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Maryland Recycles Website – Worth the Visit

June 21, 2011 Comments off

Looking for new links for RecycleMac and what should come up than a great website that focuses on recycling in Maryland – mdrecycles.org. Our links (on the right side of the blog) offer a lot of resources, including one from Montgomery County where the MacRecycleClinic operates. But this site comes from the state and offers a ton of great information.

As it says: “Whether you’re at home, at work or somewhere in between, recycled materials are present in almost everything we use. In fact, recycled material is so common, it’s easy to forget that recycling is a conscious decision, a choice we make based on a variety of factors. On mdrecycles.org, you’ll discover which materials are recyclable, find companies that will pick up recyclable material, and learn how to reduce your waste management costs while helping to create a cleaner environment for all of us.”

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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!

Why We Recycle: A Personal Story

Jessica Snow is an environmentalist showing off her refurbished MacBook.

Jessica Snow receives her refurbished MacBook during the MRC's Monday Night Clinic.

MacRecycleClinic is a small group – with a collective big heart. We are all volunteers but like many who care, we put a lot of time and effort into what we do. We care about the environment and want to play a part – admittedly a small one – to help folks continue to get good service out of computers that others no longer want or need.

The fact that we only work with Macintosh computers is a benefit of the job. We’re also passionate about Apple products and from long experience, we know they will provide years of good service with just a little loving care.

So when Jessica Snow – a college student who cares deeply about the environment – came to us, we were happy to work with her. Jessica – a former blogger for the Examiner newspapers – needed something portable and easy to care for. A MacBook was the answer.

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Silver Spring Patch Covers MacRecycleClinic

April 14, 2011 Comments off
MacRecycleClinic Volunteers - by Patch reporter Ben Gross

MacRecyleClinic volunteers - Photo courtesy Silver Spring Patch

Thanks to the Patch’s Ben Gross for visiting MacRecycleClinic’s Monday Night Clinic a few weeks back. His article appeared online and starts:

According to the EPA, between 2005 and 2010, more than 250 million computers became useless, with less than 10 percent of them being recycled. In fact, more than 85 percent of the computers “thrown away” wind up in landfills.

At the same time, many individuals and families lack the financial resources to have a home computer. One local company has found a way to address both problems at once – Silver Spring’s MAC Recycle Clinic.

(The Patch got a little excited with the caps – but we’re thrilled to have the story out there!)

If you’d like to read the entire story – the URL is: http://bit.ly/fo9KqX

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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Quick Shoutout for Prosoft Engineering’s Great iPad Service

April 3, 2011 Comments off

Update: April 10, 2011 – I got four disks back on Saturday – two PC, Two Mac – as Gordon Bell says they ran the CF Card through both versions of their software. It appears that all the jpgs that were damaged have been restored – great news! Again – I offer my thanks to Mr. Bell and everyone at Prosoft for their help in restoring my photos. We’ll certainly point folks who come into MacRecycleClinic’s Monday clinic to them when Mac users with corrupted flash cards come our way.

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I wanted to give a quick “Thank You” to Prosoft Engineering / The Data Rescue Center in Livermore, California. I tried to upload photos from a Compact Flash card to my iPad 1 and a number of the photos got corrupted. Prosoft – through its JoeSoft subsidiary – offers a program called Klix that is designed for digital picture recovery. I purchased the program – but it was only able to recover one of the photos on the card.

When I reported the problem to the company, owner Gordon Bell sprang into action – and asked me to send my old 8GB card to him so they could check out the problems associated with importing photos into an iPad (via the USB dongle and a Sony card reader in this case). Gordon sent me a new – and better – 8GB card in return. Excellent service! I may not be able to get those photos back, but I will continue to be a customer of JoeSoft. (In fact I already own Drive Genius 3 to help keep my hard drive healthy.)

Not a lot of research has been done on issues related to the direct import of photos into the iPad – let us know if you have had any and we’ll compile them here. This could well be an issue our folks at the Mac Recycle Clinic might come up against in the future, so any information – and how you might have dealt with it – would be appreciated.

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.

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