Finally! Something like this is being made.
The Fairphone is the first smartphone to attempt to change the status quo to use ethically sourced materials and manufacturing, but is it a decent smartphone too?
When the free upgrade for Windows 10 launched, I jumped.
I thought it was a good thing to get the free upgrade and in my stupidity I did not consider that I was the guinea pig for bug fixes, updates and discovering new flaws to the operating system.
What started my general dislike for this system is having to get a Windows Live account. It’s been YEARS since I used MSN!!
(I also thought it strange to have to LOG IN to my computer using an online account)
When I read the Terms & Conditions I learned about all these ‘security features’ and things Microsoft learns from your computer.
-*ALWAYS READ THE TERMS & CONDITIONS*-
I felt pretty uncomfortable with Cortana and immediately searched for ways to disable all features that can collect information such as my name, nicknames, calendar events and more. It took a lot of work and I had to do some digging to modify the system in a way I felt was safe and maintained my privacy.
After a lot of thought, I reverted back to my original operating system because there were far too many things about Windows 10 that I did not like including everything mentioned below.
I strongly suggest any PC users read this article. NOW.
Top 5 Gripes about Windows 10 – Major Geeks
(the reason I wrote this post)
THANK THE PC GODS THAT YOU CAN GO BACK TO WINDOWS 7/8.
On Saturday, AUGUST 8 the second ever SWAP/DROP will be taking over the southwest side of Bellevue Park!! (Kensington Market, fyi) It runs from 11:30am -6 :30pm We will have an ArtSpace set up for people of all ages to make crafts, hang out and get creative in whatever way you’d like plus of course, the Swap/Drop :]
- Give/Get free stuff
- Work on projects with some really creative people (maybe I can host a workshop or two)
- Play music
- Have FREE FUN
OFFICIAL GROUP: SWAP/DROP (join to stay updated or volunteer for the next one) ++Share this event with your friends!
We had such a great time hearing your stories, painting pinecones and doing scavenger hunts with you! A big thanks to everyone who was so supportive of this idea. I hope to see you back again :] Keep in mind, the Swap/Drop wasn’t only created to have free fun and get free stuff. I created this to inspire others to think differently about unnecessary consumerism and the role we play in waste management. If we buy less, share more & think differently about what is considered junk, we can limit lots of waste ending up in the dump and make cool art/furniture at the same time. Who knows, maybe the best things in life really are free.
This Saturday I will be hosting an event called the SWAP/DROP where you can:
- donate/get free stuff
- work on projects with some really creative people
- play music
- hang out and have FREE FUN.
11:30am -7 :30ish
@ BELLEVUE PARK (southwest side)
OFFICIAL 100in1dayTO: SWAP/DROP (more info)
Essentially I am trying to get the community together so we can think differently about consumerism and the role we play in waste management.
Buy less, share more & think differently about what trash means to YOU.
If you want to feel good and simultaneously do some good for the earth, I suggest you check out Freecycle.org
Freecycle is a nonprofit, grassroots movement with 5,000+ groups worldwide.
People give/get stuff for free, locally.
The movement is saving you from being sucked into the corporate wormhole; Buy. Break. Toss. Repeat.
Help you $$$ SAVE MONEY$$$ and give yourself the opportunity to find cool, new-to-you stuff.
The best part? Things that are still good and usable stay out of landfills!
If you’re curious about how to properly dispose of broken record players, CDs, old phones, laptops, cameras and other electronic waste (e-waste) check this out: Where does it go? – RecycleYourElectronics.ca.
Just type in your postal code and you’ll see lots of places & events that will properly dispose of e-waste! Some may arrange to pick it up from you, but there might be a small fee.
If you want some other incentives, donate to reBOOT, a registered charity.
$$$ You’ll receive a tax receipt $$$
Plus, you’ll be helping kids/adults who are in need of a computer.
***It’s important to properly dispose of e-waste because the materials used to make the technology are still valuable –even if the electronic is no longer working. ***
Why put lives in danger mining for a material we already have a lot of? I don’t want that stuff being wasted in landfills! I especially wouldn’t want it leaching into the ground or accidentally finding itself in animals’ bellies :[
“Most of the parts – steel, glass, copper, aluminum, plastics and precious metals – can be recovered and made into new products. Also, lots of electronic equipment like computers, printers, and televisions can be reused, further cutting down on waste.” – Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES)
Want to know more about what’s inside your electronics + how good it feels to reuse?
Read: SO OLD THERE’S NO WEBCAM –Environmentally Friendly Computing at its Finest.