Announcing TR Tech Share 2007

Those of you who have been around here for a while will recall our Christmas giveaways of yore, when we handed out some killer prize packages of top-notch PC components in the spirit of the season. Those past attempts have been good, but this year’s prize haul blows ’em all away. We have well over five grand worth of PC hardware ready to spring on unsuspecting TR readers. Not only that, but we’ve teamed up with our sponsors to support a very good cause at the same time. In true TR fashion, we have details aplenty about every aspect of this complex and intriguing mix of elements we’re calling TR Tech Share 2007. Read on for the whole scoop.

The goods

Let’s start with the prizes we’re giving away, since you’re no doubt interested in the free stuff. We’ve collected an astounding bounty of top-shelf PC hardware from a host of quality sponsors, including Intel, Gigabyte, Corsair, XFX, Shuttle, Western Digital, PC Power & Cooling, Cooler Master, OCZ, and A-Data. We’ve separated these components into three different prize packages, roughly modeled on three of our usual System Guide configs. Each package could form the core of a very nice enthusiast’s PC, and the first-prize bundle is a towering, err, tower full of computing power. Here’s a look at each of the prize packages.

Component Item Retail price
Processor Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 $1,295.00
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 $269.99
Memory 2GB Corsair Dominator DDR2-1142 $349.00
Graphics XFX GeForce 8800 GTX $534.99
Storage Western Digital Caviar SE16 750GB $159.99
A-Data FP1 2GB $34.99
Power PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 $168.99
Enclosure Cooler Master Cosmos 1000 $189.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 $41.99
Total value $3,044.93

Our first-prize combo is packed with three grand worth of some of the best hardware available today, providing more or less everything you need for a state-of-the-art gaming rig. Intel’s Core 2 Extreme QX9650 processor is by far the fastest desktop chip around, and it’s based on Intel’s latest and greatest 45nm process technology, to boot. Gigabyte’s TR Recommended award-winning GA-X38-DQ6 motherboard delivers a wealth of overclocking and I/O options, and two gigs of 1142MHz Corsair Dominator DDR2 memory will help keep the QX9650’s four cores fed with oodles of bandwidth. We even have a third-party processor cooler: Cooler Master’s Hyper 212, whose humongous tower-style design and 120mm fan should contribute to this system’s overclocking potential.

Gigabyte’s excellent GA-X38-DQ6 anchors our first-prize combo

If that’s not enough to make your mouth water, we’ve thrown in XFX’s GeForce 8800 GTX, one of the fastest graphics cards on the market today. Our first-prize combo also includes two options to store your collection of Linux ISOs: a quiet and speedy 750GB Caviar SE16 hard drive from Western Digital and one of A-Data’s 2GB FP1 flash drives, which can keep your data safe by means of a fingerprint identification sensor. Housing and powering all this hardware will be two TR Editor’s Choice award winners: PC Power & Cooling’s 750W Silencer power supply and Cooler Master’s Cosmos 1000 enclosure.

Component Item Retail price
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 $234.99
Barebones Shuttle SG33G5 $289.99
Memory 2GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 $72.00
Graphics XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB $299.99
Storage Western Digital Caviar SE16 750GB $159.99
A-Data FP1 2GB $34.99
Total value $1,091.95

The second-prize combo isn’t quite as lavish as the mountain of high-end hardware in the first prize bundle, but it still packs a very mean punch, and it does so with a minimal footprint. Shuttle’s SG33G5 barebones system takes care of the motherboard, enclosure, and power supply, all while measuring a very manageable 12.2″ x 7.9″ x 7.3″ (31 x 20 x 18.5 cm). Don’t be fooled, though: inside the enclosure will sit a Core 2 Duo E6600 processor from Intel, 2GB of Corsair XMS DDR2-800 memory, and a GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB graphics card from XFX—enough to handle pretty much any game you throw at it for the foreseeable future.

With Shuttle’s SG33G5, you’ll be computing in high style

On the storage front, the second-prize combo features the very same 750GB Western Digital Caviar SE16 hard drive and 2GB A-Data FP1 flash drive as our first prize bundle. Three quarters of a terabyte of storage and plenty of gaming horsepower makes our second prize combo ideal for a small-form-factor gaming PC or LAN party system.

