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Friday 24 June 2005 6.49pm
I'm from a small computer company in SE1 (Southwark Bridge Road) and due to a certain amount of downsizing (in space terms not personnel) we have a number of OLD computers and screens that I would love to see go to a good home if anyone could make use of one.

No cost - all you would have to do is to turn up and collect it. Priority would be given to any "charitable" organisation and I'd use that term very loosely to include any social/community group, school, student, etc. As we've got a number to get rid of (haven't counted, but maybe 8), even if you haven't got a charitable use for it, still feel free to get in touch.

To be clear, the PCs we're talking about are fairly old. They are all made by Dell and in technical speak, they are around 400-600Mhz (so let's call that around a fifth of the raw speed of what you could buy from your local PC World), but they were fine in their day and would continue to be fine to get on the Internet, do some word processing etc. I certainly NOT want to run Windows XP on them or any game produced in recent years!

All would come complete with keyboard, mouse, cables, etc. and you could check it around before carting it away if you fancied.

However: I'm almost certainly going to have to wipe the hard disk before letting these out the door so unless you've got a copy of Windows and anything else you want to be able to use (e.g. Microsoft Office) they wont be much use to you. I might be able to find the original Windows CD that came with them (we're probably talking Windows 98) if that would sway your views - ask if this would be a deciding factor.

We've also a large number of 17" and 21" monitors that could be taken either with one of these PCs, or if there's not enough demand for the PCs, separately. Again, to be clear, we're not talking fancy flat-screen TFT screens but old conventional ones. Certainly for the 21" screens, put one of those on your desk and you'd not have room for a keyboard in front of it - they're that deep (strong monitor arms are a good idea to lift them off the desk).

If you want any more details (technical specs, measurements, photos) please email me on [email protected] A brief line as to what you or your organisation does would allow me to prioritise requests should I be swamped by the deluge... I'll happily advise you truthfully on the pros/cons of these if you're not sure about computers.

Oh yes, if you fancy an office desk or one (or two) tables (nothing fancy - I could supply pictures), one or two heavy duty floor standing laser printers (Lexmark Optra N, capable of printing A3) or a safe let me know.

Just to repeat - you'd have to collect from our offices... And we are looking to get rid of these quickly, so don't hang around (and first-come, first-served and some are better than others...!!!).

Do please email me on [email protected] but if there are any frequently asked questions, I'll post answers to the forum.
Tuesday 28 June 2005 10.26am
I live on the Peabody on Southwark street, where are you?? Our PC is dead sadly but I have the reboot stuff so...??
Tuesday 28 June 2005 12.28pm
We're on Southwark Bridge Road, on the south side, on the corner where Sumner Street meets Southwark Bridge Road.

When you say you have "the reboot stuff" what do you mean? Windows CD? If you'd care to email me at [email protected] we can chat further. If you need a hand installing Windows, I'd be happy for you to drop the CD off and I'd get it installed for you. If you don't have a Windows CD, I need to go looking in various boxes to see if we have the originals.

Email me if you'd like to take this further.
Friday 1 July 2005 11.04pm
The London freecycle website is a great way to offer unwanted things:

You have to register but it's simple to do, and usually when you offer something you seem to get deluged immediately with e-mails from worthy causes.

As well as giving away all kinds of stuff (saving it from landfill) I've also got all kinds of great things through freecycle. The other month I lost my TV & video remote control - the finger of suspicion pointed at the dog having kicked it into the newspaper, whence it was inadvertantly (and probably not entirely successfully) recycled! Anyway I put a 'wanted' notice on freecycle for that particular model of remote control, and lo and behold someone had one they didn't want and now I can change channel again at will!
Wednesday 27 July 2005 10.17pm
Just out of interest what does your computer company specialise in. Computer sales, software, upgrades? For the public or large comercial stuff only? I only ask as it would be useful for a local like me

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