One billion PCs currently in use – and 35 million will hit landfills this year

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one-billion-pcs-globally-35-mill-landfill.jpgOne billion people are currently struggling to install printer and wi-fi drivers around the world at this very minute, as the humble PC rockets past the big one-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh (there’s a billion of them out there).

And due to our friends in “developing markets” this current one billion global PC figure will double to two billion by as soon as 2014, according to research firm Gartner, as technology spreads to the third world and the price of PCs keeps tumbling downwards.

But with great (processing) power comes great (environmental) responsibility – Gartner reckons a staggering 180 million of these PCs will be replaced this year – with 35 million of those dumped going to landfill sites with no regard given to the impact of binning that creaky old Dell.

(Via Reuters)

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