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Ward/branch desktops for the global community

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:02 pm
by stuartmoffatt

Unit X in Zimbabwe needs a computer.

Member Y in Texas just bought a new dual-core gaming system and needs to ditch the "old" Pentium II, or Pentium, or even 486.

Member Y logs into a refurbish web app on, finds out how to install an ISO image (with open office, MLS, printer drivers, etc built into it -- essentially an cut of some lightweight linux desktop with wallpaper from the Gospel Art Kit and a pile of internationalized flash presentations to teach people how to use it)

Member Y uses the refurb app finds the nearest shipper (contracted by the Church, instead of paying Dell to do the same thing with hardware and software markup) to get their refurb lds desktop to Unit X.

Unix X receives the new PC. Out of the box configuration is a slick as the Stack 2.0 app we saw at last night's tech talk -- albeit with an end-user focus instead of a developer tool.

Better yet, substitute Member Y for AnyoneAtAll and tap into the DI network for shipping.

Alternatively, get a bunch of young (read: geeky), skilled service missionaries that can't get out full-time (for health or related concerns) and have them be the clearinghouse/refurb shop.

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:13 pm
by shoalcreek5
I would be up for helping with that. I have already refurbished several old computers and sold them, for the cost of the parts, to people that have needed the computers but didn't have the money.

Local Callings

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:37 pm
by jeffvand
Most stakes have a technology specialist called to manage the technology of the stake. They could call one more person to help him/her out and that could be a fantastic use of resources. Most of these people only set up projectors, but their skills could be used a lot more! Just a thought. Great idea though. If nothing else, I would love to help out.

Jeff VanDrimmelen - Chapel Hill (NC)