Thank you very much.
At 03:38 PM 3/30/2010, you wrote:
>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
>[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Rick Hege
>Sent: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 2:53 PM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>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.
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>Townshend, VT 05353-0226
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