- Check all equipment and all software programs before discarding an old
computer because some old software does not run with WinXP computers loaded
with 500 mb RAM or more. The alternative is to use Windows XP Pro (full
retail package) and set up a multi-boot system with two or more operating
systems. It is possible to use a WinXP upgrade but may take many more days
to figure out.
Question at FTM meeting this morning about splitting files. Someone with an
old computer has allowed the Family Tree Maker data file to grow larger than
the learned method for backup to floppy disk. Not using e-mail so the
options are down to telephone or personal visit. Keep family files small
enough to back up and keep a family project simple if the computer equipment
Almost everyone in the computer group dreams of leaving a nice looking
family book for their relatives but many are reluctant to upgrade software
One of the advantages of newer computers is that backup devices are easily
plugged in to move large files. A Universal Smart Drive is about the size of
a package of stick gum or lighter, several companies make small devices.
CD-ROMs are the most affordable media for backups that are easily stored in
A 30 GB "pocket-size" hard drive from Pocketec seemed like a handy choice,
allowed files to be copied once and didn't work again. Returned to the
store. Larger external hard drives have fast USB 2 or Firewire connection
and can be left attached to a computer.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Charlie Hansen"
> On 25 Jan 2003 at 10:51, E & R Kinnear wrote:
> > Does anyone know where to take old computers for disposal?
> RetroSystems Inc at 523 Flint Road SE will accept old electronics and
> computers for disposal. They charge $8.00 to dispose of old 14 inch
> monitors unless you have more computers items, which they could