Will there ever be another tightwad charity?

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gduncan229
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Will there ever be another tightwad charity?

I'm referring to a episode from a long time ago where you had a charity on that tried to get computers into the hands of under privileged students, and I'm curious if there could ever be another episode on that aspect.

Personally I'm not in the education field, but I'm of the tightwad tech mentality. Basically run computers into the ground and then when they finally die make them into Frankies bring them back to life and unleash them on the world again. But I liked the episode alot because it was something that us regular techies could get involved in with the educational field and make a difference. 

Mark Cockrell
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Tightwad Charity

I'm with you, GDuncan229.  I really enjoyed that episode and would like to do others like it.  In that situation Pete contacted us and asked to be on a show, and that's basically what would have to happen for us to do another show like it.  If Shawn or I see something interesting we often try to make contact for an interview, but neither of us have run across anything like Tech For All since that show was released.

Shawn Kibel
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Another Tightwad Charity Episode

Thanks for the suggestion gduncan!  I think it is a good one to revisit.  I have already started some homework on this and will hopefully have a show lined up in May.  April shows are already scheduled.  

 

Thanks again for the suggestion and for listening to the show! 

 

Warmest Regards,

Shawn Kibel

Shawn Kibel
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Re: Another Charity

Just FYI:  I confirmed the CEO for the National Cristina Foundation, a national computer donation charity, for the show we will record on May 7th.  Keep an eye out for it.  We will release the show May 10th.  Thanks for the suggestion!

 

Warmest Regards,

Shawn Kibel

gduncan229
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Cool I will definitely listen

Cool I will definitely listen. :) Thanks

Peter Kuykendall
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Another charity

In Denver there is a very large outfit called Community Computer Connection.  They are not free, rather they sell refurbished  machines cheap to institutions e.g. schools.  Because they are not free they scale well.  They have a small paid staff which has done some outstanding engineering to build an efficient workflow.  Also they get big lots of identical used business machines so they can efficiently clone.

 

By contrast, Denver Tech For All is free, and every machine is a Frankenstein, so they don't clone. Instead we do manual and scripted installs.  There is no paid staff, it's a purely volunteer effort.  Part of their space is owned and part is donated rent-free.  Therefore it's harder to scale.  The major limit to that model, IMO, is the need for a nearly full time volunteer to "own a franchise", i.e. drive all the needed activities to make a location work.  That's a huge commitment, a labor of love, nearly a full time job.  With a paid position you can staff that.  For an unpaid position it's really rare to find that person.

 

 

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