[LINK] Re Open source USB key to $2bn laptop plan
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Wed Dec 17 08:37:25 EST 2008
At 04:23 PM 10/12/2008, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>... Open source USB key to $2bn laptop plan By Ry Crozier iTnews 10
>December 2008 03:07PM
>... students would receive a USB key and either a personal netbook
>or a laptop that can be shared between two students ...
This would not provide every student with a computer. It would not
achieve the political objective of giving each student a laptop they
can take home (not that educationally that is necessarily a good
idea). In educational terms it would not be a lot better and may be
more expensive, than simply equipping the schools with networked
computers the students could use. Some sort of online backup would be
required, otherwise we would have the "dog ate my homework" situation
when the student lost their USB stick.
One aspect of the discussion missing is the realization that desktop
computers do not necessarly cost less than laptops. It is not valid
to compare a low power netbook with a conventional desktop computer.
The comparison should be between a netbook and a nettop, that is a
desktop computer made with the same sort of low power processor as
the netbooks. Nettops will be cheaper than netbooks because they
don't need batteries, but when you take into account the larger
screen on a typical desktop computer, the price will be about the same.
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