So, this is my public thanks to the 3 university students who couldn't be bothered to carry out their hardware on moveout day. It has benefited me greatly. If you are considering throwing out your hardware, be careful to wipe your hard drive. The desktop I inherited had a complete windows 2000 desktop on it, and aside from a cursory peek at the contents after which I wiped the drive, I didn't do anything. However, a more malicious person could have possibly garnered enough info for identity theft, or at least went to town with locally stored passwords. To prevent something like that happening to you, I highly recommend using Derrick's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) which as securely as possible (beyond physically grinding down your hard drive platters). Do it before you give away of sell any PC. And it's free (and easy to use!).