FreeIT - Stafford.

FreeITstafford

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Another testament to the hard work of our volunteer team and the kindness of you lovely people helping us to buy parts to upgrade these to modern specification through your sponsorships and PayPal donations!

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FreeITstafford

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* Something a little unusual *
We've come across a couple of these "Valiant Roamer" floor drawing robots from the 90's.
We'd really like to gift them forward to an educational setting or coding club, as they are perfect for teaching basic programming.
Drop us a line with your ideas!

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FreeITstafford

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A little insight behind our scenes, with this image of open-heart-multi-task laptop surgery.
Our long term tech volunteer Tim is busy in his home workshop refurbishing these items ready for their new homes where they are desperately needed.
Each one has a secure erase, a good hoover out, replacement CPU thermal bonding, a new clock battery, a bunch of electrical checks, and a full reinstall of Windows 10 as though it's fresh from the factory.
A fine example of the skills and time that our volunteers give, and the lengths they will go to, to ensure these are in tip top condition for their new owners, and we couldn't do this without them
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FreeITstafford

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Numbers 485 and 486, delivered today to Beacon Church for their administrative work.
Thanks to our sponsors and PayPal supporters for allowing us to equip these with wi-fi capability
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FreeITstafford

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Calling all tech bods!
We're short of a few odds and ends, but before we spend money on them we'd like to appeal to local techy types to see if you have any of these in your spares bins:
- DDR2 laptop 2GB/4GB, yes we know, old, but still valid to us
- 120GB SSD 2.5" or hybrids
- SFF PCIE graphics
- ATX and SFF PCI & PCIE wi-fi adapters
- USB wi-fi adapters
If so, please drop in to: Community Recycling Hub, Rear offices, Castlefields ST161BQ (behind old shoe shed), or we can accept small mailed items at our postal address at Dunston.
We'll also take your old CPU's, 1GB DDR2 and any DDR1 you might have, as we can resell those as high grade PCB's in bulk, which allows us to buy other things we need
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We're registered with the Environment Agency as a charitable lower tier waste carrier, broker and dealer, so we're able to accept all other high grade scrap IC's, RAM cards, and copper heatsinks for salvage resale.
 
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FreeITstafford

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We've become aware of a new local I.T. recycling scheme being operated by Stone Group in conjunction with Stafford Borough Council, with a very similar mission to ours.
We'll never begrudge anyone who wants to achieve the same outcomes as us, but we're more than disappointed that those two large organisations have chosen to create and plug their own project instead of supporting and promoting ours that has existed for near on 18 months, particularly when we've asked for their help, and been blatantly ignored.
We had a similar situation last year, only it was Staffs Community Foundation and Staffs County Council who ignored our pleas for support and instead set up their own donation points. We would point out that Staffs County Council's own internal departments have since been in touch with us to ask for our help with devices for their clients, so it seems that wasn't a huge success anyway.
We are our own entity with our own donation points and our own client and donor base, and we are unfortunately in no way affiliated with these other schemes.
You're of course welcome to donate your old equipment to any project you wish, but if you'd prefer your equipment to come to us, please only use the donation points we advertise here, and don't mistake these separate ventures as one and the same.
We'll continue to operate with our own principles and through our own sponsorships and PayPal donations.
 
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Glam

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We've become aware of a new local I.T. recycling scheme being operated by Stone Group in conjunction with Stafford Borough Council, with a very similar mission to ours.
We'll never begrudge anyone who wants to achieve the same outcomes as us, but we're more than disappointed that those two large organisations have chosen to create and plug their own scheme instead of supporting and promoting ours that has existed for near on 18 months, particularly when we've asked for their help, and been blatantly ignored.
We had a similar situation last year, only it was Staffs Community Foundation and Staffs County Council who ignored our pleas for support and instead set up their own scheme as soon as they got wind of our project. We would point out that Staffs County Council's own internal departments have since been in touch with us to ask for our help with devices for their clients, so it seems that wasn't a huge success anyway.
We are our own entity with our own donation points and our own client and donor base, and we are in no way affiliated with this other scheme.
We offer the same secure erase procedure as the "MOD standard" that the other scheme is boasting.
We'll continue to operate with our own principles and through our own sponsorships and PayPal donations.
Stone Group, and Stafford Borough Council, don't worry, we won't bother you again.
Stone are only in it for profit, nothing else. They're awaiting a big influx of computer stuff from Stafford schools/ college. Considering the massive profits they make, year in, year out. You would think they would consider lending a hand to yourselves. I do wish you could get charity status.
 
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