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incorrigible tinkerer
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Hello all.

This is a bit of a cross-posting from the Trading post where I originally mentionned this original thread but I wanted to make sure any Montrealers who frequent EhMac got word of this project.

We are a actually a group of bicycle mechanics who got together under the auspices of Montreal's wonderful community bike shop Right to Move and eventually realized that our core group of volunteer mechanics was mostly composed of Mac tinkerers and Linux afficionados. Because of our shared knowledge and the quantity of serviceable machines we kept seeing headed for the landfill we decided to use some of the space at the bike shop (gloriously rent free :cool: ) to house a small Mac recycling operation. This project has so far been called "Right to Mac" in honour of the parent organization.

Up to now we've been testing the waters and seeing how much of the discard flow we can divert to our higher purposes but now that we've acquired almost as much stock as we have space we are aiming higher.

1. We need to establish a coherent flow through of machines. Meaning we need to keep new used machines coming in so that we can keep scavenging needed parts and putting together usable systems to get out to people.

2. We need to find clients/recipients for the fruits of our digital labours. Meaning we need to find worthy organizations or low income individuals in the Montreal area who want serviceable older Macs at very low cost. We're aiming to sell complete systems for $30-100 and genuinely make these machines available to people and organizations that can use them.

3. We want to involve people and institutions in Montreal to prevent any Macs from going to the landfill unnecessarily and keep these lovely bits of electrical engineering plugging away at what they were designed to do.

So if you're interested, or know someone who can help at either end (either donating materials or shopping for an older system or parts) please send them our way.

We are pursuing this project as volunteers and hope to eventually receive minor renumeration for our labour hours but any earnings from system sales will be split between tinkerers and the community bike shop.

You can reach us at
[email protected]
or 999-4885

check Right to Move's website at www.rtm-lvl.org for a map showing our location on Concordia University's downtown campus and drop by during shop hours (6pm-9pm weekday evenings). Ask for Reid (me), Michael, Oana or Marc Heckmann.

Thanks for any assistance you can offer and remember, "a 68K is still a pretty fancy calculator and Mac Plus is a kickass clock" :D

just kidding, we can find better uses for them than that.
 

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incorrigible tinkerer
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR> but what about all of us who have them tied to our boat anchors at dock <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yeah, I think that's likely to become a problem in the long term for the new flat panel iMacs and the growing portables market, they just don't have the heft necessary to anchor a small craft. ;)

Nothing beats a Mac Classic case filled with cement for anchoring frugality and aquatic confusion. :D

-Fish
 
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