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 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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