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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%
25603 total votes.
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What do you usually do with old hardware?

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  • 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: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.
  • by WyzrdX (1390963) on Friday May 11, 2012 @12:40PM (#39968419)
    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 closet was so full, I couldn't see anything behind the first 3 feet. A nice wood futon became storage for stuff I didn't want on the ground. And then the floor had a path roughly 18 inches wide from the door to my chair and there was no room to move.

    After seeing this I told him about the embarrassment and he got a couple of people from work to come over and load everything up. I had HDD's as small as 2GB and 256MB sticks of RAM. Cases I had retained for 12 years. CD drives, floppy drives, VGA cards, Graphics cards that had 2D daughter cards ie. Voodoo 1, And so many nic cards from server pulls and desktop replacements.

    So we took everything to a company he had done some programming for that resold parts to the public as working replacement parts or recycled what was useless or unsaleable. They gave me $200 bucks for 2 truckloads and I didnt look back.

    All that remained was my desk, a bookshelf with a few books on it, a clean futon, 2 printers, my dual Xeon Server, a small newegg box of sever NIC cards, and A larger Amazon box of cables and last but not least my PC.

    I really didnt see how bad it was until it was gone. Now I hate seeing any extra parts laying around.

  • 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.

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