are a fave - a bit of extra RAM and a USB stick becomes a firewall, VoIP PABX, or silent lounge PC. Even the rack is approaching 20 years old, from a corporate donor.

    Old hard drives aren't worth keeping. Gigs-per-Watt heads North each year or so, so the oldest ones get a drill through them, then off to the recyclers.

  • Hardware keeps going down in prices, so it isn't worth man hours to repurpose hardware 10 years old or later. However, in the off chance society collapses in some sort of nasty war, it is nice to have some tech artifacts lying around your house to restart civilization with, or maybe at least play Civilization.
  • wifes computer eventually becomes mine, mine eventually becomes the extra computer for the electronics bench, the electronics bench at that point is usually old enough where its not worth me bothering to sell it, so I typically give it to someone who has one slower... though that has been a bit harder with the last 2 blowing caps (thanks china) and off to the recyclers

  • I give my old but still useable equipment that I no longer want to others who need it. I don't cry, but I do tend to tell it what a good piece of hardware its been while I pack it up, and ask it to not be mad at me for giving it away.

    And sadly, no, this isn't a joke. And it probably is why I don't have a girlfriend.

  • by djl4570 (801529)
    I put it out on the curb where winged monkeys take it away. It's amazing how fast the stuff disappears.
  • I had two old computers - a 386SX, 16MHz, and a 486DX2/66 not so long ago. I actually booted them up occasionally - for the express purpose of running old games on them (DOS-based).

    However, when I moved last summer to a new apartment, I was able to dump them for good. DOSBox pretty much has removed the need to keep real hardware around for nostalgia. Only thing I wish is that they'd get the Roland MT-32 support to work *completely* - especially the sound effects still could use some work.

  • I used to have a bunch of stuff. Then I had to move to a smaller place and I had to get rid of a lot. That Compaq Portable that I was going to turn into a linux box that my coworker had bought *new* and then hoarded for over 20 years? Trash. Several other hobby items that were otherwise junk? Trash.

    Recently I found a great deal on an older XP laptop on Craigslist. I bought it, set it up, and.... never used it. Sold it 2 months later and even doubled my money on it. I've decided that I don't have room in my

  • by Zaldarr (2469168) on Saturday May 12, 2012 @12:37PM (#39979517) Homepage
    I have a passion for vintage. For example I've got an old Commodore screen sitting right next to me on my desk from the early 80's - 10 years before I was born. The old gal works beautifully and I use her for my SNES, which is a bit younger. I've got all my first tech memories in this wonderful old screen! My dad taught me how to operate DOS on it in the 90's while I was growing up - and it played my first PC game - Warcraft 1. Ahhhh I love it.

"Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside desperate to get out." -- Montaigne

 



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