Anguilla, Leeward Islands, Caribbean
Anguilla Library Computer Club
is a small island in the Caribbean.
The objective of our club is to foster computer literacy in all
Anguillans, especially children. Please visit the club's home page
and see some pictures of Anguilla's children.
The club has moved meetings and lessons into larger quarters at the back of the
Arts and Crafts Center (immediately to the right of the library).
This room is 3 times the size of our old room in the National
If you have something small to donate, like memory SIMMs or a motherboard,
you can mail it to:
Anguilla Library Computer Club
If you have something larger, like a room full of old Pentiums,
and we will discuss shipping (which can be a major problem).
Anguilla, British West Indies
Dave Thomas made a very generous donation of $4,000 in late 1998 which
was stretched to purchase eight refurbished Pentium-class
systems for the computer lab. Now that we have CD-ROM
and sound, there is a lot more we can expose the
club members to in the way of software.
Read all about it on the Anguilla
News web site.
Who Donated the Computers?
Some of our computers were donated through the
program, where the donor only needs to ship the computer to Pittsburg and a charity
does the rest (and you can get a tax receipt for the donation).
We just received a shipment of four boxes that were donated 8 months ago,
so this channel is not that fast!
While reading the list below, it may seem like we have hundreds of
computers. This is untrue. Many of the machines were quite old when
donated and have died since then.
The Club sends it's heartfelt thanks to the many people
who have donated, and gone to the trouble of
figuring out how to get their equipment to Anguilla!
Compaq Computer - Pentium 120
Dell Computer - 486
Dell 15" Color Monitor (nice! Used immediately in a course)
In September 1997 we received gave an unused 1,2GB IDE-HDD from
Greets from Germany, ingob in Germany ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). Very useful
for machines with broken hard drives!
- Dave Thomas donated $4,000 which was used to
purchase eight refurbished CTX Cyrix Pentium systems
with CD-ROM and Sound (a first for us).
Read all about it in this news
Robert Eagan donated a very nice Dell PC and
monitor in working condition, which arrived
after some delay in a container from Miami full
of building supplies. And the computer worked the
very first time it was plugged in - great.
- In late 1998, Daniel Finnegan and Judith Watson of Quality Planning Corp
in San Francisco have very generously donated two computers and more
to the club and shipped it all to Anguilla:
Xiaolin Zang, Dave Eckhardt, and Roy Liu of Pittsburgh, PA:
> http://www.offshore.com.ai/computerclub/ccsep23b.jpg is clearly a picture
> of the keyboard from the 386 we gave you. Did that machine end up being
> donated to the computer club?
Yes, it did! Bob, please add them to the list of people
who have donated to the club.
Thanks to all of you,
We have had a very generous $2000
donation from a villa owner at
to buy an air conditioner for the club.
We raised some extra money on our own and
purchased a 60,000 BTU air conditioner, plenty to
keep 30 children and 20 computers cool even through the summer.
Margie Morani. MAC Powerbook, needs a new
SCSI drive in order to work. We actually got this working for
a few days by combining with another dead PowerBook from Travis Ferland.
Fravis also donated a lot of Mac software!
In August 1998 we had a donation of 4 macs from a
very generous friend. At least one runs without assistance!
Peter Burling and the Dive Shop. A cool DEC PC with 21" monitor,
but it needs a SCSI drive too. Hmmm... where can we find a couple of
"spare" SCSI drives.
Eric and Judy Jones. 386 motherboard.
Larry and Gretchen Shaw. 386 motherboard and lots of diskettes.
And a lot of time while they were here (they had the good luck
to arrive just as we were setting up our Compaq network). Larry
suggested some ways to make Win95 kid-proof using the Policy Editor,
but we haven't gotten that to work yet. It would be easier with
a Windows NT server, if anyone is feeling generous.
Bob and Mary Ann Green. Ten refurbished Compaq Net/One 486sx25 PCs.
Deal arranged through Gayle Enzel, former used computer broker now
resident in Anguilla. Shipping arranged by Ronnie Bates while
visiting in Toronto. Software loaded and configured by Leroy Hill,
Vince Cate, Jason Butterworth, Ruel Phillips, Errol James and Larry Shaw. Network cables built by Jason Butterworth. Two of the systems came with only 4 MB
of memory instead of 8MB, so we need some 72-pin parity SIMMS in either
4MB or 8MB ($39 retail price as of August 23, 1997).
Keith Hayes. 386 motherboard and memory.
Bob Kharasch. Nice monitor with a minor adjustment problem (fixed by the
club members). And a nice Toshiba 486 color notebook (Satellite
T1850C) with a broken hard drive.
We boot it from diskette and use it as a dedicated Word Rescue machine!
If anyone has a broken notebook computer with a working hard drive,
feel free to take the hard drive out and mail it to us.
Shawn Vita at Howard Johnson, Seattle. A computer and monitor. Thanks.
