I’ve got a lot of junk laying around, some of it can be seen in the posts image. Almost all of that works, only the silver monitor doesn’t, and some of the keyboards. The black monitor I’m planning to keep but added it to the pile to make it seem more impressive ;). The silver monitor worked fine until it started to stop turning on, then stopped entirely. I imagine it would continue to work fine if I could get it to turn on.
Most of this junk was acquired over time, though the 3 similar cases were from when I bought my brother and sister each a computer, as well as made myself an extra back when I was running Distributed Computing applications. The machines have since passed and had parts replaces and such. One of which I still use from time to time for testing of hardware or running as a webserver. The old IBM I keep due to sentimental value, it was a workhorse. I bought it for $40 when I was 17 I think, and ran a Direct Connect Hub on it. It wasn’t fast, but it was rock solid. Excluding the one I still use on occasion, they all just sit gathering dust and wasting valued space.
All this junk wasting space in my room brought up the question to myself, just what the heck do I do with it all? It all works (almost), so I feel bad taking it to the dump/recycling. Some of it is older than it’s worth to donate. The APC box is full of random components, RAM, Motherboards, Harddrives, WNICs, Video Cards (PCI, AGP, maybe a PCIe or two). Not pictured are 4 laptops, a cellphone, old processors and heatsinks, an old landline phone, a steering wheel and a used APC Battery. eBaying it all seems like a waste of my time as well, since I wouldn’t likely get much of a return for even the little effort involved.
So I ask, what would you do with it all? Keep it? Recycle it? Donate what can be donated? eBay it all? Something else?
I remember when they all had names…