[opensource] Re: [opensource-announce] Meeting Announcement: 10/24/06 - This Week in Slashdot!

BRIAN SWANEY swaney.29 at osu.edu
Mon Oct 23 23:20:19 EDT 2006

The whole part about learning to build the box sounds too good to be true. That is something I want to know how to do, so I can fix my computer if it breaks down. That type of perk is quite beyond what I'm used to in my hometown. Just the learning itself is worthwhile, without keeping the device. Maybe they'll have somne ideas about how to set some of this stuff up on my computer...

4th street is a fairly significant distance south of the Marketplace, right?

-Brian Swaney

----- Original Message -----
From: "Alexander J. Lingo" <lingo.13 at osu.edu>
Date: Monday, October 23, 2006 11:12 pm
Subject: Re: [opensource-announce] Meeting Announcement: 10/24/06 - This Week in Slashdot!

> On 10/23/06, BRIAN SWANEY <swaney.29 at osu.edu> wrote:
> >
> > Oh yes, about the computer, it should probably have a name that 
> doesn't> really make sense, like a set of randomly generated 
> letters and numbers
> > (like dx2Rh86FwP), so black-hat outsiders don't know what system 
> name to
> > look for.
> The name of the computer is not really a security concern.
> Count me in on the access, if you trust a freshman anyway. I can't 
> think of
> > all that much I'd use it for, already having a computer, but 
> there are some
> > other things like meeting someone to help me configure Linux and 
> get away
> > from Windows or possibly learn some basics on CSE. Maybe if you 
> had a
> > scanner or some things like  thaat it would be helpful. I'd 
> contribute what
> > I knew to help out, if I knew anything.
> You can have access when everything is set up.
> About miscellaneous hardware:
> Any misc hardware would have to be donated from others. We don't 
> have the
> budget for buying anything except basic office supplies.
> Another option we have is FreeGeek Columbus 
> (http://www.freegeekcolumbus.org).They are a non-profit 
> organization that accepts donated computers and
> hardware and then distributes they to non-profits and individuals 
> in several
> ways.
> For individuals, they will give you a complete computer with open-
> sourcesoftware with a exchange of time with them. I.E, if you 
> volunteer with them
> to help out or to learn to build the box, you can keep it.
> For non-profits, (such as us), they offer Hardware Grants. As long 
> as we
> help them out, and fit with their mission, they will give us 
> hardware so
> that we can allow people to use and learn from it.
> FreeGeek is having a meeting at their new 4th street location 
> Thursday from
> 7-9pm and I will be going. If anyone would like to join me and have 
> a chat
> with them they are welcome. I will announce this again at the meeting.
> They are very nice guys with a very good mission. I've wanted to 
> help them
> out since I heard about them, but their location was on the other 
> side of
> Columbus. Now that they are closer, I think this is a great option 
> for those
> around the OSU campus.
> -- alex

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