Help Stefan get his Mac

Stefan Constantienescu has been a reader of my blog for a long time (and hangs out on Channel 9). When he told me about his plans for buying a new computer that he couldn't afford, I wanted to hold off on posting it and see if he could make something happen on his own.

He did. He raised $1,000.

Let's go further and get him a MacBook. That costs $2,000 plus taxes (I might be able to get him an employee discount via my brother-in-law which would help). I'll throw in a copy of Windows XP so he can switch back and forth every day (his whole schtick was "make me switch"). :-)

90 thoughts on “Help Stefan get his Mac

  1. I like his blog. I think a lot of potential Mac switchers out there could benefit from reading some of his articles. He talks about the features of Mac OS X that he finds impressive. He talks about different applications, gives his reviews and asks for other people’s opinions. And you have to admit, he’s marketed his website pretty well. The whole idea elicits strong reactions from a lot of differnet people. And I wouldn’t be surprised if all the “negative” posts and links out there are actually driving a significant amount of traffic to his website, which ultimately helps him even more.

  2. I like his blog. I think a lot of potential Mac switchers out there could benefit from reading some of his articles. He talks about the features of Mac OS X that he finds impressive. He talks about different applications, gives his reviews and asks for other people’s opinions. And you have to admit, he’s marketed his website pretty well. The whole idea elicits strong reactions from a lot of differnet people. And I wouldn’t be surprised if all the “negative” posts and links out there are actually driving a significant amount of traffic to his website, which ultimately helps him even more.

  3. “Who is pious enough to say what man is deserving and isn’t?”

    I am. Go get a job and work like everyone else. You’re a freeloader and you know it.

  4. “Who is pious enough to say what man is deserving and isn’t?”

    I am. Go get a job and work like everyone else. You’re a freeloader and you know it.

  5. @27 I’ve not forgotten what it’s like and it’s been 20 years. No, the more likely sceanrio is that today’s generation is expecting immediate gratification and can’t comprehend the concept of working and saving and doing things for yourself.

  6. @27 I’ve not forgotten what it’s like and it’s been 20 years. No, the more likely sceanrio is that today’s generation is expecting immediate gratification and can’t comprehend the concept of working and saving and doing things for yourself.

  7. Hey, I don’t even want a MacBook, I just want a Mac mini. This is a great idea. If I can get Scoble and some mac sites to link to me, I’ll have it paid off in no time, and I promise I’ll blog about it.

    Most broke college kids I knew had better things to spend money on than a MacBook – like a cheaper computer that was more in their price range. I doubt it’d go over well if I sat at a freeway ramp with a sign that said “Need Mac 4 Graphic Arts. No Core Solo Please.”

  8. Hey, I don’t even want a MacBook, I just want a Mac mini. This is a great idea. If I can get Scoble and some mac sites to link to me, I’ll have it paid off in no time, and I promise I’ll blog about it.

    Most broke college kids I knew had better things to spend money on than a MacBook – like a cheaper computer that was more in their price range. I doubt it’d go over well if I sat at a freeway ramp with a sign that said “Need Mac 4 Graphic Arts. No Core Solo Please.”

  9. “The hook is I jump to the 5% market share of Mac users.”

    And you must be the 0.000000000000000000001% of the 5% of mac users who are the leeching, give-me-everything-free type.

    I’m sure the mac users can’t wait to have you on board.

  10. Ahh yes, the joys of panhandling online.

    I myself have been trying this route since January with limited success in order to pay off my ~$51k of remaining student loan debt over at http://www.brendansstudentloans.com.

    Believe it or not though I do agree with much of what has been said here and while there are often far better causes in the world that are worthy of donations… it’s a simple matter of advertising and traffic. Think about it, how often has Scoble or someone else linked you to a charity asking for money to help starving children? If such charities were to receive the kind of word of mouth that some of these begging campaigns get I would expect that people would be more willing to give their money to the better cause.

  11. “The hook is I jump to the 5% market share of Mac users.”

    And you must be the 0.000000000000000000001% of the 5% of mac users who are the leeching, give-me-everything-free type.

    I’m sure the mac users can’t wait to have you on board.

  12. Ahh yes, the joys of panhandling online.

    I myself have been trying this route since January with limited success in order to pay off my ~$51k of remaining student loan debt over at http://www.brendansstudentloans.com.

    Believe it or not though I do agree with much of what has been said here and while there are often far better causes in the world that are worthy of donations… it’s a simple matter of advertising and traffic. Think about it, how often has Scoble or someone else linked you to a charity asking for money to help starving children? If such charities were to receive the kind of word of mouth that some of these begging campaigns get I would expect that people would be more willing to give their money to the better cause.

  13. I wish you the best of luck in your quest for Mac. Your only 19 so it unlikely that you have a whole lot to barter with. It is amazing how quickly those who are raking in huge salaries forget what is like to be a starving student living on Ramen noodles. The decision to give comes from the heart and no one cause is any more deserving than any other.

