An estimated 1 out of every 5 guardsmen who serve in the National Guard or Reserves is unemployed. Mark Thompson, writing for TIME’s Battleland Blog, wrote:

“While the unemployment rate for all vets is lower than the national average, that’s not true for post-9/11 vets. As of December, 10.8% of them were jobless, well above the 7.8% national unemployment rate. ”

Obama is proposing that communities that hire veterans to work as policemen and firefighters will get preference in the grants competition. An additional $4 billion for the Community Oriented Policing Services Program and $1 billion for the firefighter grants.

AnythingIT works with Work Vessels for Veterans, an all-volunteer movement assisting returning veterans to begin their civilian careers or educational pursuits by acquiring and distributing the necessary start-up tools. Not only do we donate laptops, but we have been hiring and training veterans in an effort to reduce the high unemployment.

If you are an unemployed veteran looking for work in NJ or Tampa, Florida, please send your resume to ITjobs@anythingIT.com

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AnythingIT had the privilege of being interviewed by Myles Ma, a reporter for NJ.com. The feature highlighted the recent news about AnythingIT becoming the first recycler in Bergen County, NJ to be awarded a class D recycling permit. We are particularly excited about what this means for Bergen County, as well as the rest of the state of NJ. Municipalities that require a class D permit for their electronic waste can now keep their business local.

You can read the full article HERE.

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin recently reminded residents that televisions, computers, electronic tablets, e-book readers, and monitors that have been replaced by new electronic holiday gifts cannot be thrown out with the trash, but must be taken to designated recycling collection points as required by state laws. AnythingIT’s class D permit now offers an alternative solution for these collection points to dispose of town electronic waste.

This permit is in addition to the R2 (Responsible Recycling), e-Stewards, and Certified Small Business certification that AnythingIT already held, plus a GSA schedule contract. One advantage to the new Class D permit is that New Jersey DEP has ruled that “Processing of consumer electronics whether as a permanent or mobile shredding requires a general or limited Class D Recycling Center Approval.”

Hard drive shredding is the most secure way to ensure the safe disposal of computer hard drives. Software-based overwriting uses a software application to write patterns of pseudo-random meaningless data onto all of a hard drive’s sectors. There are key differentiators between data erasure and other overwriting methods, which can leave data intact and raise the risk of data breach or spill, identity theft and failure to achieve regulatory compliance. Many data eradication programs also provide multiple overwrites so that they support recognized government and industry standards.

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Wikipedia describes Orphaned technology is a descriptive term for computer products, programs, and platforms that have been abandoned by their original operators.

Almost every office has some; someone’s computer stops working. IT replaces it and the broken machine is left on the floor in the corner of the office…  A project is finished and the IT equipment is left in an empty office… An employee leaves and hands their laptop back to Human Resources, who puts it in a closet.

These instances of orphaned technology are a shame, since the value of that equipment is not being recouped and it often takes up valuable space. The worst instances of orphaned technology, however, often happens at large corporations:

A department is closed down, moved, set up at a temporary location, an employee simply leaves and goes un-replaced, or a data center becomes obsolete. When the computer equipment is no longer being used, many companies simply leave the equipment in the rooms, or on the desks, plugged in. Not only does this send money out the window because of the depreciating value, but the cost of electricity used would be better served to go towards a greener data center.

A typical desktop computer uses about 65 to 250 watts. Add another 15-70 watts for an LCD monitor. Figuring that the equipment will be asleep for most of its life, that’s still somewhere around $10 a year in electricity but it could technically be as high as a few hundred dollars. Multiply that by 50 or 100 computers and the value lost becomes even more apparent.

What can companies do? Clean out their closets, clear off desks, collect unused servers, old telephone equipment, and have employees bring in their old home office equipment. Get a quote for collection and see how much money could be saved, or even made.

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