Computers

New Life for Your Old Electronics

If you receive my monthly newsletter, you’ve seen my listings of electronics recycling events throughout New York City. Most of these events are sponsored by the Lower East Side Ecology Center, a longtime promoter of recycling and composting. The Center opened a permanent drop-off site for electronic waste in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn in 2012. A recent New York Times article described the role the Center plays in providing old electronics for television shows and movies that need props to reflect an earlier…

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It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

Back in June, I wrote about a project on which I had done a good bit of procrastinating (see A Blessing and A Curse). To refresh your memory on the salient details, I was asked to record a 90-minute class I had delivered at a NAPO conference 6 years earlier, so that the class could be made available as part of NAPO’s educational offerings. I put it off and put it off, and finally got it done by setting myself…

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Dispose of E-Waste Right at Your Door

Since January 1 of last year, it has been illegal in New York State to dispose of e-waste in your household trash. According to the NYC Department of Sanitation web site, “The electronics covered by this New York State law include computers and their peripherals, televisions, fax machines, VCRs, DVD players, printers/scanners, video game consoles, MP3 players, tablets, and small servers. The law does not include appliances, batteries, or light bulbs.” So what do you do with all of these items…

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Corral Those Cables

Did you ever notice that photos of computers on web sites or in magazines never have any visible cables?  They say that sex sells, and it is indeed pretty sexy to see computer equipment with no cables piled up around them. The real world is a bit more messy.  Even those of us who operate wirelessly still have to plug our computers and printers into wall outlets, and we still have to manage all those cords that connect our phones, tablets,…

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Another Travel Buddy: Mini Surge Protector

On my last trip of the summer, I brought along my latest travel buddy:  the Belkin Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger. It includes three AC outlets and two USB outlets.   That means you only need to find one free outlet at an airport or in your hotel room, and then recharge five devices.   Plus, as the name says, it’s got a surge protector built in.

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