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The Mac Matrix, a quick overview of
the current Apple lineup.
One Used Mac can make a
difference, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2008.11.12. Instead of
scrapping out old Macs for raw materials, what if the Mac community
worked to restore them and give them away to those with no
value for the college student, Charles Moore, 'Book Value,
2009.08.20. "...Apple 'Books represent the best long-term value for
money spent, not to mention user experience...."
back-to-school shoppers despite lack of netbooks and low-end
laptops, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2009.08.20. From the headlines
other sites are using, you'd think that Apple was losing back-to-school
shoppers, but a thoughful analysis of Retrevo's survey shows the
opposite is true.
schoolers are students too, Kev Kitchens, Kitchens Sync,
2008.07.14. Apple is missing out on a great opportunity by not offering
education pricing to high school students.
Leopard on G4 Power Macs,
Quicksilver and big drives, and pros and cons of schools leasing
computers, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2007.10.10. Thoughts on
the Mac OS X 10.5 installer, big drive support in the 2001 Quicksilver,
differences between 2 GHz G5 Power Macs, and whether schools should
lease computers or not.
What a waste! Some schools would
rather store old computers than put them to use, Ted Hodges,
Vintage Mac Living, 2007.09.12. Denver Public Schools is one example of
a school district so ready to buy new computers that it has tens of
thousands of old, usable computers sitting in storage.
iPods offer students new ways to
cheat - or do they?, Alan Zisman, Zis Mac, 2007.06.12. Banning
iPods in schools to prevent cheating is short-sighted, as iPods can
also be used as educational tools.
Apple's Intel transition hurts
elementary education, Ted Hodges, Vintage Mac Living, 2006.08.21.
While dual-core Intel CPUs may be a plus in many ways, their lack
of support for the Classic programs widely used in education makes
them a bitter pill for some schools to swallow.
75 Mac Advantages Revisited:
Choose the Right Marker When Writing on Burned Discs,
Mike Webb, Mac Lab Report. Using Sharpies and other solvent-based
markers to write on your burned CDs puts your data at risk.
A Windows user's guide to the Mac
OS. Tips to help Windows users adjust to the Mac OS.
Reeducating school boards about Macs, Charles Haddad,
BusinessWeek. "The larger issue is that school administrators have
bought into the ridiculous notion that kids will fail later on in
life if they don't know how to operate a Windows PC."
Should our schools have Macs or
Lumpkin County (GA) School System. Real time "failure rate"
statistics for Macs vs. PCs in a school setting. Recent Mac-related links
writing on the go with the Laser PC6, Tommy Thomas, Welcome to
Macintosh, 2008.10.27. Sometimes you just need a keyboard and screen
instead of a full-fledged computer. The Laser PC6 could be what you're
Windows on Macs:
Three paths for integration, Jason Packer, Macs in the Enterprise,
2008.05.14. Mac users have three routes for running Windows apps: Run
Windows using Boot Camp or virtualization, or use a compatibility layer
such as WINE.
low-end, we need technology in our schools, John Hatchett, Recycled
Computing, 2008.05.14. Modern computers are great educational tools,
but sometimes less distracting options (like no Internet) make more
still a great tool in the classroom, Tommy Thomas, Welcome to
Macintosh, 2008.05.09. How one teacher equipped his classroom with
eMates with his own money - and plans to keep using them as long as
Michigan's student laptop
program endangered, but Macs could help, Dan Knight,
MacInSchool, 2005.04.18. State and federal budget cuts could
destroy a successful laptops-for-students program. Here's how Apple
could change the playing field.
No, kids aren't born knowing how to
use computers, save files, or burn CDs, Jeff Adkins, Mac Lab
Report, 2005.01.31. Sure, some students breathe technology, but a
lot of kids need to be taught how to launch programs, where to save
files, and how to copy their work to a disc.
Show me the savings: A request
for the Sarasota school board, Jeff Adkins, Mac Lab Report,
2004.12.17. "...I have yet to see a copy of any firm prediction
from anyone, anywhere, that actually details the savings such a
single platform switch actually engenders."
