Used hardware

Used hardware is technology that has been put to previous uses before the present one. It can be pedagogically helpful in challenging common assumptions that the newest technology is always the best. It can also be much more affordable than the latest models.

Use cases

Go to your institution's surplus auction

Many universities and other educational institutions auction off large quantities of hardware that is still very functional. This is an easy way to obtain used hardware, as well as to explore with students their institution's habits and practices around technology.

Build a media archaeology lab

Create an environment where students can comfortably explore, repair, and use older technology.

How to use it

Often, old computers that run poorly on newer versions of their intended operating systems (e.g., Mac OS, Windows) run much better on Linux distributions. Try that!

Replacement for

Newer, more expensive hardware.


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