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  • Adam Hardy 11:35 am on October 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    New laptop from Very-PC Computers 

    I managed to utterly destroy my laptop in a fit of solar flares and bad luck. The battery had died, so I bought a new one and it wouldn’t charge properly – result being that the constant sudden power-downs killed the hard drive. While trying to find the corrupted Windows DLLs, I then discovered the DVD drive was dying too, and during an attempt to open and close the DVD drive, I then accidentally knocked a cup of tea over the keyboard.

    Game over.

    To replace it, I was torn between buying a waterproof laptop and a green laptop.

    Common sense prevailed. I vowed not to drink tea near computers, and ordered a new machine from Very PC who got awards in 2009 for building the most sustainable computers available in the UK and recently moved into BREEAM certified premises in Sheffield.

    I managed to keep my last laptop going for over 6 years. If I hadn’t killed it accidentally I probably would have got another year out of it. I’m aiming for the same life span for this next one.

    Slight downside: I won’t get it until Monday next week.

  • Adam Hardy 9:26 pm on April 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Fairphones in the shops …. conflict-free minerals, co-operative business model 

    I think the only thing they don’t claim for this phone is that it’s carbon-neutral.

    It’s manufactured by co-operatives all the way through the supply chain from the mining of minerals in Africa to the factories in China and the European sales and marketing in Holland.

    It’s got 2 SIM slots and comes unlocked so you can use it with whatever networks you like – 2 simultaneously.

    It’s parts are designed to be replaceable and you can go to the website to order any number of spare parts from screen glass to CPUs.

    The software is open-source.

    It costs a pretty penny – 500 Euros – but you can get it on a contract for £50 from the Phone Co-op.

    I’ve got one and haven’t found any reason to complain.


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