multi-monitor setup, or as a screen for that media server tucked into the closet.
Old Pagers: Leave It! Really? All nostalgia aside, toss it. Hard. Against a brick wall like a movie scene where the guy gets mad. Old Phones (Landline): Leave It! Who has a land line now anyways? Get a Google Voice number and route it to your cell phone. Old Cellphones: Leave It! There are plenty of ways to repurpose an old cell phone, but there are many more good reasons to donate it to a good cause. Old Stereos: Leave It! New sound systems are so cheap, and most likely you're rocking a smartphone or mp3 player that's incompatible with your old system without clunky adapters.
Old Portable Music Players: Leave It! Remember the Walkman? Or portable CD players? MP3 players are dirt cheap, and again you've got your smartphone to listen to music. Transfer your collection to digital and then ditch the old tech. Who still has one of these things anyway? Although recalling old mixed tapes does bring back fond memories… Old Remote Controls: Leave It! You're never going to need the remote for your 1997 VCR ever again. Seriously. And even if you did, universal remotes are everywhere and can be programmed to control just about any piece of technology you'll ever need a remote for. Old VCRs: Leave It! Convert your VHS tapes to digital format and toss your old VHS tapes and VCRs. Old Calculators: Leave It! Unless your job requires a dedicated calculator or one that can get tossed around without worry, get rid of it. Your smartphone has a calculator, and if you need something fancy there are plenty of apps. No need to rock that TI-83 anymore. Perhaps we just said leave it to most everything, but tech is ever evolving and that's what makes it so much fun. We like new stuff, and while we continue to hang on to our old stuff, it's constantly being outdated and loses its usefulness. Save yourself the trouble and just get rid of it. And by "leave it" we mean recycle it, donate it, or give it away. Waste not!
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