Component Item Retail price
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 $124.99
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L $94.99
Memory 2GB Corsair ValueSelect DDR2-667 $39.99
Graphics XFX GeForce 8600 GTS $169.00
Storage Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB $109.99
A-Data FP1 2GB $34.99
Power OCZ StealthXStream 600W $89.99
Total value $664.93

Our third-prize combo is powered by Intel’s Core 2 Duo E4500 processor and Gigabyte’s GA-P35-DS3L motherboard, which both provide enough overclocking potential to compete with the speediest dual-core systems out there. Overclocking will be aided by our 600W StealthXStream power supply from OCZ, which can deliver a profusion of stable current (not to mention loads of room for expansion). The 2GB kit of Corsair ValueSelect DDR2-667 memory we’ve included will help keep everything nice and snappy, too.

Once you’re done overclocking the bejeezus out of the Core 2 Duo E4500, you’ll be able to sit back and slip into your favorite multiplayer game with the included GeForce 8600 GTS from XFX. This card may not run Crysis at 2560×1600 with the detail maxed out, but it still has enough horsepower to play virtually everything out there, provided you don’t mind turning the detail down a little.

Finally, the third-prize combo is rife with quiet and fast storage thanks to a 500GB Caviar SE16 hard drive from Western Digital and the same 2GB A-Data FP1 flash drive we included in our other combos. Hard drive makers may be rolling out bigger and bigger hard drives, but half a terabyte of storage is still nothing to scoff at. And the FP1’s fingerprint identification system is just plain cool.

Not bad, eh?

And you can win one of these packages simply by signing up. Before we get to that part, though, let’s talk about our charity tie-in.

The cause

We were hoping to do something a little different with our holiday fund-raising efforts this year, and I think we’ve found just the thing. When TR biz guy Adam Eiberger and I traveled to Uganda in the summer of 1993, we met a gentleman named Sam Adior who was working with “street kids” in the capital city of Kampala. These kids were, for one reason or another, abandoned to live on the streets of the city at an early age. Sam helped to clothe, feed, and educate them. We stayed in touch with Sam over the years as he continued working with kids, married his wife Grace, and furthered his own education. Today, Sam and Grace Adior are involved in running a school in the Kampala area known as the Ebenezer Educational Center. This school provides an affordable elementary education for its students. Here’s a quick introduction.

Ebenezer Educational Center (EEC) is located in Nsambya-Kevina, one of the poor suburbs east of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. It was founded in 2002 by Sam and Grace Adior and Charles Hashya. Sam and Grace had been teachers at a previous school, and Charles was a small business owner. Sam is currently in the UK working on a graduate degree in business, and Grace is also pursuing further education, working toward a degree in counseling through evening classes in Kampala so she can continue to teach during the day.

The school offers classes for primary 1 through primary 7 and currently has 180 students, ages 5 to 14. There are nine teachers, two of whom (including Grace) volunteer their time without receiving any pay. Normally students would leave a primary school at age 12 or 13, but the Adiors’ vision for the EEC is to provide vocational courses, like tailoring, knitting, catering, and technical training such as typesetting and design for children who are able to continue with their educations. They are already experimenting with some of these subjects for the older kids.

The students pay about $19 per term (which is three months). The average rate for private schools is $55 per term. The school receives no government grants or regular support from secular or religious organizations. They are reliant on the tuition payments and donations from a handful of private individuals.

There is a government school nearby which offers “free” primary education. However, it only accepts four children per family, which excludes many from larger families. Also, they require parents to pay for school uniforms, meals, curriculum and school supplies, the total of which is almost the same cost one incurs to send a child to EEC.

The scores on the primary leaving exams conducted by EEC so far have been higher than the average for similarly-sized private schools. The regional government education officer has visited the school for special programs and events and is supportive of the center growing and expanding their services.

Many of the children come from single-parent homes, and some are orphaned. Many adults in this area are infected with HIV/AIDS, which contributes to instability in the families and the children’s education.

For many of these kids, the education they receive at EEC will be the best foundation they have for building a better life. The Adiors and their friends at EEC have already done the hard work of establishing the school. We’d like to participate by providing EEC with computers for use in the classroom.