Analogies to help pundits
comprehend the difference between Macs and Windows, Jeff
Adkins, The Lite Side, 2004.12.16. "...we're about to do our civic
duty in providing analogies to help you understand the difference
between the Mac OS and Windows."
No sympathy for pundit bashing Macs
in schools, Jeff Adkins, Mac Lab Report, 2004.12.03. Perhaps
Rich Brooks can explain how bannning Macs will solve all the
problems caused by Windows malware on the school's network.
Apple, PC-only policies, and
computers in education, Jeff Adkins, Mac Lab Report,
2003.04.09. "The no-Mac rule is being implemented without regard to
educational consequences because teachers were not consulted about
corners Canada schools market, Karen Haslam, Macworld UK,
11.06. "In the last quarter Apple Canada won 46 per cent of the
Canadian education market, putting the company in first
Apple laptop program costs school board members their jobs,
Bryan Chaffin, The Back Page, Mac Observer, 11.06. Anti-Mac
computer consultant elected to school board on anti-iBook
open standards are better, Marc Zeedar, Less Tangible, Mac
Opinion, 11.03. "...the only way Macs (and other platforms) have a
chance to survive in this world is if they are given equal footing
to Windows boxes."
succeeds in 1:1 educational computing solutions, Dennis
Sellers, MacCentral, 10.30. "We have 1:1 solutions in over 400
schools across the country, and we're excited to see what is
happened in learning and teaching."
Panther at the low end, and
what to do with Jaguar, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 10.30. How
much faster (or slower) is OS X 10.3 on an eMac, iBook, iMac, or
PowerBook - and what should you do with your old copy of OS
The little Mac that could,
Jeff Adkins, The Lite Side, 10.28. "Ever wonder what kind of
bedtime stories Mac fanatics tell their kids at bedtime?"
Typing in student names vs.
importing them, Jeff Adkins, Mac Lab Report, 10.23. Sometimes
there are advantages to doing things the old fashioned way instead
of letting your computer do all the work.
news for Windows users: Serious flaws found in Microsoft apps,
Vern Seward, Mac Observer, 10.20. "Still more problems for
Microsoft: Yahoo! News is reporting that the Redmond software giant
has issued advisories and patches for seven new flaws found in
several Microsoft applications."
Eye TV - TV
for your Mac, Andrew Wilkinson, MacTeens, 10.16. "There is no
doubt about it, the EyeTV is the ultimate solution for Mac users
looking for a TV solution."
benefits of multiple platforms, part III, Marc Zeedar, Less
Tangible, Mac Opinion, 10.16. "Within computing, there are many
ways to do things. It's good to have variety...."
software: Five OS X&endash;ready programs for teachers get
assorted marks, Scholle Macfarland, Macworld, 10.16. "If you're
a teacher who's wanted to throw away a paper grade book, now is a
What to expect from Mac OS X Panther 10.3, Eugenia Loli-Queru,
OSNews, 10.15. "Last but not least is Panther's speed. Users with
older Mac computers will welcome the overall new speed levels and
Windows: More flawed than ever, Wired, 10.15. "Microsoft warned
consumers Wednesday about four critical new flaws in its popular
Using iDisk effectively in the
classroom, Jeff Adkins, Mac Lab Report, 10.16. iDisk provides a
lot of easy-to-use functionality that puts you on the cutting edge
of educational technology.
Microsoft's holding pattern,
Stephen Van Esch, Mac Scope, 10.15. Development of Internet
Explorer and Windows seems stuck while Apple keeps improving Safari
and OS X.
What parts to keep when your Mac
dies, Jeff Adkins, The Lite Side, 10.14. Don't just throw out
your old Mac, monitor, or printer - salvage and store as many
parts as possible. Here's how.
Let teachers choose the computers, Vic Sperry, St. Petersburg
Times, 10.12. "It is the responsibility of the teachers to evaluate
the existing computing platforms and choose what advances their
goal of educating the children of Pinellas county."
