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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Pumpkin Tuna Re:Viva La XP! (641 comments)

Exactly. I bought a high-end desktop five years ago with XP on it because the only alternative was Vista. It's no longer my primary machine, but I use it for occasional gaming and desktop publishing.

If I chose to upgrade to Win7, I would probably need to add RAM to keep it running at the same speed it does now. Add on the cost of 64-bit Win7 and I'm well over $200, just to keep a machine running that is ALREADY running just fine.

Not to mention the headache of making sure everything is backed up and then re-installing software, which requires digging CDs out of boxes that have been through two moves.

I don't see why I should have to bother just to give Microsoft more money.

The main thing this has done is to push me further towards Mac. My work machine is already a Mac. I don't need much of a push when I finally do upgrade.

about two weeks ago
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Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours

Pumpkin Tuna Re:Warning Shot (148 comments)

Have you even been to DC? The vast majority of DC is a pretty cool place to live. When I lived there the only thing that vaguely made me feel threatened was terrorists with airplanes, anthrax and the sniper, who was from out of town.

about two weeks ago
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London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

Pumpkin Tuna Re:This can work, if you don't mind change (193 comments)

I work in K12 schools. We've moved from the smaller Samsungs to the 14-inch HP Chromebook. It feels like a much more substantial machine and it's a hell of a lot faster. We've just started with them so I can't vouch for how they are going to do once we let the kids get ahold of them for a while. Of course at no more than $327 a pop, we can afford to replace them a lot easier than a Windows laptop.

about two weeks ago
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London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

Pumpkin Tuna Re:Something's fishy... (193 comments)

You don't do training with end-users much, do ya? ;-)

about two weeks ago
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London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

Pumpkin Tuna Re:Got me a Chromebook (193 comments)

Which one are you using. Some of the smaller Samsungs are weak sauce. The 4GB HP Chromebook 14s we are using at my school district are pretty smoking machines.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook, Google Battle To Bring Internet To Remote Locations

Pumpkin Tuna 1st world Internet problems (49 comments)

Maybe first Facebook and Google can convince AT&T to actually install the equipment needed for me to get DSL, or convince the cable company to run the 0.4 miles of line down into my subdivision so that I can get real high speed Internet at my house.

about two weeks ago
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Geologists Warned of Washington State Mudslides For Decades

Pumpkin Tuna 'Murica! (230 comments)

Why do they hate our freedom to build somewhere incredibly stupid and dangerous?

about three weeks ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

Pumpkin Tuna Re:Too many issues (409 comments)

Wow. That's a lot of bullshit and ignorance for one post.

First, Google Docs does not crash a lot. I've been using Docs for over 6 years. I haven't lost one document. Not one. I've worked with Docs and students for about the same amount of time. They don't lose 30 minutes of typing because Docs saves every 2-3 seconds. It's more likely that they just named it "untitled document" and can't find it now because you didn't teach them how to search.

As for FOIA requests, I would argue that it's easier to access that with a Google Apps domain than the traditional way with Office and workstations. Can you access the stuff teachers create at home and store on flash drives? Can you easily access documents stored on teacher workstations? Probably not. In a Google Apps Domain you could, in an emergency, have your domain administrator lock out a user, change their password and then reset it and view or download all their documents.

about a month ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

Pumpkin Tuna Re:Similarly... (409 comments)

I work in K12 education trying to help teachers integrate technology. The answer to your question is more complicated than you think. Google Apps make sense for us because we have a ton of users (students) who move between different devices throughout the course of a day. With Google Drive, Sites, calendar and mail, their stuff follows them around.

Best yet, it's free. And it's actually more free than LibreOffice. There's nothing to download and nearly nothing to maintain. We have to make sure our devices have Chrome installed and we have one guy who manages the domain and keeps the database of users and passwords working for 56 schools and associated administrators, teachers and employees. As long as our network stays up, we don't have a problem, and most school systems these days have a pretty robust network connection and infrastructure, so long as they are spending their federal e-rate money wisely.

On the privacy side, Google has language in their Apps domain contracts that protects student data. Is is perfect? Probably not, but it falls in the "good enough" category.

We are still transition to Google. There are lots of teachers and students who use MS Office more than Google, but it's a process. If I had my way, we would continue the transition and then ditch MS Office completely in a few years, replacing it with Libre as a backup for those times when you have to have a workstation-based office suite. This has the potential to save a massive amount of money and yet still be MORE effective than what we were doing.

about a month ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

Pumpkin Tuna Re:Apple? (409 comments)

Not so much anymore. I work in k-12 education IT. We get a slight discount, but not much of one. The days of Apple trying to insert themselves into the education space via discounting are done.

about a month ago
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Is the New "Common Core SAT" Bill Gates' Doing?

Pumpkin Tuna Re:The danger of commonality (273 comments)

Is that common core, or you state or district's curriculum and pacing guide? There is a difference.

about a month ago
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Is the New "Common Core SAT" Bill Gates' Doing?

Pumpkin Tuna Re:The danger of commonality (273 comments)

Then the problem is not common core, but a state-mandated scripted learning curriculum, which, I will readily agree, is full of shit. Keep in mind NY could have and probably would have done such a curriculum without common core.

about a month ago
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Is the New "Common Core SAT" Bill Gates' Doing?

Pumpkin Tuna Re:The danger of commonality (273 comments)

You misunderstand. There is no "mandated text" in the common core. It basically lays out the standards. For example, students should be able to "Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series)"

That's it. It doesn't tell you what book to read, it only lays out what they should be able to get out of that book.

about a month ago
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Is the New "Common Core SAT" Bill Gates' Doing?

Pumpkin Tuna Re:Only only prep really leveling? (273 comments)

Materials being online has little to do with the actual common core standards and more to do with the lack of money to buy textbooks. Here in the South, most states haven't bought new books since the economy crashed in 2008-09. Hence the reliance on online materials.

about a month ago
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Is the New "Common Core SAT" Bill Gates' Doing?

Pumpkin Tuna Re:The danger of commonality (273 comments)

Oh please! You're talking about two idiot groups that make content aligned to Common Core as if CC was a plane and they provided the engines. All your examples show is that somebody looked at the standards and then wrote some political crap to try and sell. They were probably making the same crap aligned with individual state standards a few years ago. Do you think any school systems will actually buy it?

about a month ago
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Is the New "Common Core SAT" Bill Gates' Doing?

Pumpkin Tuna Re:The danger of commonality (273 comments)

And further, the common core is a set of general standards, not an actual curriculum. Teachers are allowed to choose works, questions, problems, and other material to teach those standards. They can also supplement by teaching things not on the common core standards.

about a month ago
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Physicists Test Symmetry Principle With an Antimatter Beam

Pumpkin Tuna good stuff. (106 comments)

You had me at "antimatter-beam."

about a month and a half ago
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How Japanese Scientists Are Monitoring Fukushima Babies For Radiation Exposure

Pumpkin Tuna Re:Exposure .... (95 comments)

This looks more like a way to actually monitor the real results. If the kids are fine it will go a long way towards dismissing that irrational fear. If they aren't then the fear wasn't that irrational.

about a month and a half ago

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