Dear friends,

Since you have been so helpful to me, I decided to mention another issue I would need help with.  Computer hardware.

My mini desktop

For the past 4 years I have been using a small Linux box called a Penguin Wee 4th Gen GNU / Linux Desktop with some decent CPUs (4x 3-4130T CPU @ 2.90GHz) but a very weak integrated graphics controller and an equally bad sound card. I do have a very nice Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor, but I think that my graphics card is to weak to cope with it as soon as video is involved.

This never bothered me until now because I am increasingly using videoconferencing, Jitsi, Skype, Whatsapp and other such applications for interviews, contacts within the community, etc.  I also have an ancient Lenovo T60 laptop, also with Linux, and even that ancient piece of hardware runs Jisti and Skype better than my mini-desktop.  Also, in October I am planning two videoconference with about 20 Patreon supporters each time for a Q&A with me.

I don’t do any gaming and I rarely have the time to watch movies, so I don’t need top of the line gear here.  All I want is smooth videoconferencing.  I already have a decent webcam (a Logitech C525) so I don’t even need a camera.  And I have a great little microphone (a Zoom H1).  I even have an excellent headset (a 7 year old Plantronics EncorePro HW301N from the time I was working as an over-the-phone consecutive interpreter).  So I am all set except for the main device.

So, if anyone of you has some semi-decent hardware (especially with a decent graphics card!!) which you are not using or which you want to replace, I would be most grateful if you could send it to me.  My dream?  A laptop, of course, as my room and desk are already massively cluttered.

I you can send me such a computer, I would immediately install a lightweight version of GNU/Linux (either Debian or Linux Mint Xfce edition), connect my peripherals and only use it for communications.

If you can help with this, please email me at and let me know.

Many thanks and kind regards,

The Saker

UPDATE: I have been contacted by somebody who will send me a laptop which will hopefully solve my problem.  I think that this problem has been solved!  Thanks so much!

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