I started writing this before it got posted to the news page...but here it is anyway.<br><br>Here's a PDF link to the iBook report: (link has been fixed)<br><br>Henrico County Report<br><br>I thought it was an interesting read. Repairs were the biggest thing. Parents wanting their kids to be on Windows was another. <br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>4. Preferences for type of operating system/<br><br>Each group has a different preference profile when choosing between the Apple Macintosh and a Windows-based system. Among students the middle schoolers prefer the Apple Macintosh by 4 in 10 to 3 in 10 for Windows, while the high school students report the reverse: 2 in 10 prefer the Apple Macintosh and 5 in 10 prefer Windows. The teachers are evenly divided in their preferences. The administrators overwhelmingly prefer the Apple Macintosh. Finally the parents prefer Windows. <br><br>5. The operating system issue/<br><br>If the School Board decides to retain the Apple Macintosh system, explain that Unix-based machines are less susceptible to e-mail spam than Windows-based machines, and give other solid reasons for retaining the iBook. Note that these two systems are becoming more compatible. <p><hr></blockquote><p>Just wait until those kids bring viruses, trojans, worms and malware from home to the school servers. Every relative I have that askes me to regularly "fix" their PC has major problems almost weekly/monthly. I have virus protection installed and adware blockers, etc. I have them all surf with Firefox instead of IE and they still bring their PCs over and they are riddled with infections. <br><br>I've had two friends with iBook problems, both were fixed by Apple and they have had no more issues. It was reported that 61% of the students had to get theirs repaired. Kids not taking proper care of the laptop? Probably, but Dell laptops are junk. We discarded our last one last month, along with a couple of crappy Compaqs. Even our Dell server has regular problems. As far as laptops go we only use IBM ThinkPads (and a couple of PowerBooks of course) because they have proven to be much more durable and stable. Our IBM servers are rock solid too. <br><br>Good luck Henrico....you're gonna need it!<br><br><br><br><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by ezyrider on 04/29/05 12:29 PM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
But, we know that as they experience all those problems down the road they won't look back and say we should have stayed with OS X they'll just accept it and be smug in their conviction, "uh duh everyone uses windas" <br><br>
Why do high school students prefer Windows?<br><br>They don't care about viruses and spam and spyware.<br><br>They care about IM (my neice has at least three different IM clients going at one time), stealing music and playing games. All of these are much easier to do for the typical high school student on windows than Mac. (Not saying all are not possible on a Mac just easier to do on windows.)<br><br>
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