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Brooklyn school \'tests wirelesss future\' with iBooks

updated 02:15 am EST, Tue December 23, 2003

iBooks at Brooklyn school

Students at at Brooklyn's Packer school are , but had a few quality control problems with Apple's first generation all-white ("dual USB") iBooks, according to TIME: "[the] entire campus has been turned into a wireless Internet-access zone. Wherever they go, whatever they're doing--whatever they're supposed to be doing--Packer students are in constant high-bandwidth contact with the school, with one another and with the Internet at large....'I remember the first year--the issues were ridiculous... CD drives were popping out, the plugs were not working, there were battery problems. It wasn't software; it was really basic stuff.'"




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    yeah

    But where does the meat go?

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    *rimshot*

    Insomniacs produce the bestest humor.

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    piss poor article

    Man is that a trivial article or what? I'm sure those machines were just falling apart on their own, we have 24 iBooks in a cart, half are "first generation" whites. We have one clamshell that died and a few keys off two keyboards in three and a half years. This is K-6 and the kids swap them around all day. Geeez do you think letting the kids carry them around all day in their backpacks and using in the cafeteria and in as an unsupervised environment as they outline has anything to do with the breakage?!? The teachers sound wicked smart too. Was it good was it bad? What was the point of this article again?

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    And I'm trying...

    ... to think of a good PR spin on this?

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    made in Taiwan

    Dell would have been a better choice.

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    Dell? Fuggedaboutit!

    I wonder why they don't mention the problems with the Dells... After all, they are a big steaming pile of Shite (there are FAR better PC notebooks), and not fit for anyone to use, let alone a high-schooler.

    Dell computers (laptops too) are not durable at all, and definitely not a good idea for kids.

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    notebooks are NOT durable

    Any time you hand anything delicate to sticky fingers, you get stuck.

    I must say that the iBook is the most poorly constructed notebook on this planet. Open one up and try to replace the hard drive and you will understand. It's not for the faint hearted.

    scotch tape and all. It's just unsightly and down right obscene.

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    Spoilt Kids

    Yeah, Packer. A bunch of spoilt rich kids waiting for their trust funds to kick in.

    I can see them flinging an iBook around, waiting for the nanny to pick it up, then complaining that it broke.

    Could this article be just a new yellow journalistic twist? There has been so much positive press for Apple... iPod, G5, iPod, iTunes, Mac OS X, iPod, iPod, iPod... they figure it's time for a slam.

    Actually, it's not too bad of an article. Cheap swipe to juice it up are to be expected, I guess

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    this really is trivial

    an article about what-we-did-wrong-because-we-didn't-think-one-step-ahead is just sad journalism.
    1. cd drives pop out because you haven't used the keyboard enough to 'know' where the delete key is vis-a-vis the eject/f12. you learn.
    2. it was very VERY short-sighted of the admins to allow full access to all shipped software - sounds like they opened all the boxes and never bothered to set up user accounts to stop IM, games, downloaded apps, or even crack the ARD manual. but they learned.
    3. every 1:1 program buys 105% of what they need because they do have problems. having said that, ibooks - even original dual usbs - if under applecare - are pretty darn tough.
    4. to the posters - i really don't care how hard it is to swap out a hard drive - that's why god invented applecare, so it's hardly a reason to dis this machine - after three years and with applecare expired, a school would turn these around anyway or pay for someone in the building to be an apple tech that can do ibook repairs. hopefully they'll learn.

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    laptops...

    ...just suck when it comes to build quality. All the laptop vendors have traded reliability for smaller/lighter packaging size. Both Apple (USB iBooks) and Dell (inspiron line) have had major logic board failure problems as well as a multitude of smaller issues. The previous poster was correct: you really need Applecare (or another vendor's extra support option) plus plenty of spare systems available if you are going to deploy an all laptop IT solution.

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