This note came in with a couple of laptops. It reads:
Silver HP hasThe HP is the laptop photographed behind the letter. Note the trashed hinge; it takes some stewardship just to open and close the lid, and this is the working one of the two laptops.
- faulty monitor connector
- no working power supply
- motherboard not working
- no hard drive
- working power supply
I've been using the Compaq to charge batteries then swapping them into the HP, hopefully you guys can turn these into something better!
This donation made my day. Someone has successfully wrung every possible bit of utility from these two machines, and then passed them on for responsible recycling.
I'd love to report that we repaired the broken parts of both machines and sent them back out for another round in a world that's obviously unsympathetic towards laptops, but that's not what happened.
We salvaged one one hard drive, two strips of RAM, two wireless cards, one power supply, and two optical drives; the batteries were pulled for downstream recycling, and the carcasses will be passed along to a wholesaler who will hopefully be able to make use of the LCD panels. The left-overs will be recycled ethically and as locally as possible.
Still, not too bad an end for a couple of machines that lived their lives to the fullest. An early draft of Bill Reid's last will and testament apparently had him requesting that his remains be scattered in a bay at low tide, and that the crabs from that bay should then be harvested and eaten at a feast attended by his friends. He later backed off on the idea, but I think it's a great inspiration for the West Coast recycling ethic.