These computers could do a world of good for a number of reasons. When combined with Internet access, computers can offer access to a wealth of information right in the classroom, including resources like Wikipedia and the web. Internet-connected computers are also, as you know, extremely powerful communication tools that could give EEC students the ability to connect with people and communities around the globe. And teaching the kids computer skills would give them a leg up in their future educational and professional endeavors, especially in connection with EEC’s vocational development efforts.

The goal

What we’d like to do is raise enough money to outfit an EEC classroom with computers. To that end, we’ve teamed up with the folks at Asus, who were more than happy to support the cause and to set aside Eee PC systems for us in the face of very high demand. Asus’s Eee PC subnotebook computers have created quite a buzz because they’re a very affordable way of achieving on-the-go Internet access and basic computing capabilities. The Eee PC’s mobile-class hardware is modest but inexpensive, and Asus has kept the price low and functionality high by using a Linux-based operating system and wrapping it up in a Windows-like interface with a suite of basic productivity and communications apps.

We think these systems are perfect for the students at EEC. Their small keyboards are right-sized for kids’ hands, and the Eee PC’s affordability should allow us to buy enough of them to give each student some time at the keyboard. Their battery power should allow them to be used even when the electrical grid isn’t supplying power, and they’re small and light enough to be locked away in secure storage when not in use.

Our primary goal is to raise enough money to buy ten Eee PC 4G Surf laptops. These systems come with a Celeron M ULV processor, 512MB of RAM, a 4GB solid state drive, a 7″ display with LED backlight, a Fast Ethernet port, and Wi-Fi connectivity built in. Importantly, the 4G Surf model has socketed memory and can be upgraded to 2GB of RAM in the future. The 4G Surf retails for $349.99 each.

Our first fund-raising goal is $4000. That should be enough to provide the school with at least ten laptops and to cover shipping to Uganda. Of course, we’d love to have enough money to buy the school 20 or more laptops and to provide extra funds for Internet access, printers, and other related infrastructure, but we’ll start there.

So here’s the deal

Initially our plan was to raffle off our three prize packages and use the proceeds to supply computers to EEC. However, we found that legal restrictions made using the raffle format problematic. A raffle of questionable legality might draw attention to the gun-running and moonshine operations that fund TR’s publishing activities, so we decided against it. Instead, we’re simply going to open up giveaway entries to everybody and rely on your goodwill to prompt you to donate to our EEC school computer fund drive. We’re giving you guys something, and we’re asking for a little something in return. It’s by no means required, but if each giveaway entrant would contribute just $25, we should be able to buy quite a few computers for EEC. If you can afford to donate even more, well, it’s certainly for a good cause. If we can simply raise the cash equivalent of the PC hardware we’re giving away, we should be able to outfit a classroom at EEC handsomely. And if we can double that amount, we’ll be closer to talking about, well, one laptop per child in the class. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

The rules for the giveaway and the sign-up form are below, as is the “Donate” button you can use to contribute to the EEC school computer fund drive. Please use them both. Donating to the cause won’t increase your chances to win, but we figure karma has a way of working these things out.

The rules and regs

Entering the giveaway is easy. You just have to fill out a form and correctly answer three easy questions about the latest PC hardware. The answers for these questions are readily found by reading through several of TR’s recent—and always entertaining—articles.

Please note, however, that you may only enter once. Multiple entries per person are not permitted, and please don’t try gaming the system by entering your girlfriend, wife, and kids. We’ll probably decide to disqualify you if you do.

We will be accepting TR Tech Share giveaway entries between now and December 31st at noon CST. We’ll then choose our three winners in a random drawing. The winners will be announced on the site and will also be notified via e-mail. Each winner must claim his prize by the end of the day on Monday, January 7, 2008, or he will forfeit his prize and we will draw a new winner.

You must include your full name and a shipping address with your entry. We will not share your address or other information with any of our sponsors. In fact, we won’t disclose your personal information to anyone. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. TR also reserves the right to disqualify entries that appear to be attempts to game the system or circumvent the rules in any way.

The staff of The Tech Report and their immediate families may not enter the giveaway and are not eligible to win.

We will accept entries from any state or country, with the caveat that this whole thing is void where prohibited by law. TR is not responsible for damage in shipping, damage caused by installing these parts in your computer, or damage to your self-esteem—and neither are our sponsors. We will answer questions and offer clarifications of the rules in this comments thread.

