[Noisebridge-discuss] New donations!

Jean-Luc Picard atari2600a at gmail.com
Sat Nov 23 21:53:27 UTC 2013

Just the fan;  the HDD's still there.  They said they had no 
confidential data on the machine & I was all whatevs.  All it needs is 
one of those a-little-larger-than-atx-screw-on fans that goes in the 
Dell(TM) PowerFunnel(R) & maybe a rubber bushing since I broke one on 
parts removal, but scotch tape would suffice just as well.

There's a possibility the mobo is the reason the fan isn't spinning but 
I find this unlikely.

Also, the laptops have useful optical drives, SO-DIMMS, screens, but 
okay, I'll gut before donation next time a client brings me a totalled 
machine for donation.  The reflow laptop would be great surface-mount 
soldering practice for NB anyways!  We have the heat gun, we just need 
one of those surface solder kits & some sets of balls!  The towel trick 
might even work but good luck getting it to work more than 1 reboot.
On 11/23/2013 10:55 AM, John Ellis wrote:
> 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.
> Regards,
> John
> 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 
> <mailto: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 <mailto: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.
>         _______________________________________________
>         Noisebridge-discuss mailing list
>         Noisebridge-discuss at lists.noisebridge.net
>         <mailto:Noisebridge-discuss at lists.noisebridge.net>
>         https://www.noisebridge.net/mailman/listinfo/noisebridge-discuss
>     _______________________________________________
>     Noisebridge-discuss mailing list
>     Noisebridge-discuss at lists.noisebridge.net
>     <mailto:Noisebridge-discuss at lists.noisebridge.net>
>     https://www.noisebridge.net/mailman/listinfo/noisebridge-discuss

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://www.noisebridge.net/pipermail/noisebridge-discuss/attachments/20131123/ea3470cf/attachment.html>

More information about the Noisebridge-discuss mailing list