Recently I’ve been trying to help out the Harambee Centre with their computers. They’re a development education resource centre in Cambridge, which basically means they help teach children about international development. This ranges from being a library of lesson plans and resources, to organising events at schools.
Last Monday afternoon (when I should have been writing about Buddhist warehouses) we ordered a new computer from Crimson Technology, Wayne’s company. He’s delivering it on Thursday. It’s paid for by a grant from the City Council. It seems almost accepted that computers are disposable and you have to get a new one every three years.
My open source politics are being held subservient to pragmatics, so it’s going to run Windows XP. My friend Phil who does lots of IT work for charities in London is going to come up and help network the two computers together, so they can have proper file and internet connection sharing. Hooray!