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 Free Geek's Recycling Model appears a sound foundation for the future.

There appears to be one arrow missing - one for the "vintage computer systems" - whether they are a quarter century old or rather unique. Forcing a path to the teardown room for anything below a PIII processor may lead to drastic disappearance of the early examples.

It is unlikely that one may walk into a Free Geek's location with a Cray or a PDP-10 in hands. However, how about a MicroVax, a NextStation, an Apple Cube? Something to think about?

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