Earth Day 2020 Our Delicate Pale Blue Dot:

Earth Day 2020On this Earth Day 2020 Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot narative and video are still very fresh

The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 spacecraft, which was about 6 billion kilometres (3.7 billion miles) from Earth. Voyager 1 had completed its primary mission and was leaving the Solar System. At the request of Carl Sagan, NASA turned its camera around and took a photograph of Earth, a tiny dot in the in the vastness of space

Carl’s wonderfully eloquent description: “everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was has lived on this pale blue dot;  every saint and sinner in the history of our species has lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”

“Earth is the only world known so far to harbour life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.”

NASA also has a more recent picture from the Cassini probe

The full piece can be heard on this YouTube video

Voyager 1 is currently 22.1 billion Kilometres from earth. It’s travelling at about 16km per second!! and is 40,000 years from the next star!!
Voyager can be tracked on NASA.

WEEE (e-Scrap)  is one of the fastest growing and most toxic of the wastes we produce on our planet. It is also totally recyclable but needs special treatment. Consider our beautiful, irreplaceable “Pale Blue Dot” the next time you need to dispose of your no longer useful electronic devices.

Give Electronic Recycling a call, we can help



Windows 7 support ends on January 14th 2020

Windows 7 Support

Windows 7 support will end on January 14th, 2020. PCs with Windows 7 operating systems will still work after support has ended, but they will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses because there will be no further software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft. Even if dangerous security risks are found in Windows 7, Microsoft won’t issue security updates.

Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to a new PC running Windows 10 sometime before January 14th 2020 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available.

Obviously, you can run antivirus and malware software etc. but this is never as good as an official security update from Microsoft and security programs will also begin withdrawing support for older versions of Windows

New Hardware May Not Work
New hardware components and peripherals might not work on a windows 7 machine as manufacturers will not create hardware drivers for old, out-of-date operating systems.

Software Companies Support
Although it may not happen immediately, when Microsoft ends Windows 7 support that’s also a signal to other software companies who will also stop supporting Windows 7.

While continuing to use windows 7 in a home environment may be worth the risk for a while, in a business environment Data Security and specifically GDPR responsibilities dictate that an early upgrading to a Win10 environment is a prudent decision.


Once you have upgraded to new hardware Electronic Recycling can help with recycling your old equipment and specifically we can look after data destruction by wiping or shredding the hard drives.  See our Data Destruction page

Electronic Recycling specialise in Computer Recycling, ICT and other Electronic Office Equipment disposal as well as providing solutions for the management of all types of Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment, ( WEEE ),with expert knowledge and 20 years of experience, recycling Electronic Waste since 1996.