About Bob
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. 

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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 SnapFiles.

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 www.linux.org/dist.

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.

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