[Noisebridge-discuss] New donations!

John Ellis neurofog at gmail.com
Sat Nov 23 18:55:15 UTC 2013

Hi Al,

I think your a little off-base here although I do think e-waste at
Noisebridge can be a problem. Dropping unusable stuff like busted CRT
monitors to make them NBs recycling burden would be pushing it.

The Dell desktop could probably be repaired with parts laying around. HDD
and replacement fan, good to go. Headless PCs can still be useful.

The laptops, depending on age, may be useful for a staving hacker to use
for parts to repair their existing laptop. This actually can reduce overall
ewaste. Isn't there a group at NB that does electronic strip-down and
re-use of electronics? Ideally, re-use not recycle is better for the ewaste
situation and environment in general.

Another idea which may be semi-practical is creating LCD
drivers/controllers so old LCDs can be reused as working displays. I've
seen various suppliers make LCD testers which do a vaguely similar
function. Power up an LCD and confirm it displays properly, away from the
host laptop setup.

Also, wasn't Jim involved in actually removing ewaste to recycling.


PS. Jean-Luc, if the Dell Desktop is still available and unwanted at NB,
I'll take it off your hands to use as a dev/test box.

On Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 3:15 AM, Al Sweigart <asweigart at gmail.com> 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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