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From: "Adrian Wells" <adrian(a)spannerhammer.co.uk>
To: "SuSe" <suse-linux-uk-schools(a)suse.com>
Sent: Sunday, December 28, 2003 10:07 AM
Subject: Re: [suse-linux-uk-schools] BECTa's spec on laptops for
Why? Realistically, do they sit in a cupboard for
Clearly not! There are two issues.
*People treat laptops worst than pool motor cars, they are usually
to even more careless misuse during the long teacher
holidays and come
with damaged drives, cases & screens and it's
not unusual to have to
them of sand! legitimate use? Why should they and
their kids mess up a
resource that is then denied to others because of their stupidity and
carelessness. If ya wanna mess with stuff (expensive kit that doesn't
to you) , buy yer own!
T'was ever thus -- even in industry. I remeber when a boss got a new
laptop and I was given the job of sanitising it before redeployment.
Spent hours playing his gold games before I fdisked. LMAO
*The weakest point in ANY network is a laptop! The
network's all cosy,
clean, virus fee and sitting behind a fire wall, then suddenly
Some dipstick who knows best has loaded all kinds of
laptop and disabled the AV because their kids game
computer with any other software (because the rules
don't apply to
then decided to plug it into the network - cool!
We like to have a clean-up and software update while the machine is
needed, then we sit them in a secure cupboard so
they're ready for use
really needed :-) Of course if we don't get them
during the holiday,
to do it during term time!
And in any case, why should a sacred few have exclusive access to what
shared school resource during the holiday? Come on you
lot, who swans
in the school minibus and have all your fuel and
repair bills paid for
I've often noticed many of those who work
within 'fortress education'
like to believe they are the only ones who know anything about IT.
You mean like the way Charles Clarke is rumoured to rely upon the
technical advice of his offspring when formulating ICT policy. (I am
Boring! (nothing personal David, but it's one of
my bandwagons!) The
problem with IT is that everyone who owns a PC thinks
about it. How sadly untrue this is (me included)
that's not to say
don't have our views! The sooner we remove
PC's from the mass public
replace them with a 'box to do a job' the
better (Computing used to be
witchcraft and I was one of the first advocates to get a computer into
home and demystify it, long before the PC - now I see
the error of my
. The less tinkering and options to change the better.
It you have a
PlayStaion and a PC in your house, which is the most stable, the one
fiddle with or the one you can't. If we could
stop the fiddling all
smooth and headache free! Want a game? plug in a
module, want a WP?
a module :-) I mean, tell me, why do you need to
change the background
colour of your folders and desktop? As for PC's in schools... The
slowing, time to jump off and take my tablets! :-)
Are you sure you should be on a linux mail list? You luddite! You
sound like an apologist for M$; you can have any OS so long as its
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