Recently I have discovered the wide array of services and tools offered by Google. I have started using a lot of them. One I find particularly helpful is the Google toolbar for Firefox. I use Firefox and have done so for a few years now. What I like about the toolbar is that I can import all my bookmarks. Now I can have all the things I have found online anywhere. Now you're asking what does this have to do with the environment?
If you have an old computer you can save it from the landfill and use it without having to get the latest operating system. We know electronic waste is very harmful and we should try and minimize it. I think I have a solution which is not new but I would like to share it nonetheless.
Linux is a much less cumbersome operating system and can even be run from a CD so you don't need massive hard drive space. With a Linux based computer you can still access the internet. You access the internet and have all of your things online with Google. They have email, calendar, blogs, books, photos, documents and spreadsheets, and more. Add an online storage service and you can have it all with an old computer and no cash outlay for upgrades or a new one and save it from the landfill. I'm in the process of doing something similar as I'm getting tired of rebuilding and reloading my desktop PC. I've started using more of the Google services and I'm hooked. I'm finding new things I like about it everyday. Give it a try and save a computer from the dump.