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A Closer Look at the Nonprofit IT Pyramid: A Framework Love Story in 4 Parts
Editor's Note: This is the second of a five-part series we'll be cross-posting on the TechSoup Blog from our friends in from Microsoft's Corporate Citizenship team. You can view this original post at the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog . Microsoft released a new paper, Demystifying IT Adoption and...
15 Sep 2010
Free Tool to Help You Save on Energy Costs
Do you forget to shut down your computer at night or put it to sleep while you are away at a meeting? Using power management on your PC can help you. If you aren't satisfied with the built in power-management tools that come with your PC (sorry Mac users, this tool isn't for you), check out Edison ,...
15 Jun 2009
Condition-B Refurbished Computers: Increase Your Infrastructure, Without Breaking the Bank
This post was authored by Bill Robertson , the director of Redemtech's Red Rabbitt.com , their remarketing division, and a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR). At Redemtech , we're proud to partner with our friends at TechSoup Global to support their crucial work of providing nonprofits...
20 May 2011
Set Your Monitor to Sleep
Even if you don't want to set your entire computer to sleep, consider turning off your monitor at night and set it to sleep during inactivity (after two to five minutes) during the day. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory tested dozens of monitors and found that the average LCD (flat screen) display...
22 Jul 2010
Save Energy: Unplug Abandoned Equipment
One of our forum hosts, Dave Welp , suggested these quick, power-saving tips: 1. Look for abandoned telecom equipment like old modems and PBX; search for un-utilized or under-utilitized servers or computers used by former staff and volunteers. 2. Clean up your power strip: Look for plugs to those old...
5 Nov 2009
Remote Access Proves Critical to New Zealand NGO After Earthquake
This post originally appeared on the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog and was written by Erica Lorraine Scheidt, TechSoup Global's Director of Marketing Communications. Through my work with TechSoup Global, all kinds of amazing stories cross my desk, but a letter we received from the Cystic Fibrosis...
10 Dec 2010
Windows MultiPoint Server Now Available on TechSoup
We've got a new Microsoft product available here at TechSoup that might be useful for libraries, organizations with computer labs, or other multi-user computing environments: Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 . It's a new operating system that allows multiple users to simultaneously share one computer,...
2 Nov 2010
Planet Green's Fix-It Tips for Common Gadgets
It is much greener to keep your electronics running rather than recycling them. Planet Green and Treehugger have gathered together how-to tips and videos to keep your electronic gadgets running longer. This will also save you and your organization money, if you don't have to replace your stuff every...
26 Jun 2009
Comcast Internet Essentials - A Green Program to Bridge the Digital Divide
One of the big pieces of digital divide news in the U.S. this summer is the Comcast Internet Essentials Program . This new program is rolling out this month in 39 states offering $10 per month broadband Internet program to low-income families with children who are eligible to receive free school...
23 Aug 2011
Climate Savers Computing Initiative and Minimizing IT Energy Use for Nonprofits
More and more we're finding that nonprofit offices have a lot in common with small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). Nonprofits and small businesses have computer systems that typically have a few dozen or fewer computers. The local area networks they need are often similar, using one or two servers...
20 Jan 2010
Earth Day 2010: Recycle
Recycling is such a complex topic, but basically it involves collecting and processing used materials to recover raw materials, which can then be used in the creation of new products. It is the third and last part of the waste disposal hierarchy because it is the least efficient form of materials recovery...
18 Apr 2010
Biker Philanthropy: TechSoup Revs Up Donated Computer Programs for Kids
From their birth at the Hollister riot just after World War II, to the 1953 Brando film, The Wild Ones , to Hunter S. Thompson's strange and terrible saga about the Hell's Angels , to the current Sons of Anarchy TV show; motorcycle gangs are outlaw icons of our culture. Motorcycle Gang...
28 Jan 2014
Developing a BYOD and Mobile IT Strategy
It's happening in nearly every office – employees are using their own mobile phones and tablet computers for work email and countless other work things. The trend is called "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) or the consumerization of IT. Having all kinds of diverse devices and software...
13 Dec 2011
Are Solid-State Drives Ready for Primetime?
Here's an interesting post by Jeff Atwood about solid-state hard drives ( thanks David! ). SSDs have been around in various forms for a long time , but only in recent years have manufacturers started seriously marketing them to consumers as an alternative to traditional hard drives. In early 2008, both...
30 Oct 2009
Recycling Your Used Computer
If your are like me, it just hurts to throw something out that still has some use left in it. So, I felt for my friend who had a perfectly good computer she wanted to donate to a good cause. After looking high and low, I turned up a great list of refurbishers ... which also happened to be right here...
29 Feb 2008
What Should I Do About Junk Hardware Donations?
It’s the holidays. We love to get donations, but what do you do when they’re junk? Donation Horror Stories on Facebook A couple weeks ago we posted this on Facebook : “People mean well — they do! — but sometimes their good intentions mean junk donations for your...
2 Dec 2013
Webinar Recording: Assistive Technology for Public Computers
Jane Vincent, Usability/Accessibility Manager for the Center for Accessible Technology in Berkeley, California presented on a TechSoup webinar that focused on Assistive Technologies for Public Computers . She gave a wonderful talk about how to make public computer labs more accessible for everyone! With...
23 Dec 2009
NTEN Office Hours
Don't forget, you can join our good friends at NTEN almost every day for their live office hours sessions. Each day, a nonprofit technology expert spends an hour in NTEN's chat room, ready to help out your nonprofit in his or her area of expertise. Traci Magleby will be available to discuss off-site...
2 Mar 2009
How to Buy (New) Green IT Equipment
I thought it was probably a good time to update everyone on what's new in the world of buying new, green IT equipment. Green IT equipment essentially means computers and other electronics devices that have reduced amounts of toxic materials that they're made with (like lead, mercury, cadmium...
24 Aug 2010
Learn How TechSoup Can Help Your Organization: Webinar May 21
Next Thursday, I, along with a fantastic group of smarty-pants co-workers, will be hosting a webinar called Learn How TechSoup Can Help Your Organization . This one-hour online event will take you on a tour of all the things TechSoup does to help nonprofits and libraries around the country (and world...
14 May 2009
Recycle Your Phone
Find additional tools and tips for greening your nonprofit through TechSoup's GreenTech Initiative , where social benefit organizations can share and learn more about technology choices that can help to reduce our overall impact on the environment. The New York Times is covering the EPA's new campaign...
2 Jun 2008
How to Get Out of Color Printing Jams
There are a lot of duties that fall onto a nonprofit employee's plate and unfortunately, printer repair is often one of them. Fortunately, there are many online resources that can help you out of color printing "jam," so to speak. DocJams sells color printer parts and offers limited phone and...
20 Aug 2007
Networking Your Nonprofit: Security and Telephony
Now that you've set up your network, you need to keep it safe, and to think about what it can do beyond file sharing and managing your Internet access. Keep Your Networks Secure Whether it's a virus hidden in an email, an unexpected server crash, or someone hacking into online transactions...
26 Nov 2012
Are E-Readers Greener than Books?
Currently the top selling electronic devices are e-readers like the Amazon Kindle , the Barnes & Noble Nook , the Sony Reader , and also the Apple iPad , which runs the iBooks application , a free e-book reader program and gateway to Apple's iBookstore. The question is: are e-readers greener than...
11 Jan 2011
Have E-Waste? Consider Best Buy
In June of 2008, we posted information about US consumer electronics retailer, Best Buy, starting a pilot program to collect discarded consumer electronic devices at some of their locations in the United States. As of February 2009, stores in all 50 states now offer this ecycling program, which is now...
7 Jul 2009