'PC Pledge 100' to supply low income families with refurbished PCs

By Shawn Knight · 19 replies
Aug 8, 2012
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  1. The Federal Communications Commission is teaming up with Connect2Compete, Redemtech and the League of United Latin American Citizens to launch a nationwide computer donation and recycling drive known as PC Pledge 100. The initiative is asking each participating corporation to……

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  2. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I hope that by "wipe the hard drive" they will use some pretty hefty means to do so, not just a simple format.

    I could see major corporations being reluctant to do this otherwise for security reasons.
  3. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    They could always give it away without the HD. I bet you could find a used replacement pretty easy and cheap on ebay, a low income family would welcome a computer for the cost of a used HD. I am sure they could find some volunteers to organize it all.

    Low income families can get broadband for 10$ a month if they or there kids already qualify for assistance but I have never met anyone who knows that. Iv told some people but its not well known in this neck of the desert.
  4. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    This is a great idea.
    We throw out/recycle about 20 PC's a month, countless HP DX2000's and Dell Optiplex 170L's that no longer meet the requirements for the Hospital.
    Many of them work good after a good clean factory recovery.
    We also have enough new mice and keyboards to supply a small school, all of them brand new.
  5. ITAM_Practice

    ITAM_Practice TS Rookie

    @gwailo247 @Redemtech utilizes proprietary data erasure technology that produces an auditable and verifiable record of destruction for each drive that is sanitized. Many of our customers are banking and healthcare organizations that are highly regulated by privacy laws. @treetops giving away a computer without a harddrive also means without the benefit of a full suite of software that will allow them to utilize the computer. Too many times I have heard of donations going south because the intended recipient did not have the financial means to repair the system and purchase the operating system and basic office software. Thanks @amstech! I agree, the digital divide need not exist based on the amount of technology being manufactured today.
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  6. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Very cool, thank you for answering my question!
  7. You can use DBAN to wipe the hard drives. I work at a small company and most of the old computers don't match the min specs or don't work anymore however hopefully the larger companies can help out.
  8. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,309   +1,403

    Great idea, all those computers would just end up in landfills anyway.
  9. Plus they should give them at least a year free internet connection,to go along with the computer.
    After the first year or so..let them buy it for like $100.00 a year for their internet...(y)
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,724   +3,697

    If it's free, we should be proud of what we get and not ask for more.

  11. Gamesinner

    Gamesinner TS Rookie Posts: 86

    Great more free **** to shitbags so they can perpetuate more socialism in this country.
  12. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

  13. My problem is that I have numerous laptops/desktops that are totally awesome, but it's hard to find someone to give all the equipment to. Why? Sometimes I think, "Joe would really like a relatively new Windows 7 system with 4GB of RAM, but Joe knows nothing about computers which means the laptop will be trashed in about one month." I would much rather see efforts at educating people about how to take care of a laptop/desktop before giving them something they will trash or think is faulty when the first problem occurs at boot.
  14. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 511   +152

    I don't know if you've ever been around that type of person, you know the ultimate procrastinator, but the usefulness of having a computer is underutilized for the most part. I wouldn't call them ****bags as thats a disrespect to their individual situations and personal hardships they faced and perhaps don't have the coping skills to handle. But I do ultimately see it perpetuating more reliance on the government to provide them things they don't necessarily need or will most likely misuse rather then it fostering the connectivity intended to help people find jobs.
  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,724   +3,697

    I do agree, but one must want to be educated first. So many times I've tried explaining things, but people want their screens to light up mysteriously (and quickly I might add) without any preventative labor on their part.
  16. LOL, those minimum specs read almost like my computer - I've got an E6400 2.13 GHz C2Duo, 4 GB RAM (upgraded from 2 GB) and larger HD. It also has a discrete graphics card (HD5770). The funny part is this thing is still quite zippy ... but then again I know not to load it with heaps of bloatware. It's no so much about computer specs as it is about the software running on it and the ability of its user(s) to maintain it clean.
  17. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I have that same computer, but not onboard graphics. My video is a bit better, but everything else is the same as you.. Hell, its fine, computers are plenty fast now. 10 years ago an upgrade might mean you cut your loading time of something in half... say 40 seconds to 20. Now, still cut in half but its 4 instead of 8... is it really worth all that money for 4 seconds?
  18. Instead of loading these free computers with Windows 7 and office suites at a reduced rate, why not load them with a Linux distro. and Open or Libre Office?
  19. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219


    I don't see whats wrong with giving a single mother of 3 working 60 hours a week waiting tables a used computer. Of course some people abuse the system, but most don't. This doesn't appear to be costing the tax payer money so I have no clue why anyone would complain. I also don't see whats wrong with recycling a computer rather then throwing it away that's wasteful.

    Oh no that guy over there gave a bum his old t-shirt! Hes not using it for looking for a job how dare he accept that t-shirt! It affects me in no way whatsoever but I am outraged! He should put that shirt in the trash! :confused:
  20. ITAM_Practice

    ITAM_Practice TS Rookie

    @treetops, I like the way you think!

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