A Great Way To Commemorate An Old Friend

A Great Way To Commemorate An Old Friend When you can’t keep your computer functioning anymore, this is one way to deal with it: taking it apart and turning it into a piece of furniture. Much more sentimental (and creative) than tossing it in a landfill.

The end product is actually composed of two tables: an inner table that the boards are screwed into, and an outer wooden frame with glass to enclose the recycled computer innards.

This circuit board table is primarily made of components from an Intergraph 6880 with Edge II graphics (never heard of it? It’s a model from the late 80s and early 90s, the table owner’s first computer) along with 2800 baud modem parts. The boards and drives were carefully placed to fit together like puzzle pieces, and LED lights along the perimeter were wired to automatically illuminate this handiwork once it starts getting dark.

Consumer Computer Questions: Buy New or Repair?

AUSTIN, Tx:¬† If you’re looking to replace a broken computer, there are some options to consider.

You could get it repaired, or just buy a new one. If your computer doesn’t work, what do you do? Look for deals in store ads or call a computer repair shop. “I’ve definitely been getting more calls,” says Shawn Winget, technician and owner of Win Tech computer services. Saying the increase is connected to lots of reasons.

First, people want to save information stored on their hard drives. And second, saving money. “People may be more inclined to fix it, unless it’s more expensive to repair it than to buy a new one because the amount of Christmas shopping money and stuff is tight,” explains Winget.

Winget’s customers say repairing is the best option, “I can buy something that’s more expensive than what I paid for this at the time. In 2 months to a year, it will be outdated as well,” says Anne Vorheis.

Anne’s been using her Dell computer for seven years. A lifetime in the world of technology. Recently it’s been running slow and not staying on , so finding a solution that only costs a hundred dollars was a no brainer,”it does make sense for me.”

Stores like Best Buy are offering steep discounts. One advertised net book cost around the same as fixing it. And some Geek Squad employees say it may just make more sense to buy.

“Depends on the computer they have, how old it is or what benefits they’ll get from a new computer. With the holiday deals, there’s really good deals on computers,” explains Jason Reno, technician at Geek Squad.

Many  repair stores say if the costs exceed the value of the computer they recommend just buying new. But say some people prefer to stick with what they have.