Because we as humans are adaptable creatures, we find ourselves in new places with new things. We are nomads and are constantly begging for a newer, improved version of what is.
If we are creatures of habit, we are now creatures of changing habits. We are encouraged to explore, to travel and by doing so, we are more likely to discover better alternatives to the status quo. Take a look at these images of old and abandoned Macintosh products courtesy of those braver than us; those who venture into territory not untrodden, but vacated then forgotten.
Piles of useable Mac notebooks sat in a charging station dusty and unused in a public school in Detroit for years.
An Apple IIe computer was found in a pitiful state amidst scattered, shredded paper almost as if it were gutted -we have Arne’s Hawaiian Motel and their two-star Yelp reviews to thank for that.
We also have here a photograph of a Macintosh Color Classic that was described in the in the article as looking at the window, waiting for his master to pick him up. A somewhat inanimate version of WALL-E.
It is strange feeling such awesome nostalgia at the sight of digital devices yet difficult not to feel the sense of reckless detriment here. But we are pushing boundaries to avoid some neglect. Apple is now investing in a recycling program. You can send in or drop off whatever’s left of the device and we can trust them to do better with it than we would. (On the other hand I think at some point we’ve all thought of Office Space and grabbed a baseball bat.) There are also several programs offering E-Waste recycling opportunities and a plethora of other options at mobile networks if we are simply looking at an upgrade. But for now, we can salute the individuals who chartered precarious lands to capture this. Thanks, guys.