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I'm bored.
I retired on disability back in 2002, spending the previous 20+ years as a WAN admin, Network Engineer, Security consultant, Unix SysAdmin, Computer retail store owner, Navy Electronics Tech, etc, etc.
While sitting around playing computer games and working on open source projects is fun, it is starting to get a little old.
I've been thinking fairly seriously about starting a not-for-profit business; recycling old computers for use by cash-strapped schools, libraries and low income families, doing "working with Linux" and other basic classes, maybe even helping the Tennessee vocational rehabilitation program by providing "hands on" experience and training to others on disability. The area I live in is relatively backwards technologically, and I think it could be a real asset to the area.
I'm fairly certain I can pull this off without destroying my kids minuscule inheritance, and I've talked to a few local geeks who would help out when my disabilities limit my involvement. However, the more I look at it, in terms of meeting not-for-profit business compliance, the more overcomplicated it appears to get; and I really don't like the idea of doing this as a for-profit business.
My question is, is there anyone out there in /. land that's done something like this, and is there anything non-obvious I should be looking at that I might not be right now? Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I might tame the Red Tape, or places I could look for help in getting started?
Actually, any comments would be appreciated.

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  • But I have volunteered at a local outfit called Free Geek [freegeek.org]. They accept donations of old equipment, build new boxen based off the donations, recycle what won't work, and then hand over the boxen to schools non-profits and the like. In exchange for volunteering you can get your own system as well. I am not sure you vision for running it, but the best way I can describe them is a bit on the hippy side. It run a bit like a commune, and just aboput everyone has a say if they want it. But you certainly don't
    • by paganizer (566360)

      I think I'm going to have to go that way; I found a great building at a low price, had several outfits with large IT departments ready to donate truckloads of computers (seriously. kind of freaked me out. one of the benefits of having worked everywhere), was ready to start doing serious paperwork, then...Karma, apparently, injected a big raspberry into my life, the middle school my godson goes to decided to revise history and blame my ex-wife for injuring him (after they admitted to it. on a recorded phone

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