Bummer! I just learned that Free Geek, Portland's computer recycling non-profit ("Helping the needy get nerdy") has been broken into and several laptops / LCD monitors were stolen. Please report suspected stolen laptops / LCD monitors (being sold on Craigslist, on the street, etc.) to Free Geek. They track the serial numbers of items and could likely tell you if something was stolen from them, if you are able to obtain the serial number. If someone tries to sell you any of these things and refuses to give the serial number, or otherwise acts suspicious, notify the police (on the chance that they can distract themselves from harassing immigrants and shooting mentally handicapped people) and give them as much detail as you can.
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Hello, fine people. I'm writing with sad news. Last night, Free
Geek, Portland's groovy technology non-profit, sustained its most
major break in to date. The majority of the items stolen were
laptops, a few hard drives, and LCD screens. Many doors were smashed
in forcibly in the process. While our laptop program is becoming a
major source of income for us, it also is a great source of needed
hardware for local non-profits. This income is now gone, and local
do-gooders will have to go without our free source of laptops for a
So we're making a call out to the community to help us stop these
thieves and prevent this from happening again. If you're offerred a
laptop with Ubuntu Linux installed on it in the next couple months,
give us a call. (503)232-9350 Used LCD screens, while harder to pin
down as originating at Free Geek, might raise an eyebrow as well.