[Noisebridge-discuss] New donations!

jim jim at well.com
Sat Nov 23 18:00:05 UTC 2013


    Seems to me if you dismantle things 
and donate the working parts (such as 
power supplies, expansion cards, etc, 
they may have value for hackers looking 
to rebuild or to create stuff. 
    My view is that it's better to have 
too much stuff and occasionally run 
neglected stuff to recycling. There 
are some of us who are willing to do 
the dump runs and pay the fees out of 
our pockets, like purchasing toilet 
paper, soap, and other on-going costs. 



On Sat, 2013-11-23 at 03:15 -0800, Al Sweigart wrote:
> We appreciate your intent, but if the computers don't turn on, then
> they'll just sit around for months until we throw them away (and
> e-waste disposal is not free). Please don't donate broken stuff.
> 
> 
> On Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 4:49 PM, Jean-Luc Picard
> <atari2600a at gmail.com> wrote:
>         As usual, I'm attempting to pay an equivalent of an associate
>         membership fee w/ donations from home or work.  This is
>         actually the first time I've announced that I do this at all
>         on the lists but here I am doing it anyway.
>         
>         Dell desktop -- runs XP, needs new CPU fan but should boot
>         right up otherwise.  Do the Administrator trick or run
>         ophcrack to get in.
>         Dell laptop -- annoying as hell to get to the internals.
>          Needs new HDD, chips reflowed.
>         Compaq laptop -- Won't turn on.  I tried popping both
>         batteries & draining the caps.  Afterwards I tore out the HDD
>         for a secure destruction of the data as instructed by my
>         client.
>         
>         All this should come out to about $20 in salvageable parts
>         (DIMMS, fans, HDD's, etc).   Expect to hear from me in another
>         month, when I'll probably have more stuff to donate.
>         
>         FYI:  my past donations have been more functional;  mostly
>         SO-DIMMS, broken ipods w/ guttable HDD's, etc.  You know,
>         things that don't last a week in Noisebridge.
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