  14. I wish you the best of luck in your quest for Mac. Your only 19 so it unlikely that you have a whole lot to barter with. It is amazing how quickly those who are raking in huge salaries forget what is like to be a starving student living on Ramen noodles. The decision to give comes from the heart and no one cause is any more deserving than any other.

  15. Ya know, I’d quite like to test an Aston martin DB9, I’m fed up with my 2nd hand small car, I want to see what the other side of the fence is like, a big beefy car, with a big beefy engine. They only sell for around £110,000, not a lot at all really if a very small percentage of the worlds driving population donate me £1 each.

    Any takers?

    No, thought not…..

    I have a job, this job pays me wages, I decide what I can and can’t buy based on those wages and the other things I have to buy. I don’t expect free computers from people just because….

    Earn some money, get on ebay, buy something…don’t ask me for handouts for luxury items.

  16. Ya know, I’d quite like to test an Aston martin DB9, I’m fed up with my 2nd hand small car, I want to see what the other side of the fence is like, a big beefy car, with a big beefy engine. They only sell for around £110,000, not a lot at all really if a very small percentage of the worlds driving population donate me £1 each.

    Any takers?

    No, thought not…..

    I have a job, this job pays me wages, I decide what I can and can’t buy based on those wages and the other things I have to buy. I don’t expect free computers from people just because….

    Earn some money, get on ebay, buy something…don’t ask me for handouts for luxury items.

  17. By the way, when I said “But sure, lets help this poor guy buy a MacBook Pro. Where do I send the cheque?”

    I was being sarcastic. I find this type of thing deplorable.

  18. By the way, when I said “But sure, lets help this poor guy buy a MacBook Pro. Where do I send the cheque?”

    I was being sarcastic. I find this type of thing deplorable.

  19. Mark me down as someone tired of these sort of superficial begging for money memes.

    Scoble – use your influence for something more important than buying some college student a freakin’ Mac. Isn’t there a better cause you can push us towards?

  20. Mark me down as someone tired of these sort of superficial begging for money memes.

    Scoble – use your influence for something more important than buying some college student a freakin’ Mac. Isn’t there a better cause you can push us towards?

  21. how does society benefit from giving this beggar money to buy an Mac for his own use?

    @19, the difference is, I rather doubt all the 3rd graders will be taking the computers with them. IOW, they won’t own them, the school will. So the SCHOOL benefits, thus society benefits in the long run. I fail to see how this poor college kid is any different than any other poor college kid. Isn’t he leaning enough in college to figure out how to finance his purchase on his own without begging?

    Seems like I’d benefit more by giving to the Human Fund.

  22. how does society benefit from giving this beggar money to buy an Mac for his own use?

    @19, the difference is, I rather doubt all the 3rd graders will be taking the computers with them. IOW, they won’t own them, the school will. So the SCHOOL benefits, thus society benefits in the long run. I fail to see how this poor college kid is any different than any other poor college kid. Isn’t he leaning enough in college to figure out how to finance his purchase on his own without begging?

    Seems like I’d benefit more by giving to the Human Fund.

  23. Hmm beggars these days have their own web sites? There are plenty of poor starving people in the world that don’t even have a web site! What is the world coming to?!? :)

    But sure, lets help this poor guy buy a MacBook Pro. Where do I send the cheque?

  24. Hmm beggars these days have their own web sites? There are plenty of poor starving people in the world that don’t even have a web site! What is the world coming to?!? :)

    But sure, lets help this poor guy buy a MacBook Pro. Where do I send the cheque?

  25. Stupid question….but what is the hook? He’s not offering to DO anything if you donate money. I didn’t see it in his blog, but did he offer to donate his old computer to a needy school (admittedly, it’s not a fantastic computer, but…)? He’s a college student, not much time, but what about commiting to donating SOME time to help tutor at-risk kids? In a billion other ways, he can offer to help someone the way he is asking people to help him, I just haven’t seen any offers of that kind from him.

    Or is this just a social experiment? Is he getting graded on it?

    Stefan, I wish you the best. But if you’re asking people to donate money just for kicks, I’m sorry but I don’t think it would be right for me to help you out.

  26. Stupid question….but what is the hook? He’s not offering to DO anything if you donate money. I didn’t see it in his blog, but did he offer to donate his old computer to a needy school (admittedly, it’s not a fantastic computer, but…)? He’s a college student, not much time, but what about commiting to donating SOME time to help tutor at-risk kids? In a billion other ways, he can offer to help someone the way he is asking people to help him, I just haven’t seen any offers of that kind from him.

    Or is this just a social experiment? Is he getting graded on it?

    Stefan, I wish you the best. But if you’re asking people to donate money just for kicks, I’m sorry but I don’t think it would be right for me to help you out.

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