SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY Computerbank provides Internet kiosk services at the following public housing estates: Floyd Lodge Williamstown, Gordon St Footscray, Holmes St Northcote and Agg St Northcote. Our service has enabled these residents to access the Internet for free.
We are now seeing many many people return to Computerbank when its time to upgrade their computer. For example one person on a disability support pension has been with us for 12 years. During this time, GD has spent a total of $250 buying three refurbished computers from us. GD has saved a few thousand dollars by coming back to Computerbank each time it was time to upgrade. Not only has GD saved a bucket load of money but by choosing a refurbished computer, GD is also helping the environment by giving a highly manufactured piece of equipment a second life.
Computerbank puts the Ubuntu operating system and other free open source software on each computer. Compare these free applications to the cost of paying approximately $300 every few years for the latest, safest Microsoft Windows applications.
Don’t forget when your bring your pc equipment to us for recycling that Computerbank will accept your tablets and phones. We erase all data on your device, restore it to its factory default and test it. In 2017 we hope to offer Android Tablets in addition to our low cost computers for Concession Card holders. Damaged and older equipment will be recycled. We get lots of requests for tablets, so don’t forget you could make a big difference to someone’s life.
Computerbank recently provided laptops to Engineers Without Borders (Victoria Region). The Engineers showed young people from Northern Victoria how to create a GPS tracker for turtle research. The Broad shell turtle is the totem for Yorta Yorta nation in Northern Victoria and is a threatened species. The Yorta Yorta people have been working on turtle preservation for some time.
Engineers Without Borders’ major aim is to create change in local communities through humanitarian engineering and partnerships. The trip was a great success, and Computerbank were very pleased to be involved.
Toner recycling boxes are located inside Computerbank’s front door. Next time you drop off some recycling bring along your used toner cartridges as well. When full the Planet Ark boxes are collected by Close the Loop for processing at their state of the art recycling plant in Somerton. The toner waste is processed into eco wood, rulers and pens, the aluminium is recycled into cans and other items.
Cartridges 4 Planet Ark is supported by the major ink manufacturers and has been running for 12 years. 28,000,000 cartridges have been collected, have you been recycling your used inks and cartridges responsibly?
Patrick Chan built a new client database for Computerbank in super quick time. Our data was transferred from our old GLOM database.
Thanks very much Patrick.
Vtiger is a open source web-based CMS that allows Computerbank to manage customer/sales/computer/CBV records.
Vtiger features customisable filters, and customisable reports. It also offers a modular plugin system where administrators can extend the functionality by installing new plugins
Mr Hooper visited our shop recently to check the computer he bought from us in 2012. The problem wasn’t our refurbished computer, it turned out the problem was that his 3G Internet network connection kept dropping out.
The smiling Mr Hooper uses email to keep in contact with relatives. At ninety years of age he is our oldest customer. We are all smiling too.