What To Do With Those Old Gadgets?

 

gadgetsBecause I teach people how to use their new gadgets, I’m often asked what I recommend they do with their old ones.

Depending on how old it is and what condition, I recommend that you try and sell it, recycle it, or give it to charity.

Several years ago, I sold my mom’s really old laptop on cash for laptops for $70 and it was really easy working with them.  They sent a shipping box and everything.  Now, Best Buy has a webpage where you can submit information about your gadget.  They will tell you the value, give you a gift certificate or recycle it for you if it has no value.

In any case, you must wipe out your personal information.  You might have passwords, tax documents, contacts, personal photos, home videos or other sensitive data that  you don’t want falling into the wrong hands.

The most Important thing for you to know is that deleted files are not really gone – they’re just hidden.  Anyone who knows what they’re doing can find them.

To keep your information safe, you need to permanently wipe it out.  I won’t go into all details here because it’s pretty technical and not of interest to most people.

However, if you want to know all the details, I’ll be happy to teach you. Or, if you don’t want to know, I’ll be happy to do it for you.

I’m sure you’ll have questions about your new device that I can answer as well.

  3 comments for “What To Do With Those Old Gadgets?

  1. August 9, 2014 at 10:51 am

    HI MARDY,

    THIS IS LILY…FEW WEEKS AGO WHEN YOU WERE HERE YOU TOLD ME THAT YOU HAVE SET SOMETHING, SO THAT IN ONE WEEK IT WILL AUTOMATICALY DELETES MESS. FROM EARTHLINK…SO FAR IT DID NOT HAPPEN YET, I HAVE TO DO IT MYSELF….

    LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK….THANK YOU, LILY=

    ALSO, WHEN I SENT THIS LETTER TO YOUR OTHER ADDRESS mardi@desertcomputertutor.com IT CAME BACK TO ME….

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    • August 9, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Hi Lily,

      I think what I said is that when you delete messages they will stay on earthlink’s server for a month or two and then earthlink will delete them to save space on their server. So you have a month or two to retrieve a message if you deleted it by mistake and you don’t have to spend time deleting messages from the “Deleted” folder. Glad you asked.

      I sent myself a message at mardi@desertcomputertutor.com and it worked. If you look at the return message it will tell you what happened. Most of it won’t make sense, but if you read through all the techno babble, you will see something that might make sense to you. Let me know what it says and I can explain further.
      Thank you very much for letting me know.

      In Joy
      Mardi

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  2. August 9, 2014 at 10:52 am

    THANKS FOR RESPONDING SO FAST….YOU ARE PROBABLY RIGHT…..MY ONLY CONCERN IS, THAT IF I WAIT ONE-2 MONTHS, MY SPACE IS NOT THAT BIG, (AND I DO NOT WANT TO BUY MORE FROM EARTHLINK) THAT IT COULD SPEND ALL THE SPACE, (THIS HAPPENED BEFORE, AND THAT IS WHEN I STARTED TO DELELTE ONCE A WEEK)…

    I AM GOING TO FORWARD RETURNED EMAIL, SO YOU CAN SEE IT…
    THANKS, LILY

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