Reuse, recycle – Things to do with an old computerâ€¦ @ Digital Nomads
MAKE is participating in a campaign with DELL called Digtal Nomads, my latest post is about things you can do with an old computer…
I seem to be magnet for old computers. Itâ€™s not a bad thing really â€” people assume that an old or broken laptop will likely find some use when handed over to me. Itâ€™s true. Photo frames, music servers, print servers, robot brains, postage stations, MAME (retro gaming)â€¦ whatever, Iâ€™ll do something with an old computer before ever consider throwing it out. Iâ€™m sure many of you have the same collection somewhere. But the thing I like to do the most when receiving an old laptop is to wipe it completely and set it up for a kid or someone who doesnâ€™t have a computer to use. Itâ€™s the most rewarding thing you can possibly do. You never know what will spark a mind to become interested in science and technology but I think a computer increases the odds. I fill the drive with PDFs of some old science texts and bookmarks to all the sites I think are fun and educational. Itâ€™s a bit of a lottery ticket approach, maybe these kids will just goof off, but if just a few end up solving some of the challenges ahead because they tuned in early itâ€™s worth the hour or so I spend fixing up these old machines.
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