For a good cause

by Giles Turnbull

Seth Dillingham emailed me a few days ago, asking if I could help out by linking to a very special project of his. I think it's a good cause, so I'm happy to help out.

The short version is that Seth is auctioning, on eBay, a bunch of top quality licensed application bundles for Mac OS X and Windows. The proceeds of the sale will go to cancer research.

The long version is - well, why don't I let Seth explain it?

This summer I was involved in a huge fundraiser for cancer research and treatment. The event is called the PMC, or Pan-Mass Challenge. It's basically a "bike-a-thon", but it's the biggest sports fundraiser in the country, and has raised over $120 million.

My goal this year is $6,000. Last year I raised just $4,000.

I'm a programmer by trade, and this summer I had an idea: I contacted all the other programmers I know (and some I didn't know) and asked them if they would donate some of their software to an auction in support of cancer research.

Nearly all of them said yes, and the result was overwhelming: they donated almost $11,000 worth of software (retail value)! Here's the details.

I divided all of it up into ten CD's: five identical Mac discs, and five identical Windows discs, each worth about $1,100. They're all being sold on eBay, and the proceeds are all being donated to the PMC.

So if you're interested in grabbing a fantastic, personalized bundle of apps including NetNewsWire, BBEdit, Mailsmith, Voodoo Pad, and Delicious Library (to name just a few), now's the time to get bidding for one of Seth's exclusive disks. There's still plenty of time to make your bid.

What's more, we should collectively raise a glass to the software developers large and small who were only too happy to help Seth out when he asked, and provide him with the licenses necessary to make this auction such an attractive bargain.

Oh, and Seth - good luck for your next bike ride.

Don't you just love it when a plan comes together?