Monday, February 05, 2007

Laptops For Cuba

Laptops For Cuba

I am starting an initiative to get laptops and other electronics into the hands of friendly Cubans on the island. To start the bidding, I have an eight year old Toshiba Laptop that I will donate for free to any Cuban exile who is traveling to Cuba to visit relatives. All you have to do is bring the laptop with you on your visit then accidentally on purpose leave it with your relatives there. The computer has a modem card in it and I’m not sure what good it will do for Cubans but if anyone can put it to use it’s Cubans. At the very least they can play solitaire and wonder what else they are missing outside of Cuba. Email me at stopthehavanaban@yahoo.com if you are going to Cuba and would like to bring one electronic regime coffin nail with you. Also, if you or anyone has electronics that you believe Cubans could use to free, or at the very least amuse themselves with, email the above address. I’ll hook up your electronics with the exiles traveling to the island. I’ll simply forward your offers of electronics to the travelers.

This will give the regime one more thing to worry about. It might cause them to shakedown tourists more harshly and convince them Cuba is not the place to travel to with their hard currency. You see these central planners are juggling too many responsibilities as it is now. All we need to do is figure out more and more things for them to juggle until we overwhelm them. So come on Cubans! Donate those old electronics that are just taking up space and collecting dust.

Tomás Estrada-Palma

13 Comments:

Blogger Alfredo said...

Tomas,

tu tienes cada cosa mi hermano! Keep them commies guessing and working!!!!

6:48 PM  
Blogger Tomás Estrada-Palma said...

It's sort of a hobby I guess. I don't like stamps and I've got no use for coins except when a vending machine is nearby. Also, I have a bit of the ol' obsessive compulsive disorder but if I keep channeling it into positive endeavors like this I don't get myself into any self-destructive situations. So how about it - anybody going to Cuba who would not mind lugging a laptop one way? It cost $2,000 new. Price to Cubans willing to lose it in Cuba - zero!

7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Cubanos, don't forget to check out the new designs at-

www.cafepress.com/cuba_spanglish

Great Radio show Tomas!

2:53 AM  
Blogger Charlie Bravo said...

Remember that we talk about this time ago?
Welcome to the hobby, Tomas!
Also parts and memory chips, flash drivers and software, everything becomes an informatic weapon against the tyranny!

3:41 AM  
Blogger Tomás Estrada-Palma said...

Really anything electronic like old cell phones could be taken to Cuba to help Cubans free themselves.

6:13 AM  
Blogger Charlie Bravo said...

The cellphones that work in Cuba are the quad system.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Tomás Estrada-Palma said...

Hell even if the particular electronics were of no use the islanders may be able to make visual wind chimes with them or melt down the precious metal on the boards for jewelry. People with nothing can always figure out how to use something.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Charlie Bravo said...

Exactly, that's the key for their future, the ability to make something out of nothing!

6:47 PM  
Blogger Enrique said...

Tomas I think I may have 1 old cell phone

9:53 PM  
Blogger Tomás Estrada-Palma said...

Good deal. Now all we need is some mules heading for Cuba. What we really need is a secret U.S. government initiative that looks the other way when Americans travel to Cuba but with donated electronics to leave behind. The advantage the regime gained by the few tourist bucks would be vastly counter weighed by the electronics undermining their control. Remember, the more things the junta has to handle the more they will fumble. So Cubans...what have you done today to give the regime another thing to juggle? Each of you should be information warriors and now is the time for our united counter attack. They are weak and vulnerable while we become more powerful everyday. We have already seized the moral high ground while they cower in fear and silence. Cheer up Cubans. We're kickin' their ass!

7:18 AM  
Anonymous Maria said...

Tomas: Good show tonite. Alex is cool, and so is his blog YA NO MAS. You guys are right, our unity will make us stronger, the information we gather is passed along to others out there, it builds hope in the hearts of Cubans everywhere.
Cuba SI! Castro NO!

12:02 AM  
Blogger Val Prieto said...

I collected and sent 5 FTA satellite boxes to the island two years ago. That I know of, two wer confiscated outright, one was taken after the owner was caught with a sat dish and the other two are still working.

You should warn whoever it is that will be taking the laptop that it may create problems at Customs in Cuba.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Tomás Estrada-Palma said...

Thanks for the heads up Val. There's a group of Canadians who will go to Cuba soon who would be willing to bring a laptop, an old cell phone, ram chips and some other stuff. Canadians who have been there before feel pretty safe going to Cuba. Let's see what happens. Nothing ventured nothing gained, aye?

1:29 AM  

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