Right now, one problem is getting Sean a computer, maybe even several backup computers
. For me, I don't care if it is a Mac, in some ways it would be better (for me) if it wasn't because his time would be more focused. Sean has made a generous offer to help optimize the MAC, so perhaps the MAC community could pool resources and get him a MAC. Meanwhile the rest of us should focus on getting him a computer...or two.
I looked into sending an old but recent computer... I have one but it is too old I think, it uses Vista. Anyway Fedex is way too expensive, US Postal goes to the Philipines and certain locations in the Philipines. To send via US Postal to Manilla would cost about $90 and take a week, however a special customs permit
from Philippines Customs
is required for a computer and that does not include software
. If the permit
is not obtained, there may be extra charges also there may be excise tax... Will software
be a problem? Also a marina or physical address is needed and C/O Sean Depagnier. I don't know if US Customs would cause export problems with a laptop
computer. So there are lots of questions about mailing a computer...
Can Sean get a permit to import
a single laptop
? (or perhaps several?)
Can Sean get a local marina address?
Who has a more recent [old] computer that they would be willing to send?
Is there a less expensive way to send a computer?
All this takes time, meanwhile Sean has no computer and is talking about soldering his raspberry pi to his CMOS chip, which could also damage his rapberry_pi...these are things I would not consider because I know little about it, but my suggestion is to act collectively and get him a computer.
I know all sailors are by nature skinflints, there are countless examples of that, but in this case I think OpenCpn
believers and users should consider a donation of any size, the larger the better of course, and collectively we will get Sean back in business, (to our greater benefit) the sooner the better, before he fry's his raspberry_pi trying to solder his cmos!