Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Smart Technology Hacks For A Smarter You!

By GreenDust Refurbished   Posted at  7/26/2016 03:59:00 am   Technology Hacks No comments
Now days, digital world is full of life hacks or technology hacks. But, are you one of them who are wondering, what the heck is a hack? Hacks are basically smart tricks or game changing ideas which makes your life easier.

If, you want to know how to keep your phone cables from getting tangled or to fix your broken your keyboard, there is a hack for it. We have compiled some of the brilliant technology hacks, which you can use in everyday life and feel ‘Like a Boss’.

1.  Extend battery life of your phone.

Do try this hack when your phone is running out of battery!

2. Dropped your phone in bathroom?

Placing your phone in rice to remove moisture from your phone is an old trick. Try this new one and share with others.

3. Annoyed with the tak-tak sound of broken leg of your keyboard? Fix it.

4. Make your laptop more efficient with this easy trick.

5. Keep your phones in zip pouches and connect it with Bluetooth headset.

Use the above trick only when urgent.  Follow traffic rules & be safe.

6. Never throw those unused Velcro!

One of the no common sense tech hacks that makes your life easier.

7. A tiny spring can make your life easier.

Save your phones and chargers with a tiny spring & voila, you are sorted.

Hope these were useful. If you know other hacks, do share with us.

Friday, 3 June 2016

5 Ways You Can Make Every Day an Environment Day

By Satya Prakash   Posted at  6/03/2016 03:19:00 am   World Environment Day No comments
Planning to contribute for the upcoming Environment Day?

Err… Wait. Let us ask you a question, why this environment day only? Why not every environment day or how about making everyday an environment day?

World Environment Day is celebrated on 5th June every year to raise global awareness to protect environment and save planet earth.

But we think, every day is environment day. Here we are listing down some ideas which you can adopt in your life routine and make possible everyday an Environment Day.

A) Embrace  Five R’s to Go Green:

  1. Always think twice before making any purchase decision. Reduce the use of hazardous substances, a threat to environment.
  2. Consider to Reuse, Recycle, Re-purpose and Repair before disposing out waste from your home.

B)      Choose a smart alternative:
  1. Replace your plastic or metallic packaging materials with recycled paper packaging. Say no to plastics.
  2. Opt for refurbished /post-user/recycled electronics and gadgets; they are as good as new.

C)       Plant more trees:
  1. Always wanted to do a good deed? Plant a tree! Make it a lifestyle and pass this habit to your upcoming generation too.

D)      Conserve Natural Resources:
  1. Use energy efficient appliances to save electricity.
  2. Try carpooling or shared taxi ride to save fuel. Travelling will be fun with chatting   and riding with co-commuters.
  3. Keep a check on your water faucets and assure they don’t leak.

E)      Consume locally produced, fresh & organic food:

  1. Food travels thousands of miles, before it reaches your plate resulting in consuming more fuel and polluting air particles in mid way. Also, pesticides and insecticides used in producing that food not only affect ecology but also your health.

Do remember, change begins at home. Dream green, act green and live green! Join GreenDust in making everyday an environment day and make this world a safe place to live.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Organization for a Great Big GREEN World! Re-purpose your unwanted electronics and technology

