[Noisebridge-discuss] New donations!

jim jim at well.com
Sat Nov 23 20:13:40 UTC 2013


    Please explain. I've seen people use parts 
of equipment in the hacker pile, so it seems 
a useful idea to me. Better to have too much 
stuff and cart things away every so often 
than to have a small set of things to hack. 
    Also, I've taken loads of unused stuff to 
the dump (and paid the fee out of my pocket). 
    So please explain how this is a bad 
suggestion. 
    Here's another potentially bad suggestion: 
Al, stop presenting direction in a way that 
seems an established policy. 



On Sat, 2013-11-23 at 10:13 -0800, Al Sweigart wrote:
> Jim, this is another one of your bad suggestions.
> 
> 
> On Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM, jim <jim at well.com> wrote:
>         
>             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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