So, to answer Casey (from moosh in indy
)'s question - "Who would you share all this magic with and how would you do it?"
Personally, I don't have the need for another computer. My apple macbook takes up enough space in my little little home, and the chances are that anything else would become a lovely resting place for one, or both of my dogs.
My dad is 58 and has advanced Parkinson's disease. He has been fighting this horrible degeneration for 16 years already, but has never given in or considered making any adaptations in his life until the last couple of years. Gross motor and general communication is becoming harder and harder, yet her refuses to give up his independent life, which includes his work. I think that the HP TouchSmart IQ816 PC
would be absolutely perfect in helping him continue living his life as he is, but with the aid of awesome new technology.
I recently ran into an old school friend of mine at a launch for the 'Homeless world cup' Australian soccer team. As it turns out, he is actually captaining the team in it's quest to win the competition. We didn't go into detail, but in my mind I was wondering whether he was/had been homeless and what had happened. I saw him in a tv special the other night, and it turns out that he had been homeless for several years due to hard drug use, but had been rescued by one of the amazing street campaigners that we have in Sydney- Father Chris Reily
. My old friend had gone on to finish university and do his honors degree. For that I would love to send one of those spiffy HP laptops his way to help him in his further education.
My "mother in law" does a lot of work with a church organisation who help refugee immigrants (many from African countries such as Somalia) settle in Sydney. Part of this includes picking up furniture, and any other equipment that may make their life a little bit easier/happier. I would gladly bestow the rest for distribution amongst the families under their care.
And that is my speil! I'm sure there are so many worthy entrants, I don't envy your job in choosing Casey!
(PS- the Moosh is totally the cutest little thing ever!)