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School board picks Dell over Apple

updated 11:10 am EDT, Fri April 29, 2005

Board picks Dell

In a , Henrico County's School Board voted last night to distribute the PC maker's computers to every high school student and teacher next year, rather than renew its deal with Apple. Four years ago, Apple and Henrico struck a deal to give every middle and high school student a laptop. Apple, which submitted a bid to continue its high school contract with Henrico, still supplies the county's middle school students and teachers with laptops until next June. The board's vote gave Superintendent Fred Morton IV authority to move forward with a deal for 15,800 Dell laptops at a cost of $17.9 million over the next four years. Several selection committee members refused to answer questions about the decision until a news conference scheduled for later today at school district offices.




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  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    NOW they'll SEE...

    ... JUST how much MORE Wintel tech support, virus, spyware and security costs will be. Let's not discount poorly designed, CHEAP Dell computers!!!!

  1. DeepDish

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    people are stupid

    There are days I feel like giving up on society. Am I the only smart person left on planet earth?

  1. Okonomiyaki

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Exactly...

    A year or two from now it'll be nice to look back and see what a colossal mistake this will have become.

  1. dennis

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Interesting case study

    This may become an important Mac-vs.-Dell/MS comparison in real-world scenario. With one district using two different architectures, the number of variables is reduced.

    My (pessimistic) prediction: With influx of PCs, support demand and costs grow to unmanageable levels, moving the board to decide supporting two platforms is too expensive. Board votes to move middle schools to Dell.

  1. trbgln

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    So much cheaper...

    Hm, indeed, how much cheaper are the Dell's? I calculate 1133 US$ per computer. For that you can get ibooks as well.

  1. tomato71

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    sigh

    some people just gotta learn the hard way...

  1. iomatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Here we go.

    ...

    It's the beginning of the full dumbing-down of the US's student populous.

    Oh well, it's Texas, anyway -- look what that state got us: stupidity at a Presidential level.

    ...

    ...

  1. vickys_box

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    So much cheaper (2)

    They have to buy all the extra software - pretendiPhoto, pretendiDVD etc.

  1. iomatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    or...

    Virginia, or whatever...

    Same thing.

    Let the flame wars begin!

    ...

  1. IonCable

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    hmmmm

    Wasn't it Henrico's parents that complained shortly after the Apple deal that students were trading p***, ect on the computer. How are they going to feel when the computers are overloaded with it from viruses, spyware, and all the other junk that windows machines attract. I guess the Henrico IT department needed a boost in funding and personnel.

    It will be interesting to see how this pans out, I hope the Henrico School Board has a rock-solid out to switch back.

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