We are an Alaskan Non-profit dedicated to removing the digital divide
and bringing equal opportunity to all school aged children and their
families. We also help other non-profits get the most out of the
A Short but fruitful history.
fall of 2003 I gave away my
first computer. At the time I was working at Kids' Corps, Inc. and
we received a couple of computers as a donation. One had Windows 98
and the other has Windows NT. After a couple of weeks of working on
them I got them cleaned up and found some software so that they could
be used. Soon I had more people requesting computers, using
Kids' Corps non-profit status I was able to score several computers
from the Municipality of Anchorage and a few more from a couple of
local businesses and then began the torment. It was here with these
computers that it became very clear that the big problem was not the
computers but the software. Most of these computers had no software
at all. What was worse I did not get any “driver
these computers. This made each Windows install a major effort that
included a lot of searching the Internet for hardware drivers. I came
very close to ending the project as I could
get the equipment for free but the Windows and related software was
going to be the killer in both cost and time needed to pull
everything together. Nearly all the Muni
computers had no valid Windows license of any kind. Working from
inside Kids' Corps, Inc. I could not under any circumstance pirate
It was at
this time that I started
using Linux in earnest and settled on SuSE as the best choice for
these systems. SuSE Linux was what save this project – In 20
minutes of my time and I had a working computer with a complete
software package and the best part it was cost free. Novel said right
in their End User Agreement that I could give away as many copys as I
wished. In 2004 I gave
away 19 computers.
I had all
the parts brought together to
do this on a much larger scale. by the spring of 2005 I had the lead
on well over a 100 computers and saw that I could not depend on Kids'
Corps to get involved on this scale for what was outside of their
primary mission. I was also finding many people willing to help and
that it was time to set up a new organization to do this job. In August
of 2005 I and three others came together and we started and
incorporated Computers For All, Inc. as an Alaskan Non-profit corp.
first year of service we are now
nearing 100 computers given out.
now moving toward our Federal
Roger Pickles President
We have received the help of many other Volunteers as well as the
donation on well over a hundred computers in the last year.