Many forum members and readers may remember that Lyric's computer died last August and it took us four months to come up with the money to get a new motherboard for it (Cancer bills do that to you). My computer (which is 18 months older that Lyric's) died last night and does not seem to be fixable. A new motherboard would not cut it as even the older motherboards like the P4 2.8 ghz board we got for Lyric would not work with any of my cards (sound, video, etc.) or even my hard drive. I'm not quite sure what I will do as without a computer, I can't even do maintainence on this board and web site. The spare (a laptop, 400mhz celeron 256 megs memory, designed for Win98) we have will not even run the software I need to maintain the site.
After discussing this, Lyric and I have decided that we are going to have to have "new computer donation drive" to buy a new low end machine. If we don't, the board and website will likely go down in a few weeks or months do to our inability to maintain it. Please note that we aren't expecting donations to buy a $1500+ high end gaming rig or the like but for a relatively inexpensive emachines home system we can pick up locally, thus saving money on shipping. We hate to have to do this, but cancer without health insurance has left us with no money, no credit, and a huge pile of bills -- and a forum that we've ran since 1997 that needs a lot of work. You can find out more information on the board, but here is a "New Computer" Donation button. Donations of $25 or more will get the spell files and donations of $50 or more will get the spell files and a numerology reading, just like we give for cancer donations. These are optional -- if for some reason you don't want them just say so in the comments. All donors will get a special badge for TC that will appear in your posts (but I may not be able to create this until I have a new machine, same for numerology readings, unfortunately). Please understand that there will be a delay in sending out info on the files as I don't even have working email -- I have to use web mail. But it will be spent out ASAP.
Important Update: As of noon on January 23 we have enough money for a new machine from donations. Thanks to everyone who has donated!
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