Sometimes if I am upgrading, I may try and sell the item(s) for a fairly cheap price, but to get a bit of cash to help with the cost of the new machine. If there aren't any takers, I may use it for parts possibly saving pieces like the graphics card and hard drive (to use with an enclosure = an new external hard drive), or if the whole machine is in working (or mostly working) condition but just not worth alot of money or time spent trying to sell it, then I will go ahead and give it away to an organization that needs one, a friend that likes to built new computers from parts, that kid of a co-worker that could use a basic computer even just for school work... And with those parts that are just trashed and you think you can't do anything but throw them away, there are always plenty of artists around that like using weird objects as art pieces (recycling them in this fashion gives them a second chance before the landfill).
And of course, you can always turn things into usable art as well, like the person that made a bag out of old 3.5 inch floppy diskettes... Very unbelievable and usefull, as well as a great conversation starter.
Now if only we could think of something to make out of VHS tapes.... I have a few (New) blank ones left laying around from a few years ago before my roommate got his first (and later) second Tivo's... The first was a Series 2 and great, but we still used the VCR to record TV series to tape. The second and current one, is another Series 2, but a Humax DRT-800 which is the 80hr with DVD player/burner built in and hence the reason for the leftover, unused tapes... Who needs a VCR when you can burn your tv shows straight to DVD from your Tivo??? And speaking of VCRs, I think we still have that gathering dust on some shelf somewhere... Maybe we should keep it so we can take some stuff from all those shelves of tapes and put it on a hard drive instead...
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