So you’ll know how good your chances are and how much money we’ve raised to buy computers for Ebenezer Education Center, we’ll be providing updates about our progress on the site.

Donate to our EEC school computer fund drive:


Enter to win one of our three prize packages:

Sorry, but the giveaway is now complete and entries are no longer being accepted.

Comments closed
    • flipflopp
    • 12 years ago

    I donated for the cause, and it is nice to know you have a chance (whether you win or not) to get rewarded for doing so.

      • SUSHRUKH
      • 12 years ago

      The event should be over by now.Best of luck to everyone & specially to TechReport for the great cause they are doing.We all wish that, you’ll be able to fulfill your aim.Happy New Year everyone.I wish if I could do something as great as you guyz are doing.

    • rosselt
    • 12 years ago

    wow.. dontated
    $50usd = $57.3aud

    just.. wow.. didnt realise it was that low..

    /me goes to amazon.com

    • NeronetFi
    • 12 years ago

    If i dont win can I get a winner up prize? I want a monkey named Bob ๐Ÿ™‚

    • SUSHRUKH
    • 12 years ago

    I believe I won’t get anything because I couldn’t donate anything.Being a student is pathetic.I don’t have any credit card or online account.Though I’ve registered but I think, someone who have donated to this great & Wise cause, will win.Best of luck.Wish if i could help but student’s life
    is like, ” Mental Sadomasochism ” .

      • kevin w
      • 12 years ago

      Totally disagree with all you have to say, first off your education is worth way more than any of these prizes, not just for your future but also the costs of going to school………..considered yourself blessed.

      Negative attitudes won’t get you far!

      Me, I have had 3 back surgeries in the past 4 years that left me half crippled and will never work again. Not fun being this way, have more hardware in my back than they are giving away……….the same for all the meds I need to take!

      Second reason is that although I have just joined I have read these forums and articles and believe it to be a true honest contest whether or not you contribute or not. I’m on the poor side but as I am told I will give the shirt off my back even if I was not wearing one and if I believe in a good cause whether it’s this or someone who needs help I will help the best I can…………just the way I am.

      Bottom line is be grateful for what you have and leave the neg attitude behind you……………you won’t get too far with it! Also should not have entered if you believe it is fixed!

      Nothing personal…………been hearing too many ingrates, neg attitudes lately!

      Yes, usually say what’s on my mind! Guess that’s what happens when you have half a century under your belt! Have a good one!

    • kevin w
    • 12 years ago

    One more time to try to get this to post…………….entered the contest as I need some parts bad, made a donation, not much due to being on a fixed income being disabled but always glad to help. Also new at forums other than reading them…………………have posted twice but do not see them…………will try the ctrl-enter this time…………….any help would be appreciated if doing wrong, will also delete any more than the one post so you do not have to read the same thing 3 times……………..good luck with the fund raising!

      • Forge
      • 12 years ago

      When you make a post in the comments, wait about 30 seconds and then refresh the page (F5). It shows up after the refresh (at least for me).

      • kevin w
      • 12 years ago

      Thanks, just found them………….how do I delete some? Thanks

    • kevin w
    • 12 years ago

    Just joined, entered the contest, sure can use the parts big time…… made a contribute the best I can afford as I am disabled and on a fixed income but there are people out there in worse situations than I, plus the chance for new stuff and also made a post which I do not see…………..does it take a bit to show up or did I do something wrong…………..at my age one would think I knew how to do this stuff but learning all the time……………read the forums when stuck but new at joining them……………..if I did any wrong would someone please let me know, thank you.

    • kevin w
    • 12 years ago

    Hi all, thanks for having me, new at forums except for reading them, get great info from your site. I was glad to donate what I could but limited to funds as I am disabled and on a fixed income but know things could be worse but did send $10 to help.

    Hope all had a great Christmas and God bless all os uf this new year to come!

    Kevin.

    • herothezero
    • 12 years ago

    $25 for a cause like this was easy.

    <S> to the TR crew.

    • ChrisDTC
    • 12 years ago

    I sent $10, its all this poor college student can afford.

