I've finally got the new computer up and running, and the usable parts of the old one here will be donated to our pubic high school. I'm also checking with a local group that recycles old/scrap computer stuff to see if they can do something with the old tower.
It's always a bit of a wrench for me to say good-bye to a computer, especially one that worked so well for so many years. Any computer I've had has served as my work partner, secretary, creative collaborator, idea safe and window to the world outside my little corner of the country, so I usually get pretty attached. On this one I wrote a lot of stories that made me happy; probably more so than any other computer I've ever had. I was pretty hard on it, too; I moved it all over the house, and the dogs even knocked it over once. Add to that all the power failures, virus attacks and software glitches it survived, and still it never gave me a bit of grief.
Time to move on and figure out all the stuff that came with the new one. Farewell, old pal. You will be missed.