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  1. macrumors member

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    Hello, my name is Travis and I am a high school student down here in Houston, Texas. Although this sounds quite pitiful, I really need a laptop for school. My schedule does not allow me to have a job, and all of my volunteering work in the community doesn't give back to me anymore than the satisfaction of helping someone who cannot help themselves. So from the bottom of my heart, I am asking for someone to donate a laptop to an individual who simply wants to succeed. While I’d love to own a brand iBook, I realize that all I really need is a x400 Powerbook, which can run OS9 so that I can access my iDisk, which is where I store my homework while in transit from home to school and vice-versa. If anyone is kind and generous enough, then I can help pay for shipping, with my small amount of birthday money, I’m afraid I’d have to mail you the cash directly. As for confirmation that I am actually a student, I’d be happy to write you a thank you letter every month detailing how I am doing in school. Well, it’s been nice spending time on these forums, but I’ve got some more physics and AP US history to do, so thanks again for your time! Oh, and by the way, my e-mail address is kerrdude_2003@yahoo.com. TIA!
    -travis gee
     
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    eyelikeart

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    travis...

    if I could donate a laptop to u I would...I totally feel for u man...

    the only thing I have worth anything is an older Motorola Starmax 4000 (Mac clone)...it can run OS 9...but slowly...it has a keyboard and a mouse...

    as this is not a portable...it is a working computer...with ethernet card...

    let me know if u would be interested...we could possibly work something out... ;)
     
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    alas, thanks buddy, I like art too, especially the art of music, but apparently my skills in the art of persuasion are limited. I must say I really do appreciate your offer for you starmax 9000, but alas, only a portable can fufill my needs, thanks though, and see you around, AIM: kerrdude2003
     
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    That does sound pitiful, but I have no pity to give you. I started working in my parents store when I was between 8 and 9, and then got a job pumping gas at 14-1/2 (had to get my parents to sign off on it so that I could work legally, some MA regulation about child labor). I have been either working, in college, or both ever since. I worked for the college while I was going there. First as a tutor for computer classes and then as a computer lab assistant. I did that for three of my four years at college. I earned enough money between my third and fourth years of college so that I didn't have to work, and could concentrate on my classes.

    Honestly, if you want something bad enough, you would find a job that can fit into your schedule. Either that, or adjust your schedule to allow for a paying job. If you have a vehicle, or access to one, you could probably get a job delivering pizza's if nothing else. Get a job in a restaurante, I am sure there are some close enough to you. There were times that I had to either walk, or ride a bike to work (the pedal kind). I made it either way, and so can you.

    Earning something makes you appreciate it much more then getting a hand-out. The only people that I give things to is family, and very close, and good, friends. That's it.

    Ok, lecture over, class dismissed :D
     
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    Travis...

    I'm 27 years old, I live in a country that now is under a socialist dictatorship. I have no money to start a new live some where else.

    I have an audio engineer degree and a master in multimedia that cost to my parents $55.000 3 years ago and I haven't produce a 5th of that ammount to return that money to may parents.

    I work for people and all the money I got is about enough to pay the phonebill, just because there are not jobs, by the way I still living with my parents because there is not money in the street and all my friends are in the same situation like me and onther 24million people in this country.

    If you can not work to get something then you are not prepare for it.

    The reasons you are giving to get a portable are far from being even not enough.

    If you want to learn what the world really is, stop waisting your time and make some money out of it. Beside, there is no need to carry a portable to school, quit watching so much tv, that is what the media is selling you, get real. Get a degree in place of dreaming what you are gonna do with that computer at school.

    You have hands, you can write with a pencil, you can get a notebook, then you are all set.

    The worst thing you can do in your life is to start to depend in equipment. Right now I have about $10.000. But they worth nothing because they are in equipment and I can't carry any of them with me, may be my Pismo and some clothes and what I have in my brain. That is what is gonna make me succed or fail.

    Never, but never base your production and skills on equipment, the less equipment you need, the more happy, productive and valuable you will be.
     
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    G3 Powerbook

    Hey travis, I have a PowerBook G3 266, but I think it has some problems. It has 64MB of RAM, and runs OS 9 fine. Every time you start it up, it tells you about a RAM failure, but then it runs fine.

    I am pretty sure I still have it, since I let my bro use it. He better not have sold it, hehehe...
     
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    Re: G3 Powerbook

    Have you checked to see if it is using all of the installed memory?? I had a similar message one time on my G4 tower and it turns out that one of the memory chips had gone bad. I pulled it and everything was great. I then obtained a replacement from the company I purchased it from, and it was back up to the 1.5GB before I sold it :D.
     
