In This Chapter
Planning for reuse
Putting older equipment to work internally
Loading Linux on older PCs
Using old PCs for bulletin boards and kiosks
Building an old media center
Offering older computers to employees
Finding a good home outside the organization
Starting a computer recycling club
Running a tag sale
Disposing of e-waste responsibly
Veteran readers of For Dummies titles know that when it comes to The Part of Tens, For Dummies authors don't take "ten" too literally. When it comes to recycling tips, we certainly don't want to hold back.
Now, about those computers you're about to retire: They can still be productive for others. Although some effort is involved in finding new uses for old equipment, having such a reuse program in place can not only boost your company's image but also offer perks for your employees or the community. This chapter briefly introduces you to a number of ideas for recycling computers, from tips for removing sensitive information to ways to reach out to your community.
Many obstacles to reusing older IT equipment can be avoided by taking care when new equipment is purchased. Save the software — the restore discs and any operating system license certificates — in a standardized way, either in a central location or, perhaps, in a shipping-label pouch attached to the machine.
Also, plan how you'll remove data from equipment you'll eventually retire so that you can prepare machines for ...