Call the Ninja recognizes the important roles that local businesses play in the lives of those who live and work in our community. We are not just a big-box retailer who offers you the lowest cost by any means necessary, we are a company run by real people who care about more than the bottom line. Whether it’s during the repair process or when we print up promotional materials, the environment, our community, and the people that support us are always in the forefront of our decision-making. Here’s a couple of things that set us apart from the pack.
As a way of giving back, Call the Ninja installs BOINC (the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing) onto the machines of our clients who request it. BOINC is a distributed computer system which uses the spare (idle) processing power of volunteer’s computers to analyze data for scientific and medical research. BOINC has already made a number of scientific breakthroughs, so ask us to install it next time we work on your machine!
Commitment to Sustainable Practices
Our entire supply and work chain is designed to reduce our environmental footprint every step of the way. Electronics are inherently a very dirty business from the extraction of the heavy metals put into them all the way to their disposal. We recognize this and work overtime to make sure we leave this planet and industry a little better than when we got here. We minimize paperwork by doing much of our work online, recycle components and give them back to the community, and encourage our customers to buy used instead of new for many of our parts. In the industry, we are strong advocates for computer take-back programs, more responsible manufacturing, and fair wages for the people who produce our components.
We offer discounts for veterans, students, teachers, and non-profit organizations. Just our way of saying thanks!
Donations to Open Source and Free Software
We regularly contribute development funds, code, testing, and knowledge to open source projects. Much of our work is done with open source software, and though you may be aware of it, you likely use it every day. For example, this website runs on WordPress, which is hosted on an Apache server running Ubuntu Linux, all open-source software projects. If you have an Android phone, it runs Linux, which is open source, and if you own a Mac, you are running on a modified version of BSD, which is also open-source software. We’ve donated to TrueCrypt (disk encryption), Thunderbird (e-mail client), GNUPG (email encryption), Enigmail (email encryption), KeepassX (password manager), VeraCrypt (disk encryption), TestDisk (data recovery software), ddrescue (data recovery software), and more. Check out our Facebook page to see our most recent ones.