    • Polizei
    • 12 years ago

    Contributed $20. Good idea tech report and a good cause. Makes me feel that I did at least one thing right this Christmas. I could use a peryn processor too ๐Ÿ˜€

    • firerules16
    • 12 years ago

    I was glad to donate a few bucks, and here’s to hoping in a nice little gift in January. Man, do I need a new computer! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Brian27
      • 12 years ago

      I respect you guys so much for doing this. Out of all of the hardware review sites giving stuff away this christmas. Tech report is one of the only ones i see doing it for a good cause. I did not have a lot to donate but i did donate.

      Thank you guys

      • rsshields
      • 12 years ago

      Tech Report Staff – What is our contribution tally? Here is a Christmas prayer that the children in Africa are mightily blessed by this Tech Share event. Come on, fellow techies, give what you can!!! Five, ten, twenty or the $25.00 target amount isn’t much versus the cash we lavish on our PCs. Giving is the greatest gift so wrap one up for yourself this Christmas season…

    • vince
    • 12 years ago

    Happy to contribute!

    • Bion1c
    • 12 years ago

    glad to help..

    ah crap i submitted a dud entry with just name/email by mistake (no address etc) ๐Ÿ™ not trying to game the system! delete my first entry pls.. (same email address as this account)

    • zer0
    • 12 years ago

    How long will you guys be accepting donations? I’d love to help, but money is a little tight at the moment. I just got a new job but my first pay check doesn’t come in until mid January…

      • Inkling
      • 12 years ago

      We hope to have enough by the end of the year to buy and ship the Eee PCs in mid-January. However, that will take some time, and we will continue to accept donations during the process, especially if it allows us to help them get better internet access and possibly other useful hardware to make the best use of these laptops.

    • Gerbil Jedidiah
    • 12 years ago

    I donated. And I’m liking the odds!

    • bthylafh
    • 12 years ago

    Donated.

    • TheBowerbird
    • 12 years ago

    Sounds like a fantastic cause, and some fantastic prizes! I’m definitely going to donate and enter. Cheers to all of you at Tech Report for making this happen and for finding such a great beneficiary of our holiday cheer!

    • ChrisDTC
    • 12 years ago

    oops, I filled out the entry form, but forgot the @ sign in my email. I hit the stop button, but Im sure it was entered, so I fixed it and re-entered. But alas, now Im probably DQed

    • paulsz28
    • 12 years ago

    Can we have a running total of amount donated posted somewhere in the article?

    TY. Donated $10.

      • evermore
      • 12 years ago

      People might donate less if they see it’s close to the goal or over it. Because, well, people suck.

    • LoneWolf15
    • 12 years ago

    These children are the future for Africa. And, while we may not realize it, much of our future may depend on Africa someday. For Africa to survive, education is vital to reduce poverty, and with it, rampant disease, starvation, and corruption. I have known some Ugandan refugees, people who are lucky to be alive today, who knew others not so lucky as themselves.

    ยง[< http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_Uganda<]ยง I donated --I challenge everyone to do the same. It'd be nice to win some of the schwag TR is giving out --but the lives of these children are worth more than any high-end PC, and if this improves the quality of life for even a single Ugandan child, then that is what is truly worthwhile to me.

      • evermore
      • 12 years ago

      Wanna cookie?

      Really, you’re so much better than me. I mean I don’t even ask for recognition when I do something charitable, and I don’t try to guilt other people into doing it too. Obviously doing both of those things is central to being a good person and showing you care.

      And in a less abusive vein, there are lots of charities that are worthy, and nobody should feel bad if they can’t help this one, or if they feel there are other charities that have more meaning to them, or just plain don’t care about people in another country when their own neighbors need help, or just think they earned their money and want it to benefit them.

      I’m ready to be banned now.

        • indeego
        • 12 years ago

        I don’t think you should be banned, just maybe chill a little bit. I think everyone understands your point without having to resort to abrasivenessg{<.<}g

        • Irascible
        • 12 years ago

        I am swayed by your hypersensitivity and would like to subscribe to your newsletter. :\

        • LoneWolf15
        • 12 years ago

        Why should they ban you? Every forum needs a troll.

        If my post got a couple people to donate because they felt challenged to do so, that’s all I wanted. If you interpreted it any other way, then tough. I could care less.

