Use that computer baby!

So, a public service announcement. Don’t be like me. When your laptop breaks, do what you can to fix it instead of buying a new one. It’s super hard on the environment to make a new computer.

“‘The manufacture of brand new computer models uses more than four times the energy and resources it would take to extend the life of an older machine for another few years,’ says Sheila Davis, executive director of the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition” on The Green Guide.

Find information on computer takebacks, visit

Ask Metafilter for ideas for making your old computer last.

Kevin 2.0 has instructions for turning your old laptop hard drive into a USB drive.

Also, check out people’s ideas for Old Joel’s old laptop, including “Set up the screen saver to scroll the Unabomber’s Manifesto, then leave it unattended in the airport. Watch hilarity ensue.”


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