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By Chris Williams. Published: 8th Oct 2004, 11:47:21 | Permalink | Printable

Volunteers wanted, charity hardware not wanted

Show news motifSome news emerging from the organisers of the Guildford show, which is to be held later this month:

Help!
The South East RISC OS show organisers are currently appealing for people to act as helpers for the event. Activities involved in the job include manning the entrance doors, managing the car parking, preparing the show theatre and being a general dogsbody for the exhibitors.

"Helpers get free entry to the show of course. For those who stay at the end to clear up, we go for a drink afterwards at a nearby 'watering hole', which sells 'real water'", said show organiser responsible for volunteers, Dave Lane. "The jobs are all straightforward and most jobs involve at least one other helper. People helping during the show need do only one or two hours. You can specify which job(s) you want to do or do not want to do."

The show is held on October 23rd, in Guildford, UK. Although the show opens from 10am to 4pm, helpers would need to be available on the Friday evening to help set the event up, before the show opens on Saturday and also after the show has closed to help clean the place up - because everyone knows how much of a party the South East show usually turns into.

If you want to get involved and contribute towards an important annual RISC OS event, email Dave or call him on 01737 767210.

No hardware for us, chum
As mentioned elsewhere but worth reporting here, the show charity stand is refusing to accept hardware donations, and will only stock magazines and software. This is due to new European legislation on 'electronic waste'.

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The problem with this hardware donation is that people donate junk that the charity can't sell (eg dot matrix printers) so at great expense the charity stand has to dispose of it with regard to the computer waste regulation which costs money. I can imagine in the near future people will simply dump old kit in the streets and let the council sort it out. Maybe the charity stand will start up again if people promise only to give them decent quality items.

 is a RISC OS UserFuzzy on 8/10/04 1:23PM
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If someone offered them a Risc PC would they really refuse it? because I'm certain it would sell. All that is needed is application of common sense.

 is a RISC OS UserAndrewDuffell on 8/10/04 1:28PM
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In reply to AndrewDuffell:

Thats not necessarily the case. Were there a number of RISC pc's that had to be dumped after Wakefield because no one wanted them and no one had the storage space for them ?

This isn't a criticism of the Wakefield organisers (or the SE show organisers) who do a really good job at these events, but the sad fact is that no one can afford to pay for the disposal of any unwanted hardware items.

 is a RISC OS UserCol1 on 8/10/04 1:48PM
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This is a shame as I really like looking around the stand and always take something home, normally to much. Is there not a way that people could bring hardwear along to be sold and if it is not sold when they leave they take it back with them.

 is a RISC OS UserPete on 8/10/04 2:35PM
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There were no RiscPCs dumped at Wakefield. Even old RiscPC 600s routinely fetch around 30 on ebay. What I saw going in the skip at Wakefield were lots of AKF 60 monitors, a few A4000s and a lot of very old software. Stuff that really did have no value. There is a chap who lives a mile from me who's got 80 14 inch monitors in his front garden. I guess show organisers are worried that folks will bring that sort of rubbish along and, under the new legislation, have to pay to dispose of it afterwards.

 is a RISC OS Usermartin on 8/10/04 3:14PM
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hey, how is leaving 80 * 14" monitors outside in your garden not disposing of these items in an environmentally unfriendly manner ? doesn't the council have something to say to this, they might get a fine for not seeing to it that the monitors are not in a properly designated environmentally friendly landfill site ? perhaps i'll just bury my risc os box (if it ever dies) under the vege patch late one night. i get the impression it costs as much to dispose of a computer as would to buy a new car in the uk. hope the greenies here don't visit your guys any time soon. i like to hear about people tossing a4000s. improves the value of my one.

 is a RISC OS Userlostamarble on 8/10/04 11:15PM
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Maybe the 80 X 14" monitors have flowers or something painted on the glass of their screens to give the impression that they are actively environmentally "Useful"?? How about stacking the monitors something like 50 X 30 to make one of those "Big Screen" effects like at the football stadiums??

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 9/10/04 9:45AM
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