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It Takes a Family to Recycle

June 20, 2011 Comments off

A new shelf goes up in the MacRecycleClinic workspace at Marvin Church.

I took a look back at this blog and realized we’re closing in on six months since we got RecycleMac started. MacRecycleClinic was reestablished earlier than that, of course (after a two year hiatus). But it feels like we are really only now getting everything finally back together. It’s taken awhile to get the word out – we are finally starting to get more customers (guests/patrons/Mac aficionados) and making some progress on some other projects like the Mac Lab at Marvin and making community contacts.

We have added more shelving to the office space to get our refurbished computers off the floor. We donated a Mac laptop to the Blair High School AfterProm Committee for senior Daniel Naval to take to college. And we’ve helped some wonderful people get their Macs working again. Our agreement with the county to take Macs that would otherwise be recycled at the Shady Grove facility is also starting to bear some fruit – we find there are parts we can use if nothing else. The other day, a machine came in that had no memory or hard drive, but the Airport Extreme wireless card had been left in! It was easily the most valuable part.

Macs being refurbished for donation. Come see what we're doing any Monday night!

We continue to look for ways to work with the Silver Spring and Montgomery County communities to get computers into the hands of folks who don’t have them. We remain open to suggestions and will gladly take referrals from non-profits who feel someone they work with could use a computer. In many cases, we can also provide a printer so there’s a complete solution (just provide the Internet and ink cartridges!)

We look forward to the future as we are able to make more alliances and get the word out that MacRecycleClinic can, in a small way, make a difference in our community.

Looking for Old Software for your Recycled Macintosh?

May 14, 2011 Comments off

It can be hard finding older versions of software. Whether you have an older Mac (OK or PC or computer running Linux) or just need to go back a version (like I did recently with Firefox) you don’t always know where to go.

That’s why I was happy to find a website called oldapps.com – which offers quite a few choices (tho not commercial software) you might need. Check out the Mac site at : http://mac.oldapps.com/.

Software Update – June 29, 2011: From MacInTouch:

TenFourFox 5.0 is a port of Firefox for PowerPC Macs (G3, G4, and G5) that “uses modified Firefox source code, rewritten to remain compatible with Mac OS X v10.4 and the Power Macintosh. It also contains specific optimizations and special features for PowerPC processors.” This release includes “All new standard features of Firefox 5.0, including CSS animation, multiple bug fixes, improvements to canvas and graphic display, and a faster browser core.” TenFourFox is free for Mac OS X 10.4.11 and up (PowerPC).

And one more from the TenFourFox website: Are you looking for a web browser for Mac OS 8.6-9.2.2 (and compatible with 10.1.5-10.3.9)? Try our sister project, Classilla.

Let us know if you have other suggestions and we’ll create a list for everyone to enjoy!

If Apple Replaces Aluminum with Carbon Fiber Can it be Recycled?

April 11, 2011 3 comments

Apple filed a patent for a carbon fiber case in 2009. There were lots of rumors of Apple devices using the material but they all proved to be false.

News reports this week have Apple hiring a composites engineer named Kevin Kenney (who has consulted with Apple and has expertise with carbon fiber bicycles). Carbon fiber is a terrifically strong and lightweight layered material that would likely be a good replacement for the aluminum the company now uses for its laptops and i-devices. You can read more about it in Apple Insider and 9 to 5 Mac among others. Of course, a Google search also indicates that Apple has been testing carbon fiber for a long time and even filed a patent in 2009. But the real question for those of us who have to deal with older machines is – can laptops or idevices with cases made of carbon fiber be recycled as e-waste?

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Crowdsourcing – Your Best Computer Recycling Tips

March 21, 2011 1 comment

I have been thinking about putting together a “Computer Recycling Guide” for everyone – talking about the best ways to prepare your computer to either recycle it as e-waste (by taking it to the Shady Grove Transfer Station here in Montgomery County for instance) or finding someone to donate it to (like MacRecycleClinic or other recycling organization). But in a very brief moment of inspiration, I thought why not let you help me do this? Let’s give you the power to contribute to something we can all use. In fact, it’s something we could distribute here and through our MacRecycleClinic.org website.

You don’t need to answer all of the questions – even one is beneficial. It just needs to be based on your own experience no matter where you are. And the answers can be short too. Links are welcome of course. We’ll gather them all together, combine, edit and format – and repost it here on RecycleMac for all to enjoy. And although we are focused on Macs, if you have great tips for the PC side, we’ll be happy to have them as well. Just put your tips in the comments for this posting(which follows)  and we’ll take it from there.  Or if you’d rather, shoot them to me at dottalini at macrecycleclinic.org.

Here are the questions:

  1. How do you know it’s time to replace your old computer (see earlier post here but I want your thoughts);
  2. How should you prepare your Mac or PC for recycling or donation;
  3. Are their pieces of the older machine you can put to good use with the new one?
  4. What is the best software to use to get your information transferred from your old computer to your new one?
  5. At what point is it better to just recycle your computer vs. donating it individually to someone else or through a non-profit like MacRecycleClinic?
  6. Anything else you’d like to contribute?

That’s it!

This will be posted on our Twitter site too (we don’t have a Facebook account as of yet but I do and will post it there) but please pass this along.

What Exactly IS MacRecycleClinic’s Mission?

March 18, 2011 Comments off

 

Entrance to MacRecycleClinic work room and office space.

