2 responses to “Old computers – new business”

  1. Chester

    I just read the following treehugger.com article about Microsoft creating a “bit of an e-waste nightmare” :

    Microsoft Bans Nearly a Million Xbox Users, Now Crippled Consoles Are Flooding the Market
    by Jaymi Heimbuch, San Francisco

    After discovering nearly a million users had modified their consoles to play pirated games via the Xbox live service, Microsoft gave them the boot from the service and now the modified consoles are making their way onto the market by the hundreds, with more likely to follow. The ban works on the console, not the user’s account, which means Xbox consoles useless for the Xbox Live service are being sold everywhere from eBay to Craigslist, creating a bit of an e-waste nightmare and some unhappy buyers.
    more….
    http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/11/microsoft-bans-nearly-a-million-xbox-users-now-crippled-consoles-are-floowind-the-market.php?dcitc=th_rss

  2. Constantine Simpson

    I am surprised to see that Making It has Microsoft writing about e-waste. Greenpeace has just released its newest Guide to Green Electronics, evaluating the top 18 manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TVs, and games consoles based on their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change. Microsoft drops two places since the last evaluation and is now in place 17 of 18 companies!

    The Greenpeace report states that:
    “On e-waste, Microsoft has now engaged in an EU coalition supporting Individual Producer Responsibility…(but) on other e-waste criteria, Microsoft fails to score any points.”

    Specifically it states:
    “Microsoft provides links to various recycling initiatives by Microsoft (MAR, Digital Pipeline), other organisations (eg. CEA’s myGreenElectronics) and other electronic manufacturers but it still does not provide free take-back for its own products.”

    and

    “Microsoft is using recycled plastics in product packaging films but no details are given about its use in hardware products.”