I Believe in Recycling Computers

Danny - Western Springs, Illinois
Entered on September 8, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

I am a nerd, and very big one at that. Although I don’t initially seem like one at first, it is true. I really enjoy taking my computer and either opening it up, or messing around with programs on it. It is not just something I enjoy doing from time to time; I literally spend time after homework and the “more important things” and just crack open my mid-tower NZXT case. Unfortunately, it’s a very expensive hobby. Because of this, I believe in recycling old computers.

Although typically computers are thrown away because they are old and outdated, the parts in these computers can be reused in another old computer to make it actually decent. PCs like this can be used as servers or just extra computers around the house. I recently have been trying to get as many computers as I can from my friends so that I can use them and not have to go out and buy new parts. Once I fix them up, I’ll either use them for my own gain, or donate them to charity. Either way, it’s a win-win situation because I also believe in helping out the less fortunate.

As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I was once at a friend of mines house, and his mom got a new computer. She was about ready to throw out the old one, when we decided to take it instead and make it look new. We first took all the parts out and then we set it out in his backyard and spray painted it so it looked like a custom paint job. For being really bad at painting, we didn’t do too badly. We put it back together and cleared everything and did our best to make it run fast, and it actually worked! His mom couldn’t believe it. So then he got to keep this computer that looked brand new. He still uses it today, except for now; it is in a case made from LEGOs.

I’m a total geek. I really like to nerd out, but I just don’t like the prices. I believe in free stuff, and I also believe in computers. That being said, I really believe in recycling computers.