Ward/branch desktops for the global community

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Ward/branch desktops for the global community

Postby stuartmoffatt » Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:02 pm


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 lds.org, finds out how to install an ISO image (with open office, MLS, printer drivers, etc built into it -- essentially an lds.org 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.

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Postby shoalcreek5 » Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:13 pm

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.

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Postby jeffvand » Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:37 pm

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)

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