Wednesday, 19 January 2011 17:32

IT equipment sought for flood relief

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Got some surplus IT gear? It could help get Queenslanders get back to work more quickly.


The volunteer Queensland Flood IT relief team is a is collecting PCs, printers, servers and other equipment from companies around Australia.

After servicing and rebuilding, the gear will be passed on to businesses, sole traders, schools and other organisation that lost IT equipment in the Queensland floods.

The team has a wide-ranging wish list: computers, servers, networking equipment, spare parts (including cases, hard drives, memory and cables), printers, phones/PBX systems, tools (to help with servicing the equipment), software, and "anything else you think will help."

Collection centres are being set up in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide - see the team's site for details. The team's phone number and email address are also shown on that page.

Additional volunteers are wanted to help prepare the equipment, and the team needs help transporting the gear to Queensland.

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The team was started by staff member at IT services firm Datacom, and that company is donating its own used equipment, receiving donations from employees, and providing warehousing and other resources.

"This practical initiative gives the IT industry the opportunity to assist the rebuilding effort after this huge natural disaster - almost every activity involves information technology and hastening the ability of individuals and businesses to have their IT capability back up and running will be a significant enabler of the recovery," said Datacom group CEO Jonathan Ladd.

 


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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