Well, it’s that time of year and we have started our year 2017 fund drive! If you appreciate our work and can afford to give $2, $5 or more, it will make a real difference – when many people help it adds up!
You can help us continue to get people trained in job skills and off welfare by donating through the PayPal button at the top right of our web pages, donating on PayPal.com to our email address firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mailing your check to Adult Life Training, Inc., 3301 E Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805. Of course if you are in the area there is also a donation box on the wall! PayPal keeps 33 cents of the first dollar of your donation but only 3 cents on a dollar after that. We get the entirety of checks and cash donations.
Our present needs include:
- $546 to provide the coffee and other hospitality supplies that we use daily for this year
- $750 to replace our eight year old server computer (which is failing to start half the time now) that we use to teach computer classes
- Funds to buy as needed copier paper and toner cartridges for the printers
- Someone to donate a really good job cleaning our fabric covered chairs and carpet
If you are alert then you noticed there are no wages or payments to people in those needs! That is because we are an all volunteer organization, and all of the funds that we receive go directly to the actual work, not to “administrative costs”! So please take a moment to donate – your dollar or two will help and you’ll likely not miss it much.
So my main desktop – the one I use to render / convert video, audio, run virtual machines, write teaching materials – the one with 16GB RAM and a fast six core processor – has been intermittently hanging when it boots.
I suspected the 7-8 year old 1.5TB disk drives as it often manifests as a disk error. Loosing all your records is not a good idea, so new 3TB drives were ordered from Amazon for $80 and they came yesterday. After Senior Aides were done I started a clone of the drives, in GNU/Linux there are no special programs to buy or complicated screens to navigate it is simply a terminal command “dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb bs=4096”, which ran from roughly 3pm to 10:30PM.
I put away the old drives for backup, installed the new drives, and …. nothing. Dead computer. Multiple parts swaps later, it was not the disk drives but the main board that was failing in service. So Jesus protected me long enough that I got the drives duplicated, but then let it go … au bas.
So now, I need a new main board. But kludged together enough parts by 1pm today that I have a fair working desktop in the mean time. And at least today I had coffeeeeeeee.
We had a great time Friday at our group LAN party. Eight more weeks – come and join us at 7:00PM on the ALC Campus, Community Room, 3301 E Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805. Bring snacks to share if you like, but no booze.
Our lab setup for Artemis
In cooperation with ALC we will be facilitating a LAN Party Friday March 10th at 7:00pm. The game this week is Artemis and we will discuss / plan which games to play for following weeks.
If you are not familiar with team LAN gaming, here is a video of a group playing Artemis with celebrity Wil Wheaton (Wesly Crusher) as captain. Warning: Mr. Wheaton sometimes uses inappropriate language so viewer discretion is advised. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4sOPNu9GIw This is hosted in a church so please no booze but other snacks are welcome. Address is 3301 E Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805.
The next Financial Peace University (FPU) class is starting March 8th 7:00 PM in ALC Room 157. 3301 E Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805. Google Map is here: https://goo.gl/maps/JoueMTPG5Ls
LESSON DAYS AND TIMES
||03-08-2017 | 7:00 PM
|Relating With Money
||03-15-2017 | 7:00 PM
|Cash Flow Planning
||03-22-2017 | 7:00 PM
||03-29-2017 | 7:00 PM
||04-05-2017 | 7:00 PM
|The Role of Insurance
||04-12-2017 | 7:00 PM
|Retirement and College Planning
||04-19-2017 | 7:00 PM
|Real Estate and Mortgages
||04-26-2017 | 7:00 PM
|The Great Misunderstanding
||05-03-2017 | 7:00 PM