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Repurposing Your Old Home Computer (and We’re Not Talking Boat Anchors and Doorstops Here)

You’ve taken your new computer out of the box, hooked it up, and can’t wait to start enjoying the faster processor and stunning display capability it offers. Now what are you going to do with that the old home computer now sitting on the floor next to your desk?

Here are some ideas on how to repurpose the old household computer that will benefit the whole family.


Your New Home Theatre System

Home theatre computers do not use a lot of processing power. All you need is a connection (e.g., DVI, HDMI, VGA) to your television in order to watch services like Netflix, Hulu, or Youtube. You can view your own movies by ripping them to your computer’s hard drive or by using the computer’s DVD player. Eventually, you could even upgrade the computer’s hard drive to accommodate more movies

Menus on Demand

If your old home computer is not terribly cumbersome or unsightly, you may want to consider putting it in the kitchen area. There are lots of cooking websites that offer the family chef a plethora of options when it comes to family meals. Most of these sites provide plenty of tasty recipes without requiring a monthly membership fee. YouTube also offers plenty of cooking tips and tricks.

In-Home Server

Old computers can become the household file server that acts as a centralized location for files. These files can be family pictures, movies, recipes, checklists, contact information, etc. A server of this size does not require a lot of power to operate and is easy to maintain.

Recycle It

If none of these options for your old home computer appeal to you, now would be a good time to recycle it. Don’t wait till it gets any older! A preferred recycling option for unwanted electronics is reuse, but the older your equipment gets, the less likely its life can be extended. Before you drop off your old computer, make sure you back up all of your files and that you work with a reputable electronics recycler that will make sure all of your critical data (user names, passwords, and personal information) is wiped clean from the computer hard drive before recycling.