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A computer doesn’t last forever. Even if your computer still technically works many years later, you may want to get rid of it anyways. Newer computers are faster, store far more data and are more capable of better running programs, games, and videos. However, after you have decided to upgrade, what should you do with your old computer parts? Instead of just chucking them in the trash, you can recycle them. Here are some tips that can show you how. Selling Your Old Parts One option you have for recycling is to actually sell your old parts on an aftermarket. eBay, for example, is an excellent choice. Craig’s List is another. There may also be some online and local independent electronics dealers you can investigate. You shouldn’t expect to receive much in exchange if the part in question has been used a good deal, but it is a form of recycling that involves some amount of compensation. Self-Recycling Alternatively, you could choose to self-recycle. This involves repurposing an old part for a different use for you or your family. For example, you could repurpose an old personal computer as a home server with a little work. With a few extra components, you could also transform an old monitor into an extra television. Using an Electronics Recycling Service You may simply want to dispose of your old computer parts entirely. Don’t just put them in the garbage or in a regular recycling container. Instead, bring them to a professional electronics recycling service that will actually break down the materials so they can be reused. Things that can be recycled by such a service include motherboards, processors, hard drives, disc drives, RAM, power supplies, monitors and more. Removing Your Personal Data However, before you hand over a computer, hard drive or other component that can store personal data, you should make sure to first wipe that data, so it does not get into the wrong hands. It could be used to steal your identity. Certain recyclers will offer to wipe the data for you. However, you can also wipe it yourself with downloadable programs that can overwrite data multiple times so it can never be accessed again. Overall, recycling is the responsible thing to do. This is especially true for computer components and electronics that can harm the environment if not recycled properly. Consider your different options for unloading your computer parts in a responsible manner.
Nowadays the technology is advancing with a tremendous speed. If you turn around you can see different more or less useful gadgets, powerful portable computers, smartphones and all kinds of things our ancestors couldn't even imagine. However, the smarter our appliances are, the more fragile they become. That statement particularly applies to the computers and TV screens at home. You can't just grab some paper towel or a sponge and wipe the screen down. On the contrary-they require special attention. You can either buy a special cleaning detergent or continue reading and make your screen shinier than ever in few easy to follow steps. You can prepare a homemade cleaner just by using equal parts of isopropyl alcohol and distilled water. Always remember that you have to spray on a cotton towel and never directly on the screen. As we have mentioned above paper towels are totally inappropriate for cleaning a screen unless you want to make scratches. Before you start the procedure you'd better turn your devise off so you can easily see the fingerprints and spots on the screen. Using a soft rug (for example a microfiber one) is the best solution but don't put too much pressure while cleaning as it might result in pixels damage. Don't close the lid before the monitor is completely dry otherwise it will leave marks. If you are not willing to use the homemade cleaner, the best thing you can do is to buy the so popular canned air. It is thought to be the most common, powerful and harmless method to get your screen spotless. Apart from performing miracles with your screen, keyboard and the computer in general, the canned air can also be used in the kitchen for dislodging food particles and even for removing the pet hair, stuck deep into the sofa. It is a good idea to buy one of those cleaning kits as well. You will find all the necessary cloths and sprays for the cleaning of your TV or computer gathered together. The fact that they are proven and you know that it actually works is reason enough to trust the commercials and get one although according to the saying “All that glitters is not gold”. Many people are likely to clean their monitor exactly the same way they clean a mirror. Wrong! The LCD screens are so delicate that even a rougher cleaning cloth can cause damage. You can use the vinegar, ammonia and the baking soda to clean almost any angle of your home but under no circumstances should you use them to clean the screen as they contain some really harsh chemicals. Apart from the smartphones the portable computer is the other electronic devise we use every day so it should look clean and neat. Performing those steps means that you will enjoy your device for the years to come. Connie Jameson owns a company that provides London domestic cleaning and uses only eco- friendly and non-toxic detergents.