My garage is an electronics graveyard at the moment, filled with outdated/redundant/incompatible DB connectors of varying pin numbers that will in all likelihood, never see a signal again. All the DB-x connectors have pretty much been replaced by the ever popular 4 pin USB. So if you have any Serial, Parallel, or whatever connectors lying about and your into electronics, this may be handy. (I found a 40 pin connector in my garage buried under the mountains of floppy discs containing tax records of previous years)
Dont let your serial and parallel connectors go to waste. Just to put things into perspective, with 5 minutes of work and a dead cable, I got 200 ft of color coded hookup wire. Online the prices that come up for this quantity of hookup wire is around $50.00.
Step 1: Dissassembly
Step 2: Recycle Ideas
The braided shield cable could be recycled as solder wick, which sucks up solder like a paper towel when you are desoldering.
Any other ideas out there? Comment them.