Why Donate Your Computer

Last week, I found a computer on the curb and felt bad someone was willing to throw out a perfectly functional machine when many people could really use it. I've already advised you on how to safely and thoroughly remove all your personal files from your computer. Now here's why you should keep your computer out of the landfill (thanks BestStuff for your list!).

Really Deleting What's on Your Computer

Yesterday I stressed the importance of scrubbing clean your computer before donating it (or putting it in the trash). Charitable organizations generally don't remove the data from your computer when you donate it. Consequently, they pass all your private electronic data on to the next owner.

Here's what to do in order to prep it for donation:

Today's Gadget - CherryPal PC

Anyone who has tried to go for a walk with a portable CD player knows how nice MP3 players are. No jumping, no expensive batteries, nothing to break because there are no moving parts. You'll love the CherryPal cloud computer for all the same reasons. It's a great little energy-efficient machine that's super simple for the technically intimidated, only costs $249 and uses just two watts of power (most computers use 65 watts). From the press release: