Difference between revisions of "Donations"

From Noisebridge
Jump to: navigation, search
(Donations we definitely don't want)
(Donations we definitely don't want)
Line 14: Line 14:
  
 
'''Beige:''' a good general rule is we don't want beige-colored stuff.  This stuff is usually pre-2002 or older.  "''if its beige it stays (with you)''"
 
'''Beige:''' a good general rule is we don't want beige-colored stuff.  This stuff is usually pre-2002 or older.  "''if its beige it stays (with you)''"
 
+
'''
 
+
Monitors We Don't Want:'''
'''Monitors We Don't Want:'''  
 
 
 
 
 
 
* CRT Monitors (Cathode Ray Tube large glass cube-shaped old TVs)- we do not want CRTs '''unless they are broadcast or highly specialized monitors'''  i.e. the Sony PVM and BVM professional broadcast monitors.  There are some specialty CRTs that will do unique inputs and resolutions that were '''not''' sold to consumers.  So please, don't bring grandmas old 80s Zenith.
 
* CRT Monitors (Cathode Ray Tube large glass cube-shaped old TVs)- we do not want CRTs '''unless they are broadcast or highly specialized monitors'''  i.e. the Sony PVM and BVM professional broadcast monitors.  There are some specialty CRTs that will do unique inputs and resolutions that were '''not''' sold to consumers.  So please, don't bring grandmas old 80s Zenith.
  
 
We prefer LCD's. Why? CRTs are large, put out a lot of heat, and are difficult to dispose of. We can't accept donations of CRTs unless they're very special-purpose, because e-waste disposal of CRTs is very expensive in California.  The exception is for unique devices, for example the slow-scan CRT in the [[SEM]] or the vector CRT in an old arcade stand-up console.  A special-purpose but uninteresting CRT, like from a commercial security system, would probably not qualify.  a very small full-color CRT (9" or less) would be OK though (Zach is looking for one of these to hack)
 
We prefer LCD's. Why? CRTs are large, put out a lot of heat, and are difficult to dispose of. We can't accept donations of CRTs unless they're very special-purpose, because e-waste disposal of CRTs is very expensive in California.  The exception is for unique devices, for example the slow-scan CRT in the [[SEM]] or the vector CRT in an old arcade stand-up console.  A special-purpose but uninteresting CRT, like from a commercial security system, would probably not qualify.  a very small full-color CRT (9" or less) would be OK though (Zach is looking for one of these to hack)
  
 
+
'''Computers We Don't Want:'''
'''Computers We Don't Want:'''  
 
 
<br>
 
<br>
 
* PCs older than Intel Core 2 Duo (around 2006).  The easiest way to tell is if your computer has a "Windows XP" sticker.  That means it is too old.  We only want Vista, Win 7, Win 8, and Win 10 era machines.<br>
 
* PCs older than Intel Core 2 Duo (around 2006).  The easiest way to tell is if your computer has a "Windows XP" sticker.  That means it is too old.  We only want Vista, Win 7, Win 8, and Win 10 era machines.<br>

Revision as of 02:26, 28 June 2016

Noisebridge loves donations! But we don't love all donations. We can't use everything, and some things take up lots of space and/or cost us lots of money to get rid of. Which results in Noisebridge being poorer than if we never got the donation in the firstplace.

Also, if you donate a resource and do not guide its use, then it is possible that it may get turned into a ROBOT. Yes, a ROBOT: a lifeless husk of wood and plastic.

How to Donate to Noisebridge

  1. Check to see if what you'd like to donate is listed below as something we definitely don't want. If we don't want it, please don't bring it to Noisebridge. We won't change our mind, we promise.
  2. If it's something that's big, and you have any doubt that we might want it, send an email to noisebridge-discuss@lists.noisebridge.net before you plan to bring it in, and we can give you a sense of whether we'd like it or not. Ask for Zach if you do not get a reply.
  3. Bring it in! You can leave your donation near the hackershelves down the hall (opposite the Sparkle Forge). There is a table there currently with old test gear underneath, leaving your donation on top is a good spot. But please, make sure it is something we can actually use (hint: if it is 30+ of some debug or single-purpose item, we probably don't want it).
  4. Ask a NB voluteer to write down what you donated, and your name+address, and email it to treasurer@noisebridge.net (if you are interested in tax write-offs).
  5. Our awesome treasurer emails them a PDF receipt. NOTE: We can't provide valuation information on the receipt. The receipt will simply list the items you donated and it's up to you to provide a value if you want to claim a charitable donation for tax purposes.

Donations we definitely don't want

Beige: a good general rule is we don't want beige-colored stuff. This stuff is usually pre-2002 or older. "if its beige it stays (with you)" Monitors We Don't Want:

  • CRT Monitors (Cathode Ray Tube large glass cube-shaped old TVs)- we do not want CRTs unless they are broadcast or highly specialized monitors i.e. the Sony PVM and BVM professional broadcast monitors. There are some specialty CRTs that will do unique inputs and resolutions that were not sold to consumers. So please, don't bring grandmas old 80s Zenith.

We prefer LCD's. Why? CRTs are large, put out a lot of heat, and are difficult to dispose of. We can't accept donations of CRTs unless they're very special-purpose, because e-waste disposal of CRTs is very expensive in California. The exception is for unique devices, for example the slow-scan CRT in the SEM or the vector CRT in an old arcade stand-up console. A special-purpose but uninteresting CRT, like from a commercial security system, would probably not qualify. a very small full-color CRT (9" or less) would be OK though (Zach is looking for one of these to hack)

Computers We Don't Want:

  • PCs older than Intel Core 2 Duo (around 2006). The easiest way to tell is if your computer has a "Windows XP" sticker. That means it is too old. We only want Vista, Win 7, Win 8, and Win 10 era machines.
  • Apple computers that are pre-Intel (around 2005, i.e. G4 towers or older). If your OS X was 10.5 or older, that means we don't want it (Power PC) If it is Snow Leopard or newer (10.6) we want it.

The same goes for all laptops. Windows XP sticker laptops we don't want.

Why? XP is the last hurrah for the single-core Pentium 4 series. These were power hungry beasts, and cannot utilize much RAM either. They are very limited by today's standards and even refurbishing them will not save them from being obsolete. Power PC Apple computers (pre-2005) are no longer compatible with almost every piece of software there is. Apple killed off that generation by making browers and sites like Youtube unusable as well as many other things. This all applies to laptops as well. * Batteries We Don't Want:

  • Car batteries
  • Lead-Acid batteries that have been sitting around for >6 months without charging (they are dead now) or measure <9VDC
  • Ni-MH batteries that are more than 2 years old and have not been charged.
  • Ni-CD batteries that are more than 2 years old and have not been charged.
  • Coin Cell batteries that are >5 years old.
  • Lithium Ion Batteries that are >5 years old (see computer section above for IDing your computers age for laptop batteries).

As you can tell there is a pattern here: we don't want old, dead batteries. If you have working, charged, attended to batteries we will take them. Some will last in a drawer and some will not, thus the year difference. Other Things We Don't Want:

  • Printers: almost all inkjet printers are worthless to us (no, we don't care about the motors). They are on every sidewalk in SF, and many are sold brand-new for <$50 nowadays. If you have a nice, working laser printer or very new (in the last year or two) working inkjet printer, we will take that. Or if you have a specialty printer that prints 11x17 or other special formats we can make posters with, we will accept that happily. But we get lots of regular beige or janky pre-2012 broken or ink-less printers that are of no use. Please recycle these elsewhere.

Donations we'll take, but will probably take apart for parts even if they work

  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Interesting appliances (icemakers, keurig coffee machines, etc)

Donations we especially want

  • Development boards
  • Common industrial tools (size appropriate)
  • Electronic components
  • Awesome, funky old things
  • Robots
  • Motors
  •  ????? Put stuff you want here

Processing Donations

  1. Check the black donations table in the hackitorium next to the elevator gate for incoming donations, and route things accordingly:
    1. Hack shelf and component donations on the donation shelves below the turing classroom window, to the left of the hack shelves.
    2. Sewing supplies: ???
    3. Books: Books MUST be added to the library-org electronic catalog before being shelved. Please see the signs in the library for instructions or check out the library wiki page.
    4. Tools: ???
    5. Raw materials: ???
  2. When we have sufficient hack shelf/component donations that need processing, a small group of people meet on Thursday nights at 7pm to go through the donations together.


How to Handle Common Things We Receive

PCs

Keep anything intact that has a Core 2 Duo (or equivalent) or newer. Anything older, take apart for parts. We generally keep memory, power supplies, PCI cards, and drives, and ewaste the rest. PCs, even with some parts removed, can be used to pay ewaste recyclers for taking the rest of our crap.

Monitors

We don't want CRTs - they're large, put out a lot of heat, and are difficult to dispose of.

LCD monitors should be tested to see if they're working, and then labeled with a peice of a tape and a sharpie with the date they were tested, and whether they work or not.

Commodity appliances

Examples: scanners, printers, ice makers, coffee machines, etc.

Unless it has obvious direct utility in the space (and we don't already have a better one), then we generally take these apart for parts/useful subsystems for people to use in projects. Usually only a few parts or subsystems are of any use, which make up a small fraction of the overall bulk of the appliance. We generally take them apart and remove the useful bits, and ewaste the rest.

E-Waste disposal

If 4 computers are amongst things we're recycling, they'll take the rest for free. We keep a rack of computers we don't want by the elevator to pay them with.

There are people that we've used in the past here: https://noisebridge.net/wiki/Resources/House_Keeping#E-waste [TODO: not sure how up to date this is]