At South Burlington, I have acted as a clearing house for obsolete
computers for a number of years. We have gone to a model where we give
computers to needy students for free. There's no formal process,
really, other than a form that an adult signs that recognizes that there
is no warrantee on the computer. We have had, essentially, zero
problems with this. I have occasionally had someone come back and say
that they had a problem and I will almost always help them out, most
often by just giving them another computer and taking the old one back
for parts. I've also re-imaged a few computers for people after they've
been dorked through foolish Internet activity. Every time this has
happened, the person has been very apologetic and was not demanding in
Our experience indicates you don't really need to fear that giving
someone something obligates you in their mind to provide permanent tech
I've attached our form, if it will pass through the listserv. I have
also created a set of instructions for the first boot-up and this has
pretty much eliminated the overhead of explaining things to the
recipient. (The instructions are specific to our machines, so there's no
point in sharing them.)
South Burlington High School
From: School Information Technology Discussion
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Sent: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 2:53 PM
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Subject: Re: Whoo-ee - free recycling!
Would agree and, would add that most of what we cycle out has been in
use for far more than 5 years.
Have examined the alternatives like giving them to good homes but they
really are not suitable by the time they are discarded.
Have discussed this in house and, especially with older units, are
concerned those who received the computers would expect the school to do
"tech" support or that expectations would be too high. The idea was
valid but there were many things to be considered.
I, as well, simply hate throwing things out when they could be of use to
BTW: I received an email from Marc at PRC after my post. He did say that
a spring pick up is on and he will be in touch.
At 11:56 AM 3/30/2010, you wrote:
>if this is true, the bill might very well in fact be BAD for the
>environment, by giving people a new reason to ditch their TV every 5
>'free' is this case would not be 'free' at all just hidden ...
>I wonder if any MFG would specifically avoid the VT market for this
>reason, I know other states (CA and ME) have similar programs, but
>those are bigger markets.
> >The certificate is only good for 5 years.
Townshend School District
PO Box 226
Townshend, VT 05353-0226
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