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Wednesday  July 12 9:56 PM EDT

Overclockers Donate Heat
Sinks to Homeless

By Brian Briggs

It all started with a simple idea just six months ago, and today hundreds of dreams came true, when Heat Sinks for the Homeless (HSH) distributed over 200 heat sinks to the less fortunate in San Francisco.  "I had just upgraded CPUs and I had to get a new cooling system," said HSH founder Chuck Presley.   "I thought, 'This heat sink could make a nice home for someone,' and the dream was born."

Chuck then talked to a lot of his friends who just had these heat sinks sitting in their backyards and basements.  "They were just glad to get rid of them," said Chuck.  After the heat sinks were brought to an abandoned airfield by by Army transport helicopter, they were then customized by a group of volunteers, adding bathrooms and Home is where the heatsink is.sleeping areas.  The work was made easier by the fact that most already had water and air conditioning systems installed.

"Some of the fans were just too powerful and had to be removed," said Chuck.   "We were afraid that someone may be sucked into them and chopped to pieces.   They didn't go to waste though, several auto companies are going to use them in their wind tunnels."

"Most of these would've ended up in landfills. Now they are shelter for the homeless.   It's American ingenuity and generosity at its finest," said HSH volunteer Jenna McCormick.

The spirit of giving has become infectious around the overclocking community.   Some have even gone so far as to invite the homeless into their heat sinks while they are still being used.  The homeless community is overjoyed.   "It gets a little hot in here," said Ted "Puppy Man" Franklin, "but at least there's electricity and a water line I can tap into.  I haven't had this much room to myself since I had that refrigerator box back in 92."

"Toothless" Jack Gervins said, "I don't need one of the fancy ones. I can just throw a tarp up over those fins and I'm protected from the elements. This is the best thing that has happened to me. Thank you HSH, overclockers rule!"

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