Have you got a few minutes? I thought so...well, I suggest you spend them watching the above video. Not only is it semi-adorable, it's got a moral we can really get behind. "Love the one you're with," particularly, the computer you're with.
It takes more energy to create a computer than the computer will consume in 10 years. I know that we're geeks, and that the new machines are always oh-so compelling, but there's something to be said for upgrading. You might find that a little bit of simple maintenence might restore some of your 1.5 ghz machine's former glory. The simplest upgrades, RAM, hard drive and (for laptops) a new battery, certainly won't run you more than a hundred dollars or so.
But the most necessary bit of maintenence (that this video won't tell you about) is an occasional re-install of the operating system. It's essential to wipe your machine of all the memory-consuming crap that youve acquired over the years. And a re-install won't cost you a dime...but it will take some time. The question is, is your old computer worth it? Do you love it enough to give it the gift of life?
Maybe these statistics from lovethe1yourewith
- The energy required to produce a new computer is enough to run a computer for 10 years
- The energy saved by extending the life of your computer by a year could run it for 2 years
- 220 million tons of e-Waste are generated annually in the USA
written by Dan Wilson, May 27, 2008
written by PC Tune-Up, May 28, 2008
written by Marilyn, May 29, 2008
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