The HeliOS Project is now.....

The HeliOS Project is now.....
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Monday, September 06, 2010

HeliOS Store opens to fund the HeliOS Project

I don't know why it took me so long to get this rolling...part of it was the logistics, the other part was just being slammed with work.  Some recent and significant publicity gained us a ton of great equipment donations.

It also caused a huge influx of requests for computers.  But we have that handled, at least for now.

On top of the busiest time we've ever encountered, we need to move from our current digs.  On September 18th, we are having a recycle day out at our shop in Lakeway.  We tentatively have a Boy Scout troop coming out to help but that is not yet nailed down.  If you have some time to come out and help us sort through the mountain of stuff to get recycled, I would appreciate your participation.

So, as you all know, this is going to cost us some money.

Instead of just posting our current needs, we've decided to open a store of sorts to raise the money we need.  We have some cool and useful stuff and more will be added in the next two weeks.

We recently received a huge donation from Dell.  It wasn't computers or monitors but boxes and boxes of stuff we probably will never use.  But that's not to say that it isn't valuable to someone else.  With that in mind, The HeliOS Project has established a presence on Amazon and Ebay.  Since Ebay and Paypal are joined at the hip, our preferred way of doing business is through Amazon.

I despise Paypal and their horrible business practices but they are a necessary evil for many so I held my nose and had Diane set up a store on Ebay.  However, I will only talk about the Amazon store and let you know what we have.  Some of it is pretty cool stuff.  You can click the appropriate links to see about each of the items.  Make sure the one you click is being offered by The HeliOS Project.

Belkin Surge Protectors:  When we got the 9 pallets of the Dell donation into our warehouse, we found boxes and boxes of these.  Most are 9 or 10 outlet protectors.  These have the phone/cable/LAN protectors included in the build.  They were all used for Dell kiosk openings but you know how long those lasted...about as long as it takes to order a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

Dell 2216 PowerConnect 10/100 Switches.  We have a few of these as well.  Some have minor surface scratches but are all tested and work.  We're offering a pretty good price on these but we only have about 20 of them so it's first come first served.

Aten 4 port DVI Video Splitter:  This is probably a special-use item but we have 7 more of them and Aten makes the top-of-the-line model.  These allow you to show what you have on your computer or projector on 4 other monitors or screens.  They sell new for 300-400 dollars but because they are used, we are letting them go for a fraction of that.

Dell Multimedia Keyboard:  We took enough to last us the next three years, based on the past two years numbers and are offering the rest for sale.  What surprised me most about these keyboards was that the function keys actually open what they are supposed to open in Linux.  The home button opens Nautilus or Konqueror, the mail opens whatever client you have installed, (tested on Evolution, T-bird and Claws) and the sound knob works to adjust your system volume.  We've cleaned these inside and out and they all test to work perfectly.

 Laptop RAM - DDR2 PC5300  When we did our bi-weekly pickup at I-Tech Electronics, we found half a shoe box full of donated DDR2 PC5300 laptop RAM.  This is great RAM but honestly, we've only just begun getting laptop donations that take this DDR2.  Most of the laptops we get still demand DDR PC2100, 2700 and 3200.  I don't think you'll find a better deal on used RAM.  We will test each piece as we get the shipment order.

We still have several HeliOS Project t-shirts available for sale at 12.00 per shirt.  Contact Skip Guenter at skip at skipsjunk dottt net to make sure he has your size and color. 

At any rate, thanks for looking at what we have.  If you rather deal with Ebay, email me as stated below and I will send you the links.  If you want to be updated on new items, email me via the contact us page at and let me know.

And as always...thanks for helping us do what we do.

All-Righty Then


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the choice between Amazon and Ebay. I wouldn't use paypal if you held a gun to my head. They are thieves.

Unknown said...

Got my keyboard in the mail today. Works great, all the media keys work in Fedora 13, the USB ports on the keyboard are a happy addition as well. Happy with the purchase and happy to have helped a worthy cause. I guess I'm just happy :)

Mike Regan said...

Hey Ken,

Got the Dell PowerConnect switch and the keyboard today. This stuff is great. Thanks for providing it at such a reasonable price.