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  # 1108956 15-Aug-2014 12:14
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NikT: I generally pass mine along to family, ...

Problem with that is they expect a lifelong support contract with 1 hour restore Service Level Targets

"I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road." -  Stephen Hawking


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  # 1108960 15-Aug-2014 12:18
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I had a large collection of assorted cables, hardware etc that I had a good clean out of before recently moving houses. Once at the new house I promptly needed a whole heap of the stuff I threw away :/ Always seems to be the way that you'll need it as soon as you get rid of it

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  # 1108964 15-Aug-2014 12:32
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or worse still I recently looked for some SATA cables, couldn't find any so bought some more to only find that I did have some its just that they were buried at the bottom of the box :-(

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Master Geek

  # 1108967 15-Aug-2014 12:33
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ADSL modems anyone? :)

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  # 1108969 15-Aug-2014 12:34
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use it until it breaks, or if i have to get a new one i either give it away or sell on trademe

Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.

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  # 1108978 15-Aug-2014 12:54
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Im a hoarder, so it builds up in the closet.

I have 8 old ATI cards, mostly PCI/AGP stacked up in a box.  All of which would still work at a moments notice should I require a stand in for my current 7 series card.

...I have no Nvidia cards.  Not because I'm a fanboy...But because they all blew up before they could reach the cupboard.

Sometimes what you don't get is a blessing in disguise!

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Master Geek

  # 1109032 15-Aug-2014 13:38
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yeap ADSL modem is on the list :-)



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Ultimate Geek

  # 1109127 15-Aug-2014 15:07

I always throw stuff that I want later on.

So, now I have decided to become a collector of vintage computer equipment.

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Uber Geek


  # 1109143 15-Aug-2014 15:31

NikT: I generally pass mine along to family, ...

Problem with that is they expect a lifelong support contract with 1 hour restore Service Level Targets

You're not wrong. That, or the equally-frustrating opposite: something goes wrong and they don't tell me about it for months, choosing instead to suffer through it or stop using whatever it was entirely.

My grandmother had issues with Outlook a while back, and rather than bother me, went to her local computer repair agent. They promptly pulled out the hard drive to scan for bad sectors for god knows what reason, Googled for the answer, fixed it, charged her $120.00 for the privilege, and then refused to give the machine back to her unless she shelled out for a 12-month subscription to their paid antivirus of choice. I was not amused.

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  # 1109158 15-Aug-2014 16:17
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I still have 10base2 cables and connectors, ISA-bus serial / parallel ports, CGA cards ...

My thoughts are no longer my own and is probably representative of our media-controlled government

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  # 1109164 15-Aug-2014 16:44
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I sometimes keep the odd thing long enough for it to appreciate in value. I sold a 5 1/4 floppy drive (at least 20 years old) recently on trademe for $80 which I was going to biff in the bin. But people need some of these old drives to retrieve old data off old disks, and they fetch even larger amounts on ebay.

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  # 1109171 15-Aug-2014 17:21
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Usually the bin for me or it gets disassembled for the heck of it.

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  # 1109188 15-Aug-2014 17:53
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flynkiwi: I am having a bit of a cleanup at home and wondered what most people do with their old equipment?
Eg I have a couple old PCs (Pentium D), non Freeview 32" LCD TV, DVD Home Theater, Xbox original etc

It all works but the technology has been superseded.

Was thinking of putting it on Trademe but are interested to see how others dispose of it?

In hindsight instead of holding on to it with the intention that I could use it somewhere else (but now no room to) its best to actually sell off as soon as possible anything you upgrade as not to be hit by too much depreciation in its value...

WAY to modern for me, My computer collection stop with 8086 and I have hundreds of computers and very understanding partner.

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  # 1109274 15-Aug-2014 20:45
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For us in the past we have used a PC for a good 5 or 6yrs then it became a print server downstairs to share that one printer.  Then to about 10yrs we sent it to a landfill that takes free IT equipment.  Or eDay befor that. 

For our phones we use for a good few yrs, still only have old color and b/w dumb phones which we will send to the recyclers again. 

My PC and laptop are 5 and 7yrs resp old still working.

I guess the point for us is that we don't really upgrade that often.  My first real Smartphone now is 1yr old myself, released 2yr ago.  I have a 2yr old Nokia Symbian I have that's gone as a work admin phone.

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  # 1109319 15-Aug-2014 21:26
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To be completely honest with everyone, I didn't include cables in my answer.  I'm pretty sure I could make this

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