[LINK] Apple iPads for Victorian School Students
tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Sun Jun 6 18:04:53 EST 2010
Richard Chirgwin wrote:
> ... Being familiar with the NSW netbooks, I'm more likely to say "a pox on
> both their houses". ...
I have a Kogan generic netbook
I assumed the Lenovo IdeaPad S10e issued to NSW school studetns would be
simialr. The retail Lenovo comes with a quick boot Linux option
installed along with Microsoft Windows:
> ... If they can't see the Dept of Ed login server, they're likely to object to being booted at all. ...
That would appear to be a problem with the way they have been
configured, not the machine itself. It would helop not trying to run
> Login after boot is also slow; so in a 40 minute school period, about 5
> minutes - one eighth the available time - would be lost before you start. ...
I suspend my unit during the day, rather than switch it off completely,
so do not need to reboot more than once a day.
> Because of the combination of processor and memory lameness and the
> inescapable bloat of office software suites ...
The Kogan runs OpenOffice.org quite well. I assumed that it would work
okay on other low power netbooks.
Even OOO is overkill for educational purposes. My OOO broke a few weeks
ago and I have not bothered getting it fixed so far. I have been using
AbiWord for reading WP documents (it is not that good and so a good
excuse for not doing many WP documents). For Powerpoint presentations
people send me I tend to simply delete them unopened. Most of the
documents I produce now are web based, so I don't need an office suite.
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