Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 15th Jun 2010 21:06 UTC
Linux All of us who use computers create a problem we rarely consider. How do we dispose of them? This is no small concern. Estimates put the number of personal computers in use world-wide today at about one billion. The average lifespan of a personal computer is only two to five years. We can expect a tidal wave of computers ready for disposal shortly, and this number will only increase. And as if that isn't challenge enough, there are already several hundred million computers out-of-service, sitting in attics and basements and garages, awaiting disposal.
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The Real Problem
by Zifre on Wed 16th Jun 2010 00:26 UTC
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The real problem is not Microsoft and companies like them. Sure, they want you to buy new products, but that is natural.

The real problem is people. They seem to have no concept of reuse or fixing things. I know of at least two people who got a virus on their computer (or their computer got "slow"), so they threw away their computer. (I would have loved to have taken them!)

Probably the craziest story is somebody who got a virus that supposedly took pictures through their webcam - so they through away the computer and the webcam, and bought replacements for both.

Personally, in 15 years I have had 3 computers. The first one is now quite old, but I was able to save a few parts (and someone took the rest for free; I have no idea what they did with it), and I still regularly use the other two.

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