Help me upcycle my old technology

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As an old and seasoned geek, I’ve accumulated my fair share of outdated technology over the years. You know the stuff: old laptops, giant mobile phones and thousands of ethernet cables and kettle plugs.

Given the fact that I’ve moved 25 times in 21 years, you’d think that I’d have jettisoned more of this stuff along the way. But in my last few moves, I was so sick of sorting and packing, that it all ended up coming with me.

Two years ago I moved into my countryside home, the cruft found a cupboard, and has been there since. New Years 2012 is only 24 hours away and I’m determined to be shut of this clutter by then.

Help me to free my life of this stuff, while providing yourself with opportunities to upcycle some of this stuff into cool hack projects. Let’s keep as much of this copper out of the landfill as possible.

Please help me to find homes for the following:

  • Black Epson Stylus C42UX/C42+/C44UX print cartridge
  • Color Epson Stylus C42UX/C42+/C44UX print cartridge
  • 512 MB PC133 Laptop RAM
  • 128 MB PC133 Laptop RAM
  • Morphy Richards White “Digital Messenger” answerphone
  • Belkin N1 USB Wireless Adaptor
  • Dell Inspiron 1150 Laptop: No HDD, Screen in good order, MOBO overheats
  • Aiwa MniDisc Recorder: AM-F80 includes battery pack
  • 2 x Parallel cable
  • USB power source from wall adapter to two USB sockets
  • 6 pin to keyboard and mouse splitter cable
  • 4 x RCA cable
  • 1 metre 6 pin extension cable for mice/keyboards/etc
  • Bag of assorted server rack nuts
  • Parallel cable male-to-male adapter
  • 2 x UK telephone to modem RJ45 cable
  • Microsoft PS/2 mouse
  • Digital camera adapter for Sony Ericsson mobile (Communicam MCA-25)
  • Modem to Modem (US style RJ45 cable)
  • 3 x 2 metre parallel printer cable
  • PS/2 to Serial Mouse adapter
  • Uniross X-Press 1000 battery charger
  • Linksys Bluetooth USB dongle w/ integrated antenna
  • 4 x Walkman
  • PS/2 to USB mouse adapter
  • Garmin Etrex GPS handheld: Sadly cracked/leaky LCD, but unit in perfect working order
  • ATI AGP Graphics card
  • BT R70 Answerphone
  • Blackberry mini-USB wall charger
  • QuickCD PCMCIA External CD drive
  • 2 x iomega ZIP Drives
  • Netgear MA401 802.11b PCMCIA wireless card
  • 4 x 2 pin plugs
  • AT to PS/2 keyboard adapter
  • 2 x Parallel to 9 pin serial adapter
  • US to Australian Phone adapter
  • Thinkpad 365X Laptop: No HDD, screen in working order
  • LinkSys WPC11 PCMCIA 802.11b wireless adapter
  • Altec Lansing PC speaker set with Subwoofer and 2 desktop speakers. Beige and ugly but lend tunes to a busy workshop
  • 6 x Kettle plugs
  • Solwise SAR110 ADSL router

NB - Anything that can’t be upcycled by a hackspace, will be offered on Freecycle. As a last resort I’ll take it all to a decent recycling centre in my bicycle trailer. At least the last mile of this junk’s life will be low-carbon.