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Refurbished Computers for Any Budget
The Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) at TechSoup is proud to offer additions to our catalog with admin fees for every need and budget. Recertified Dell Computers TechSoup now offers three premium, recertified Dell computers from our refurbisher partner CDI. Dell has recertified these computers...
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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...
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...
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. ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Nonprofit Technology 601
Heather Carpenter's Nonprofit Leadership 601 blog posted a list of resources for people who are new to the field of nonprofit technolology . This post lists books, reports, Web sites, blogs, and conferences that nonprofit techies ' and not just those newbies ' should know about. We're happy that TechSoup...
Free Webinar Next Week! Avoid the Junk: How to Get Quality Used Computers
Join TechSoup for a free webinar about procuring refurbished computers. Learn how you can get the computer equipment you need at the lowest cost while at the same time ensuring that you get high quality PCs that you can depend on. Avoid the Junk: How to Get Quality Used Computers Thursday, January 28...
Designing Technology for Developing Countries
A recent CNN article examines how designers and engineers are increasingly taking the needs of developing countries into consideration in their product designs: Imagine taking the industrial design smarts behind the iPod and applying it to the far more basic technology needs of the extremely poor. In...
Free Event: "My First Server" TweetChat with TechSoup and Dell
With an overwhelming amount of information and technology to manage these days, there comes the point when organizations and small to medium size businesses should ask, when does it make sense to have an on-site server? On Monday, April 25 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time, we are excited to join Dell...
5 Things You Can Do in 5 Minutes to Reduce Your Power Use - Part 1
Welcome to TechSoup GreenTech's Unpower Yourself! campaign. For this campaign, we have compiled a variety of information about IT energy reduction on our web pages . Global warming is happening because of a buildup of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, most of them produced by power plants that...
Computer Refurbishment and Accessibility
The first time I really "got" the power of accessible technology (AT) to improve the lives of people with disabilities was when I saw the PBS documentary Freedom Machines . Of all the wonderful things that computers and other smart machines do to enhance our lives, I can't think of...
Faces of the TechSoup Community
TechSoup's YouTube channel has now grown to several playlists, which feature our members that we meet at the various conferences we attend. Here are TechSoup members from HollabackDC talking about Flip Video cameras that they received from a donation through TechSoup (a new Flip bundle will be coming...
Lenovo Eliminates Automatic Update Feature in ThinkPads: Users Disappointed
If you're a ThinkPad user, you may have noticed for some time now that the ThinkVantage System Update (TVSU) feature is no longer available for your laptop. TVSU is a tool that automatically checks for, downloads, and installs the latest updates for your computer. Up until now, updating drivers and software...