What do you do with your old gad­gets?

T3 India - - GADGET GURU -

AGaGu is com­mit­ted to wring­ing every sin­gle breath of life from his old kit, even those items that cur­rently re­side in The Pile, a dan­ger­ous wife-trou­bling stack of age­ing elec­tron­ics that Guru hasn’t yet brought him­self to dis­pose of. He is de­ter­mined, for ex­am­ple, to cover every cor­ner of the vast Guru home­stead with phone pow­ered se­cu­rity cam­eras, run­ning IP We­b­cam (`195) on An­droid and pip­ing that footage to an old PC run­ning open source soft­ware iSpy (free) for record­ing. It’s not the sim­plest sys­tem – to be hon­est, GaGu will prob­a­bly get Guru Jr. to do the com­plex soft­ware bits of it – but it’s re­cy­cling in ac­tion, and means none of that pre­cious old kit has to cross the thresh­old.

When the time comes to ac­tu­ally re­move old stuff, Guru favours the most al­tru­is­tic meth­ods pos­si­ble. You don’t have to; you could at­tempt to wring a bit of cash out of your old stuff on eBay, but given that every one of its poli­cies favours the buyer over the seller, pre­pare to be bit­ten if your pur­chaser proves to be less than scrupu­lous. You could also chuck your phone (for ex­am­ple) at a ser­vice like Mazuma in ex­change for a to­ken pit­tance, but who knows what they’ll do with it on the other end.

Guru’s real pay­ment is the warm glow he feels in­side, both from the red wine and from the sat­is­fac­tion of bung­ing old com­put­ers to com­put­ers for char­i­ties. org, or col­lec­tions of mis­cel­la­neous gad­getry at his lo­cal char­ity shop chain. Check with yours be­fore you send elec­tri­cals, as many aren’t equipped to test them be­fore sale. Ev­ery­thing else, once it fi­nally leaves The Pile, will be prop­erly re­cy­cled by Guru’s lo­cal coun­cil in ac­cor­dance with the ex­cit­ing-sound­ing WEEE di­rec­tive, be­cause GaGu doesn’t need an­other en­vi­ron­men­tal law­suit on his hands after what hap­pened to those oily seabirds.

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