What can you do with out of date tech?
Past sell-by PCs aren’t all destined to live in landfill.
It is hard to decide when your old computer is officially out of date, and it’s even harder to know how to dispose of it. However, the question you should be asking is, do you have to dispose of it?
No, an old PC/laptop can solve a modern household & workplace problem. At home and work, we spend time splitting our attention across two screens. In a busy household or workplace, that one eye to screen ratio can be unrealistic or plain unaffordable. So, how can recycling your old computer fix this problem?
Well, that potential e-waste could occupy one set of eyes and not at a snail’s pace. Companies such as neverware.com, offer a downloadable operating system called Chromium. The designers make the OS with computer recycling in mind. Thus, the Google-made operating system focuses on running smoothly, not high performance.
A new purpose
Chromium supports Microsoft Office 365, Google Docs and allows users to browse the web in a lightweight and fast-paced manner. Simply put, your newly refreshed laptop can be used to browse, create and present. The simplicity of the operating system can encourage users to focus on the task at hand, making it the ideal homework machine.
The additional screen could also serve a purpose in the workplace. While heavy programmes run on your main computer, the other screen could help you to keep track on social media feeds or emails. If, like many users, you open multiple tabs and windows while working the extra screen could help to declutter your screen.
Save, save and save
What is central to making Neverware successful is the price. It is free. Individual users can download and use a personal version of the system without paying a penny. It will also automatically update at no extra cost.
One critical piece of advice to know is that before you download Chromium, you must back up your existing folders. When fully installed, the new operating system will completely remove your current system to optimise performance.
Next time you are trying to work out how to dispose of your old computer, don’t. Recycling an old device, even to act as a backup, can be surprisingly helpful.
For those computers not lucky enough to warrant a second life in your home or workplace, why not donate them to a charity who can refurbish them and send them to a school or community group who would be more than happy to make use of your out of date tech?