MISCELLANEOUS... Can’t find the answer to your question? There is a good chance it is here...
Q1: Don’t cockroaches and silverfish like to live in cardboard? Isn’t this just going to attract them and make them want to live
Cockroaches and Silverfish are tenacious creatures. They can make a home just about anywhere that is warm, dark and WET with an ample food supply. These guys like to eat anything from decaying organic matter to starches, sugars and proteins found in many things. Is there a possibility that one of these guys could show up in a Recompute? Sure, but it is less likely than them showing up in your pantry, under the sink, or chewing on the glue that holds your carpet together.
Q2: It's made from cardboard. Does that mean it's cheaper? Why is this not a $100 computer?
This is a multi part answer... At volume, anything that is manufactured becomes cheaper, as production numbers of Recompute increase, costs decrease (economies of scale)… However, just because it is cardboard does not mean it is less expensive to produce over other materials. The focus of Recompute is to be a computer that sustainable aka less impact on the environment versus a budget computer.
Cardboard = Inexpensive. There are a couple of fallacies with this assumption. As consumers, we are used to getting objects packaged in cardboard boxes, which usually get discarded. Because of that we tend to assume that they are of little financial value, however there was a cost associated with that packaging that was factored into the production of the object. If we make a million objects each sold in a box that cost the producer $1.00 each, then that’s $1,000,000.00 in boxes that will eventually be discarded. Cardboard is a material and it does have a cost associated with it, but lucky for us the ratio between its cost and its function is very good..
Finally, the case of a computer is not what drives the price, but rather electronic components inside (don’t forget software and labor too). An inexpensive computer has inexpensive electronic parts that are poor in performance and/or soon to be outdated. Most are just barely adequate to run modern software. A machine such as this will live a short life before it is replaced. It is the difference between the $8 canvas shoes and the $100 leather shoes. The components used in Recompute were chosen to be adequate for a much longer time window. Most computers live between 3-5 years; it is our goal that your Recompute will live on the upper range of that life span and beyond.
Q3: I am an open source developer of __________, can I get a Recompute at a discounted rate?
Yes, please contact us directly with your inquiry.
Q4: How do I deal with dust?
Open up the case wrap and blow it out with a can of compressed air. It’s really that simple!
Q5: Who is making it and where is it made?
Recompute is being built by Montoroso, which is our official company name. We are a small team of designers and business people who have decided to make Recompute ourselves (Hey even the largest business started off small). Recompute cases and final assembly is being done in Houston, Texas, U.S.A., from locally sourced (as much as possible) and imported parts.
Q6: Is the flame retardant toxic?
No, the flame retardant used on Recompute is NON TOXIC and made by our friends at Flame Seal. Please visit their site for more information about their products.