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    So the PC in the Captain's office went to "a better place" leaving us without the ability to enter reports from the office. The City is saying they don't have funding to be able to replace this unit. I know the cost of one unit is minimal, but all the PC's are about the same age and was thinking maybe we could find funding to replace all of these. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to look for funding for this project? Even if we were were to only replace the single unit, any suggestions on where to look? Thought about calling around to the local businesses and hospital to see if they had used units to donate, but that would probably just be a quick fix. Thanks everyone!

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    I'm actually looking at some excess funds to use for the same thing, along with some "risk management" software.

    Beyond that, sometimes you can get places like Wal-Mart, Best Buy, etc. that will donate computers that are new, but have had damaged or open boxes. We also have a company near us that does banking software that will make sure their old computers are in good order and will donate them, as will another company that has a lot of computer turn-over.

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    Ryan, we have a call center that replaeces all of the computes on a rotating basis with the oldest I have seen coming out only about 14 months from manufacture. All of the ones we have gotten have been great, no problems on any of them. Just another idea for you if you have any of these centers close by.

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    You would be amazed at what schools and businesses get rid of for used computers, and most of the time they are either giving them to a recycler, or PAYING the recycler to take them.

    Some states have a records management grant. Here in Missouri the Office of administration has a yearly grant program for just this case.

    Finally, the AFG can be a source, ask for a computer for running training or perhaps a sign machine under FP&S - then use that computer for multiple uses.

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    Check with your states surplus equipment office. The last time I went to our states warehouse there were hundreds of used computers , many of them not very old just no longer needed at the various state offices as they have converted to mostly laptops for field staff. They could be had for $5.00 a piece and they would let you plug them in and check that they still worked.

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    Definitely spread the word around the community, you'll probably find a bunch of residents with PCs they don't use, as well as businesses that replaced their own. Plus as Catch mentioned Wal-Mart is good for those along with Sam's Club, Best Buy, and I know Office Depot has a grant program also. All you need is a basic report and email unit one of the eMachines or something like that in the $300 retail range will work, probably a lot heftier than the one you had anyway. Personally I buy the components and build away. I've had the same case for almost 12 years now, just keep changing motherboard, then hard drives, etc. Fry's Electronics is a great place for deals on MB's and RAM, they have specials in the paper every week on packages. Unless you're gaming or editing video the average computer spends 98% of it's time with a human in front of it waiting on the human to do something. Anyone that's not doing video editing is wasting money if you're spending more than $500 on a desktop. Spend the extra money on a good monitor instead.

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    Thanks for the input everyone. So could you justify all of the computers at the stations under FP&S from excess funds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not2L84U2 View Post
    Thanks for the input everyone. So could you justify all of the computers at the stations under FP&S from excess funds?
    From what I've understood (and the basis I'm working on) is that you can for installation of risk management software. It sounds like you've already got the software, just need the computer. I know there's a way to use excess funds for computers to report to NFIRS, but I'm not sure how that fits in on the FP&S portion.

    I also was looking at the possibility of getting a laptop to present fire-safety presentations. We'd just happen to have one large enough to hold all the other software we might need and would likely use it for the chief's office instead of a desktop. I might be pushing the envelope on it, but I've emailed an inquiry for the two computers and risk management software to our contact to make sure before I actually put in for it.

    My equipment ended up being far less than I had put in for by the time we bid it all out, so I've got quite a bit of excess funds to "play" with.

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    Thousands of PC's available from DOD surplus. Including Toughbooks. Typically 2-3 yr old. Some may have no HD (if had classified).

    Talk to your forester.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neiowa View Post
    Thousands of PC's available from DOD surplus. Including Toughbooks. Typically 2-3 yr old. Some may have no HD (if had classified).

    Talk to your forester.
    There may be my MDT solution I've been looking for. Never thought of FEPP/DOD. Thanks once again!

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    Neiowa is defintely right. If you can't find them there look to www.govliquidation.com . They have "lots" of them. They will all be minus their HDs but today, thats a relatively minor expense to replace.
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    Any department that is a 501(c)(3) with the IRS go to techsoup.com. The have donated software and hardware for non-profits. You have to pay an adminstration fee, but it is well below retail. Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007 for $20

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    Techsoup is a great resource, there are also other operating systems like found here, http://www.freebyte.com/operatingsystems/

    Openoffice.org has some great office programs.

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