Recycling my old junk


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It was time to do a little spring cleaning.  Cleaning out the house in CT got me to thinking that some of my other stuff should probably go to Best Buy to that great big junk yard in the sky (or probably some recycling plant in the state).  The devices that I sent to Best Buy were the very first DVD player that I received as a gift from the Mrs. back when we were dating.  I’ve had that DVD player for at least 16 years and it was so awesome since it didn’t have silly protections in it that prevented me from using burned DVD’s.  The Tivo Series 2 was a gift from my friend Luan when I used to live in Tampa.  This thing is 13 years old but hasn’t been working for the past 3 or 4, the hard drive I think is dead (well I know it is because I wasted a lot of time doing research) .  I have a new DVR through Comcast that records in HD and can stream online and to all my TV’s so this thing is going to the recycler as well.

What I didn’t take a picture of was all the different cables and old chargers that I’ve kept around “just in case” but I haven’t touched these things for at least 5 years so I think it was fine to get rid of them.  I had tons of cables for networking, A/V, and 30 pin chargers for my old iPhones that all went to Best Buy.  That has to be one of the most useful services that Best Buy provides me, recycling all my old electronics.  There are a lot more electronics that I think I can recycle but that will wait for another day.  I think what might be next are even more cables (I have 2 drawers of just cables that I’ve collected over the years) and potentially my fathers old Sony VAIO laptop that had copies of my taxes from over a decade ago.  It runs Windows 98 and takes FOREVER to actually run. I’ll take the hard drive out of it of course, I don’t want that data going out into the ether and not under my control but at the same time its going to be hard to find a way to format that drive and all the other ones that I have.  I need to find a good hard drive recycler locally so I can get rid of my drives and data at the same time. I don’t have access to a drill press or anything like that or else I would have done that already.

The desktop isn’t dead yet but I’m still too good at fixing computers to ever let it die.  I’m sure there is hidden technology all over the house that I should really get rid of but I need to find some time and motivation to do it.  I’m definitely a collector of junk, especially electronics (I still have an iPhone 4S, original iPad, and I think my Treo Pro) all still here in the house.  I use the iPhone 4S and iPad occasionally to airplay video but the Treo Pro I keep around because its unlocked and a piece of tech that you just can’t get anymore and it runs Windows Mobile!

I think at some point this Mac that I’m writing this post on will have to go too, Apple is going to update the OS anymore since its on the retirement list (it is 5 years old now) so I will be in the market for a smaller and lighter laptop. The thing I dread is moving a ton of data to a new computer and then trying to do syncing of my devices with that new computer.  I need a better way to sync my iOS  devices, data, and apps (the wifi sync really sucks and is inconsistent).  If I could sync to my NAS I think that would be the best option but iTunes doesn’t support that capability (and probably never will).  Time to get to some anime before bed!

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