I am not a Mac fanatic, Jeff
Adkins, Mac Lab Report, 10.09. Mac or PC should be a matter of
choosing the best solution, not having adminstration dictate a
benefits of multiple platforms, part II, Marc Zeedar, Less
Tangible, Mac Opinion, 10.08. "The odd thing is that the people who
would best benefit from a multi-platform setup . . . are the ones
who usually standardize on a single platform."
the Mac/PC debate, Pinellas school case is simple
mismanagement, Daniel Miller, Mac Observer, 10.08. "It disgusts
me to hear about administrators who don't value the opinions of the
very educators responsible for teaching the children of their
Knell #30: "Apple is in decline", Bryan Chaffin, Mac Observer,
10.07. "Apple is one of two profitable PC companies (the other
being Dell), and the company is showing growth...."
County School District dumping Macs because of Wintel "true
believers", Bryan Chaffin, Mac Observer, 10.07. "IT people
often forget that their role is not to make local computing better
for IT, but to make it better for the people that are using
Permanent virus protection, David Frith, The Barrow, Australian
IT, 10.07. "There is one beautifully simple way to keep your
personal computer free of viruses. Switch to an Apple Mac: it comes
- and stays - virus-free."
vs. Windows viruses, Scott Granneman, SecurityFocus, The
Register, 10.06. "...Unix-based OS's will never experience all of
the problems we're seeing now with email-borne viruses and worms in
the Microsoft world."
District's move to drop Apples leaves sour taste, Richard
Bockman, St. Petersburg Times, 10.05. "They kept the district's own
director of technology in the dark, and they sought no input from
parents and teachers."
hijacks Web browsers, John Leyden, The Register, 10.03. "The
QHosts (Delude) Trojan can't spread by itself. Users only become
infected if they visited a maliciously constructed website
containing code which allows the malware to run." IE only.
Microsoft faces class-action on security breaches, Reuters,
10.02. Microsoft "faces a proposed class-action lawsuit . . . based
on the claim that its market-dominant software is vulnerable to
viruses capable of triggering 'massive, cascading
iBlog revisited, Jeff Adkins,
Mac Lab Report, 10.02. Some tips and reflections on using
Windows on campus: Does platform matter in virus assaults?,
Robyn Weisman, Mac Observer, 09.30. "Understaffed IT departments
have resorted to charging students fines for hooking infected PCs
onto networks and charging additional fees to have these PCs
cleaned and patched."
government worm attack no match for Mac, Alan Fein, Axcess
Business News, 09.25. "For my money? I'm switching to a Mac."
Security report puts blame on Microsoft, Jonathan Krim,
Washington Post, 09.24. "Viruses, worms and other cyber-attacks
that are crippling computers with increasing frequency cannot be
stopped as long as the software of one company [Microsoft]
State Department computers hit by virus, New York Times, 09.23.
"The State Department's electronic system for checking every visa
applicant for terrorist or criminal history failed worldwide for
several hours late Tuesday because of a computer virus...."
charge of school systems: Lemmings, part II, Daniel Miller, Mac
Observer, 09.22. "It's bad enough our roads and buildings get built
by the lowest bidder, should we be happy to see education be held
to that same standard?"
Does going Windows save schools money?, Dan Knight, 09.19. They keep claiming that
going Windows saves schools money - we're asking for some
Another school system's 'switch by subterfuge' for the convenience of IT, Jeff Adkins, Mac Lab
Report, 09.18. With no consideration of teacher's needs and no
educational justification, one more school system goes Windows for
the benefit of the IT department.
lets hackers into PCs, again, John H. Farr, Applelinks, 09.10.
Another Microsoft security alert. Another way for hackers to
control Windows PCs. Where is "trustworthy" computing?
like the rest of the PC world, Gene Steinberg, Mac Night Owl,
09.05. 17,000 infected computers, but "School boards never make
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