In Brief: Dec. 25, 2000

DON'T REBOOT, RECYCLE Anyone who finds a PC under the tree this year faces the question of what to do with the now outdated box. You can convert that old PC into a write-off rather than a doorstop--provided it's not too ancient. Groups like Share the Technology match PC donors with worthy charities. Or, for $29.99 IBM will take your PC and fix it up for a charity or recycle it.

TIME TO REFINANCE If you bought a house this year, you enjoyed both a hot market and mortgage rates that spiked at nearly 9%. You need some relief--and now may...

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