This is the door at Marvin Church you use to get into the MRC workspace. We're open Monday nights from 7 to 9 to work on sick Macs and take donations. (Photo taken with an iPod Touch)

Informed folks want to know! I’ve been talking a lot about what we do and how we do it but sometimes just having an actual mission statement can provide some focus for an organization. MRC is a SMALL organization mind you. We still have a number of folks who were part of the old Tuesday Night Crew as we called it at Washington Apple Pi (WAP). Over the time we were “in the wilderness” and without a home, we did lose a few friends.

We hope that as we reestablish ourselves in our new location at Marvin Memorial United Methodist Church in Silver Spring, others interested in helping will step forward. And of course we could use some customers too! We survive thanks to your donations. Come join us! Read more…

RecycleMac Poll Time!

March 17, 2011 Comments off

Time to get some feedback! Tell us what you think of RecycleMac and how we can improve. We’ll try the WordPress Poll function (which uses polldaddy) to make it easy.

We’ll leave this up for awhile. There’s space for you to contribute as well – so don’t be shy! And thank you.

An Apple Store Employee in Japan

March 15, 2011 1 comment

Map of JapanI wanted to pass along this blog posting from Kevin Rose (from San Francisco) who recounts the experiences of a friend who is an Apple Store employee in Japan. He was working in the store when the 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit. It’s an amazing read.

We here at RecyleMac and MacRecycleClinic offer our best thoughts, wishes and prayers to the people of Japan as they work to recover from a disaster that seems to grow by the day. Please contribute if you can to the Red Cross or other relief agency. You can donate via the iTunes Store, Network for Good, the Red Cross and even via text message. Just search online and you’ll find plenty of links.

I just have to marvel at the ability of the Japanese to take these kinds of things in stride and keep focused on the matter at hand – finding and helping survivors, literally giving their lives to try to contain the nuclear power stations at Fukushima Daiich and working towards recovery.

Here’s a taste of what the blogger wrote on the Kevin Rose site:

You know how in disaster movies, people on the street gather around electronic shops that have TVs in the display windows so they can stay informed with what is going on?  In this digital age, that’s what the Tokyo Apple stores became.  Staff brought out surge protectors and extension cords with 10s of iOS device adapters so people could charge their phones & pads and contact their loved ones.  Even after we finally had to close 10pm, crowds of people huddled in front of our stores to use the wifi into the night, as it was still the only way to get access to the outside world.

Huffington Post’s list of Organizations Working to Help Japan: http://huff.to/hjLvgB

We Get Questions About Mac Recycle Clinic

March 9, 2011 4 comments

RecycleMac has been getting some positive feedback so thanks to all of our readers out there. This is really a long-term project that tries to build a quality voice in a room filled with many folks who are passionate about the environment and recycling. We’ll keep working at it with your help!

So here are the questions:

  • What’s different about recycling Macs than other computers?
    A Mac is a PC – that is, it is a personal computer or a personal appliance or a personal electronic gadget. So essentially you would recycle it the same way you might any other computer. All the folks we’ve talked about – from Apple to Dell – will take your computer and many times other electronic equipment and recycle them. 

     

    Unfortunately, Apple has taken some heat in past years because its computers were not made of materials that were easy to recycle or were toxic. To its credit, Apple has made some major changes and is much greener these days. I won’t go into depth here but you can read all about it on their website. If you’re interested, you can also see what Greenpeace says these days – it has an entire website devoted to the issue.

    Please know that the Macs that are donated to us are thoroughly checked and cleaned. Hard drives are securely wiped of all data and an appropriate version of the Mac OS is installed. If the machine can not be made to work (and we get some that just don’t want to work no matter what we do) we will take out any reusable parts – hard drives, memory, batteries, sometimes the power supplies and optical drives – and send the hulk to Montgomery County’s Processing Facility and Transfer Station in Derwood (Gaithersburg), Maryland – which is the closest county recycling center to us. Here’s a map:

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Five Myths About Recycling Your Mac

March 7, 2011 1 comment

Recycle Logo1) I’m Just One Person – What Does It Matter?

Time and again, we see examples of individuals really making a difference. The 7 year old who raises money to help the families of our Wounded Warriors. The cancer victim who walks with many others each year to raise research funds. The church members who individually volunteer their time at everything from soup kitchens to homeless shelters. Americans like to look on themselves as individuals but the fact is we work pretty well together when there’s a need. Recycling computers and other electronics is important and something we can all be part of. Whether you donate your old PowerMac G4, G5, iMac, eMac or Intel machine to a group like MacRecycleClinic to refurbish for others, take it to your local Apple, Best Buy or other store for recycling or your county or state recycling center, you make a difference each time you or your neighbor makes the decision to recycle rather than throw away.

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Don’t Just Throw It Away!

March 6, 2011 Comments off

MacRecycleClinicMany years ago, I was getting ready to leave for work when the neighbor next door came out with an old Apple /// and propped it next the the telephone pole. He was throwing it away because at that time, there were few options for folks to recycle their used electronics. Now any of you who have been around for awhile and know what an Apple /// is, you will also know it was a really heavy computer. Steve Jobs HATES fans – and tho he’s mellowed in his old age, there was a time he never even allowed a fan near any of his computers.

That’s why the /// didn’t have a fan – and in fact, was “anchored” literally by a heat sink manufactured in a Midwestern auto engine factory. It made a great boat anchor once its useful days were over.

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