City donates computers

Nonprofits have until 5 p.m. today to make requests

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— A group of about 20 to 25 outdated computers are available to nonprofit organizations courtesy of the city of Steamboat Springs but today may be the last day to request them.
As the city upgrades its software, the old computers are not powerful enough to handle the new programs, said Wendy DuBord, the deputy city manager of Steamboat Springs.
"They no longer can function appropriately for the city's software programs," DuBord said.
The city has conducted this program in the past, giving computers to schools and organizations that can use them for whatever purpose they deem necessary.
"Otherwise, we'll take them to a recycling program on the front-range," DuBord said.
In South Routt, the school district has used the machines to take apart and show students the inner workings of computers. With these computers, some of them 75 megahertz strong, the insides might be somewhat outdated, but still useful.
Most of the computers are made by Gateway, said Anne Small of the city.
The city had to take all of the software out of the computers because it is licensed to the city, but DuBord said the computers should be able to run word processing programs and other programs if they are installed.
All computers are donated "as is" with no warranties or guarantees provided or implied, according to the city.
The city has already received requests for a few computers.
To apply for the computers, deliver a written request to Anne Small at the city of Steamboat Springs by 5 p.m. today.

To reach Avi Salzman call 871-4203 or e-mail asalzman@steamboatpilot.com

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