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Ten Tips for Donating a Computer

How to donate or recycle your used equipment Your old computer might have some life left in it. But dropping it off at your favorite nonprofit, charity, or library might not be the best way to pass it on. Learn about the environmentally smartest options in this article. As companies, nonprofits, charities, libraries, and individuals…
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Evaluating the useful life of a server

Businesses live in two worlds: the real world of making profits and serving customers, and the “accounting world,” where taxes, depreciation and useful life of equipment rule. Harmonizing the two can be a challenge, and that’s particularly true with respect to server technology. Here, the definition of “economic life” often conflicts with the real-world, equipment-based…
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Options when OEMs declare equipment End-of-Life (EOL)

Why do manufacturers like Cisco, IBM and HP declare products EOL and EOS? There are many reasons why OEM’s declare equipment End-of-Life and End-of-Service including: Technology innovation makes new products and software available Less market demand on a particular model means production of that model is no longer profitable Supply of replacement parts dries up…
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Recycle Electronics for Earth Day and Every Day!

Electronics (E-Waste) Recycling Love them or hate them, we all rely on electronics. Unfortunately we don’t always know how to safely dispose of them. Electronics don't belong in the garbage. Many contain heavy metals such as lead, cadmium or mercury. Calling All Cell Phones Reusing or recycling cell phones conserves materials, prevents air and water…
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How to Help Save the Environment. Method 5 of 5: Ideas for outdoors

1. Don't use pesticides, herbicides, or chemicals. Pesticides kill hundreds of birds and other animals per year. If you have unwanted weeds, pull or hoe them out yourself, clip them down, plant a ground cover in their place, or use mulch to control weeds and limit evaporation. If you are a gardener, check out permaculture,…
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Electronics Recycling 101: The Problem With E-Waste

America’s love affair with consumer electronics will likely rage on for years to come. With a constant stream of iPads, e-readers and smart phones hitting the market, it’s hard not to get sucked into purchasing products. But embracing new technologies brings up a huge question: What do you do with the old stuff? According to…
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Scientists turn trash into crude energy

Remember Doc Brown? That crazy, white haired caricature of a scientist from the 1980s blockbuster scifi comedy Back to the Future? He’s the inventor of a spectacular (and – sadly – fictitious) device called the flux capacitor that is running first on plutonium, later on ordinary household garbage to power a time machine. Here’s what it looks…
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Surplus inventory: Avoid it, identify it, sell it

A customer cancels a large order. A vendor offers a moderate discount to double an order for products you might sell over the next 12 months. This month's sales forecast is inaccurate. All of these scenarios can result in something industrial distributors dread: surplus inventory. As much as distributors may like to tuck away the…
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How to watch Apple’s iPhone 6 event live stream on Windows and Android

Later today, Apple will unveil the iPhone 6 at a special event in Cupertino, California. Somewhat unusually for Apple, it will be broadcasting a live video stream of the event — but, for reasons we still can’t fathom, Apple restricts the official feed to people watching on an iOS or OS X device. Fortunately, if you’re…
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Google begins developing its own quantum computer chips, to prepare for the future

Google’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence team, not content with merely sharing a D-Wave kinda-quantum computer with NASA, has announced that it will now be designing and building its own quantum computer chips. Rather than start from scratch, Google will absorb UC Santa Barbara’s quantum computing group, which recently created a superconducting five-qubit array that shows promise for…
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Electronics Donation and Recycling

Electronic products are made from valuable resources and materials, including metals, plastics, and glass, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture. Donating or recycling consumer electronics conserves our natural resources and avoids air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by manufacturing virgin materials. For example: Recycling one…
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How can data center save $90,000 a year?

Servers New servers use more energy-efficient technology such as: More efficient power supplies, better DC voltage regulators, processors that consume less power, and cooling fans that are more energy-efficient. CPU speed throttling and power saving technology that reduces the processor's clock rate and voltage when the processor is idle. The aim is to minimize overall…
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How to Reduce Ewaste

Ewaste is an informal term for electronics that are at or near the end of their useful life. Many of these products have toxic components such as lead, mercury and cadmium that, when improperly disposed of, damage the environment. Much of this ewaste can be recycled and reused. By reducing, reusing and recycling these hazardous…
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The right way to destroy an old hard drive

Don't put it in the microwave, don't roast it on a spit, don't soak it in acid, and don't put it next to an industrial-strength magnet; the key is to make the drive's platters unspinnable. I'm a confirmed pack rat. I've got stacks of old utility-bill statements dating back to the 1980s. Alongside the boxes…
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Computer Recycling Guidance

What are the environmental concerns? Computers and electronics are an integral part of our daily lives. We use them for communication, data storage, keeping up with the daily news, and many other activities in our lives. We have reached the point where we can't live without them. But electronics have become a waste disposal problem…
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6 Green Habits which could save our planet

For Yourself Appreciate the Earth and all its beings. Go for a walk in nature.  Click here to visit a National Park Meditate in Nature For a deep immersion into nature, go on aWilderness Solo For the Planet Conscious Consuming – Before you make a purchase, do a quick check to yourself. Do I really…
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Give away used electronics to recycling company instead of throwing them in the trash

Proper disposal of batteries, electronics, and hazardous waste When batteries, thermostats, electronics, oil, and other potentially hazardous wastes are improperly disposed of, they can harm public health and the environment. Batteries and e-waste—such as computers, printers, and cell phones—contain toxic heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. When they are thrown away in the…
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Recycle and cut your waste disposal fee

Due to California's shortage of long-term landfill space, many local governments are predicting a 20% to 100% increase in disposal costs over the next few years. By reducing waste, businesses can avoid millions of dollars in disposal costs and reduce corresponding greenhouse gas emissions. No-Cost Steps to Recycle & Cut Waste Reduce Office Waste Develop…
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Green Biotech Products and Services

Where to Look for Environmentally Friendly Investments Do you want to invest in green technologies but need some ideas for where to find them? Tax incentives, carbon taxes and rising fossil fuel costs are motivating increased growth and development of 'green' products and services, many of which are the result of innovative discoveries in biotechnology…
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How to deduct your electronic gear from your taxes

A couple years back we mentioned some helpful tips of how to safely deduct some of your home electronics purchases. So with the beginning of a new year and the always nearing tax deadline, we thought we'd refresh this course in home electronics deductions. In a time when iPhones, Blackberries, laptops, and other devices play…
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E-Waste Decoded And How To Save Money Recycling

When walking into the Apple store for an upgrade, do you ever wonder what happens to all the electronics people discard after purchasing the latest models? That old phone or Mac Book is yesterday’s news. Some of us have stockpiled our cellars and attics with electronics since the 1980s, including Commodore 64s in old milk…
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Effects of Water Pollution

Water pollution has been documented as a contributor to a wide range of health problems and disorders in humans. It has also been shown to have drastically negative impacts on wild animals and the environment as a whole. There are quite a few different effects of water pollution that are of significant importance to humans.…
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China continues cyberwar campaign, hacks the The New York Times

China has yet again been caught with its hand in the Western cookie jar. This time, it seems the Chinese military have hacked The New York Times, as an act of retaliation following a damning story published by The Times’ about China’s premier, Wen Jiabao. This follows on from Chinese hacks of Silicon Valley in…
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The Great Green Cat Toy: Eco-Friendly Feline Fun

Pet owners go through a lot of different products, whether they are bags of food, leashes, collars or toys. This is why it is best to look for sustainable or recyclable brands or products the next time you go shopping for your furry friends. One exceptional, eco-friendly toy for cats is The Great Green Cat…
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