Thursday, October 14, 2010
The kind of relief an ant might feel if you pull away the magnifying glass just prior to combustion.
But the forecast promises an afternoon in the low 90's.
Of course that temperature range sounds apocalyptic to my European friends...
A list of call-backs had stacked up between 8 and 10 AM...the time I use to prep any machines going out late that day or early the next. One of them was from a contact with Child Protective Services in the next county.
She wanted to talk about computers for some of her kids for Christmas.
The Holiday Season.
A clustering of time when many of the world's religions choose to celebrate their beliefs and pay homage....
Here in the US, it's mostly a time of year that we get lambasted with advertisements from every media known to man.
Unceasing, wearing and unrelenting advertisements to buy our children and loved ones "that perfect gift" for the holiday.
Heaven help you if you are in a fairly new relationship when this time of year rolls around.
But for us with with The HeliOS Project, it's one of the most satisfying times of the year...haranguing advertising notwithstanding.
Last year, between November 1st and December 25th, we built and gave away 41 computers. Three of them I delivered and set up on Christmas Day.
Madeline asked me if we could supply 9 computers for some of her most disadvantaged kids this Christmas. I said that I would try but I couldn't promise.
We've blown through the machines gathered at this year's Linux Against Poverty event, planned and hosted by Lynn Bender. Having such an all-encompassing event twice in one year is just too much to ask of anyone...it takes months to plan and over 50 people to execute.
Execute the plan that is...not the people.
We won't be doing either this year.
But we will be having a hardware drive in December.
I-Tech Electronics has agreed to host an event for us on the 11th of December. We will start the media requests on the first of November to mingle with the Toys-R-US and jewelery store commercials. Greg has a 10X10 tent that will be set up in the parking lot for our use and hopefully we can draw enough attention to fill our holiday orders.
Kenneth Dublin, Founder and CEO of The Learning Pad, is working with us to possibly provide a temporary or full-time work space for The HeliOS Project. We have to vacate our donated space here in the near future so his help is hugely appreciated. Kenneth also coordinates machine donations for HeliOS and will be a great partner for our efforts.
We will post more about the event as we draw sponsors, vendors and volunteers. Basically, we're just going to collect machine donations...there will be no repairs or diagnosis on site like there is during Linux Against Poverty. We'll take care of that on this end. However we could use some of our great volunteers to help staff the event. Please email me if you are interested in helping on that Saturday.
Skip Guenter and I will be there to represent HeliOS.
Right now, we just need to get some decent machines into our inventory.
We will also be asking for parts. What we need most at this time are DVD CD RW drives and Nvidia/ATI video cards.
If you work for a company that might have decommissioned machines sitting around somewhere, please let them know of our efforts.
We'll see if we can't get these order filled. We expect at least 30 during the holiday season.
blather and mumbling provided by Ken Starks at 11:24 AM