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Comment No, but schools will take a second look (Score 2) 232

We test piloted Chromebooks vs Windows laptops last year, and the decision was made to go with Chromebooks by the district's tech committee over the summer. 700 Chromebooks were purchased and rolled out to a complete grade level plus classes in other grade levels.

The decision to go with Chromebooks was purely political. There was a staff member on the committee (who is no longer with the district) that hyped Google Apps, but when September came, everyone found out you could not run Office on them, and many of the Google "Apps" listed in their directory for Chrome were either just shortcuts or weren't free, so there has been some resentment towards the Chromebooks and Chrome.

Yes, Chromebooks are lower maintenance. However, it would have been only a slight edge with Windows 8's recovery features. Windows 8 can run in 2GB pretty well for what kids would need it for.

Comment Customer for ten years... (Score 1) 286

...and still count the problems I've had with them on one hand, including the massive @Home outage.

Meanwhile, I love the 20Mbps connection that's more reliable that most of my client's DSL and T1 lines. And two years ago they rolled a truck to fix a problem caused by a repair crew working on a different issue about 45 minutes after my phone call.


Submission + - Via Carbon Free Processor

st_johnny writes: "[The]chips use less than a sixth the energy of an Intel Pentium, and less than a quarter the energy an AMD Athlon uses. In addition to efficiency, VIA has started a program called "carbon-free computing", where they offset the carbon that will be produced by the manufacturing and lifetime energy use of their CPU's. They do these offsets by building renewable power generation in developing countries, restoring forest and wetlands, and doing energy conservation." http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/006239.html http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/processors/c7-d http://www.via.com.tw/en/initiatives/cleancomputin g/carbon-free_computing.jsp
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Submission + - New RFID technology could end lost data tapes

jcatcw writes: RFID tags used with a GPS tracking systems will be able to remotely locate tape cartridges, no matter where they are — stationary or in transit. The new system from Imation will embed RFID chips in standard tape-cartridge labels. They can either be scanned individually with a handheld device or by placing cases, with up to 20 tapes, on a scanning pad. Imation's DataGuard rf Tape Tracking System will be sold as a kit that contains scanning devices, tracking management software, and a newly designed tape cartridge carrying case that fits most tape cartridge formats, including LTO, DLT, 3590, 34x0, 9x40, 3592, and T10000.

Journal Journal: RIAA kills internet radio

I am A internet radio DJ for DNDRadio.com (ddo.mmoradio.com) and i want to bring to your attention that the RIAA is at it again. this time, they are killing internet radio! "direct qoute from our website" The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) has announced its decision on Internet Radio royalty rates, rejecting all of the arguments made by Webcasters (an MMORadio) and instead adopting the "per play" rate proposal put forth by SoundExchange (a digital music fee collection body created by the RIAA).

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