Re-purpose the old to make it look like new., its a great feeling to take an old computer and make it look like a brand new system. A work colleague, gave me an old Dell Inspiron 531. The Dell Inspion is a fine example of a great renovation project. The particular project was worked to create and re-purpose an old computer into a newer version of itself. The newer version runs Open Media Vault. OpenMediaVault is a free Linux distribution designed for network-attached storage. I have already posted a few articles on this particular Linux Distribution.
When I re-purpose an old computer, I think about the environment, and the fact that we can still bring life to an old system and use it for a few more years before it does end up in a landfill.
Why re-purpose an computer? If you can still use it, then use it. Do not discard it. However, if you still wish to discard it, then give it to a person like me that knows how to re-purpose and recycle the computer and it’s parts. My personal opinion, one of the key aspect of re-purposing is to save you some money in the long run and still use what you originally purchased a few more year pass its life-cycle.
Re-purposing also prevents hazardous and toxic-waste from being discarded into landfills. Computers do have toxic and hazardous waste. When you trow electronics away, please think about the impact that such electronics will bring to our environment. Dispose of your electronics the right way. Back to re-purposing a computer. Re-purposing, is to find another use other than its original intended use.
You can re-purpose from one operating system to another. You can re-purpose your old computer from one function (desktop) to another (server). In the case if the system that I’ve first mentioned above (old Dell Inspiron 531)., I decided to re-purpose the computer from it’s original intended use (home computer) to an attached network storage device, using open media vault. This will allow me to use this system for a few more years before I decide to either re-purpose it again or to properly dispose of it. Remember, think about the environment before you discard your computers (electronics) if you can re-purpose then by all means do so.