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This is a companion guide to a presentation given at the 2022 Alaska Library Association Annual Conference. If you have old computers, laptops, tablets or phones lying around, we hope this guide will give you some ideas to repurpose, recycle or safely dispose of your electronic waste.
Article provides instructions on how to disassemble your computer and turn the parts into useful items, some electronic. Some not, like turning the hard drive into a mini-grinder. NOTE the mini-grinder won't work for computers with SSD drives.
These ideas will work with tablets and phones that run android - kitchen command centers, contributing to science projects, use it as a live window, desk calendar and more.
Suggestions for phones/tablets that came out of the Whova discussion of this session included:
Use old smartphones (most have gyroscopes) with Merge VR or Google Cardboard goggles as dedicated VR devices. Using your local wifi can reduce data costs and eliminate distractions that would come from a fully functional phone. (Pamela Verfaillie, Valdez High School)
BEFORE YOUR DEVICE LEAVES YOUR SIGHT
Whether you're recycling, trading in, or dropping off your device at your local hazardous waste event, you need to make sure your device is wiped clean of all data, photos, software licenses, etc. Here are a few articles to help give your device a full memory wipe to protect your privacy.
iPads and iPhone that have been registered to "Find my iPad" require you to unlock them with the Apple ID of the device. If you don't have the Apple id and password, it can be VERY difficult to get your device reset as you will be required to provide a receipt that lists: 1. Reseller’s name
2. Reseller’s address, phone number or website URL
3. Date of purchase when the product was originally sold
4. Product serial number, IMEI number or MEID number
If none of the ideas seem useful or easy enough for you, move on to the next section for ideas about recycling or safely disposing of your devices. If you do make something from the list above, I'd love to hear your experience about how it went.