By RAJ   Posted at  11/30/2015 01:44:00 am   No comments
Going green is not just the “politically correct” thing to do these days – it’s the planet-saving, RIGHT thing to do. And it’s no exception in our home-planning and organization. In fact, there are tons of ways to get green in your organizational plans!
In the first in a series of “green organizing” articles, we’ve got the goods on how you can bring some ecology-friendly organizing to your home in the area of electronics and technology.
Here are some scary statistics from the Environmental Protection Agency (see www.epa.gov):
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, about 2.6 million tons of e-waste ended up in landfills in 2007 — while only 13.6% (408,000 tons) was recycled.
In 2007, Americans were holding 99 million TVs “in storage” — and had “discarded” nearly 27 million TVs; but only about 18 percent were recycled.
Between 2004 and 2007, the number of TVs that entered the waste stream increased by 14 percent.
With more than 100 million cell phones no longer in use in America, recycled the amount of energy saved would be enough to power approximately 24,000 U.S. households for one year.
On their website, the EPA share lots of handy information on the hows and whys of recycling and/or donating cell phones, computers, and TVs, including facts like:
Recycling helps the environment by saving energy and keeping usable materials out of landfills.
The precious metals, copper and plastics used in cell phones and PDAs require energy to mined, as does the manufacturing process. Recycling enables these materials to be turned into new products.
The re-use of computers contributes to communities by sharing valuable technology. Donating your old but still working computer to a school, charity, or non-profit is a good use of valuable materials – sharing the technology that is so necessary for education and communication.
Lead, copper, steel, and aluminum that can be recovered through recycling your old TV.
Recycling technology helps save and re-use natural resources and energy, and reduces the pollution that comes from mining and processing the resources that have to be taken out of the earth.
Enough said! Organizing is all about ridding yourself of unwanted or unusable items — but it’s also all of our responsibility to discover the best options for getting rid of things.
So here’s some tips to get you on road to “green organization”:
If you’re like most people, your last three computer screens are sitting in your garage. Not to mention the towers, the old toasters, out of date radios, and other unusableelectronic equipment. Or maybe you’ve just tossed it in the regular trash with hopes of not being found out (don’t feel bad, we’ve all been there). After all — you are a good green recycler of glass and plastic, right? (We’ll leave that there for now.)
In our wild and crazy e-world of e-phones, e-marketing, e-samples, e-games, e-computers, and e-everything, recycling takes a different form: it’s time to go eGREEN! And it’s not as hard as you might think. You’ll feel good about cleaning out those unused electronics in your home and garage — and “doing the right thing” …by giving a happy “push” to the BIG GREEN EARTH movement!
Check out the EPA’s site – the ultimate resource to check out when it comes to recycling those used, unwanted, or semi-or-completely-nonfunctioning electronics:
http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/ecycling/donate.htm#localThis excellent EPA site offers so many alternatives — including local, brand name, and online receivers of your unwanted electronic. And much of what you turn in gets recycled for some other use. Keep this site handy so when your next e-game bites the dust, you are ready to send it down the correct “green” brick road…
Just about everything you need to know is there, but just to make sure our GREEN gets GREENER, here are a few more sites you might find helpful.
Learn more about where waste goes, the certifications to watch for, and thinking through what you do with your electronics.
A great general site about recycling — great for teaching your children the basics!
Look for more info on our “big green earth” as we share the goods on kids toys and clothing, adult wear, home décor, party planning, holiday helpers, and so much more! Stay tuned in…and don’t forget to pass along our great information to your friends and families!
Paris Love is a Productivity and Organizational Consultant serving overextended professionals in rejuvenating their quality of life. Paris has written articles for NAPO News, Star Lee Magazine, Baldwin Parent, San Diego NAPO News, Organizing A to Z, BrownSKin Magazine, Online Organizing and Home Base Quarterly. Her most recent book, Fifty Tips to Get You Organized in Ten Minutes or Less, along with more information on her life’s work and business can be found at www.organizewithlove.com or by calling 770-722-2748.

source : http://hopeforwomenmag.com/uncategorized/organization-for-a-great-big-green-world-re-purpose-your-unwanted-electronics-and-technology

Go Refurb'd: Behind the scenes of a Refurbished Computer

By RAJ   Posted at  11/30/2015 01:24:00 am   No comments
Refurbished devices are gaining popularity as lot of awareness is being created through media. As a result, there are a growing number of consumers - individuals, businesses and institutions - expressing their willingness to purchase refurbished devices. But ever wondered how a desktop or laptop is refurbished?

What exactly happens in the refurbishment process? This article is an attempt to help you understand the intricacies of PC refurbishment industry. The term 'refurbished' literally means to restore, renovate, or recondition, which implies PCs are restored to good working condition for reuse. PC refurbishment is done either by manufacturers themselves or by licensed refurbishers. Let us understand the different steps involved in PC refurbishment process.

1. Sourcing cores

A core is a laptop or desktop and its components that come into the assembly line of refurbishment. Wondering where do they come from? Here are the various channels from where refurbishers source the cores:

Asset Recovery: The biggest sourcing channel for refurbishers is by extending IT asset recovery services to larger business organizations and institutions. Asset recovery is a proven practice to unlock the remaining value of the IT capital assets and/or to stipulate with the local laws of solid waste management. Asset recovery is done in order to liquidate idle assets, redeploy the assets for internal purpose, unlocking the value from surplus assets or just disposing the assets as per the organizational 'asset purchase & management' policies.

Dead-On-Arrival: A certain percentage of computers arrive at retailers place in dead condition due to improper handling during transit or any other reason. As selling them is not an option, retailers return such DOA stocks to OEMs, who in turn may refurbish or sell them in secondary market through auctions.

Upgradation: Individual consumers dispose off their used laptops and desktops to upgrade to newer models to unlock the value which can partly fund to purchase their new device. Upgrades happen in two scenarios:

(a) When the consumer aspires to buy a new model which they dream of laying their hands on,
(b) Their existing device is thoroughly used and reaches a stage when it can be disposed off. Consumers dispose their devices through retailer-sponsored exchange programmes or sell to refurbishers directly through their online portals. Whichever the case, those devices find their way to refurbishing and recycling facilities.

Salvage of parts: Usable parts and components often come out as by products in a computer recycling plant. They can be capacitors, ICs, and RAM dims among others. Such components in working condition are very helpful to refurbishers in repairing cores.

