Linked by Howard Fosdick on Wed 7th Jul 2010 16:58 UTC
Editorial Last month, I described how the computer industry encourages planned obsolescence in order to sell more product. This business model exacerbates the problem of computer disposal because it artificially shortens computer lifespans. This increases production and, ultimately, the numbers requiring disposal. One result is that e-waste -- electronics waste -- is one now one of our most pressing environmental challenges. Updated
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RE: I already recycle
by license_2_blather on Thu 8th Jul 2010 02:57 UTC in reply to "I already recycle"
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I've given a couple old machines away, and run several others for 7-10 years or more as servers or firewalls after they became too outdated to run ever-more-bloated desktop software. I even hung onto them after that, until I ran out of storage space.

The Free Geek idea intrigues me, but I don't know how much demand there would be in my smaller town. I also don't know how much people that aren't completely destitute are interested in a 6-year-old PC running Linux when they can get a netbook running Windows (like their friends, schools, and jobs do) for $300-$400.

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