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    Re: Re: G3 Powerbook

    Dang you are smart. Actually, I havent really looked at it for about 8 months or so. I hope my brother didnt lose it!
     
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    Why, tank you, tank you berry butch :) lol... If your bro still has it, see about getting him to power it up and open up the Apple System Profiler. That will tell you if it is using all the installed memory, or if one has gone bad (will probably say something like unsupported).
     
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    Travis, I have to agree with some of the previous posts. You need to adjust your schedule to get what you want. I partied my way out of the University of Alabama in 1994, and came back in 2000. In one year I took 54 hours, maintained a 3.75, worked 40 hours a week, and was a full time father, and husband. Believe me, if you set you mind to it, you can accomplish anything. It may suck for a few months, but you can do it.
     
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    Re: Re: Re: Re: G3 Powerbook

    I just called him. He said he still has it, but it doesn't work. He said one day, he was using it, and he shut it down. Tried to start it up, and it never did.

    Its a pretty old computer, so it may be dead for sure. I will ask for it when I go over to his place again. He only lives about 8 miles away!
     
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    MacAztec, do you remember if it has one memory chip or two?? If it has just one, it could be that one has gone bad. What he described is one symptom of a memory chip failing.

    I would suggest getting it back and try powering it up. Make sure the battery has a full charge in it, and that it is getting power from the ac adapter. It could also be an issue with the system not getting any power from the wall, and the battery has run dry.

    You should get at least some response if the battery has a charge in it, or getting power from the adapter. There would be either a series of beeps or odd sounding startup chime if the memory is no good. Memory would be the easiest to repair/replace. The power system would require shipping it to Apple. Expect to pay close to $400 to get it repaired if it is not the memory. You have to decide at that point if it is worth fixing to you.
     
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    I think it is one, but we may have upgraded it to two. If it costs over 400 dollars, I will just....put it in my collection.
     
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    Ok seriously, for the sake of argument only, because I still love you guys, but anyways, yes, I do work, answering phones, being a secretary, a grunt worker, a framer, a carrying boy, a ladder boy, a paper filer, and lunch gopher and more at my dad's photo studio. Alas, no payor allowance, my parents say that buying me food for dinner is enough. You wouldn't happen to have Asian parents would you? Sundays are tied up with church, afternoons are filled with homework from my various AP classes. Mondays, I wake at 4 am, do homework, get ready, run to the bus stop (no car), have trumpet sectionals in the morning, then school, then our "official" sectionals in the afternoon. Shower, eat, homework. Bible Study follows at Grace Presbytarian later. Sleep. Wake on Tuesday at 4, do homework, get ready, run to the bus stop, have more trumpet sectionals in the morning (I'm first chair), then school, then more meetings for various clubs. Shower, eat, homework, Sleep! Wake on Wednesday at 4, do homework, get ready, run to the bus stop, have more trumpet sectionals in the morning (I'm the Band Vice President). I also have National Honor Society meetings on Wednesday mornings. School! Christian Fellowship (I'm VP and Treasurer) and Junior class officer (I'm VP) meetings afterschool. Trumpet lessons follow those meetings. Shower, eat, Homework, and my ONE hour of TV a week (Enterprise, gotta love it). Sleep! Thursday, wake at 4, homework, get ready, catch bus, more sectionals, school, then Jazz band Practice (it's mandatory and I'm first chair there, too), and Student Council Executive board meeting (I'm Junior Class Rep). Rush home to piano lessons, then shower, eat, homework and sleep. Friday!!! Wake at 4, do homework, eat, catch bus, more trumpet practice, school, then afterwards, another Student Council "General" Meeting. Afterwards we go to church to help at a children's Bible study called AWANA, I help with the 4th and 5th grade boys (they are mischievious) and I also assist and referee games. I also happen to be the music director for them. Stagger home and sleep. Saturday, homework, eat, volunteer at the local "House of Amos" (a community food pantry/school house), be servant for my dad, tutor my sister, chores. Oh, and whenever else I have time, I also cook, clean, wash, get the mail, take out the trash, fix my parent's computer problems (they use PCs), do other chores, study for the SAT and ACT, fill out college stuff, and do this really cool Nasa program see it at www.aerospacescholars.com, which takes a while, and I also manage to be nice and cordial to everyone I meet. So then I occasionally check AtAT, and other mac sites, check my email, and other web stuff (no porn). So all I was asking, from one macuser to another, was if you had an old PB of some sort, which could run OS9, that you might be able to donate for a goood cause. My plans for the future: got to either RIce University (in Houston), U of Texas, Texas A & M, NYU, or USC. There I plan to major in aerospace engineering with a minor in music composition or desktop publishing. I also am convincing my parents that the world doesn't really need another chinese doctor (their goal for me). Oh yeah, about being dependent on equipment. I have a folder, with a calendar of EVERYTHING, it's almost completely black with ink. I really do appreciate the constructive criticism though, it helps keep this world sane from people who actually do just want hand outs. As one president sort of said, "A hand up, not a hand out..." cheers!-travis
     
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    Oh yeah, and just to prove that I am really not that dumb, I got a 1340 on my first real SAT, and am able to maintain a 4.19 GPA, in the top ten percent, number 18 in my class, and I DO believe in Jesus!
     
