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Technology Rescue Initiative

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Ottawa Food Bank For the past few years, the OPCUG has held a December Silent Auction through which donated computer and electronic items were "auctioned off" with ALL proceeds from the event going to the Ottawa Food Bank. One member has kindly donated a substantial number of used computer items with the objective of finding some of them a new home through our Silent Auction and, in the process, perhaps raising a few shekels for a good cause.

At our OPCUG's February board meeting, Jeff Dubois suggested that we provide a mechanism through which items ultimately destined for the auction (or sadly even to the eWaste event) might be purchased much in the same way one rescues a puppy or kitten facing an uncertain future. As such, the "Technology Rescue Initiative" was born.

A selection of used donated items will be posted to the OPCUG's website at http://opcug.ca/public/history/Auction/2015/rescue.html on April 8th and each item will be listed with a special "Pre-Auction Rescue Price". Anyone interested in purchasing any of these items may do so by simply clicking on the link beside each item and emailing the contact person listed for the item. All monies from the sale of these items will still go to the Ottawa Food Bank; they will just be held in trust until our regular Silent Auction event which will be held in December. Moreover, if you have any used items you wish to donate and have included in the "Rescue Initiative", please send a photo and description to and we'll add them to the webpage.

Looking for a video card? Need a spare network adapter? Something in a KVM? Need a few extra parts to build that Linux box you've wanted to tinker with? Rescue a piece of technology today by clicking on the "Pre-auction rescue" link to send an email with the item's info (if JavaScript is not enabled then send an email to with the description of the item you want to purchase).

Be sure to check the "Technology Rescue Initiative" webpage and remember, these items have been donated so ALL monies will be given directly to the Food Bank in our December drive. With its food industry partnerships and bulk purchasing power, the Ottawa Food Bank turns every $1 donated into $5 worth of food.

You can pickup the item(s) at one of our meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, at the Bush Theatre of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, 11 Aviation Parkway, they start at 7:30pm and are open to all, or by contacting

Email:      Info: Food Bank Fact Sheet

Items for Pre-Auction
Linksys LNE 100TX v5.1 PCI 10/100 NIC Linksys LNE 100TX v5.1 PCI 10/100 NIC. Complete in original shrink-wrapped packaging.
Donated by Mark Giovannetti — Pre-auction rescue: $1
Netgear RT314 Network Access Gateway Router Netgear RT314 Network Access Gateway Router. Complete with AC Adapter, manual and original setup disk.
Donated by Mark Giovannetti — Pre-auction rescue: $2
RocketRAID 1640 PCI card RocketRAID 1640 PCI card. Looking to add RAID support and additional SATA drives to that desktop or server? Comes complete with original manual, disks and SATA cables.
Donated by Mark Giovannetti — Pre-auction rescue: $2
Seagate ST340016A Barracuda 40GB IDE drive Seagate ST340016A Barracuda 40GB IDE drive. But wait, that's not all. Also comes with an IDE controller card, cables and a beige 32X CD drive. You want this! (Stop laughing.) Okay, you might be able to use the drive in an external case.
Donated by Mark Giovannetti — Pre-auction rescue: $1
Speedstream 5260 DSL modem Speedstream 5260 DSL modem. Complete with AC adapter and original manuel.
Donated by Mark Giovannetti — Pre-auction rescue: $1
DLink AirPlus Xtreme - DWL-G520 Wireless PCI Adapter DLink AirPlus Xtreme - DWL-G520 Wireless PCI Adapter. Complete with original disk and manual.
Donated by Mark Giovannetti — Pre-auction rescue: $1
Quantum Fireball Plus LM - 200GB IDE drive Quantum Fireball Plus LM - 200GB IDE drive. Also includes Promise Ultra 100 PCI interface card, IDE cables and IDE CD drive for desktop.
Donated by Mark Giovannetti — Pre-auction rescue: $1
Linksys WMP55AG Dual-band Wireless A+G PCI adapter Linksys WMP55AG Dual-band Wireless A+G PCI adapter. Complete with manual and original disk.
Donated by Mark Giovannetti — Pre-auction rescue: $2
Surecom 4-port Powered USB 2.0 Hub Surecom 4-port Powered USB 2.0 Hub. Complete with AC adapter and cables
Donated by Mark Giovannetti — Pre-auction rescue: $2
D-Link DWL-AG530 Wireless PCI NIC D-Link DWL-AG530 Wireless PCI NIC. Complete with original software disk and manual
Donated by Mark Giovannetti — Pre-auction rescue: $2
Creative SoundBlaster Live X-Gamer PCI card Creative SoundBlaster Live X-Gamer PCI card. Complete with manual and headphones
Donated by Mark Giovannetti — Pre-auction rescue: $2
ESS 3623 PCI modem ESS 3623 PCI modem. Includes driver disk.
Donated by Mark Giovannetti — Pre-auction rescue: $1
SMC 7004ABR 4-port router SMC 7004ABR 4-port router. Complete with AC adapter, manual and disks.
Donated by Mark Giovannetti — Pre-auction rescue: $2
US Robotics Sportster vi 28.8 Fax Modem US Robotics Sportster vi 28.8 Fax Modem. Complete with AC Adapter.
Donated by Mark Giovannetti — Pre-auction rescue: $1
US Robotics Sportster 14.4 Fax Modem US Robotics Sportster 14.4 Fax Modem. Complete with AC Adapter.
Donated by Mark Giovannetti — Pre-auction rescue: $1
Netgear RP115 4-Port Broadband WebSafe Router Netgear RP115 4-Port Broadband WebSafe Router. Complete with AC adapter and original CD.
Donated by Mark Giovannetti — Pre-auction rescue: $2
Netgear RP115 4-Port Broadband WebSafe Router Netgear RP115 4-Port Broadband WebSafe Router. Complete with AC adapter and original manual.
Donated by Mark Giovannetti — Pre-auction rescue: $2
D-Link DWL-G132 Wireless USB NIC D-Link DWL-G132 Wireless USB NIC. Complete with USB docking extension, original disk and manual.
Donated by Mark Giovannetti — Pre-auction rescue: $2
Belkin F5D7050 USB Network Adapter Belkin F5D7050 USB Network Adapter. Complete with original driver disk, manual and USB extension dock.
Donated by Mark Giovannetti — Pre-auction rescue: $2

To see the rescued items, click here

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