      • SHOES
      • 12 years ago

      People have different views and thats ok no reason to take offense to others opinions or ideals and if you feel guilty its your fault not his. The only reason to feel guilty is if your conscience is telling you to give and you choose not to anyway so if you don’t feel guilty why should others?

    • evermore
    • 12 years ago

    I take it all taxes are the responsibility of the winner (I think you HAVE to specify things like that). Will TR be reporting the winnings to the IRS and providing a form 1099-MISC (or whatever is appropriate to the winner’s country)? Or is it up to the winner to not cheat on their taxes and report it? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Forge
    • 12 years ago

    I’m in for 10$ now and 40$ more if we’re still accepting when my first paycheck comes in.

    • BeowulfSchaeffer
    • 12 years ago

    Of course, if you sent $400 to the OLPC project you would get one laptop to send to your cause and they a second one for the OLPC project.

      • Nitrodist
      • 12 years ago

      A crappier laptop.

    • Anomymous Gerbil
    • 12 years ago

    Hi Inkling, you said:

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    • TheJeffers
    • 12 years ago

    Donated $25. Great cause.

    • swaaye
    • 12 years ago

    An exciting and very worthy cause. $50 from me.

    • Nebbish
    • 12 years ago

    Gave $10 which is all I can afford, I apologize.

      • credo
      • 12 years ago

      dont apologize, its really the number of people giving that counts, not necessarily how much each person gives. I know some genius is going to quote 2nd grade math, but its wrong!

      Look at it this way, I’m in the states- if everyone here were to give just one single dollar, that’s 300 mil. But everyone says, “oh I dont have $50 to give, so I better not give at all.”

      one dollar is infinitely better than none (excepting that credit card fees prolly cost a buck, so give two :/).

    • CampinCarl
    • 12 years ago

    Ah, I filled out the submission form and will donate as soon as I can. Hmm. Hopefully soon.

    • fent
    • 12 years ago

    Thanks for having a good cause for me to empty my Paypal account into. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Dposcorp
    • 12 years ago

    This is great and I love it cause everyone wins.

    *We get a chance to get prizes and the warm feeling of helping others.
    *Those great kids get new computers to use and learn on.
    *TR and and the sponsors get to help others and spread their name, along with some holiday cheer, across the land.

    I love the holidays and the season of giving.

    • DreadCthulhu
    • 12 years ago

    Just to be pedantic, are you using binary or decimal progression for the prefixes, or are you mixing them for the first and third questions? Because it is common for cache memory to use binary progression (and really, it should be using the binary prefixes, ie MiB in this case, to avoid confusion) while HD sizes are usually measured using the proper decimal SI prefixes.

    Anyways, I donated $15 to it.

      • Damage
      • 12 years ago

      Life tip #001274351: If you’re doing something “just to be pedantic,” you probably shouldn’t do it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • crazybus
        • 12 years ago

        Or is that Life Tip 0b100110111000111101111?

      • dolemitecomputers
      • 12 years ago

      Come on. It’s so easy even a caveman can do it.

    • n00b1e
    • 12 years ago

    Damage, could you extend the State/Province field limit to 3? Some of us aussies live in states with three-letter code designations (VIC, NSW).

      • Damage
      • 12 years ago

      Done. Thanks.

        • muyuubyou
        • 12 years ago

        Most other countries don’t use any code at all for provinces. My province is 5 characters long and my province of birth is 22 characters long (can be shortened to 15 by using abbreviations).

          • indeego
          • 12 years ago

          I want to visit this country and plunder itg{<.<}g

            • 5150
            • 12 years ago

            When I went to Portland a few weeks ago for the Van Halen concert I should have looked you up.

            Teach me, master.

            • indeego
            • 12 years ago

            I like to keep my stalkers with reproductive organs I am compatible with. I’m afraid of yours, in other wordsg{<.<}g

            • 5150
            • 12 years ago

            I’ve never been so glad to have Spanish Flu.

        • Anomymous Gerbil
        • 12 years ago

        And HK has no province codes at all….

    • Krogoth
    • 12 years ago

    ROFL! Damage should have place a trick question!

      • king_kilr
      • 12 years ago

      Technically the stream processor one, sort of is, read the full review to see it, I doubt he even remembers that ๐Ÿ˜€

        • Krogoth
        • 12 years ago

        The article gives a straight-forward answer.

