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Help Sam keep working through the 2020s

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A very generous friend funded the full cost of the MacBook Pro ($4740.00). The money was given to me outside of GoFundMe so it doesn't appear here. I'm very grateful and humbled by this largess.

What's been raised so far will cover the cost of two peripherals I need that I left out because this blurb was getting to long. The first is a $395 dock to give me all the ports I need. The second is a $1299.95 27" display to replace my slowly-dying 2010 27" display. That's a sub-total of $1694.95, add $173.73 for Seattle, WA's 10.25% sales tax, for a total of $1868.68.

Since I'm not using the GoFundMe money for what I said I would, I'll gladly refund anybody's contribution.

Here's my original story:
My goal is to obtain a new 16" MacBook so I can continue working. After a 40-year IT career I'm scraping by month-to-month on Social Security and income from IT consulting. There's nothing left to save for a new Mac.

My newest Mac laptop is a 2013 13" MacBook Air, and my desktop is a 2009 Mac Pro. Both will be replaced by a new MacBook Pro. My main client requires HIPAA compliance, but my Mac Pro is no longer HIPAA compliant and my MacBook Air won't be after fall 2023. A new MacBook Pro will allow me to maintain necessary HIPAA compliance so I can keep working for at least 7 years.

A MacBook Pro 16" with a 1TB SSD, 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, and 64GB RAM lists for $3899. This configuration provides the best future-proofing. AppleCare for 3 years is $399. That's a sub-total of $4298, add $440.55 for Seattle, WA's 10.25% sales tax, for a total of $4738.55.

Thank you for reading this. Many more thanks if you contribute. Please help me make this Photoshop mock-up of a selfie on a 2021 16" MacBook Pro a reality:


Samuel Herschbein
Seattle, WA

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