Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2012 - 12:22 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: gaming, extra life 2012, donations, corsair, childrens miracle network hospital, charity
What is better than a 24 hour gaming marathon? A gaming marathon that raises money for a charity that helps kids that need medical help, of course!
Popular memory and PC chassis manufacturer Corsair has assembled a 12 man team of gamers that will be participating in the Extra Life 2012 gaming marathon. Lasting 24 hours, teams will play a game of their choice all day. Much like a traditional run/walk marathon, the teams and members are sponsored by donators. In this case, the “runners” are gamers, and 100% of the donations pledged to Team Corsair go to the member’s local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
Founded in 1912, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Oakland provides medical care to approximately 200,000 patients a year that otherwise could not afford treatment.
Senior PR Specialist for Corsair Robert Pearce blogged about the upcoming marathon and is the team captain for the Corsair team. He stated that he found out about the Extra Life marathon through a Reddit post and hopes to beat last year’s numbers. Specifically, Extra Life 2011 raised a total of $1.2 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and the Reddit team in particular managed to raise $2,740 in donations from its 10 man team gaming for 24 hours. At the time of writing, Team Corsair has 12 members, and has $2,582 in pledged donations – or 52% of their $5,000 goal.
Interestingly, Corsair will be live streaming their 24 hour long gaming session. You will be able to see your marathon gamers in action and know that your donation is going to a good cause (it’s actually for the kids heh). The Corsair live stream will begin at 8 am (PST) on October 20th, so be sure to check that out and give the Corsair team a virtual pat on the back. If you want to sponsor the Corsair team with a donation, you can find their Extra Life 2012 team page here.
Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2011 - 11:42 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: mozilla, firefox, donations, browser
Mozilla, the company behind the popular open source Firefox web browser recently struck a quite lucrative deal with Google for providing the big G with a default search box and google search start page. Apparently, 900 million (over three years) is not enough for the company; however, as they have started asking for user donations of at least $10.
According to their new story page, "We believe the Web is a place where anyone can come to build their dreams." The non profit states in the accompanying video that they are more than just a web browser, they are a global community fighting to keep the web a good, innovative place. And that, they argue is why they need your support; to make the web a "force for good by making a donation today."
Personally, this feels like a cross between late night PBS broadcasts as a kid and Wikipedia's pleas for donations. Sure, if you are a big fan of Firefox it couldn't hurt to support them; however, I don't think they are going anywhere any time soon. What are your thoughts on this as a user?