Saturday, 13 November 2004

If you're in the Portland Oregon area, have some computer equipment to get rid of, and are inclined to do good in the world, you owe it to yourself and your neighbors to check out Free Geek, a non-profit organization in Portland that will take your computer donations and do great things:

Free Geek was founded in February 2000 (and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in April 2000) to recycle computer technology and provide low and no-cost computing to individuals and not-for-profit and social change organizations in the community and throughout the world.

In the four years since its formation, Free Geek has recycled over 360 tons of electronic scrap and refurbished over 3,000 computer systems that are now in use by individuals and organizations in the community.

You can even drop by at Noon or 6pm, Tuesday through Saturday and take a tour.

Volunteer 24 hours at their facility and you can earn a refurbed computer with Linux on it. Donate computers of any type, in any condition - details here. They'll take old monitors, too - but there's a $10 charge, since they're like, nasty inside and all.

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Saturday, 13 November 2004 09:15:10 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Saturday, 13 November 2004 23:55:35 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I "discovered" Free Geek this past Wednesday. They had a "Perl Monger's meeting" and the topic was test driven development in Perl. The meeting was quite interesting, but the building Free Geek is housed in was VERY interesting. It looked like something that had grown organically over the past 20 years or so.... doors leading into walls, locked doors, a side door that takes you to a computer lab, doors with "staff only" behind which are the restrooms - nobody pays any attention to the sign (especially during a 2 hour user group meeting). Very interesting place. Very fitting for Portland, Oregon. : )
Tuesday, 16 November 2004 09:11:21 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Good timing, Greg! Sadly, I get to recycle my beloved laptop so I'll do the right thing and Free Geek it. Either that or it'll get lost somewhere between the tools and saws in the garage and no one will have to know how lazy I am until we move.
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