Thursday, 01 October 2009 11:03

Canberra computer recycling day looms

Canberra residents will soon have an opportunity to responsibly dispose of unwanted computer equipment. Dell and the Australian National University are organising another recycling day.

This isn't the place to get into an argument about different companies' 'green' credentials. But there seems to be little question that e-waste is a growing problem.

Just putting dead or obsolete computers into the general garbage stream isn't a good idea, as it adds to landfill and prevents the recycling of useful materials.

You're lucky if you get kerbside recycling of such items more than once a year, and it isn't unusual for a charge to be levied if you take the scrap gear to a recycling centre.

So it's worth supporting events such as the Dell/ANU community recycling day, which will be held on Saturday October 17 at the ANU car park opposite  Old Canberra House, Lennox Crossing.

Old computer equipment of any brand - but nothing else - will be accepted for recycling. Even cables and ink cartridges can be recycled.

The 2007 event in Canberra collected 35 tonnes of e-waste, more than at any other Dell recycling day in Australia. In all, such days have recovered over 140 tonnes of equipment.

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Now’s the Time for 400G Migration

The optical fibre community is anxiously awaiting the benefits that 400G capacity per wavelength will bring to existing and future fibre optic networks.

Nearly every business wants to leverage the latest in digital offerings to remain competitive in their respective markets and to provide support for fast and ever-increasing demands for data capacity. 400G is the answer.

Initial challenges are associated with supporting such project and upgrades to fulfil the promise of higher-capacity transport.

The foundation of optical networking infrastructure includes coherent optical transceivers and digital signal processing (DSP), mux/demux, ROADM, and optical amplifiers, all of which must be able to support 400G capacity.

With today’s proprietary power-hungry and high cost transceivers and DSP, how is migration to 400G networks going to be a viable option?

PacketLight's next-generation standardised solutions may be the answer. Click below to read the full article.


WEBINAR PROMOTION ON ITWIRE: It's all about webinars

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If you wish to promote a Webinar we recommend at least a 2 week campaign prior to your event.

The iTWire campaign will include extensive adverts on our News Site and prominent Newsletter promotion and Promotional News & Editorial.

This coupled with the new capabilities 5G brings opens up huge opportunities for both network operators and enterprise organisations.

We have a Webinar Business Booster Pack and other supportive programs.

We look forward to discussing your campaign goals with you.


Stephen Withers

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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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