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Postby chiphead on Tue Jun 03, 2003 11:19 pm

Have you ever felt bad throwing out perfectly funtional yet obsolete computer hardware, especially one that's been with you over the years? I'm not one to call my computer "Betsy" or anything but the other day while I was replacing my trusty Plextor 8x CDR burner (SCSI at that!) with an el cheapo Liteon 52x drive, I couldn't help but shed a tear that this old faithful was no longer be part of my life. It had outlived it's useful life and was now going to a landfill somewhere to deterioate to rust. The Plextor had been in my system over 4 years and aside from my floppy drive, it's probably the oldest piece of hw still in use today. It was still burning discs at a decent clip (10 minutes vs ~2 minutes for the 52x drive).

I guess you could call this an eulogy to the dearly departed. Goodbye my Plextor, you will be missed...
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Postby jtan on Tue Jun 03, 2003 11:50 pm

i missed my palm 3x when i sold it for US$18...

i used it everyday in school for more than 2 years. being with me when i travel out of town too.
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Postby Ian on Wed Jun 04, 2003 12:37 am

I still have my TEAC 6x CD-R.

Not a CD-RW either.. a CD-R!!
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Postby CDRecorder on Wed Jun 04, 2003 12:47 am

Yes, I have the same thoughts, chiphead. That's why I still have my 1993 Gateway 486 computer that runs at 66 MHz. :o It's 10 years old, and it still runs great (although its original 425-MB HDD died a couple years ago, and it now has a 4-GB Maxtor). I even still have the 2x CD-ROM drive that came with that computer (later replaced with a 32x Samsung).
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Postby UALOneKPlus on Wed Jun 04, 2003 3:59 am

I agree. I have a HP 2X2X6 CDRW that I can't just up and toss away. I wish there was someway I could donate it to someone who could find it useful :)

Of course this builds to the clutter I have in my spare bedroom, so I need to figure out how to get rid of it without wasting it...
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Postby TheWizard on Wed Jun 04, 2003 4:30 am

Are you kidding? I feel bad throwing anything out that I have owned for a while! Computer hardware, phones, books, shoes, underwear, you name it!
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Postby socheat on Wed Jun 04, 2003 6:03 pm

I've never actually thrown any computers or components out. Parts either get handed down to friends and family, and computers are either handed down or converted into servers and put to work. I tell everybody I've ever met to never throw out a computer, just give it to me. :D

UALOneKPlus wrote:Of course this builds to the clutter I have in my spare bedroom, so I need to figure out how to get rid of it without wasting it...


You might want to check your city's recycling policy. Where I live now, we can recycle computers, but it costs us $5 a computer. In my parents hometown, recycling computers is free. I did have some really, really old computer cases (leftover from when I scrapped it for parts) that I took to their recycling center.

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Postby Turkeyscore.com on Wed Jun 04, 2003 6:14 pm

though some computers you just want to shoot....

and others, well I assume that most of you have seen this www.turkeyscore.com/lan.htm
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Postby Action Jackson on Wed Jun 04, 2003 10:21 pm

I can't really throw out any of my hardware [or software for that matter].

The Wizard, ummmm..... you gotta throw out the underwear at least.......
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Postby TheWizard on Thu Jun 05, 2003 9:59 am

Action Jackson wrote:The Wizard, ummmm..... you gotta throw out the underwear at least.......


When the elastic is totally worn out and there are multiple holes, then it is time for the garbage can. I get the most out of my goods. :)
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Postby David on Thu Jun 05, 2003 12:24 pm

I still have a 420MB tape backup drive which connects to the floppy drive cable. Works under MS-Dos 3.1 PC-Dos 3.1 or Windows 3.1 or higher.
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Postby manni on Thu Jun 05, 2003 1:34 pm

I'm addicted to ISA SoundBlasters, I have SB AWE64 Gold on my Duron based system and SB AWE64 on older PC. And I'm still using 10 years old HP DeskJet 310 printer, I don't have any reason to replace it with new one.
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Postby BillyG on Thu Jun 05, 2003 3:25 pm

My father is the worst - he still uses a 386 33mhz in his office to do spreadsheets (Lotus 1-2-3!!) on. He uses a big Okidata printer thats around the same age. Im amazed its still working and he can still get ribbons for it.

He has used Lotus since the late 1980's and knows every feature by heart, he still has trouble figuring out Excel (or even using a mouse) even though he's taken classes at the local community college. And he has a decent Pentium II (I think its a 700, OK for office apps) in the same room but his 386 gets more work. The place he works at (a small town bank) has many older computers (Gateway, Dell).

I still have Zip 100 internal drives in all my PC's - even though I hardly use them anymore. I have most of my Zip disks copied to CD so I should yank them out and put in a removable hard drive or something. I do feel affection for my STB Velocity 440 (Nvidia TNT). It was the first great videocard I ever bought and It's in a AMD K-6 500 box I built for a backup.
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Postby MediumRare on Thu Jun 05, 2003 5:03 pm

I still have a HP DeskJet 500 (12 years old) sitting around. I replaced it with a Canon i850 a couple of months ago mainly because the original ink was so expensive and my 3rd-party source dried up. It still works if fed decently, but my wife is bugging me to make room, so it will have to go :cry:
BillyG wrote:He has used Lotus since the late 1980's and knows every feature by heart

Don't you ever wish to dominate your tools like that 8) instead of them (mostly M$ stuff) wagging you?

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