2. Sanitization

Once the core enters the assembly line, it first goes through a sanitization process. This involves removal of stickers, cleaning the exteriors and panels with special chemicals to remove accumulated dust. On the inside, high pressure air is blown to remove dust accumulated in cooling ducts, cooling fan, processor, and on the inner walls of the casings.

3. Triage

Since all qualities of cores land in a refurbishing facility, every lot of cores undergoes the triage. It is the process of sorting and grading the cores based on the physical damage and the degree of functionality. Some may be in good working condition, while others need repairs and/or parts replacement. A small percentage may be in dead condition and could be sent to recycling facilities after salvaging useful parts from them.

Triaging eliminates unusable cores from the lot and segregates the usable ones according to their working condition. Cores are first examined for any major cosmetic and/or internal damage. Then cores are disassembled to identify damaged components (if any) like leaking capacitors, burnt-out ICs, damaged motherboards, etc. Then a complete diagnosis is performed on all critical components like battery, monitor, power supply, HDD and optical drive to understand their functioning.

4. Data wipe

Refurbishers make it mandatory to wipe out any existing data on the hard disks. A simple formatting is not sufficient to remove the data entirely, as data still stays on the hard disk after formatting. Hence, refurbishers use high level data erasing software to accomplish this task. Hard drives that are intended to be reused should be reformatted in accordance with the Guidelines for Media Sanitization published in the National Institute of Standards and Technology or similar standard. They ensure that no PC leaves their facility without the data wiping, which otherwise could damage the reputation of the refurbisher.

5. Repairs, replacement & reassembly

This is the most critical step of PC refurbishing. Cores that could be repaired call for small to medium repair works and replacement of parts. Hardware issues like loose connections, troubleshooting, and dry soldering are repaired and fixed, while missing/defective components are replaced and such parts may include RAM, graphic cards, capacitors, ICs and even hard disks in some cases. Once through with repairs and replacements, the core is reassembled and switched on to reset the BIOS to factory default settings.

6. Testing and quality control

A comprehensive testing of the refurbished PC is a must, as this step plays a crucial role in the improving the reputation of the refurbisher. Each PC is shaken to check for any rattling sounds indicating loosely held components or any small components/tools left inside by mistake. CPU, RAM and HDD are tested thoroughly to deliver optimum computing power. All the tests are logged, printed and attached to the respective devices. If any flags are raised during testing, the product is sent back to address the issues.

7. Cosmetic repairs

The devices going out of the refurbishing facility must also look good as far as possible. Used PCs usually come with scratches, blemishes, dents, etc. All such issues are addressed in this stage. Scratches and cosmetic blemishes are removed as far as possible and dents in metallic parts are restored to original-like condition. Cosmetic paint work is also carried out wherever necessary.

8. Software installation & licensing

Microsoft provides licensed Windows OS and MS Office at special prices for refurbished PCs. However, this licensing is available only through Microsoft registered refurbishers. This way customers buying from such refurbishers benefit from the authentic OS and software. Once the OS, tools like MS Office and all the updates are installed, licenses are activated making them genuine.

9. Packaging & shipping

Finally, the device is re-packaged under the brand of the refurbisher or private labeled for re-commerce service provider and shipped to market for re-sale. This approach ensures that refurbished computers are as good as new computers and get ready for another innings with another customer. Of course this industry is in need of sound business processes, industry standards, accreditations and benchmarks for quality, regulations by Government which may happen with the evolution of industry.

Save Energy, Save Planet!

By using a refurbished computer, customers extend their support in two things:
(a) reducing the huge carbon footprint in the manufacturing of new laptops and desktops,
(b) employment and livelihood to skilled and semi-skilled people, who could otherwise end up unemployed.

Today we tout about latest energy efficient computers that consume lesser power. But the reality is that a lot of energy is spent to produce such computers. Statistics indicate that the computer manufacturing industry is highly energy intensive, i.e. a lot of energy is consumed to produce computers. It takes about 6400 mega joules of energy and 260kg (573 pounds) of fossil fuels to produce one desktop computer.

About 227 to 270kg (500 to 595 pounds) of carbon dioxide is emitted in manufacturing one laptop computer. About 70 per cent of the energy a laptop consumes in its lifetime is used in producing it. These figures represent the ugly truth behind manufacturing new computers. One of the better ways to reduce this burden on the environment is to use refurbished computers and extend their useful life.

This knowledge series is sponsored by YNew (Microsoft Registered Refurbisher based out of Hyderabad), a pioneer in re-commerce solutions, striving to set benchmark for sale & service of refurbished computers while working closely with renowned refurbishers across India. You can visit their website to download a whitepaper on refurbished computing. The next article in this series will focus on how an organization can save capex and opex while buying refurbished desktops or laptops.

source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/go-refurbd-behind-the-scenes-of-a-refurbished-computer/articleshow/46176174.cms

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