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Waste computer edict finally hits UK

The long-awaited Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) directive finally comes into force on Sunday, 1 July. Under the European directive, which came into UK law in January 2007, businesses will be expected to fully comply to ensure the safe, environmentally sound disposal of electronic and electrical waste. Hefty …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jun 2007
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Local councils dish out shoddy computer recycling advice

People looking to recycle old computer kit are being given confusing advice by local councils that could lead to identity theft, a consumer group has warned. Which? Computing magazine telephoned more than 100 councils across the UK asking for information on how to safely recycle defunct computers and monitors. Only two fifths …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Mar 2008
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Sainsbury's and HP buddy up on recycling jamboree

HP and supermarket giant Sainsbury’s are asking Londoners to recycle IT kit they no longer use. Both firms want people to bring neglected desktops, laptops, fax machines, scanners and printers to Sainsbury’s Nine Elms store in Vauxhall, London this Saturday (6 September) between 11am and 4pm for recycling purposes. HP said it …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Sep 2008
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Scrap PCs smuggled, dumped in Africa, China

The British government needs to tighten up the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive to prevent e-waste being illegally exported to and dumped in the developing world, according to a charity group. Computer Aid International has launched a petition today calling on the UK gov to provide the Environment …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Sep 2008

Virtualisation soaks up corporate IT love

Virtualisation is the in-thing in corporate IT. You’d think it was some kind of shiny new concept that had never been done before, a panacea for all computing ills. Everyone seems to be doing it. It’s not even restricted to servers any more. Suppliers and customers are both getting excited about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure …
Liam Proven, 21 Jul 2011
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Take a hammer to your hard drive, shrieks Which?

Which? Computing has lost faith in wiping technology and advised punters to take a hammer to hard discs they intend to get rid of. Reg readers and experts have slammed the advice as misguided and irresponsible. The possibility that dodgy sorts might be able to recover deleted data with the help of specialist software from PCs or …
John Leyden, 08 Jan 2009
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Reg readers are generous PC-donating bunch

ComputerAid International wants to say a big thank-you to Register Readers, for their generosity in last year's PC donation campaign. A press blitz last year gained the UK charity coverage in 29 UK media outlets and, more to the point, 5,000 end-of-life PCs for refurbishment and reuse in the Third World. The vast bulk of …
Drew Cullen, 04 Feb 2003
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UK.gov has no idea how much WEEE ends up in landfill

The UK government has no idea how many tonnes of electrical and electronic waste ends up in landfill because it doesn’t keep data on the final amounts that have been dumped. Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Ian Pearson admitted to the oversight yesterday. He said that although 184,334.13 tonnes of …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Nov 2008
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Old PCs for new uses

Last year it was time for The Register to move offices. Lying in a small box-room were half a dozen or so redundant computers, unused since our previous move. We decided to get rid of them, but a colleague, John Leyden, had a better idea: he contacted Computer Aid International, the UK's biggest computer recycling charity, which …
Drew Cullen, 28 Feb 2006
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Intel to hop on third-world-PC bandwagon

Intel is to follow AMD's lead and pitch an ultra-low cost PC at the developing world. It will tout a machine priced at significantly less than $300 "in the next several weeks", according the company VP Bill Siu. Speaking in an interview with CRN, Siu said the system will provide full PC functionality to "take advantage of all …
Tony Smith, 14 Mar 2006
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Retired Pentium PCs wanted for developing world (not landfill)

Computer Aid international has launched a new appeal for companies and individuals to send it defunct PCs to be reconditioned and distributed to schools and community groups in the developing world. Last year, the British charity refurbished and shipped 1,000 old PCs every month – a figure it believes it can double in 2004 with …
Lucy Sherriff, 03 Feb 2004
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Kenyan farmers save for a rainy day

James Muthoka cycling Twice a month, farmer James Muthoka gets on his bike and pedals nine kilometres to KARI Katumani, an agricultural research station. Mr Muthoka owns six acres in an small, enclosed valley in Machakos, a dry, semi-arid region about one-and-a-half hours from Nairobi. The valley is filled from top to bottom …
Drew Cullen, 10 Mar 2006
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Corporates! Give your PCs to Africa

Yesterday we wrote about the real Digital Divide, and we promised to run a charity appeal on behalf of Computer Aid International. We asked for details of other refurb PCs-for-developing countries-charities, and we've received several, which we'll run tomorrow, along with a couple of domestic IT charities, running in the US and …
Drew Cullen, 02 Jul 2002
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From JAWS to Dolphins: IT for Nairobi's blind students

Lawrence Momanyji, at Kilimani Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya Lawrence Momanyji, 10 sits at the front of class with a Brailler at his desk. Lawrence is a bright boy – he came fifth out of 52 in the recent class exams. He is a pupil at Kilimani Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, one of 32 blind and visually impaired children on …
Drew Cullen, 29 Mar 2006
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Two London PC refurb charity appeals

BLITZ (Blackwall IT Zone) has been set up to enable the local community to have access to IT and the internet, Chris Pearman writes. Although on the doorstep of the Canary Wharf Complex, this is one of the poorest areas of London, with the 7th highest unemployment rate in the UK. We aim to provide second user systems and advice …
Drew Cullen, 03 Jul 2002
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Pipex gives away free ADSL modem

Pipex is getting even more aggressive in the broadband marketplace with yet another tempting offer designed to get people to sign-up to its ADSL service. Until June 13 the broadband ISP is offering new customers a new Fujitsu FDX310 ADSL modem worth £94 in return for an old external dial-up modem. The old dial-up modems - …
Tim Richardson, 14 May 2002

It's a long way from Cupertino to Roswell, but we'll get there

For those of you who may have missed it, a Cupertino-based company called Apple launched a mobile phone in the US last Friday and sold an awful lot of them over the weekend. It would be hard to miss the iPhone, of course, because it seemed not a single story about mobile phones has gone by without a reference to it - at last …
Billy MacInnes, 05 Jul 2007