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The HeliOS Project is now.....
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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Linux Against Poverty 2010 is a go...

Folks, I sincerely apologize for my absence the past three weeks. Important family matters needed attention and I attended to them. Many of you have called and emailed but I was out of pocket for the duration. Again I apologize. I will catch up as time permits.

It was simply necessary.

But boy, do we have stuff to talk about.

First, we have made the move to our new location in Lakeway Texas. Lakeway is a small community about 30 minutes drive from my home and sits on Lake Travis. It gives us not only room to work but room to grow...and that's a good thing.

Our new address is:

The HeliOS Project
2009 Ranch Road 620 North
Suite 530
Lakeway, Texas 78734
512 739 9707

We want to specifically thank Skip Guenter, Tom King and Jean-Claude Magras for their help in getting us moved and organized.

Of course, organized is relative and it shouldn't take me long to turn it into a shambles again. Trust me.

Now...for the important stuff. Lynn Bender of has announced that he is beginning preparations for LInux Against Poverty 2010. I was pleasantly surprised to find that 25 people volunteered for the event within an hour of the announcement. That is roughly half of the geek/tech workforce we were graciously provided during the last event. As if this writing, there are 55 signed up to help....but that's good. we're shooting to double our machine intake from last year.

Lynn has some fairly spectacular options open to him for this years event but until they are locked down, I've been asked not to be too specific. The event is scheduled for the 16th of May this year. If you wish to participate in LAP this go-around, please leave your comments here or email me helios at fixedbylinux dott Komm. We'll get you slotted into a place where you feel you can do the most good.

There is also a google group for installers and hardware folks if you are interested in joining. Just ask for an invite. There is also a Facebook page for the 2010 event as well so you can RSVP when you are ready.

And it is at this time that I must announce to retirement of our beloved old Isuzu Rodeo. Thanks to Tano Garcia, we got an extra 20K out of the old girl after what seemed to be a terminal breakdown. Tano, at his own cost; replaced the crankshaft, clutch, throw-out bearing and other parts. All we had to pay was a partial 300 dollar mechanic's fee to do the work. Tano paid the rest. Bless his heart.

We now are in the process of gaining a new vehicle.

The same guy, Tano Garcia; has a mechanic's lien on a completely rebuilt 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee. This vehicle has a rebuilt motor, Transmission and replaced differential.

He's selling it to us for the remaining bill on the Jeep. I've already given him $800.00 of my money as a down payment on it but we are short $1800.00 to take delivery. We have applied for several grants in the past few months but with this economy, the competition is fierce and we have yet to be awarded one. If you are in the position to help us get our vehicle, we would be extremely appreciative. And as always, donations can be made via the link at the top left of this page.

We are having a meet and greet at the shop this Saturday afternoon...just a few Linux geeks getting together to look the place over and talk about upcoming events such as Linux against Poverty.  You are welcome to come out and we'll order some pizza and pass the time.  We might mess around and even enjoy it.  Come out and see our new digs.

So, we are almost caught up on what's been going on. Coming soon is a cool story about a family that reached their pain threshold and made the migration to Linux. Also, if I get the information, we'll talk about a visiting Scotsman that was hit by the Linux Thunderbolt and switched within a few minutes of playing with the Live CD.

Stay Tooned.

All-Righty Then


Alessandro Ebersol said...

Ahh, BTW, i don't see you mention Vector Linux very much. And, i'm using it with old P3/Celeron machines and is a nice piece of Linux OS to work with.
You could try it in your machines, and see what comes out. BR!!!

Alessandro Ebersol said...

Nice to have you back (Mr.) Ken (sorry for mistaking your name last time).
I would love to help with Linux Against Poverty myself, since it's what i do here in Brazil, fight a harsh reality with Linux and Open Source.
Who knows next years ???

But, again, glad to have you back!!!

Best Regards

gagy said...

Nice to have you back.
Just added a little help for your weels.
Please, thank Mr Tano Garcia, your smart mechanic. I wish I lived closer...

einfeldt said...

ROFLMAO. The Linux Thunderbolt. Only Ken Starks could come up with that. You da bomb, Ken!

Kevin (Whizard72) said...

It'll be interesting to hear the stories of Linux adoption and freedom from the chains of proprietary competitors who use illegal tactics and political greasing to forward their monopoly.

Kevin (Whizard72) said...

I'm going to go insane if you don't update this blog soon.