Over at Engadget there is a debate going on about Microsoft and Dell’s collaboration on a (Project) Red XPS PC that is $300 more than the standard XPS, with $80 going towards AIDS relief.
The controversy comes from the fact that the $300 “upgrade” to the standard system is for Microsoft software only—leading some to conclude that the world would be better off if you just donated the $300 to charity, rather than spending it on a (Project) Red PC that comes with expensive software you may not need and can find cheaper elsewhere.
Not to rag on a charities, but these are the things that everyone should think about before making a donation or a purchase that “benefits charity.” Some people will probably want and value the software (and the pretty red computer) and think it’s a good deal. Other people will disagree. Ultimately, it’s your money.