Google gives 200 laptops to local high schools Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Sep 19, 2011 at 3:13 pm
Google is donating 200 used laptops to Mountain View high schools, as part of its ongoing efforts to support science, technology, engineering and math education in local schools, officials from the high school district said.
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Posted by Donald, a resident of another community, on Sep 21, 2011 at 9:22 pm
Thanks, Google. Will you also provide tech support, anti-virus software, automated backups and everything else the schools need to make the hardware work safely and reliably? Most schools that I know are overwhelmed by these issues and the result is a lot of insecure and infected computers that are more of a liability than an asset in a year or two.
Posted by Steven Nelson, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Sep 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm
Most of the IT department workers seem know how to do complete disk wipes and reinstalls - often over the networks. In the middle schools I usually see a fleet of similar machines (last 2 generations of iMacs or iBooks.) With a few common sets of disk images - it's not that hard to totally gut (digitally) a drive and install a completely new disk image.
Teacher scrounged (or remnant 3rd generation) machines not connected to the internet are not really mission critical machines [or are there hackers really working on Microsoft XP hacks ???]
Posted by creditWhereDue, a resident of the Blossom Valley neighborhood, on Sep 25, 2011 at 9:27 pm
Come on Mikey, would you rather they recycle the used laptops? If they're nicer than what the schools already have then it IS a good thing. Far from the only good thing they've done for local schools anyway. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth... its rude!