The LIS Desktop Team had a successful stall at the Green Chester Fix it Fair on Tuesday 17th March, where they were recycling old computer parts and running demonstrations of how a 3D printer could be used for household improvements.
LIS Desktop were demonstrating that just because an item may be broken, did not mean that it was necessarily useless, by making a number of interesting items, from name plates using old RAM and keyboard keys, to containers from floppy disks, and key organisers from network points and ends. The aim was to help people think outside the box, and encourage students and staff to use their imagination before discarding old technology, Chester Students Union Vice President for Academic and Welfare Christina Cooper visited the stand and commented “It’s amazing how items you think are obsolete can be turned into some great quirky items! I love my name plate – it looks brilliant on my desk and reminds me to think twice before throwing things away”
LIS were asked to contribute to the Fix it Fair as they are already involved in a variety of recycling schemes, one of which is known as RADIT – Recycling and Disposal of IT. This deals with the recycling of all university IT equipment which is securely wiped, with some going to other users, and the rest is safely disposed of by Computer Disposals Ltd (CDL).
While they were at the stall, LIS Desktop Technicians also offered students and staff advice about fixing their own computers, technician Danny Sandford demonstrated how simple memory upgrades are done, which can vastly increase the life of a computer, he explained “many people think that when their computer slows down it is time to buy a new one, however by increasing how much memory a computer has and cleaning it out can help the computer to run happily for several further years.”
LIS Desktop Technicians are looking forward to the next Fix it Fair, where they will again be promoting, and raising awareness of, the services they provide to both staff and students, as well as doing further demonstrations of using recycled computer parts to reduce the throwaway culture.