On Friday 16 August 2002 01:31, Kyle Williamson wrote:
Not that free laptops are a bad thing - altough, in a
laptops that are not of similar specification is a pain when it comes
to adding software - recloning, etc.
Every member of staff at Applemore has a laptop, varying from Acer
210's (700mhz/64mb ram), Acer 525's (700mhz/128mb ram), and Compaq
Evo N110's (1100mhz/128mb ram). Hampshire have announced they are
supplying Dell laptops to arrive before September, Dell XP Pro
machines with 256mb ram.
I feel it would have been better to supply a choice of models to
schools. Now we have to deal with a third supplier (Dell) as well as
Acer & Compaq. However, a gift is a gift, and they will surely be
well used ;-) I suppose the idea is to keep the cost down at the
schools end of setting the machines up.
Its not a gift, its taxpayers money! Better to give the schools the money and
just demand receipts to show they have spent it on laptops. The margins on
laptops are small so bulk purchases are unlikely to make massive differences
to the price, and the reduced flexibility and nanny state getting in the way
are just not worth any savings - in fact looking at the prices charged by the
approved laptop cartel I wouldn't be surprised if the "bulk purchase"
actually cost more.