Greetings & Salutations,
I thought I would post a way some of us older or disabled users especially, can give back to our communities and youth.
Over the years I have become the go-to guy for a number of my friends, relatives, and acquaintances for computer help. I am sure many of you recognize how easy it is to get into this position.
Well several years ago I just had to admit to myself that my failing eyesight and loss of manual dexterity made working with hardware to difficult to be fun anymore. It was just too hard and slow.
My wife made a suggestion that it turns out has brought me much pleasure and satisfaction over the last couple years. To make a long story short, I arranged with a local high school computer class teacher to utilize some of his students to build and service computers. He keeps a list of students that wish to sign up for extra credit. When I have something for them to do; fix a computer, build a computer for someone, etc. I give him a call and he sends someone over to my house in the evening to work with me.
Actually this has been a very beneficial relationship for everybody involved. The student gets hands-on experience building a computer from scratch and setting it up. All with my supervision of course. I give him/her the nominal fee that I charge for building the computer and they also get extra credit in their computer class. After the computer is built and is put into use it is theirs to maintain, so to speak. If there are problems or questions with it he/she takes care of it with my help if needed. So they can continue to get a small revenue stream for their efforts and the continuing satisfaction of a job well done.
The friend or acquaintance gets a nice computer tailored to their needs at less than they could ever purchase it in a store and with built in local support, kinda.
And me? Everybody, like it or not, gets at least a dual boot with Linux.
The biggest reward though is the light you see come on in a young person's eyes when they accomplish or learn something that they really didn't think they could do. That is priceless.