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OWC Launches Slacks-Free Initiative; Blends In By Standing Out

Friday, May 3rd, 2013 | Author:

Today is No Pants Day, a participatory holiday that falls on the first Friday in May and has roots in Austin, TX. Since 1997, people there have been encouraged to go about their day without wearing any pants.

According to Real Austin Texas, “The idea is that the more people running around in their underwear, the more fun and joy there will be in the world for at least one day.”

What has this to do with OWC? Well, since Other World Computing has recently opened our newest location in Austin, TX we’ve decided to embrace the local customs and holidays. That means we’re taking Casual Friday to a whole new level today. As the old proverb states, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” So off with the pants!

For those in our Texas or Nevada locations, I’m sure today is plenty of fun – walking around like you’ve just plumb forgotten to put your pants on.

But those of us in northern Illinois are finding it a bit cold outside still for this to be comfortable.

On my drive into work, it was 39 degrees outside and raining. While I never really get a chance to show off my collection of superhero boxer shorts, trust me, no one wants to see this nerd’s cold, wet legs.

But for those of you bold enough to liberate your legs today – Happy No Pants Day to ya’ll!

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Pledge Your Birthday For World Water Day

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 | Author:

It’s a fairly common birthday ritual. You go out on the town, and you let your friends generously buy you drinks while celebrating the occasion. This is always a very nice gesture, but for your birthday this year, why not add a twist and let your friends and family buy an even more important drink?

March 22 is recognized around the globe as World Water Day. And charity: water is doing its part to spread the word by asking for birthday pledges this year to help raise funds to build clean water projects around the world. Pledging your birthday is simple. All you have to do is visit charity: water’s birthday pledge page and sign up with your email and birthday. When the date nears, charity: water will send you a reminder with info on how to start fundraising.

You may already be familiar with charity: water from OWC’s 25th Year Kickoff Celebration campaign with the organization which helped raise more than $1.5 million last year. Now, OWC and charity: water want to continue the effort and help bring attention to World Water Day. The day was first declared by the UN in 1993, and has been recognized each year since. The goal for the day is to draw attention to critical water issues of our era. And in order to show support, the general public is encouraged to not use their taps throughout the entire day. You can also help spread the word about World Water Day by using the hashtag #WorldWaterDay with your Tweets.

So make sure you do your part and turn off the tap on March 22. And instead of letting those close to you buy you a beverage for your birthday this year, take the chance to help those who are truly in need of a clean drink.

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An Update From charity: water

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 | Author:

As part of our 25th Year Kickoff Celebration, Other World Computing asked you, our loyal readers and customers, to join our charity: water fundraising campaign.

This campaign was just part of a larger overall charity: water campaign called “100 wells for the holidays” where the goal was to raise one million dollars to fund 100 wells in. We’re pleased to report that, with your help, “100 wells for the holidays” raised over $1.5 million. That means that 156 wells have been funded to bring clean water to as many communities.

We’ve just been given notification that out of the 1882 total campaigns that were started, OWC’s campaign raised the most overall towards that goal and that the funds have now been sent into the field so all the prep work can begin.

According to charity: water, “Ethiopia is one of the most populous countries in Africa — more than 84 million people live there. It’s also one of the poorest. About 56% of the population doesn’t have access to clean water, and that percentage is even higher in the rural areas where we work. 

Thanks to you, our local partner, A Glimmer of Hope, and their implementing partner, The Relief Society of Tigray, are busy working on a total of 112 new and rehabilitated hand-dug wells, 82 new and rehabilitated drilled wells and 25 new and rehabilitated spring protections. These projects will bring clean, safe water to over 61,000 people.

Once again, we wanted to say thank you and we will keep you posted as we learn more about the installation of these wells.

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OWC Announces 25th Year Kickoff Sweepstakes Winners

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 | Author:

Back in November, Other World Computing announced that it would kick off its 25th year of providing award-winning products, service, and support to the Apple community and tech industry with a special ‘25th Year Kickoff Celebration’ sweepstakes. A lucky 25 randomly chosen participants would receive a high-performance OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro bus-powered portable storage solution featuring 1.0TB of storage and FireWire 800/400 and USB 3.0/2.0 interfaces.

So, nearly three months and almost 6,000 entrants later, OWC is ready to announce the list of winners of the sweepstakes!

Congratulations to these lucky participants: Article Continues…

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Taking Extreme Performance to Heart at CES

Friday, January 18th, 2013 | Author:

Elite, Extreme, Pro…those are just a few of the descriptive terms found in many of our products’ names. We use them because we push the envelope past what’s commonly available because we know that’s what you’ve come to expect from us.

While the OWC Blog is mostly centered on news about products, Mac teardown tips & findings, and industry news, we do occasionally cut loose and have some fun. But, that fun is also taken to the extreme to honor that “work hard, play hard” phrase.

Most nights at CES, the OWC team eats dinner right after the show closes and then we hit our rooms to do, as I say, our “day jobs”. This year, I knew I had to make some time to make one night an extreme adventure. Article Continues…