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  •  Great diary, citisven (2+ / 0-)
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    I keep my computers until they cannot run anymore then I fix them to run another two years.

    The good news is that computers are greener than they used to be...the bad news is that there is still a lot of hideous crap that goes into the landfill.

    I am always on the lookout for better ways to get rid of them. One good solution is that if it costs you to get rid of it (which it does here where I live) it makes us as consumers more likely to look for a greener device.

    Nothing will change until it costs us to continue with the status quo.

    Much of life is knowing what to Google
    (and blogging at BPI Campus)

    by JanF on Thu Nov 11, 2010 at 10:04:13 AM PST

    •  My daughter in law buys most of our (2+ / 0-)
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      granddaughters clothing at a kids consignment store. She takes clothing there as well, so she usually has a credit. I keep wishing there were a similar store for used computers.....maybe funded by grants for the necessary cleanup and refurbishing and shipping. It would be so nice for so many people to have  better access to computers. And, it would keep so much equipment out of landfills.

      Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

      by princesspat on Thu Nov 11, 2010 at 03:09:12 PM PST

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    •  Yes, I don't mind paying (2+ / 0-)
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      for proper disposal. As you say, it makes us more conscious as consumers. The tricky part is to find a place that isn't greenwashing, but that's where some of the links in the video are really helpful, you just know they've done their homework and you can trust their sources.

      Safari mzuri Ahsante sana :: Journey beautiful Thank you very much!

      by citisven on Thu Nov 11, 2010 at 09:32:19 PM PST

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      •  nice diary (0+ / 0-)

        It is frustrating when a computer becomes literally obsolete (i.e., too slow, or with old parts that are hard to find). Much else can be upgraded, though.

        I must say I don't have a lot of sympathy for people who have enough money to buy a new whatever every six months, and spend that money that way. I bought my Dell for under $300 four years ago. It's not much of a computer, but it gets the job done. And that with ridiculously little memory.

        Helps to run Firefox.

        "Unlike every other nation in the world, the United States defines itself as a hypothesis and continues itself as an argument." - Lewis Lapham

        by Miep on Fri Nov 12, 2010 at 09:09:54 PM PST

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