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Free software called CloudReady based on Google’s lightweight web-centric Chrome operating system can revive your old computer LENOVO ThinkPad T400, a beloved laptop, was laid to rest after its slowing hard drive and spinning hourglass became too much to bear. Born in 2008, in its youth it overcame Windows Vista and went on to a successful Windows 7 career. In lieu of flowers, please send CD-ROMs. Hold that obit! The reports of many laptops’ death have been greatly exaggerated.This week I resurrected five old laptops — one a decade old — that I had written off long ago as goners. I didn’t spend money on new hardware, or take them to an overpriced computer repair store. I just installed free software called CloudReady that’s based on Google’s lightweight web-centric Chrome operating system. I got some to work so well I’d actually use them full time. Chromebooks have taken off in classrooms, so New York-based startup Neverware began working with K-12 schools to revive their otherwise ...

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