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    travis, get your parents to get you the computer then. How long have you been giving them slave labor?? When I worked at my parents store, they increased my allowance. I would walk there from school and help out until either we closed, or I could get a ride home from one of them or my sister. They also never stood in my way of getting work. Looks like you have way too much time at church (for me, any amount of time there is too much).

    Oh and for your afterstatement of
    Believing in jesus doesn't make you all that bright in my books. More wars and attrocities have been commited in that person's name then just about any other. Religeon is one crutch that I neither need, nor have any time for. Being a free thinker has more value to me then going to the church every weekend, or whenever you do go. I also despise people that think that their religeon is the only valid one. There was another thread about Mac's and religeon not all that long ago... search for it and read through the messages... it might do you some good.
     
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    Church...

    I am right with you Alpha. Church/Jesus has never done anything for me, except waste time. I am not saying I dont believe in Jesus, but I dont believe in going to church every weekend!

    Spend your time living life, and not worrying about religion, and you will go further in life.
     
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    Hi MacAztec, how much for the defective powerbook? I love tinkering with old machines....Is it a 14" model? I can pay you through paypal.com (I am a verified premier member). And yes, I am a student too with a very busy scheduel, but I manage my time to fit in a waitering job over the weekends ($8.25 hr).
     
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    MacAztec, thanks for siding with me. Good to see there are some free thinkers in here ;).

    If you want me to check out your powerbook, ship it to me, I will let you know what I find out, then it can be your call. If you want it back, I would pay the shipping back to you (since you would pay to get it to me :D ) that's only fair. I will donate the initial diagnostic time until you let me know how you want to proceed.

    You can email me if you want to go through with this.
     
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    Well...

    I believe it is a 266MHz PowerBook G3. It has 64MB of RAM, with a...2 GB hard-drive... believe. I am going to take a look at it, and probly sell it for about 150 dollars. If it works, probly more.

    It has a 12.1 inch display, I believe. I will get all the information and post it here in a minute...
     
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    Thanks Alpha! That would be great if you could do that. I think I am going to get it back from my brother, and check out the RAM issue. If I can't figure it out (which I probly wont, I dont know too much about computer guts), I will probly have the computer in the mail.

    Can you email me at jcarian@mac.com?
     
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    Since we're talking about PowerBooks, I've got a kind of interesting question. My friend's sister's PBG3 (233) is currently the most broken laptop I've ever had the privilige of getting to mess with. The panel over the hinge between the screen and case fell off, and 3 out of 4 times you start it up it makes a wierd hissing/grumbling noise through the speakers (sounds like a submarine if you run it through an amp and some decent speakers). When it does boot, it often lags for very long periods of time. It has been replaced with a TiBook 550, so no real harm done ;), but it would still be cool to get it running again.
     
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    Ok guys, (Alpha and Aztec) I too am a free thinker, but the fact of the matter is that people who are religious and who do participate in a church are in fact
    1) More successfull
    2) Happier in their personal life
    3) Less likely to get divorced
    4) Will make more money over the course of their life.

    These have all been documented in various magazines such as USA Today, and have even seen #3 and #4 on TLC. I am not here saying that A religion is the best religion, although I do tend to have a fondness for mine :p

    Anyway, don't lead the young lad astray. We should say congrats to him for caring enough to take the time to do something constructive with his time. Lets face it, probably the majority of teens don't do a 1/10th that this kid is doing.

    Maybe we could start a pot for him? I would throw in 20 bucks.... With PC parents, they may try to stick him with a Dell.....
     
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    BacktotheMac...

    When I spoke about religion, I meant this.
    He shouldn't make out time on weekends just to go to church. I mean, he isn't going to be "punished" if he doesn't go. He should go when he has time.

    I think that Buddhism is the coolest religion. It is really open and free, and quiet. I am a Christian, but I don't go to church often. I think later in life, I would enjoy studying Buddhism. It seems to be really neat because people don't really sin or other stuff, you just live your life!
     
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