I have a GoFundMe page. I think it has been set up for a very long time. I forget when I set it up. The goal was to get $2000.00 in donations. So far I have raised $5.00 so I would not say my GoFundMe page is a success.
“My name is Jim Howard and I got my first computer in 1978. I put a bulletin board system online in 1982. It was called Howard’s Notebook and at first, it was 300 baud dial-up. When the world wide web was invented in 1995 Howard’s Notebook moved to the web.
From the very beginning, I was doing everything with lost cost software and hardware. I had to write my first BBS program in BASIC.
My first computer did not have a floppy drive or hard drive, and I had to use a cassette tape recorder. The cost to add floppy drive would have been $350.00 for the interface and $350.00 for the floppy drive.
From the very first day, I was helping new people get online. I have been doing that for 35 years.
In 1984 Howard’s Notebook was picked by “Line-Up” magazine as one of the ten best sites in the world.
In 2005 I was one of the people featured in “BBS: The Documentary .”
I was one of the first people to stream video. I was online blogging and streaming video before YouTube (2005), before Google (1998) and all of the others.
I started using YouTube when they started up in 2005 and I have over 844 videos on YouTube . I have 2,423 subscribers.
I am 77 years old and I have been helping online people and providing services. I was one of the first to bring Internet email and newsgroups into Kansas City (MO) at no cost.
I always had to do it on the cheap. I never could afford top of the line hardware or software. I got the job done but others could afford better hardware and software.
I am living on a very small retirement. Like many others, I just make it month to month.
I would love to move up to a new powerful computer and video equipment and get to see just how much good I could do with some first-class video production videos on YouTube.
If you would like to see what a difference an old man could do with a first class computer and camera on YouTube I would welcome your help.
I would love to make better videos to help people. This might be the way I could do it.
If you want to help I would thank you very much.”
Jim Howard NØUWY