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Inside the Digital Dump

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This is where your old computer may end up. I think we should pay more attention to making software fast and efficient, so we don't have to buy faster hardware and more memory all the time. The more you buy, the more waste you produce.

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I agree, but another

I agree, but another solution to this problem besides not buying new stuff too often is recycling old stuff. Don't throw it away, even if you don't know what to use it for right now. If it works, chances are it might come in handy at some point for a certain task. Although I only had computers since 2000, which is pretty late compared to most people, I never throw away any of the computer parts. I've got three actually broken or semi-broken monitors sitting on my closets side by side. I've got an old printer/scanner which works great, but isn't at all supported by GNU/Linux and is hence unused. I have an old Macintosh SE (made in 1989) along with an old printer that went with it and now we also have one unused computer.

Just piling it up in house might not be the ideal option, but sooner or later we may either find some use for it or sell it to someone who will have a good use for it. In any case, throwing it away like some sort of a useless garbage (which technology parts rarely are, in fact) is the last resort option, if it can be even that.

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Maybe you can use the mac as

Maybe you can use the mac as a terminal (using a null modem cable).

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What kind of terminal? It's

What kind of terminal?

It's a really old Mac and it runs Mac OS only barely up to 7.0. The screen is built in and there is no hard drive (everything goes from floppy disks).

I guess you'd have to enlighten me on that. I'm not experienced with turning old computers into obscure.. er.. terminals. Sticking out tongue

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I don't know anything about

I don't know anything about old macs, but I'm sure there must be a few programs that can emulate a vt100 and connect through a modem (or null modem cable). They exist for old atari computers, so why not for macs.

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