[Noisebridge-discuss] class / community giving idea: Build Your Own Computer

Naomi Most pnaomi at gmail.com
Sun May 11 04:06:29 UTC 2014


Ah yes, good point about the hard drives and RAM.

The HD problem is nothing to worry about (live Linux distros on USB
sticks and SD cards).   The RAM problem is a real one.

I'd be willing to donate some $ to acquire RAM and USB sticks to have
on hand for these events.

--Naomi



On Sat, May 10, 2014 at 1:20 PM, Oren Beck <orenbeck at gmail.com> wrote:
> Lack of HD and low available RAM all point to "why" I am such a booster of
> Puppy Linux.
>
> Oren Beck
>
> 816.632.3695
>
>
> On Sun, May 11, 2014 at 2:06 AM, Joe Black <joeblack949 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> I really like this idea. Don’t forget that almost all computer donations
>> are without memory(ram and hard disk) though. We have alot of ram currently
>> but no ddr3. So we’d need to somehow get these things on a regular basis.
>>
>> joeblack
>> : 415.494.9563
>> : joeblack949 at gmail.com
>>
>> On Friday, May 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM, Naomi Most wrote:
>>
>> Hi everybody,
>>
>> I had an idea that might inspire some of you. It's inspiring to me,
>> although there are some ducks that would have to be lined up for this
>> to work.
>>
>> The idea for this class would be to help people put together a working
>> computer, from scratch, using parts that were donated to Noisebridge.
>>
>> I always love being able to come away from a class with something
>> tangible -- I think that's one of the reasons Circuit Hacking Mondays
>> continues to be a hit.
>>
>> So the idea here would be to get people who probably haven't had the
>> experience of building a computer from parts, before, and help them do
>> so.
>>
>> AND I thought it would appeal to both Noisebridge and to the class
>> attendees to have the option of donating the built computer to a
>> nearby shelter, nonprofit, school, etc.
>>
>> Prep work would have to include:
>>
>> * Sorting donations and setting aside as many intact PC components as
>> possible.
>>
>> * Keeping the hack shelves relatively organized (a B- grade would be
>> sufficient).
>>
>> * Checking the compatibility of the available components to make sure
>> no one ends up needing a PCI video card that isn't in evidence (for
>> example).
>>
>> * All the usual things that go into a class (getting the word out,
>> setting the schedule, etc).
>>
>> This idea may not be doable right away, given the general
>> disorderliness of the hack shelves and the question of what we
>> actually have on hand.
>>
>> But I am going to keep this idea in mind in the event that we receive
>> a large-ish donation and the opportunity becomes clear.
>>
>> If this idea appeals to you, too, let me know, or comment on this
>> list. If you feel the need to reply anything of the form, "we've
>> tried this before", or "what a joke"... don't.
>>
>> Cheers,
>> Naomi
>>
>>
>>
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