Like a lot of people, I feel a bit odd about asking for charity. But there comes a time in a geek’s life when he has to swallow his pride and ask for help.
Some of you may know that a while back, I started having issues with my ATI graphics card screwing up. On the advice of friends, I elected to get myself a relatively beefy GeForce card. More recently however, that card started screwing up- causing my system to freeze and/or crash any time the system was taxed.
After talking with the manufacturer and retailer it seems that yes, there was a hardware fault with the graphics card. However, what I did find surprising is that my system still freezes and/or crashes. This means that either the graphics card damaged the motherboard permanently, or two graphics cards from entirely different product lines have the exact same fault.
I can’t do any in-world work in Second Life, which ironically enough is where my most high-paying work comes from- if I could get into SL without a problem, I could probably get enough work to buy a new computer myself. However, if I could get into SL without a problem I wouldn’t need a new computer.
The basic gist is that I can’t do any of the work I enjoy most- helping people out with in-world projects and gadgets. Therefore, I’m asking for help. My income doesn’t allow me to buy a new computer in the near future, or any future for that matter. The obsolete computer was purchased nearly 6 or 7 years ago with a public grant, and this computer was purchased with money I earned through working in Second Life.
I can’t currently do the work I do that benefits the community, and with SL5B coming up it’s going to be a big pain as I can’t exactly camp out at a friends house for 3 months and use their computer all day. So I’m asking for help. I would be grateful for any donations people could send me towards getting a new computer that would enable me to get back inside Second Life and help out the community as well as giving me a more stable, reliable system that lets me do the web-based work without interruption.
To facilitate the donations, I’ve added a paypal donate button to the sidebar- L$ donations would be welcome as well, but I’d prefer PayPal as L$ donations be a lot harder to keep a track of, and there’s also the matter of cashing them out and converting to sterling- a sizeable chunk of any L$-based donations would be taken by banks. My gratitude to any and all who contribute. There could be a highly scripted gadget in your future.