Electronic School, September 1998, p. A38
With millions and millions of old computers heading for the garbage, several grass roots and non-profit groups are trying to steer outdated machines to schools.
Problem is, many schools don’t want them.
Computer donations to schools are skyrocketing, thanks to tax deductions donors can claim and the near-zero resale value of old PCs (especially 286s and 386s). But many schools shun computers that aren’t Pentiums or better.
But those who run computer donor programs say this is silly. They say even an obsolete computer is more instructive than no computer at all, especially to younger children. And as more people lend their expertise in upgrading and repairing donated computers, schools can take better advantage of this free supply of computers.