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KTVB.com: Computers pile up in landfills [MS policy aggravating the problem]

May 21, 2000, 00:08 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Hudachko)

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"There's a toxic new problem piling up in our nation's landfills. Computers, filled with lead and mercury, are being thrown away as fast as technology can pump new ones out. By the year 2004, 315 million P-C's will call the dump home. ... It would seem the solution would be a simple one. You can always donate your old computer to a thrift store and let them re-sell it. Or can you?"

"It seems Microsoft has a policy against reselling old computers that still run their programs. They say selling a computer without it's original disks or certificate of authenticity constitutes software pirating."

"The software giant threatened Idaho Youth Ranch, a local non-profit charity, with fines up to 20-thousand dollars. ... A spokesman from Microsoft says if there's a lesson to be learned here, it's to keep all the documents that come with your new computer."

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