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  • Blog Post: Refurbished MacBooks, Desktops, and More Now Available

    The Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) at TechSoup is now offering refurbished desktops, laptops, and tablets, including MacBooks from Apple and Latitude E6400 laptops and OptiPlex 980 desktops from Dell. Laptop Computers PCRR has added two refurbished laptops to our catalog (Condition B means...
  • Blog Post: The Tech Nonprofits Need to Know About from CES 2015

    It's that time of year again! I'm not talking about resolutions (though those are great too!). Last week, companies, journalists, and enthusiasts convened in Las Vegas to showcase what's to come in technology. From new connected cars to "smart" baby pacifiers, CES (Consumer Electronics...
  • Blog Post: News by the Spoonful: TechSoup's 2015 Tech Predictions

    Every now and then, we like to predict what's on the tech horizon. We recently polled our TechSoup employees and NetSquared community on what they see as looming large in 2015. What they said may surprise you. Here's what they think will be worth paying attention to in the coming year. ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Ecohero: How Sean Nicholson Is Saving the Earth

    You've heard of the Incredible Hulk and Green Lantern. But you've probably never heard of this green superhero. Each year the International Computer Refurbisher Summit awards a lifetime achievement award in my name (it's a long story on how that came to be). This year the award went...
  • Blog Post: New to TechSoup: Refurbished Desktop Computers with Solid-State Drives

    TechSoup is proud to announce new desktops, bundles, and laptops in our Refurbished Computer Initiative catalog. For the first time, we are offering computers with solid-state drives (SSDs). Desktops Our refurbisher partners PCRR and InterConnection have expanded our desktop collection by offering...
  • Blog Post: Raspberry Pi for Educators

    Raspberry Pi Model B Last week, the UK-based nonprofit Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the latest version of their popular Raspberry Pi computer. Dubbed "Model B+," it's the third model the organization has released to the public since Model A went on sale in 2012. Raspberry...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webinar on July 10: Mobile Tech for Offices & People

    Interested in learning how to pick wireless devices, make your office more mobile, and implement good mobile strategies at your nonprofit or library? Then Mobile Impact 401: Mobile Tech for Offices & People is the webinar for you! Join experts Matthew Bauer and Brent Muckridge on Thursday, July...
  • Blog Post: How Virtual PBX Can Save You Some Green While Going Greener

    I don't know about you, but I have always found the terminology around telephone systems a little complex and unnecessarily confusing and I come from an IT background. PBX, POTS, PSTN, Trunk Lines. What does all that mean? Wikipedia can help you decipher some of it. Our recent article, Unified Communications...
  • Blog Post: The Disposable Computer

    Your computer will be disposable. It can be today, and it definitely will be tomorrow. You may have recognized the trend: computing (crunching numbers and running programs) is moving away from your computer and is now being delivered as a service over the Internet. Programs that we never thought...
  • Blog Post: What's Involved in Technology Planning: Tech Planning for Your Mission Part 1/3

    Welcome to the first of three blog posts in our technology planning series. We’ll discuss how to maximize your resources with a well-thought-out plan, how to conduct a technology assessment , and technology planning for disaster preparedness . What’s Involved in Technology Planning...
  • Blog Post: Basel Action Network's E-Stewards Certification Program

    Basel Action Network (BAN), a Seattle-based environmental nonprofit which has a mission to stop the illegal export of electronic waste from the United States, has just launched a new standard and certification program called e-Stewards . The new program is for electronics recyclers and companies that...
  • Blog Post: This Just In: Wireless Headsets from Headsets.com

    Cut the cord with discounted Sennheiser OfficeRunner wireless headsets , now available to eligible nonprofits and public libraries at TechSoup. These headsets work with almost all office phones ( VoIP and PBX ), and can be used for both telephone and PC connections. They feature a 400-foot range...
  • Blog Post: Free Online Event and Webinar Feb. 18: Straight Talk About Telecommunications for Your Organization

    Don't know your VoIP from your POTS or even what these acronyms mean? Scratching your head on all the phone system options out there? Then this event is for you. Join us Thursday February 18 at 11 a.m. Pacific for an informative webinar and forums event to help you avoid the buzz-word marketing and get...
  • Blog Post: The Curious Case of Donating IT Equipment

    TechSoup has been working on the strangely difficult problem of increasing the volume of five-year-old-and-newer computers donated to our Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) program and also to other refurbishers that supply IT equipment to schools, nonprofits, and low-income families for some years...
  • Blog Post: Free Disaster Planning Webinar: What Organizations Need to Know to Protect Their Tech

    Does your organization have a plan to keep your technology, data, and assets protected in the event of an emergency or disaster? What if it's not an actual disaster like a hurricane or flood, but a staff member simply loses or breaks a laptop carrying essential supporter data? How much time or money...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 ,...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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,...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...