Best Buy To Test Recycling Program

Best Buy has announced a test program in which they plan on offering a recycling service to consumers to bring in their used appliances. The test program involves eight states and 117 stores to begin with. On their web site it states:

Starting June 1, 117 stores in the Baltimore, San Francisco, and
Minnesota markets are inviting customers to bring in no more than two
(2) units per day, per household, for recycling at no charge. Customers
can bring items such as televisions and monitors up to 32”, computers,
phones, cameras, and other electronics devices and peripherals in for


The following items cannot be accepted through this program:

  • Televisions or monitor screens greater than 32”
  • Console televisions
  • Air conditioners
  • Microwaves
  • Appliances (customers are invited instead to use Best Buy’s appliance haul-away and pick-up programs)


Best Buy will work with its stores, recycling partners, and
manufacturers to evaluate the success of the test and determine options
for scaling it across the U.S.

Check the Best Buy site for other recycling options available in all all of it’s stores.

Hopefully if this test program takes off, other retailers will join in to help to recycle the mountains of products that currently go into our landfills.

Comments welcome.


Windows Vista SP1 – Read This First KB935796

For those of you who are running Windows Vista on their systems, you should read the following Microsoft KB article, before installing SP1. It is still surprising that folks are running into problems with Zone Alarm, after SP1 is installed, since Microsoft has addressed this problem way back in March, 2008. Yet I still see references be made in the forums concerning the problem. In the KB article it states:

Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista is an important update for Windows Vista. Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) contains many security, reliability, and feature updates for Windows Vista. A program may experience a loss of functionality after you install Windows Vista SP1. However, most programs will continue to work as expected after you install Windows Vista SP1.

This article lists programs that have been reported to experience a loss of functionality when they are installed on a Windows Vista SP1-based computer.


This article should not be considered a comprehensive list of programs that experience loss of functionality when they run on a Windows Vista SP1-based computer.
If you are using a program that appears in this article, you may have to contact the software vendor for more information.

 Take a few minutes to read the article and it may just save you from some heart aches down the road.


Comments welcome.

Vista Crashes And Who To Blame

Over at Engadget they have a pie chart allegedly from Microsoft that was bundled with emails and other documents in the Vista Capable lawsuit. The pie chart shows who is to blame for the crashes that cause Vista to cease functioning properly. The only problem with the chart is that it does not indicate a time frame for the year 2007.

In viewing the chart it lists NVidia as the cause of some 28.8% of crashes. Interesting for us NVidia fans who have successfully installed Vista without a problem using updated NVidia drivers. It is even more interesting since the pie chart lists two other categories that are not explained. They are All others and Unknown which together make up about 35.5% of crashes.

As a casual observer of Vista, I only have it installed on one system using a dual boot with XP, I can’t neither support nor disclaim the chart. But in looking at it as an outsider there is definitely something wrong with these statistics. First off the chart also indicates that Intel caused 8.8% of known crashes. This in itself would be self serving for Microsoft to ward off the allegations that they knew some Intel graphic cards would not work properly with Vista, except when Vista Basic was installed.

So what are All others and Unknown? This represents over 1/3 known crashes for Vista according to Microsoft. Should Vista users be better informed by Microsoft as to what these crash areas represent?

Comments welcome.

Pie chart located here.

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