Today, Eric Lundgren turned himself in to the Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution, where he will spend the next fifteen months isolated from society, the internet, and his business. His crime? Helping recyclers restore Windows onto Dell laptops.
Earlier this month, our friend Eric Lundgren was sentenced to prison for duplicating OEM Dell restore CD’s. After losing his last appeal, Eric now faces 15 months in Federal prison and a hefty $50,000 fine. Eric argues that he was just trying to keep PC’s out of the landfill—and since Dell offers up those restore discs to freely download, he thought he was on the right side of the law.
Welp, he thought wrong.
So what role does Microsoft have in all of this? And why do they care so much about a restore disc? We took a trip to Eric’s recycling facility to hear his side of the story and find out.
As Microsoft faces tough questions about how it handled the case of Eric Lundgren, facing 15 months in prison for duplicated restore discs, U.S. PIRG and iFixit noted the tough environment for repair and Microsoft’s role in other repair disputes, and called for Microsoft to come to the table to move repair forward.
Greenpeace released its 19th Guide to Greener Electronics, a report that grades companies based on sustainability efforts. And, according to Greenpeace, most of the world’s renowned tech companies—including Samsung, Google, and Apple—have lots of room for improvement when it comes to greener tech.
Manufacturers are pushing the envelope to smarten up our products—whether those products need to be smart or not. Just because we can connect things to the Internet doesn’t mean we should. After visiting CES, it taught me that I don’t enjoy shouting at my appliances by a first name: “Alexa, brew my coffee,” “Alexa, buy me detergent,” “Alexa, bake the salmon.” It makes me feel like a lazy overlord—and I’m still not convinced of its wider usefulness. All the same, CES featured just that, and tons of other Alexa-powered products.
Last month U.S. Rep. Paul Cook of California introduced the “Secure E-Waste and Export Act” to prevent counterfeit parts from making their way into U.S. military hardware. The bill will ban the export of all used, non-working electronics from the United States. But China is already one of the world’s biggest generators of e-waste, so it’s difficult to see how this will make any difference. It’s an unnecessary bill. But it’s also an environmentally destructive piece of legislation.