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Old computer, chuck it or keep it

For the past few years my mum has been asking me if she can throw out an old computer of mine, I kept telling her I wanted to check first if there was anything on it I needed to copy, and so it has been sitting on the floor of her spare rooms for ages.

until yesterday,
She finally cracked and threatened to chuck it out, so I have taken it into work today,
It's a Highscreen 486 SX 33, bought in 1994 with my year out savings,

The big question is, should I throw it out, or keep it? There is no real reason to keep it, but it was great fun looking through the stuff on it this morning, the old games, golf, gp, rac rally, doom, lemmings, sim city, etc, my dissertation (which may as well have been in Mandarin for all I could understand), or the stuff like the spreadsheet which would print out your National Lottery slip for you, (to save you having cross out 6 whole numbers yourself).
Throwing it out would feel like throwing away a photo album, plus how cruel would it be, it's 13 years old and turned on straight away this morning, surely that sort of resolve needs rewarding, not getting squashed by a large digger.

What should I do?
and how could I explain it to Jacqs if I want to keep it?
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Re: Old computer, chuck it or keep it

Get all your shizz off it. Then throw it in the nearest skip. It's worth about £10 mate.

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Re: Old computer, chuck it or keep it

Chuck it out, unless you want to show your kids one day.
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it's not about money, it's the sentimental value
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Re: Old computer, chuck it or keep it

Take the hard discs out, and use 'Em as wind chimes/cat scarers!
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Take the hard discs out, and use 'Em as wind chimes/cat scarers!
Only you ZF could of thought of that!!!

On a more important note, Make sure there is no bank account info on the machine!
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Yep! What OA said, clear the decks, if you are reluctant to attack the hard drive.
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Re: Old computer, chuck it or keep it

Hmmm...common sense would say chuck it.

But who knows, in 20 years time it might be sought after by interior designers who want to use it to fill space.

So I'd vote 'Other' even though there's not that option
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where is the 'Other' option?

As shooting it would be the best one.....blow it to pieces.
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Use VMware convertor (free) to create an 'image' of the hard drive then copy it to your everyday machine install VMware Player/Server(also free) and you'll have that ol system there to be used on your normal pc anytime you want a it of nostalgia then donate the old PC (as it sitll works) to a charity fund that sends these things to the third world, I'd take the HD out and trash it though in case it has info about you on it that could be used to steal your identity.

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Use VMware convertor (free) to create an 'image' of the hard drive then copy it to your everyday machine install VMware Player/Server(also free) and you'll have that ol system there to be used on your normal pc anytime you want a it of nostalgia then donate the old PC (as it sitll works) to a charity fund that sends these things to the third world, I'd take the HD out and trash it though in case it has info about you on it that could be used to steal your identity.

www.vmware.com

Good one ghosty....

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I'd say do this with it!!

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Recycle, recycle, recycle!
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Any fule kno that "Red Baron" just doesn't run properly on the new Penticide G3.2 Centrifuge Whizz-Bangs.

Stick it in a box in the loft. Take it out every 10 years and enjoy...


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Re: Old computer, chuck it or keep it

so it's looks like it's going to meet it's maker at the hands of a JCB tomorrow, unless there is a last minute reprieve from the Guv'ner.

That should sort out the hard drive, though as far as bank details go, I'm not sure I even had an bank account when I was using it.

Might post some before & after Pics of it's demise
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On a more important note, Make sure there is no bank account info on the machine!
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Eh...? If some 14 yo lad goes to all the trouble of resurrecting the hard disk, surely he needs to find a nice reward?

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Re: Old computer, chuck it or keep it

I voted to keep it purely because I still have my first computer from 10 years ago! I go on it every other year and look over the stuff I collected through my teenage years!

Your mum should be glad she hasnt got a box full of computer parts and wires to go with the old computer! Then again I only keep them now to wind her up. They are no good for anything but that!
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Take the harddrive out, beat it to death with a hammer
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makesure to remove the porn from it before you get rid
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Difficult one really - I mean, those ZX 80s are collectors items now...
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Put it on Freecycle - if no-one wants it then it really is landfill. Wipe the HDD first.
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Re: Old computer, chuck it or keep it

I decided to keep it, it's currently living in the loft

it was a close call I'm just back from a few days off but before I left I was in work on my own and I was very tempted to see how flat I could get it with the JCB we have here, but I was too busy on my last day so decided to keep it instead.
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