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Computer R.I.P.

Where do old computers go to die? Is there an afterlife for these fossils?

This story appears in the January 2001 issue of

"What can I do with my old computer? Nobody wants it," the howl rose in my ears. "Do I just put it out in the trash!"

A friend recently asked that question and she's not the only one wondering. I hear the same question every month or two nowadays, and it's a recent development. Just five years ago, hadn't fully penetrated U.S. society and there was always somebody who wanted a hand-me-down box. But today, seemingly every home has a computer, and a cast-off, secondhand box is about as welcome as a discarded washing machine or toaster oven. Who has the space to store this unwanted stuff?

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