WGW2707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1197 posts, RR: 37 Reply 15, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 1342 times:
I wish I had noticed this thread earlier.
In my opinion, one of the more unfortunate things going on in IT at the moment is the needless disposal of a large number of perfectly solid enterprise desktops. I can guarantee you that (at least until they were knocked over in an festival of gross stupidity) most of those boxes ran just fine, and were only retired because of their age. Old computers like that, instead of being melted down or placed in landfills (where they pose an environmental hazard) could instead be donated to schools in third world countries, or otherwise put to good use. A range of open source operating systems such as DSL Linux, MINIX, and Dillo Linux, as well as the proprietary (and rather hard to obtain) Microsoft Windows Essentials for Legacy PCs, exist specifically for running on older hardware, so its not as though these devices would be completely unsupported (and of course you could also use OS/2 or Win95/98 or another legacy OS, if you wanted to). An old Pentium 1 or 2 box (or even an 80486) is ample for surfing the web and accomplishing basic productivity tasks, and in many cases, older computers such as those depicted above are more energy efficient than their newer, faster replacements (enterprises, over the past 5 years, have really felt the pain of that as the electricity bills for data centers and desktop deployments keep rising). Reliability is also sometimes better, due to the fact that a number of older systems do not require a case or CPU fan (resulting in fewer moving parts), and the observed downward trend in hard disk reliability.
Unfortunately, the pervailing trend is to want the latest and greatest irrespective of the cost. IMO for 85% of users (with engineers, developers, artists/designers, scientists and gamers being the exceptions), PCs such as those being wasted in the attached video running a user friendly Linux distribution would be perfectly adequete and reliable for day to day use.
AC773 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 3 Reply 16, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 1325 times:
Quoting WGW2707 (Reply 15): Unfortunately, the pervailing trend is to want the latest and greatest irrespective of the cost.
No, the prevailing trend is for more complex, more demanding software that eventually requires more modern hardware to maintain productivity. And on the YouTube page for this video, the author states that all these towers will be either donated to someone else or sent to a proper recycling facility.
Quoting WGW2707 (Reply 15): I can guarantee you that (at least until they were knocked over in an festival of gross stupidity) most of those boxes ran just fine
...And they'll still run just fine. Desktops - especially the older, heavier ones featured in the video - aren't fragile in the same way that laptops are. They can take some pretty serious abuse and keep on running, so just "falling over" won't cause them to break - not even slightly.
Better to be nouveau than never to have been riche at all.
WGW2707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1197 posts, RR: 37 Reply 17, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 1311 times:
True, AC. And to be fair, I also once inadvertantly dropped an old NetVista desktop I was working on (about a foot). It lived. I also had not realized that about the desktops being disposed of, so that's certainly great to know (that the incident in question was not merely an orgy of disposability).