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 vineyardsaker@gmail.com 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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