All computers eventually come to the end of their lifespan. When this happens, you’ll be left with a seemingly useless piece of technology. You could leave it to gather dust in your wardrobe – or you could put it to good use.
Here are the top 5 ways you can use an old computer to better your life or that of others. Stop wondering what to do with your old computer, and start recycling, reusing, and re-configuring.
1. Convert it to NAS
If you don’t already have a NAS in your home or office, now is a great time to jump in. Many consumer-grade NAS units are really built for the home consumer, so they might not have enough storage for a family’s entire music, photo, and video libraries.
2. Moving to Linux
Moving to Linux can be a daunting task. It may be confusing to install and harder to figure out how to use Linux than it is on Windows.
Fortunately, there are many resources available these days that can help you get over this initial obstacle and will enable you to enjoy the extra power that Linux provides. One of them is Ubuntu ( http://www.ubuntu.com/ ). It’s a Debian-based distro that comes on an installation CD-ROM that contains everything you need for a complete desktop system including software for productivity, internet access, multimedia, and entertainment applications. It’s fast (much faster than Windows) and very stable too!
Ubuntu can be installed without any trouble in less than 30 minutes. However, sometimes it may cause problems.
3. Dedicate it to ‘Distributed Computing’
You can dedicate your old PC to Distributed Computing by installing a piece of software called Folding@Home. With more than 500,000 active participants around the world, it’s a great way to use the otherwise idle capacity to help advance science – while contributing to Stanford University’s research into better treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, and many other life-shortening diseases.
4. Use it as a Printer Server
The computer can be turned into a printer server. This will enable shared access to one or more printers for all computers on the network with a computer connected via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. The printer server can help save money by using the printer less on more expensive A4 or letter-sized paper.
Put your computer to work as a printer server, sharing a single USB-connected printer on your home network. A USB interface enables the connection of the Epson TM-L90 label laser printer, while power is drawn from the USB connection to the host computer, with no external power cable necessary.
5. Recycle your computer
All computers are recyclable. If your computer is so old that no one would accept it as a donation, consider recycling it. There are a number of places that will accept your computer for recycling; just search the Net. The heart of any computer is its hard drive. While many hard drives can’t be reused due to the sensitive data they once contained, millions of PCs and virtually all servers have unencrypted hard drives (check with your local Data Recovery Service Provider).
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We hope you have found these tips helpful and that they will show you some new ways to put an old computer to use. Remember, the options are limited only by your imagination! Have any other ideas? Share them in the comment section below