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PSA: Windows 7 end of support means: Scavenge all the 'old' computers! It be raining computing devices (prolly also a lot of data because newbs) which can be transformed with a single USB to a fully fledged linux workstation! i3-i5 intels for the grabs, if you're lucky i7!
Think: Companies, Libraries, Schools and Most of all Government institutes (they prolly be dumping their XP boxes and having a hard day finding out that their new integrated systems now function on 7 and need 5 years + millions to get to run on 10)

Free!!!! OEH! and if you're really lucky, they be thinking that they need new monitors too, because of win10 :blobcatgooglytrash:

@Mnemonic Friends of mine used to wait until the local, private university was going on summer break and then raid the dumpsters near the dorms. The (usually affluent) students would leave all kinds of crazy stuff after moving out and going back to their parents. Electronics, furniture, full and unopened bottles of booze. Friends called it "hippy Christmas"

@erosdiscordia @woland @Mnemonic I've gotten some good stuff that way. Blankets, down-filled pillows, nice clothes hangers

@rubah @erosdiscordia @Mnemonic I'm paranoid of bedbugs after living in New York, but so long as you can wash things and heat them at high heat (thats the important part) they should be good to go.

@woland @Mnemonic the same thing was done on bases when I was in the navy. Billits changed and there was lots of free stuff to be had.

@Mnemonic What would be a good way to find out when/where these machines might be discarded?

@erosdiscordia @Mnemonic talk to people in IT if you can

most people who work places don't like waste

@amsomniac @erosdiscordia @Mnemonic

last year (with the permission of my employers, who did not want them filling up a corner of the comms room) I filled up my small European car *twice* with obsolete PCs (that were previously running XP) and donated them to the community radio station (they get used with Linux for transcoding audio and sometimes audio editing workstations, or those without hard drives are used to patch up similar PCs after PSU/hardware failures)

flickr.com/photos/rtnvfrmedia/

@amsomniac @erosdiscordia @Mnemonic

I had to pull the hard drives from some of the PC's as I didn't have time to wipe all of them securely as they needed to be gone as part of a business reorganisation (they are all in a box in my house)

in this country (UK) its illegal to simply dump them, and although consumer equipment can be handed in at the Council recycling centre if you bring a carload of similar computers they send you away and tell you to get a business recycling contract >>

@amsomniac @erosdiscordia @Mnemonic

of course that costs money, so if a small/medium size business knows they can find a better home for the hardware without increasing any risk of a data security breach they are often quite happy for it to be donated to someone who can make better use of it.

(I am keeping the remaining Win7 box in this office, it will be reformatted for Linux and used as an experiment to see if Linux desktop has wider potential here)

@vfrmedia @amsomniac @Mnemonic @woland I think I'm going to collect a few this year, clean them up and put some easy version of Linux on them, and see who around these parts might need a computer.

@erosdiscordia @Mnemonic Another suggestion is to search 'e-waste disposal [your zip/postal code]'. Typically an organization will hold one big drive and get all their deposits at once.

@erosdiscordia You already got some good advice, I have an old employer who casually mentioned it and I dipped in.
Schools/libraries are things you can probably ring up (even offer to bleachbit them for them for free) and the rest is litteral dumpster diving, most companies have like a designated spot to put stuff like that (so not mixed with real trash).

@Mnemonic A chicken in every pot! Forty acres and a mule! A linux workstation on every desktop!

@Mnemonic This has absolutely zero pragmatic advice for me and the relic PC I'm keeping precisely because it runs Windows 7. :V

@nik I'm reading up on the clout now and already answered the other one so here:

I have an old employer who casually mentioned it and I dipped in.
Schools/libraries are things you can probably ring up (even offer to bleachbit them for them for free) and the rest is literal dumpster diving, most companies have like a designated spot to put stuff like that (so not mixed with real trash).

@r000t
I have an old employer who casually mentioned it and I dipped in.
Schools/libraries are things you can probably ring up (even offer to bleachbit them for them for free) and the rest is literal dumpster diving, most companies have like a designated spot to put stuff like that (so not mixed with real trash).

it's the time for Linux now. anyway Linux is better :) :) :)

@pry How do you mean "where"?

As in like places to look, hard to say because I'm Dutch and don't know much outside my town and nearby cities.

But for the 'place' companies store that sort of waste, I wiki-ed it and it's called "Bulky waste" in English en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulky_wa Companies have (In my country at least :p ) like special areas to put that sort of stuff.

@pry @Mnemonic in the US some (public) colleges and universities sell them right on campus.
@pry see if your campus does surplus sales/auctions. some places are mandated to sell off their surplus tech
@Mnemonic free monitors could also easily happen because governments/companies often buy the whole workstation rather than just the tower.

@lanodan Yes, though I chalk that up as the reason being "win10" for a new monitor :blobcatgoogly:

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Fin du support Windows 7 :
À récupérer pleins de "vieux" ordinateurs !
Il pleut des machines qui peuvent être transformés avec une simple clé USB en une station de travail linux à part entière !
Des i3-i5 intel à saisir, avec de la chance des i7 !
Les entreprises, les bibliothèques, les écoles et la plupart des administrations (ils virent les antiques XP, découvrent stupéfaits que leurs systèmes actuels fonctionnent avec W7 .
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@Mnemonic
Ça prendra + de 5 ans et coûtera des millions pour utiliser Windows 10.
C'est gratuit ! et si vous êtes vraiment vernis, ils pensent qu'ils ont également besoin de nouveaux moniteurs, tout ça à cause de windows 10 !
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@Egide Merci Beaucoup! This is my first translated toot :ablobcathappypaws:

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