I’ve just given away our old TIME PC, monitor, printer and scanner on Freecycle that we recovered from my parents-in-law’s garage during the summer.

About Freecycle:

Freecycle groups match people who have things they want to get rid of with people who can use them. Our goal is to keep usable items out of landfills …

I received quite a few enquiries about it and had to make a decision about who to give it to. I used to always give it to the first person who replied, but then realised that some folks get the email digest at the end of the day, so now I wait about 24 hours before making a decision. That seems more fair, to allow more folks a chance to review what’s being offered.

You’ve got to have a system for making a decision, so this was mine for this item. I ruled out

  • ppl that rote ther eml in txt spk
  • emals with reelly bad spelllng
  • people who emailed me repeatedly

I narrowed it down to two

  • Someone whose daughter had just started high school (educational need)
  • Someone whose aunt had just started a PC class (educational need)

Since my Mum really loves her laptop, and has got so much joy out of it, I gave it to the aunt. I felt that she would be far less likely to “grow out” of the Windows 98se PC.

I may be wrong, but that’s how I came to my decision.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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