Upgrading?? But what happens to the old?

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  1. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    I dunno about what other do with their old equipment, I personally don't dispose of it, at least not in the garbage. Usually I sell it or pass it to something who'll needs it more than myself. Eventually, I know it'll end up in some recycle plant but has anyone really thought about happens to your computer, once it's trashed?
    Recently I've been wondering about this... Anyone else wonder? :confused::confused:

    What you reckon happens to it?
    Does your local authorise recycles it?

    Check this out.. it's shocking!!
     
  2. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

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    It becomes a collectors edition™ of course. :p
    Then it goes to the great server farm in the sky.
     
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    What kind of equipment are you talking about?
     
  4. UltraNEO* thread starter macrumors 601

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    Seriously? :eek:

    Hi Jessica, I'm talking about Electronic waste of course, you know, computers, media players, car stereos blah..blah..blah..

    I don't upgrade my parents, if that's what you're thinking:p
     
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    The ocean. We Americans just throw our old electronics into the ocean if we're close enough to it.
     
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    And I take it you never wonder why the water ways in and around the US is being poisoned. Don't you know it kills marine life?
     
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    I think he was kidding. We arent that bad.
    Excuse me while I go and throw my 6 pack plastic can rings into the ocean near an otter reserve.
     
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    I prefer to think of it as giving marine life a chance to use technology they might otherwise not get to use. What is cuter than an otter trying to check his gmail?
     
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    An otter with one of these around its neck, checking its gmail, of course.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. UltraNEO* thread starter macrumors 601

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    I found this...
    Our so called Digital Heaven happens to be in China!!
     
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    No silicon heaven? Where would all of the calculators go?
     
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    Chinese people get high on the leaded fumes.. lol
     
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    I don't know if that's very funny.
     
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    I have fixed it for you.
     
  17. UltraNEO* thread starter macrumors 601

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    I don't think dumping it in the ocean is good either!
     
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    Hah, I've seen that around the forums. It really makes me laugh too. It's not a collectors edition - it's a piece of old kit! I bloody love my Unibody Macbook but christ on a bike I'm not going to call it a a collectors edition. Fools!

    What happens here? Old hardware gets put in filing cabinet for later use. Sometimes it just goes old and irrelevant, like 30gb IDE hard drives or SCSI CD-RW's. Our oldest up-and-running computer now is a Pentium 4 system from 2002 or so, thinking about dropping a wifi adapter in there and just giving it to my brother. It's just a matter of "how much can you trust a teenager with the internet is his bedroom who knows nothing at all about computers?". Heh.
     
  19. GfPQqmcRKUvP macrumors 68040

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    Except that doesn't happen nearly as much as lead poisoning to humans does.
     
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    Very few consumers ever think about a product's "lifecyle" and effect. Just looking at the end, ignores what it took to manufacture it at the start. Eco-feelgooders that buy hybrid cars, propose the wider use of photovoltaic panels or CFL light bulbs might want to step back and give it a think for a moment.
     
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    Technically, PCB's by themselves doesn't hard humans. Only stupid uneducated beings who excessively heat-up or burn leaded solder in enclosed environments suffer from lead poisoning ~ who's dumb ass fault is that? :confused:
     
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    I took a few on my older computers to the local 'Electronics dump' where im sure they are scrapped, and then recycled.

    I did this along with taking all the rest of my hazard waste materials to the 'hazardous waste' disposal where they are taken care of.
     
  23. shaunymac macrumors 6502

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    This is why I upgrade every couple of years. I dont need a computer around that can only open safari.

    Listen to me closely if you have problems like the video shown above by the op, are you ready....craigslist is your friend. Really, list everything you haven't used/touched in 3-6 months and get rid of it. Apply that rule to everything in your life and you will be free of extra stuff. It is amazing too what people will buy.
     

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