Old Macs wanted to support Victorian bushfire victims

David Braue
2 March, 2009
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Even as much of Victoria braces for tomorrow’s gale-force winds and the associated fire threat, victims of the February 7 bushfires are slowly getting on with the business of recovering from the devastating blazes – and one generous-minded soul is mobilising Mac user groups to solicit donations of computer technology to help them get back on their feet.

Melbourne-based and AUSOM affiliated Mac user Daniel Kadane has taken up the mantle and is working to reach members of Australian Apple user groups with an appeal for old Macs (G3-era or newer), surplus hard drives, and copies of Mac OS X, iLife, iWork and Microsoft Office that people may have lying around or be willing to donate.

Kadane will refurbish the systems, wiping the hard drives, matching available operating systems to available hardware and redistributing RAM to produce as many usable, effective systems as possible. Kadane will load OpenOffice and other basic software on all computers.

“Users out there that have a spare old Apple Mac sitting around collecting dust, or if your current Mac is due for an upgrade, please consider donating the old computers as they will be put to good use,” Kadane says on the Web page he has set up advertising the effort.

Kadane has already made contact with the St Vincent De Paul’s Society, which is already engaged with bushfire victims and has agreed to distribute whatever old technology Kadane can source under the Mac Donate project.

If you have equipment you can donate, or are involved with a user group that may be able to play a role, contact Kadane at danielkadane [at] gmail.com.

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