Thursday, August 19, 2010
We did receive some good computers, especially laptops. Most older kids starting high school or college will want a laptop. Our current problem is that many of these machines came with only 256 or 512 meg of RAM. Our experience teaches us that putting out a computer with less than 1 gig of ram is more of a hindrance than a help .
And sure, a "light" desktop will make the computer itself boot faster and open applications faster but it really does nothing to make the actual applications work faster.
Has anyone tried to use Open Office with 256 meg of RAM?
It isn't pretty.
Two weeks ago, I had a conversation with a gentleman who is part owner in a large new car dealership here in Austin. We met him while delivering one of our computers. After telling him of some of the challenges we faced in operating The HeliOS Project, he offered to help.
Beginning on Saturday, the 21st of August, this gentleman and his brother will match any donation made to The HeliOS Project and they will do so through the 5th of September. They have offered to match these donations up to a total of 1000 dollars.
This is a great opportunity for us. Funding has been sparse this year...it's been tough for everyone.
These generous car dealers have asked to remain anonymous and I understand that. Often when I donate to things I believe in, I don't particularly want any recognition. Just getting the job done is enough for us.
We will be doing some bulk ordering of laptop and desktop RAM if this works out for us. We will also use the money to purchase decent video cards and hard drives.
If you wish, you can donate at the top left of this page or you may do so by simply clicking here.
As always, your donation is tax deductible.
Thanks for helping us do what we do.
blather and mumbling provided by Ken Starks at 11:25 AM