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View Poll Results: Would you pay 10.00 to get rid of your computer system?
Yes 12 20.00%
No 48 80.00%
Voters: 60. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-07-2009, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Wouldn't it be better to give it to someone who didn't have a computer?
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Old 08-07-2009, 01:22 PM
 
Location: USA
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Wouldn't it be better to give it to someone who didn't have a computer?
giving a 486 to grandma will not help her...
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Old 08-07-2009, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Winsted, Ct.
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giving a 486 to grandma will not help her...
That depends on what she wants to use it for. My firewall, webserver, FTP server are running on a Pentinum 100mhz machine with 96MB of ram. and about 60GB of SCSI storage. it has been online since I got it used. it is a 1995 gateway 2000 unit.

Another boxen. is a Pentium 233MMX with 64MB of ram. its job, more file server work Plus it provides streaming MP3s to my Part 15 AM Radio station. Again 24 hours a day.

If you gave her a copy of Word Perfect and/or Microsoft Word on Windows 95/98 she could write letters and take memos. She may even want to use MSDOS and Word Perfect 5.1 as it is not as bloated.

My old 486DX2 played MP3s under Slackware Linux 8.0 without a hiccup. But it couldn't do a OGG vorbis file without belching everywhere. I haven't had one of those in awhile. but for everyday tasks such a boxen would be fine.
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Old 08-07-2009, 07:17 PM
 
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I'm going to wait for the "Cash for Clunker Computers" program in Congress so I can get money toward the purchase of a more environmentally friendly computer.
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Old 08-07-2009, 09:48 PM
 
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No way. People who build their own computers will pay good money for some components. Just look on eBay. Staples would have to pay me to get any of my old computers.
co-sign...
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Old 08-09-2009, 03:40 PM
 
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You guys are funny... you aren't really recycling anything... what these stores typically do (aside from taking your cash) is to sell it over in Africa where it is either dumped (toxic waste) in some remote African land or used by con-man who do those Nigerian or whatever scams... its been in the news a long time now about "where" these "recycled" computers go... do yourself a favor and trash everything in the computer before recycling it... at least it won't be used to scam other people but it will still pollute just the same... except its in Africa...
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Old 08-09-2009, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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I have seen used computers for sale at flea markets, at library sales...you can't give them away, at least not where I live. No one wants them. They are not appropriate to throw in the trash, too many chemicals and they can be recycled. I can drive 1 hour away to the nearest place to recycle them, which is free (they only charge for TVs). If that weren't an option, I would be happy to pay $10 for it to be recycled. And evilnewbie is right, you have to check out whether it is actually 100% recycled here in the U.S., or if they just ship it all to another country to fill their landfills.
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Old 08-09-2009, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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I have done a bit of computer recycling at home, both by re-use and by chipping/ recovering metals. The older the computer the more gold you find inside!
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Old 08-09-2009, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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Waste Management in my county will come to my house by appointment and take it away [and any other electronics, TV, VCR,] for free. No need for me to drive somewhere AND pay $10
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Old 08-10-2009, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Upstate
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Goodwill stores in most states also take the old computers from you to recycle for free.
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