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February 26, 2024

This Earth Day you can make a big difference for our small organization! As an active advocate for a circular economy, Free Geek Toronto is doing its utmost to help minimize negative impacts on the environment. We take in unwanted technology, and through an exhaustive process, are able to determine what can be reused and what has to be recycled.

Digicams: 7 Reasons to Try Older Digital Cameras
February 19, 2024

Pocket-sized digital cameras are having a comeback. The aesthetics of digicam photos reflect a trend towards more inclusive and authentic art. Instead of taking, making and editing pixel perfect pictures with expensive gear and the “latest” software, creators are simply going outside at the right time of day, happily taking snapshots with grain, noise, blur, and red eye, then sharing what they love.

E-Waste Explained: What Is It, Its Impact and What You Can Do
January 31, 2024

E-waste, or electronic waste, refers to discarded or end-of-life electronic devices. E-waste includes mobiles, laptops/desktops, and computer accessories, such as keyboards and speakers. It can also include televisions, digital cameras, or even lightbulbs; any item that requires electricity to operate.

How to Donate Unwanted Computers and Electronics for Earth Day 2022
February 26, 2024

Happy Earth Day 2022! Are you getting ready to do your spring cleaning? If you have older technology such as laptops, desktops, printers, scanners and more, our donation site is currently open on Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 5pm at 180 Sudbury St., just south of Queen St. W.

Newmarket reuse project turning technological trash into treasure
February 19, 2024

Free Geek Toronto and NewMakeIt are running a computer reuse collection event most Sundays, until May 29. Through this York Region-funded initiative, you can take your old computers and other devices to 621 Timothy St., where they will be refurbished and eventually redistributed to those in need.

Software Spotlight: 3 Free Open-Source Office Suite Programs
January 31, 2024

In this Software Spotlight, we’ll be looking at three free options for office suites that can replace Microsoft Office — collections of software that include a word processor, a spreadsheet program, and a presentation program. For those who may not know what is in an office suite, or just need a reminder, here is the breakdown for the main three components.

3 Open-Source Leaders to Recognize on International Women’s Day
February 26, 2024

To foster a world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive, International Women’s Day celebrates women’s achievements. Free Geek Toronto would like to honour women-identified people in open source to commemorate International Women’s Day.

3 Easy Ways To Maintain Your
February 19, 2024

If your computer is slow or freezes in between tasks frequently, it is time for you to perform some basic computer maintenance steps. A computer will last longer and be more problem-free when maintained properly. Here are three basic computer maintenance tips we recommend to maintain your computer’s performance.

Switching from Windows to Linux: A New User’s Experience
January 31, 2024

Growing up, I’ve used all sorts of Windows OS, from 95 to Me, then XP and Vista, and finally 7 and 10. The interface was comfortable, perhaps even intuitive, after struggling with MS-DOS, and I wasn’t one of those who grumbled about stability issues and bugs. Each iteration was good enough.

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