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It’s a sad fact of life that technology is always outdated. As soon as a piece of hardware is released, the engineers and designers set to work on the next iteration, meaning that the one you have in your house is past it from day one. But that doesn’t mean it’s useless, even after you succumb to temptation and buy the advertised upgrade.

Over the past couple of weeks we have seen videos featuring old or outdated technology being used to make music. From floppy drives 8 Of The Best Floppy Disk Drive Music Videos 8 Of The Best Floppy Disk Drive Music Videos Who would ever have thought that old, outdated technology such as floppy disk drives would be given a new lease of life by amateur computer engineers and programmers turning them into instruments? Not me. But... Read More to hard drives, from modems to printers, hardware from yesteryear Making Music With Tech Hardware - 8 Great YouTube Videos Making Music With Tech Hardware - 8 Great YouTube Videos We've already seen a list of the best music videos featuring floppy disk drives, and now it's time to broaden our horizons a little and bring more tech hardware into the mix. It's amazing the... Read More doesn’t necessarily need to be consigned to both the literal and figurative dustbin. We want to know what you do with old technology once it has served the purpose it was originally intended for.

This Week’s Question…

What Do You Do With Old or Outdated Hardware?

We really shouldn’t simply be throwing old hardware out like ordinary trash. Not only is doing so a waste of resources it also adds to the landfill problem. Thankfully there are alternatives, and we want to hear from you what some of those alternatives are and which you do yourself.

Do you pass your outdated hardware on to family or friends? Do you sell it via eBay or through local classified ads? Do you take it apart and use some or all of the components in another way? Or do you create a new use for those old computer parts, such as turning them into speakers as we have already seen?

We Ask You… All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen as having made the coveted ‘Comment Of The Week’, having their name put up in lights for all to marvel at and to coo over. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?


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