PC Fix hosts recycling, food donation event

June 2, 2014

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. June 2, 2014

Box up your old computers and buy a few extra grocery items.

The PC Fix, in conjunction with One Green Planet, is hosting a recycling event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13 at its Issaquah location, 1320 N.W. Mall St.

Organizer Selina Petersen hopes the community is attracted to attend for one of the event’s three goals:

  • In recognition that most businesses update their offices in spring, PC Fix will accept and dispose of nearly all used electronic gear. PC Fix will also coordinate with local businesses to pick up used gear for disposal.
  • PC Fix seeks food donations to help the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank keep its shelves stocked.
  • PC Fix seeks old computers to donate to local classrooms in need of additional learning materials for students. Petersen said PC Fix checks out the computers and wipes the hard drive so students can properly use them.

“We are not just recycling,” Petersen said. “We will be reusing devices and put the time into fixing units to then donate to nonprofit businesses like Compassion House, Elks Lodge and the food bank. Our goal is to not just dump devices but to bring awareness to reuse and help out the nonprofit organizations.”

Learn more about the recycling event by calling Petersen at 394-1011.

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One Response to “PC Fix hosts recycling, food donation event”

  1. Verging on bad advice on June 3rd, 2014 9:05 am

    Computer recycling places like PC Fix do an admirable service: those “outdated” PCs that offices retire may still be extremely powerful and useful devices, despite not being quite powerful enough anymore to run the newest and shiniest bloatware from MS and their ilk.

    However, you need to remember that when you hand over your old PC to somebody else, you’re also handing over all the data that’s on its hard drives. This data can include lots of sensitive stuff, like your browsing history, tax returns, digital photos and videos, credit card numbers, email, the email addresses and phone numbers – and probably lots of personal details – of your children and all your friends and associates, and all the authentication credentials for your online accounts (plus lots more I can’t think of right now).

    Anyone who wants to donate computer equipment should make damn sure that ALL information is properly erased from that equipment before they hand it over to ANYONE else. Alternatively, PC Fix could officially indemnify any donors against breaches of their personal information (although this wouldn’t help anyone else whose information happened to be on donated hardware, like friends or family). The article doesn’t say anything about whether PC Fix does this. (I’d guess that they don’t, because it would probably be prohibitively expensive for a small-margin business like theirs.)

    I’m not saying that PC Fix isn’t trustworthy. But consider this: I presume that all of the Target execs and IT managers responsible for their store networks were basically trustworthy people, and yet their ignorant mistakes allowed the leakage of credit card numbers of tens of millions of their loyal customers. It’s far too easy to make expensive and irreversible mistakes when you’re dealing with complex things you don’t understand. (Many people who are actually IT professionals don’t understand what they’re doing. It’s hard for managers to tell the difference, so these people don’t automatically get discovered and thrown out.) And when you’re handling other people’s information, as we all do with our email/chat/Facebook/etc. archives on our home machines, any mistake you make can affect them personally.

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