My computer died.

How embarrassing! It was right before my presentation in Budapest, Hungary. I was speaking on NEW MEDIA and the emerging church to a group of mission professionals and leaders. Some of them had heard of the Forward Slash presentation. Some people had come in especially to see it.
And my computer slipped into a coma and refused to waken from unconscious mode.You should hear the message on CD – “Ahhhhh . .. my apologies ….. ahhhhhh …dangitt!!!! …..” So I did the presentation unplugged ie., we TALKED about new media and the emerging church. Hey – for those of you that came – sorry to disappoint – i will try and upload some of the video resources. Thanks for being so kind.

andrewwithibookAs for my computer, a few kind words of remembrance are in order.
It was a good computer. I took it all around the world, in countless countries, on countless flights, over the last 2 and a half years. It was my precious, my only portable computer. I called it “Gandalf the White”, since our 400 MHZ iMac was Gandalf the Grey.
My precious Gandalf the White was a 500 MHZ G3 iBook with a humble 10 Gigs. I pushed it to its limit. I used it daily. I ran heavy duty software, like Arkaos VJ live video mixing program, and, like the little engine that could, Gandalf the White managed to do the job for me.

What a great computer! Although, it has been limping along in a wounded state for some time. The CD drive broke and i have been holding CD’s in place by pushing my finger up against the slot. And the screen plays up so that i have to squeeze it a few times to make things ledgeable. And the power cord needs to be tweaked constantly to make the connection. And the battery only lasts 20 minutes. And there is a permanent vertical line on the screen that the Apple people said i can do nothing about. And now it has entered a Cinderalla sleep and there is no Prince Charming to kiss it back to life.
Soooo . . after surviving the rigours of missionary life, the bloody dear thing is dead. And i need another one really quickly. I have to be in Portugal next week and i am speaking at some meetings for youth leaders and pastors, and i DESPERATELY NEED A COMPUTER to project my video and help me communicate.
and the following week i will be in Spain and i will NEED A COMPUTER and the following week i will be in the middle of England and i will need a computer and the week after that I might (i say might) be in Canada and guess what I need . . . .?

so here’s the skinny . ..

A very kind mission (that shall remain nameless, because one day God will reward DAWN ministries for their kindness) has put out US$800 towards a new computer.
OR . . . i wonder .. .. anyone out there with a used G4 powerbook that they want to sell me for $800? Let me know ASAP. Think about it . . isnt it about time for you to upgrade and sell your powerbook to the Tall Skinny Kiwi? Tomorrow?

UPDATE: – thanks to someone else, a bit more came in from two different people and its enough to get a 12″ G4 powerbook. i have ordered it and expect it in a few days. much thanks.

Andrew

Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name “Precious” :-)

3 Comments

  • you might want to pick up the g4 ibook, the powerbooks are a bit bare-bones without buying a bunch of software, esp in the 12″ range. they really are best when you add a ton of options, whereas the ibooks have a few extras.
    just a thought! 🙂
    perhaps the old one’s death was a wabi-sabi moment, using old methods to communicate new principles, and not relying on technology for effective ministry/communication.

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