        The only part that is iffy is how many clusters there are and how they are arranged. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • jss21382
    • 12 years ago

    I might be blind, but how long will you be taking donations for this? If you can stretch it out till tax time I’d be able to donate a laptop or more

    • SuperSpy
    • 12 years ago

    l[<$<]l50 from me as well. I would have loved to donate more, as I think this is an awesome cause, and I would much rather donate to something you guys will be directly involved in, as opposed to some faceless organization. Alas, as it is the Christmas season, my poor credit card is already being stretched in multiple directions. =/

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 12 years ago

    Sorry, but I’m broke. Maybe next year.

      • PRIME1
      • 12 years ago

      Same, I did enter, but I did not contribute. So if that invalidates my entry I’m ok with that.

      I used to donate a lot of money this time every year, but this year has been a financial pain-in-da-rump.

      Good luck with the contest everyone and good luck with the Charity TR.

        • toxent
        • 12 years ago

        I’m about the same way. I’m in between jobs right now. Otherwise i would gladly donate.

          • d2brothe
          • 12 years ago

          Thirded…such is the life of a student. My tuition is due in a few weeks, that alone could buy a whole school of computers…*glares*…maybe the university will donate something…Alas the question now comes down to one of morality…do I enter…if I won…I’d feel rather obligated…*sigh*

            • toxent
            • 12 years ago

            I intend to donate if i get some money before the contest closes. If not, then i’ll just donate it strait to TR. It’s going to a worthy place either way. Maybe you should think about it the same way.

    • ascus
    • 12 years ago

    Just curious, is this going to be tax deductable? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Inkling
      • 12 years ago

      Sorry, but no, it will not. We tried to do this under the umbrella of a couple different registered non-profit organizations, but it didn’t come together in time. If this goes well, and if we find that tax-deductibility would help the cause significantly, then we will definitely find a way to make it tax deductible next time.

    • alex666
    • 12 years ago

    Glad to contribute

    • Hance
    • 12 years ago

    l[<$<]l50 from me

    • indeego
    • 12 years ago

    g{<$<}g50. Glad to helpr{<.<}r

    • tesmar
    • 12 years ago

    I am happy with the charity you chose. Do any of you have personal experience working with them? I mean recently, having been to that school? And what is the easiest way to donate to that school directly?

      • Inkling
      • 12 years ago

      As mentioned in the article and in my reply to gratuitous, Scott and I know Sam and Grace well. We helped with the school at which they previously were involved. Due to a loss of funds, that school had to close (it was dependent on a single US-based charity for funding).

      Sam, Grace and Charles started this school on a smaller scale and have tried to raise support locally instead of internationally. They do not have a website or any publicly available promotional material. If you are serious about wanting to help them, then email me and I can put you in touch with them.

        • tesmar
        • 12 years ago

        Thank you. Will email.

    • Hance
    • 12 years ago

    gratuitous wrote
    “At the risk of much personal derision , may I ask why you intend to buy these particular laptops in your own quest for goodwill rather than help support the already established OLPC initiative?”

    why not ? the PC’s that TR is going to donate are much better machines anyway

    • gratuitous
    • 12 years ago

    At the risk of much personal derision , may I ask why you intend to buy these particular laptops in your own quest for goodwill rather than help support the already established OLPC initiative?

      • Captain Ned
      • 12 years ago

      Bloody Linux zealots.

        • muyuubyou
        • 12 years ago

        Both computers run Linux.

          • Flying Fox
          • 12 years ago

          Even Vista has been successfully put on the EeePC. ๐Ÿ™‚

            • evermore
            • 12 years ago

            Can you really call that “success”?

      • Inkling
      • 12 years ago

      Good question, and no surprise at all that it came from you.

      There are several reasons why this became our charitable cause of choice. They primarily relate to our familiarity with this specific need and our desire to be absolutely certain that our donation will be used to meet a known need. We’re familiar with the region; we know the need of the community; we personally trust the integrity of the school’s founders and administrators; we’re confident that the donation will be used to improve the educational opportunities of that community.

      I researched the OLPC project, Intel’s Classmate PC program, and a couple related initiatives. There were significant barriers to our participation in each of these programs. I’m not going to knock any of them; in fact, I whole-heartedly applaud the progress they’ve made. However, after lengthy dialoge with representatives from the projects, we decided, for this year, that this was the best route.