Sally Janin who brought some equipment donated by her old law firm
in Washington DC when she moved her. This included an IBM PS/2 with 720K
floppies that was a big challenge to Junior Error James to make useful
(we boot it from diskette!). And a nice LaserJet II, for which we received
cartridge donations from Stott and Co, Carimar, and Larry Shaw, amoung
Dan Greenberg. Several
boxes of mother boards, disk drives, controllers, and other neat stuff.
One of our local banks (which one?) donated an IBM System 36 system
(the precursor to the AS/400 that IBM sells to banks and businesses to
maintain databases, ship orders, etc.). We haven't figured out what to
do with this yet.
Straw Hat Restaurant donated a box of multi-media software - very
Stephen Donahue, Maryland.First computer donated, a nice 386 with a color monitor.
Robert and Mary McGinnis, Ithaca, N.Y., and old Toshiba laptop that has
gotten a lot of good use.
Brad Krause of Kinko's Northwest, who donated six IBM PS/2 systems to
the Anguillan Government, which freed up six older computers for use by children.
Harry Subin of Bedford, New York, who donated a cute little 8086 Compaq laptop
that will run Googol Math Games, Typing, Spreadsheet, Build a Fish, and several CGA
games too frivolous to mention here.
Bob and Mary Ann Green, Island Harbour, Anguilla, who donated a Pentium Clone with UPS.
This wouldn't have been possible without the help of Vince Cate who
did the comparison shopping
in California and brought the PC back on the airplane with him.
Vince Cate of Offshore Information Services Ltd. in Anguilla
who donated an old XT system with 5-1/4" floppy. A challenge!
Duncan Stott of Anguilla who donated a tall 386 tower. Thanks.
Chris Young of Cable and Wireless Anguilla who donated a
Clifton James in Anguilla donated a mono
PC which is excellent for Typing and Spreadsheet lessons.
Gordon Cillis who teaches at our high school donated his
original IBM PC/XT running DOS 3,
but it has a hard drive and is busy running "Typing Made Easy".
Roy's Place on Crocus Bay donated their old PC loaded
with interesting software.
Robelle, a software firm
in Canada, has passed on
an old Zenith Laptop (if you have a very large, very strong lap),
four HP and Compaq 286's with three monitors (two of
them nice color EGA monitors), plus 4 matched 9600 baud error-correcting
US Robotics Courier HST modems (obsolete but extremely reliable). Perhaps
we can set up a local bulletin board or freenet.
Maggie Mitchell of Mitchell's Chambers in Anguilla
has donated an old Toshiba 3100 laptop with a beautiful
red screen. Of course it runs DOS 2.11 and has a 720K floppy
drive, but we can cope with problems like that.
Ighanyia Christian of ANT
has loaned her old 286 system. And we got it to work!
John Rogers the surveyer, who donated a 386 Tower.
Dick Peltier dropped by to visit and left us a 33.6 modem.
Great for our anticipated Internet access.
Vince Amarosa brought a box of wonderful things with him
on his recent vacation in Anguilla: a 386 motherboard, VGA boards,
controller boards, software (Civilization, SimEarth, etc.), all in
original boxes with manuals and driver software. Thanks.
Cable and Wireless has donated a telephone line and
an 20 hours of Internet access a month. The members have
starting surfing the net and creating web pages.
The club has email at email@example.com
Bruce Toback of OPT,Inc in Phoenix donated his old 386
motherboard, plus a SCSI cable so we can try to get a Mac PowerBook
working (that was donated by Marge Morani). Bruce is looking for
an external SCSI drive for it too (he likes the Mac).
John Bedford dropped by with a nice motherboard and some interface
Computer Club Now In Arts/Craft Center
On our first meeting in the new facility, Nancy Peace of Massachusetts
dropped in with a Panasonic printer to donate. (Click the
her and Vince to see it larger.) And she brought
ribbons, a manual, and some ideas on how to get it to work.
With her help we were able to connect it to an old HP Vectra
DOS system and start printing announcements and cards. While Nancy visited
with us, her friend had a lesson from Miguel on designing a house on the computer.
Soon after we had a visit from Teacher Joanne Clark's
second grade class at Linda Banks'
Omolulu School here in Anguilla. The students
practiced arithmetic skills in a version of Space Invaders,
identified words in Word Rescue, made Mother's Day cards with
our new printer, wrote short letters to the teacher in a word
processor, and learned to type.
Klaus, the photographer from Wired magazine, dropped in and took numerous pictures
of the children. He was here to shoot photos for an upcoming article
Financial Cryptography 97
conference. Unfortunately, none of these pictures made it into
the magazine article.
Chris Mason of the DIGEST cable TV show shot a segment
on the computer club. You can buy the tape at All Island Cable TV--
it is very professional and fun.
Return the the Club's Lesson/Software site.