Holiday Schedule

25 11 2015

The Holiday Season is quickly approaching.  RBSK Partners’ offices will be closed as follows:

Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 26th; Friday, November 27th.

Christmas – Thursday, December 24th; Friday, December 25th.

New Year – Noon on Thursday, December 31st; Friday, January 1st

RBSK Partners would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


What am I going to do with all this unwanted computer equipment?

16 11 2015

If you think you can use it, use it.  If you can’t, get rid of it.

If your equipment room is anything like ours (Jake’s room) you will have a room stuffed with old PC’s, keyboards, mice, and a selection of monster monitors.

Clearing out this mess will give you back valuable space, may benefit others, and could even net you some extra cash.  Just remember: If you think you can use it, use it. If you can’t, throw it out.

Look at what you have first

For example, old keyboards and mice that are not used anymore. If they work, use them. If they don’t, it’s not worth repairing them.  You can always get a keyboard or mouse for a little of nothing. So when they fail, get rid of them.

My experience is that most spaces are crammed with things that have been taken out of service and out of sight. You know the saying Out of site; Out of mind. Separate all the usable from the unusable and arrange to dispose of the junk.

Get a dumpster and throw it all away

Tossing all the unusable junk can be beneficial. Just be careful about how you dispose of it. There are strict rules about the way you dispose of old monitors, as they contain some poisonous heavy metals. When you see how much specialist disposal companies charge to take them away, you might want to consider giving the equipment a new lease on life by passing it on to a new owner.

Donate it to a charity of your choice

Plenty of people would like to have a PC but don’t have the funds to buy one. Your local church, school or not-for-profit may need one to help with their computing needs. Again, they may not need anything powerful, and your equipment might just be faster than what they currently have.  And it’s tax deductible.

Use it in the training room

When you’re training, it only needs to work for the most part. Performance may not be a big issue.  All you want it to do is work. Outdated stock can have a rebirth in the training room. Machines can be re-imaged and used for this purpose.  The good thing is, if you wreck it completely, there’s no big loss.

Give it to an employee

Some workers do better at home. Especially when there is a deadline around the corner and being in the office is distracting. But even though it might be good to avoid traveling to the office, it might be hard to justify the expense of a second PC for those workers. Sometimes, the systems that one department finds inadequate for intensive applications may be just fine for another. Pass it on to them.

Break it down for spares parts

You never know when a spare part might just get you out of a bind. Reusing parts is good for the environment and for the pocketbook.  It might just enable a quick fix instead of having a system out of action for as long as it takes to get a new one. Having spare parts ready to use on the shelf is a good idea.  Just remember not to keep too many.

Break it down and sell the parts

Selling or giving a PC away is sometimes not the answer. Data privacy is a big issue these days.  With the availability of data recovery tools, some companies aren’t high on letting whole units go. You can still recover some of your investment by taking some components and selling them on eBay.

You’ll need to check your company’s policy on disposing of old hard disks though.

Make the most of the metal

Those old PC’s and laptops need to go somewhere.  If you have enough of them, your local scrap metal dealer may be interested.

While you’re thinking about recycling, there are companies that will buy scrap and recover the precious metals from them. The money received from this source can be used to pay for other staff equipment.

Here at RBSK Partners, we encourage recycling.  We are happy to assist by taking your old equipment and properly recycle it for you.  Give us a call for pricing or with any other recycling questions you may have.

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By Barry Bailey