Nov 24, 2007
Some of our site is lost several updates made before the summer leave
of our program have been misplaced on line. It looks to be that I
uploaded an old version of the web site. Rather than spend
time digging through the back-ups looking for a handful of updates to
this page - I will just press on from here.
Fire!!! - We had a fire in our storage building -
All the computers and monitors were lost. However, we have
collected some new systems and had a few in volunteers homes being set
up so while this may slow us down a little it does not bring us to a
stop. The real problem is the loss of the storage building -
We can no longer store large numbers of systems This will make
accepting large donations impossible for the present time.
Coming soon - a black and white lists for Web sites and web based games
- the sites to be listed on the black list will display problems when
using Firefox and/or Linux - Alternative sites will be listed.
The White list will be sites that have greatly improved
performance on platforms or have fixed problems that caused us to place
them on the black list.
Feb 12, 2007
It has come to our attention that installation repositories for SuSE
10.1 and 10.0 at the OpenSuSE web site have been moved and that often
they are not working well or are very slow to down load new software
requested. For this reason We are posting new repositories
that you may use to get additional software from....
You may copy and paste one of these into Yast install sources - be sure
to use the correct version for your system.
Feb 3, 2007
We are now moving to SuSE 10.2 for our Client computers. We
have received a gift of several ink jet printers - so for the next few
weeks we will be able to give out a printer with the computers.
We have completed our test on Ubuntu and Kubuntu. While these are very
nice distros of Linux we have decided that for a non-tech user Open
SuSE is still the best choice. In reality it was Yast the won the day
for SuSE. For the average user who does not know much about maintenance
of their computer - Yast with its combining nearly all of the system
maintenance and set up functions in a single logical front end with a
lot of continuous on screen help proved to be useful were as bunch of
Icons stuck in a directory was for them useless and confusing. One
example of this was the set up of a dial up hardware modem. On SuSE
this is done through Yast - with on screen help - all the testers were
able to do it without outside help beyond the letter from the ISP
giving them the phone number, login name and password. Yet on
Ubuntu these same people could not even find where to start the
process. What we found is that long menus of maintenance
tools means nothing to the average end user and that having a "single
program" that does it all, allowed the end users to do most of their
maintenance mostly because they could find the spot to start the
process and had the basic information on how to do it right there on
the screen. Yast may be looked down apon by Linux Gurus,
users and even by Novell - yet for the average joe - it is a must have.
We have added some game links to Yahoo that work on you computers.
Remember these are the same games found on MSN.COM that do
not work so use Yahoo for these games. You will need to click
on the button for the ONLINE version. All download versions work only
on Windows and cost money to continue to play after the first few trial
plays are done.
New items added to Client Support. We found a web site that
converts many files types to other file types - File Conversions up to
100mb are free. The one draw back is that the files are
to you after conversion - so if your service has smaller limits on
email size that will be your limit not the 100mb stated.
While on the subject of Email I have have started using AOL
email. AOL offers email accounts with 2gb storage
and is IMAP
complaint and its free!! I have found many wonderful features
when using IMAP systems with Thunderbird Email Client (one of your
included programs on your client computers). For more
please go to our Client Support page.
Coming soon - complete instructions and aids to setting your
computer to download new software from all over the web.
We have found a program that may cause problems with your computer!!
Most systems have a game loaded that is called "Battle of
Survival". Under the right circumstances (in reality the
circumstances) this game will crash - and will leave the user log in it
was running - with the key board turned off. If you want to play this
game - be careful - best solution is to go into Yast and make a special
user just for playing this game.
It's official - The give-away is starting up again.
We will be doing the first one at Highland Tech High School on
Drive next Friday.
Remember that only qualified persons may receive a free computer - If
you think you can qualify then please make a request through either our
email address firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Roger at
258-5205 to start the process.
If you know someone that can qualify then have them contact Computers For All.
Also an update on the ALKY
project -- they are now showing some screen shots
of a Windows game on a Debian system. (Debian is an another distro of
Linux and most things that work on it will also work on SuSE with out
One more item of interest - We are now testing both
Kubuntu Linux and Freespire Linux against SuSE to determine
which is best for future use by CFA.
Aug 22 2006
Hot - Just in - we have an agreement that will permit us to use
Highland Tech High School again this year to do our give-away program.
Coming soon - Classes in computer usage. These
classes will be open to anyone wishing to attend.
20 2006 - Updated
Oct 12, 2006
Here is a
by our president, give it a
-- A blog. We are now working on adding a blog page.
at CFA are pleased to announce
that the Market links are now active for a few on-line merchants.
More will be following soon. When you use one of these links to
connect to an on-line merchant they will pay us a small amount
(typically from 1% to 5%). This is the sum they pay to any website
that links you to them – this is their advertising budget.
amount is figured into the price of the items sold – and if
don't get it someone else will. Using these links will cost you
nothing and help CFA greatly – so please use them when making
purchases from these merchants.
added new entries to the Client
Support Page. We have added a short list of some programs installed
on Client Computers. We has also added links to Linux Documentation
Project and to LinuxHelp.net a great site for the new Linux user.
Project is a new idea in
getting Windows programs to run under Linux and on the new Macs. It is
still in its early
stages but already shows promise. This project if successful will
probably allow Windows programs to run noticeably faster under Linux
under Windows XP. Here's a link to the ALKY website.
This one is worth keeping an eye on.
June 8 2006
I have been
reading about the $100.00 Laptop and the one computer per
child (worldwide) drive.
Here is a
link for more information Working
Model of $100 Laptop Steals MITX Spotlight
interesting point in this story is that MIT came to the same
conclusion as we here at CFA did when it comes to the Operating System
for low cost computers. They chose Linux as well.
been a good first year for CFA
managed to give out just about 100 computers and have in hand
about 25 more computers.
Tech High School has been a real help once we worked
through the early problems that so often crop up in new ventures. In
the end we were able to give out computers through their efforts and
the students received some valuable lessons in life.
However, the school year is coming to an end so we must once again do
this without student help through the summer.