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Old Feb 10th, 2005, 12:54 PM   #1
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Thumbs up KILLER iBook School Deal!

How'd ya like to buy a new G4 iBook for $350.00?

You can -- but you have to buy 63,000 of them to get the deal!

Apple has pending a huge -- I think the biggest ever for anybody -- laptop deal! 63,000 G4 iBooks for a school board in Georgia. Total cost: $70,000,000.00! It still needs a final vote, but at least Apple beat out IBM (at $381.50/laptop) and almighty Dell ($404.25/laptop).

Still, it's a HUGE amount of money for a nervous and (typically) cash-strapped school board to fork over. So, we'll see what happens when they vote in March.

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Old Feb 10th, 2005, 01:01 PM   #2
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that's crazy. i thought apple's margins were around 25%.
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Old Feb 10th, 2005, 01:38 PM   #3
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that's crazy. i thought apple's margins were around 25%.
I bet it's more. But even if it were only 25%, that means they're eating about $25 million on the deal (63,000 x $400 per ibook in losses--assuming we're talking about the low-end models) for 63,000 potential new mac addicts. I think they can afford it with what, $5 BILLION in the bank? But only time will tell if it's a good investment.

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Old Feb 10th, 2005, 01:48 PM   #4
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I'm sure they will make some money on IT maintenance, training, etc. But even if they lose money one this, thing about the possibilities of turning 60,000 new people into Mac enthusiasts. We can all agree (I Hope) that all one needs to do is use a Mac for a few days before we fall completely in love with the platform. That's what happened to me. Now, with all these students and teachers using a Mac and hopefully loving it, what might they buy in the future? Not to mention that this will help dispell the rumours of incompatibility, lack of software and hardware inferiority.
All worth it for $25,000,000 or so huh!

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Old Feb 10th, 2005, 02:03 PM   #5
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Amen, BriMac.

But with the cultures of gaming (even though you can do a fair bit of gaming on a Mac -- but it aint the Windows platform by a mile) and unbridled peer-to-peer file sharing (can do that on a Mac too -- but not as easy to swap programs with most of their friends who use PCs), there may still be some diversions along the road to Mac Mecca for them. Despite this, I agree with you; the percentage of potential Mac users far outweighs the percentage of the PeeCee sticklers with Apple landing educational deals. And hey, there must be something to these deals for them. Dell, HP, IBM and the rest sure fight for them!
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This is modeled after the fairly successful State of Maine initiative in 2001 that every schoolkid will have an iBook.

Coincidentally, both the State of Maine and this particular Georgia School district both are heavy users of FirstClass groupware software that is key to the deal.

I used to work for FirstClass and it's now owned by OpenText of Waterloo, ON.
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Old Feb 10th, 2005, 05:51 PM   #7
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Does anyone else think that it is silly for every schoolkid to get their own laptop? What ever happened to pencil and paper? I think that technology is starting to spoil us, that we are starting to take a lot of things for granted. It doesn't seem fair that America's kids are getting all these bells and whistles with their education when the majority of children worldwide get no formal education whatsoever.

I also object to this from an environmental perspective. Society already has quite a burden to bear when dealing with disposal of obselete computer equipment. Not to mention all the energy we use to power our technological toys. This laptop program may make sense from an accountant's point of view, but economically I don't think there are sufficient benefits compared to a lot of the hidden costs such as environmental impact.

And something tells me that students are not going to use their laptops to do classwork in school. I'm a University student, and I can tell you that solitare is probably used more often that Word amongst people who brings their laptops to class.

And I would take reading text from a textbook over a computer screen any day.
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And something tells me that students are not going to use their laptops to do classwork in school. I'm a University student, and I can tell you that solitare is probably used more often that Word amongst people who brings their laptops to class.
Solitaire...I wish it were like that at my school, lol, with our laptop program, students consistently play FPS (counter strike is still popular), and other modern games...and it's not uncommon for in the middle of a lecture, you hear someone shout out, "dude you killed me" or something along those lines...

Yeah...it's getting a bit out of hand....
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