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Simplicity Homekey lets you recycle an old computer into a sleek silver surfer


If there’s one truth in life, it’s that old computers never die, they just end up cluttering up our cupboard space for years and years and ever. Hands up all of you with at least 3 of these things lurking somewhere in your home? Yeah thought so. Well here’s a new way to get rid of the guilt and the old hardware at the same time and instead put it to some good use.

The new Simplicity Homekey is a USB dongle with a built in suite of easy to use software which is specifically designed to appeal to silver surfers, or those who would not otherwise touch a computer. The idea is you dig out the old PC, plug the dongle into the USB port and give the computer to your favourite aunt or Gran or whoever, so they can then start to enjoy the benefits of browsing, email etc.


The system is built around Mint Linux, which means it’s very robust and all but virus proof, and the interface is about as easy as it can be, with just four options and a home button. Perfect for technophobes who would otherwise be put off by more complex stuff. The product costs £69.95 without support, and £89.95 with seven days setup support.

Oh and special bonus peeps, you get 15 video tutorials to help you get started, as well as a 64 page full color manual. Recycle, reuse, restore. Or something.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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