Bob started out as a mathematics teacher but in 1979 he made that
fateful move of purchasing a personal computer. He never looked back.
Mathematics became shared with computing and for 25 years Bob has
taught computers to children, to teens, to adults and to seniors both
in and out of school settings.
Well, I'm going to try to tell you about software that you can find on
the internet that is free for the downloading time or if not free then
reasonable by comparison to going out and buying it. Take a look at
the free Office Suites that you
can get just for the download. They are excellent and a lot cheaper
than purchasing MS Word or Works or Office and contributing to the
Bill Gates retirement fund.
What should you do with your old computers? It seems a shame
to throw them away! There may be several reasons why you may want to
actually hang on to it. But, under no circumstances should you dispose
of computers by throwing them in the trash. They are full of toxic
waste and need to be dismantled and recycled properly.
Make certain that you securely remove any personal data files (home
accounting, old tax programs, documents and spreadsheets, etc.) from
the system before doing so. My favorite program for scrubbing data
from computers is called Eraser, available for free at
There are a number of possible uses for an old computer, however, that
you may want to consider before getting rid of it. If you are as much
of a music fanatic as I am, you may want to consider turning it into
an MP3 jukebox that can connect to your home stereo. By wiping the
drive clean and reinstalling Windows (any version), you can relegate
the rest of the space and processing power for the simple playback of
music. A great MP3 player for older systems is Winamp.
If you are the inquisitive type, an old system is the perfect way to
play around with Linux, the operating system alternative to Windows.
You can get dozens of free versions of Linux at
If you have kids, it is nearly impossible these days to do homework
without access to the Internet. Surfing the Net and checking e-mail
does not take much processing power, so an extra Internet-connected
system always comes in handy in families with more than one child.