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Top 45 Best Things To Do With An Old PC *(26 + 19)

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If you're looking for some great things to do with an old or spare PC, then this list is for you. I used to have a website, with lots of PC / computer content on there. One article was 26 things to do with an old 486 PC. Some may still be relevant, but I've decided to list some of the new, interesting, fun, and more modern ideas first.


Things to do with an old(ish) PC: 1 - Run as an old PC/Dos/Windows Gaming Machine If you're hardcore you may be able to find a 3dfx Voodoo graphics card to play all the old school 3D games. You could use DOSBox to run a DOS emulator on your PC, or alternatively you can start from the beginning and install MS-DOS, and then Windows 95 on top.

2 - Run as an arcade machine / emulator - MAME etc Get MAME and you can emulate an old arcade machine to play original arcade games. Remember GoldenAxe on the Amiga and Atari ST? Well, image it a whole lot better, with the original arcade version. Here's a quick (17min) video guide on how to setup MAM…

3DMark Scores through time...

Where possible, I've run 3DMark benchmarks on old and new graphics cards... this can be useful to see how much difference there is between your old card and new card, when upgrading a graphics card, or also when upgrading to a newer system. Scroll down and you'll find vintage graphics card scores as well.      

3DMark 2006 (DX9)                                                             
Latest graphics card: GTX 1060 3GB: 23,346*
Previous graphics card: GTX 460: 22,876*

3DMark 2011 (DX11)
Latest graphics card: GTX 1060 3GB: P 11,821*
Previous graphics card: GTX 460: P 3635*



3DMark Version:TimeSpy v1.0FireStrike20112006200520032001SEGeforce GTX 1060 3GB* +225%3,7629,60711,82123,34821,998124,61163,025Geforce GTX 460 2GB* +395%--3,63522,876---Geforce GTX 460 2GB** +71%
^ Windows 7 / ' Windows 10
---4,61414,634
11,785'
48,378
41,933'
25,940
13,709'
Radeon X1900 XT 512MB**---5,12310,25516,76222,564Radeon HD5450^ 1GB** ('W10)---2,6174,7567,576-Geforce 7300GT 256MB**---1,6463,…

Using the 2009 Symbian Nokia E72 Phone in 2018

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Many people are looking to simplify their dependence, and addiction to smartphones (from Google and iOS), or perhaps you're looking for a simpler phone for use by someone small (like a child), or you want a smaller phone in your pocket, with better battery life.

You might also want to avoid Google tracking your every move.

You might want to use certain modern apps, such as Whatsapp, or Sat-nav, if possible. So in order to find out what could be done with an old smartphone, I thought I'd look at what it's like to use an old Symbian Nokia E72 smartphone in 2018.

Many modern smartphones have large screens, and on-screen touch keyboards. "Back in the day" when phones didn't always have a large touch-screen, they'd sometimes feature a real keyboard. This is why I went for a Nokia E72, with a keyboard, rather than simply a numeric keypad, as I still wanted to be able to type or write text messages (and potentially emails).


Lets dive straight in and see what I c…

Dumbphones, Feature phones, and Non-Android Smartphones

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Avoiding Google and other companies tracking your every move has become more and more difficult, as smartphones have become an integral part of life. We accept Google knowing everywhere we go because we find Google Maps extremely useful for getting us from point A to point B, for free.

We accept tracking of distance and speed travelled, as it informs Google of traffic issues, and can then let other people (and yourself) know that there might be a quicker way to get to where you're going.

Sure you can switch off tracking, but other apps may still be tracking you. For example, Google Play services also likes to know where you are, as does Chrome (for "helpful" location based search results). (Google's mail system GMail also likes to read your emails).

Use Facebook messenger, and Facebook read (or scan) all your messages, or flag up your message to moderators to read.

So if these are functions and features built-in to Android, then what option do you have to avoi…

MPG of small to midsize second hand diesel cars

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Sheffield Grafitti...

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Photos from a walk around a derelict industrial area right in the centre of Sheffield. Seems graffiti is pretty big in Sheffield, with recognisable styles cropping up all over the place. These photos were taken with the rather nice Fujifilm X10, of which there is a review here
When launched the X10 was very nice, but a tad expensive, but now that it's been out for a while, and been replaced by the X20, it's available for a much better price, and well worth looking at if you like a camera to feel like a camera. Also if you want an optical viewfinder. YOLO.