Saturday Hours and More!

There is so much going on over at Free I.T. Athens that I don’t know where to begin. Here’s a bunch of events and tidbits I thought might catch your interest. :)

Free I.T. Athens Updates
Nina, Mika, and Kris at the 2017 Green Life Expo.

Saturday Morning Hours

Saturday, February 4 from 9a – 1p
store/donations/tech support

The FRITA crew has been working hard to recruit enough staff members to expand hours and better serve the Athens Clarke-County community. We think we’re ready!

This Saturday (February 4) Free I.T. Athens will open from 9a to 1p as a sort of test run to gauge community interest. We’ll have the store open, accept donations, and help folks out with donation-based tech support.

Volunteers, we’re not prepared to host “open” volunteer hours on Saturday yet, but if you feel you have enough experience to work on your own and want to join in our Saturday fun, send me an email and I’ll pass along more details.

FRITA Noob Hour: Graphics

Wednesday, February 1 @ 7p
Free workshop open to the public

Lachele is back at it with another wonderful presentation. This time it’s all about GRAPHICS. Here’s her event description:

“This Noob-Hour is dedicated to showing off some of the powerful graphics capabilities available to you if you use GNU/Linux.  First, we’ll talk tech a little, explaining the difference between vector and raster graphics.  But, for most of the time, we’ll do demos in Inkscape and Gimp, two popular and powerful applications for creating and manipulating graphics.  Finally, we’ll briefly survey some other advanced resources such as apps for ray tracing, video editing and graph making (both the math kind and the computer science kind), and programming languages for graphics.”

After the presentation, CHUGALUG will hold their monthly meeting at 8:30p. So stick around for a deep dive with a bunch of lovable GNU/Linux fans.

Don’t forget to check out the Free I.T. Athens YouTube page for recordings of Lachele’s n00b hours.

The Free I.T. Newsletter is Back!

If you’ve been to an orientation in the past year, you probably remember Jon mentioning that our email newsletter is dormant. Well, we’re bringing it back.

You can sign up to receive email updates on sales, events, and general shenanigans of the Free I.T. crew. There is a sign up box in the information bar of the website, or you can click here.

Monitor Sale is Still Going Strong

Come by the store to get a FREE 19″ (or smaller) monitor with the purchase of a desktop computer. Or, get $10 off a monitor 19″ or smaller.

Inspiring Saturdays

Last Saturday volunteers represented Free I.T. at the Green Life Expo, and the Saturday before we attended the first ever Athens Social Justice Symposium.

Sometimes it feels like for every person Free I.T. Athens helps there are 100 more in need. For every computer we refurbish, 100 more end up polluting our environment in landfills. And for every person who starts using free software, 100 more proprietary software products ingrain deeper into society. It’s easy to get discouraged.

These two events were a much needed reminder that we’re not alone. Thousands of people across Athens Clarke-County are passionately working to build a happier, healthier, more inclusive community. I find comfort in that.

Staff members and I left the Green Life Expo and Social Justice Symposium encouraged, recharged, and full of new ideas on how to better bridge the digital divide, reduce the impact of e-waste, and promote the use of free software alternatives.

If you missed these events, please do follow them on Facebook or sign up to receive updates so you don’t miss next year’s. You won’t regret it!

That’s all I have for now! If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or digital high-fives that you’d like to share with us, email We’d love to hear from you.


Free I.T. at the Green Life Expo

2017greenlifeexpo-01The Free I.T. Athens crew is pumped to be a part of the 2017 Green Life Expo. The Athens Clarke-County Recycling Division and the Athens-Clarke County Library have teamed up to educate our community on how to shrink our carbon footprints while saving natural resources.

There’s going to be all sorts of family friendly activities: a petting zoo, workshops on everything from felt soap making to prescribed grazing, a delicious food truck, and of course, the Free I.T. Athens information table! We’re also going to have the truck out in the parking lot to take donations too, so if you’ve been meaning to get rid of all those old computers in your garage, now is the time to do it.

The Green Life Expo is going to be held Saturday, January 28th from 10a-4p at the ACC Library on Baxter St. There’s no cost for admission, so come say hello and learn a little bit about how you can help reduce e-waste!

Learn more about the event over at The Green Life Expo Facebook page.

See you at the Green Life Expo,

Monitor Sale!

Our monitor sale is back and it’s better than ever.

Get a FREE monitor 19″ or smaller with the purchase of desktop.

Not interested in a desktop? No worries. Get a 19″ or smaller monitor for $10 off. That means you can get a monitor for as little as $5!

View the Free I.T. Athens store page for prices.

See you at Free I.T.,

Noob Hour: Networking

Last month Lachele was kind enough to put on an introduction to networking workshop. If you missed it, no worries—she recorded it for your viewing pleasure! Click here to view a PDF of her slideshow.

Lachele plans to put on a new Noob Hour workshop each month before CHUGALUG meets so that you can learn the basics of a topic during Free I.T. and then stick around for a deep dive with CHUGALUG. Learn more about the Classic Hackers UGA Users Group at

Spread the word about these great workshops by liking and sharing on your favorite social media platforms.


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