      None of the aforementioned projects would allow us to designate a specific school to receive the laptops, without a minimum commitment in the 10’s of thousands of dollars. Some only have the support network and distribution channels in place in a couple countries. None of them are any less expensive, per unit, than what we’re going to pay for the Eee PCs. And the Eee PC is more flexible, in this situation, than the alternatives.

      If you support the overarching goal of providing better education and greater opportunities, through technology, to the children of an impoverished community, I’d encourage you to help us in this particular endeavor. But if you’d rather donate to a larger initiative like One Laptop Per Child, then please give abundantly.

        • gratuitous
        • 12 years ago

        q[<"Good question..."<]q Good answer. q[<"...and no surprise at all that it came from you"<]q ... If I may ask just one follow-up question, you said: q[<"And the Eee PC is more flexible, in this situation, than the alternatives."<]q IINM, the OLPC laptop includes the following features: - Wireless range much greater than most other laptops. - The first screen specifically designed to be clearly visible even outdoors in full sunlight. - Human-powered mechanical generators that can charge the laptop even when no electricity or other generator fuel is available. - Colored and shaped to appeal to all types of children, not just geeks. et al. I'm not an expert on the Eee PC, so could you kindy elaborate upon the ways that the Eee PC is "more flexible" than the OLPC?

          • Inkling
          • 12 years ago

          Wireless range won’t matter because the school won’t be giving these laptops to the kids to take home. We’re hoping to help the school have a computer lab, in which there will be a single router. They won’t be trying to piggy-back on the wireless signal from the open-air fruit market down the road. An office park and a couple embassies are about 3 kilometers away, but I doubt the XO’s exemplary range will reach that far.

          The school does have classrooms, tables, desks; they won’t need to be using these out in the courtyard. And they have electricity, though I’m not certain that’s it’s on 24/7. Nevertheless, they should be able to keep the batteries charged well enough to use these about any time.

          And, believe it or not, we’ve even considered the color. Asus has said we will be getting their green or blue models; seems the North American market prefers the black and white ones. ๐Ÿ˜‰

            • gratuitous
            • 12 years ago

            a la Katie Couric (“That’s not the question I asked”), your reply sounds mostly like rationalizations to accommodate Eee PC’s relative inflexibility, rather than the other way around. (Don’t tase me bro!)

            However, for the specific purposes of this effort, your reasoning is sound, and the intentions are laudable. Thanks for your replies, and I’ll see what I can donate.

            • Inkling
            • 12 years ago

            Thanks for the reminder; you’re right, I didn’t adequately respond to all your inquiries.

            The Eee PC *can* be loaded with a Windows OS and other applications which are not as compatible with the OLPC XO. The bundled linux OS and applications are great for many uses, including some teaching exercises and educational games. But if they decide to ‘upgrade’ some of these systems to something that users are more likely to encounter in a “real-world work setting,” they’ll have that option with the Eee PC, but not so easily with the XO.

            Furthermore, some of the hardware is also more easily upgraded in the Eee PC than the XO. And the form factor, including the nearly-full-sized keyboard, is much closer to what one encounters on any other PC. These features make the Eee PC much better as a tool to help the school provide vocational training.

            The XO is also a great tool; I’ve played with one for quite a while. I wish we could’ve worked with OLPC to equip the school. But the goals just didn’t match up well.

        • Flying Fox
        • 12 years ago

        q[

          • Inkling
          • 12 years ago

          Very true.

      • muyuubyou
      • 12 years ago

      Because the Eee is a far superior machine, any way you look at it except for having an extremely “original” keyboard and some other awkward features.

      • wierdo
      • 12 years ago

      I was gonna say the same thing. The OLPC is designed to be rugged and more reliable, I think it’s more suited for this sort of environment. The Eee systems are good too, but I think their design is geared less toward hot dusty areas with unstable power sources.

      Short term is nice, but maintenance should be a very important longterm consideration as well.

      Just my two cents.

      (edit: read Inkling’s post, so the questions are more or less addressed there, I can understand the cost argument since we’re talking pretty small quantities here)

    • Hance
    • 12 years ago

    wooh first post grand prize is mine

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