I have been helping out at my sons school computer lab (k-8). They
have be luckey in the past with recieving grants for the lab. Last year
they recieved a $15,000.00 grant. The person in charge of the grant did
not want the monies spent on Apple products. After some discussion the
school was allowed to use most of the money on iMacs but had to purchase
three Dell computers. Another major grant $50,000 has a stipulaltion that
only Windows based computers and be purchased. What can we do to correct
this major problem. Before this the computer lab was 100% Apple.
I don't know what to tell you. Our district is in a similar situation.
A school board member keeps insisting on buying only PC's because they
are cheaper. We don't support them well, but have gotten a couple for
teachers that wanted them. I'm of the opinion that we should operate schools
with the same principles that we want our young students to pick up. That
includes diversity. If a teacher wants a particular platform, and is willing
to support it beyond the ability of the IT staff, then they should get
that platform. It works both ways. In your case, the dictation is only
unfair if it's not what the majority of teachers want.
Hi, my name is Sean M. and i am 13 years old; my question is that is
it true that you lost your memory? and then you got it back?
I had a type of amnesia that is the reverse of what you are thinking.
I didn't forget any past memories. I just wasn't forming new memories
for about 5 weeks. I could talk with you and 10 minutes later I'd never
know that I ever met you before because the memories weren't saved permanently.
...and also why did you quit apple?
I didn't quit, but I left. I wanted to have a small company where I did
important engineering work. Apple had enough engineers not to need me.
Also, Apple was so large that strong managers really directed things and
I wasn't a strong manager. So I could get trampled on easily. I like small
projects where I can think out my own solutions and approaches.
...and as i was watching the piarates of silicon valley, it shows that
YOU had made the first computer. did you?
I designed the first successful personal computer that put computers in
the category of consumer electronics and made them acceptable to normal
people. I had designed computers for fun my whole life and had also designed
the Apple I, the first small computer to include a keyboard as a standard
part. But these weren't personal computers. Steve Jobs led toward the
aspects of 'personal' like a plastic case and total assembly. These aspects
cost money and we had to raise money and grow the business with such a
product as the Apple ][.
...and oh yes, you have gotten a really nice website!
I'll pass the word along to Al Luckow, a webmaster friend that does it
just to help me out. I could create a website, but not a good one.
...How do you feel or (did you feel) about Bill Gates stealing from
Apple and other places?
I think that everyone eventually spots the right directions to take. Businessmen
that are close to what is going on see these directions sooner and recognize
their importance sooner than most people. But still, everyone has different
opinions of important technologies. Steve Jobs felt the urgency to move
quickly in this direction. The days of the Apple ][ were numbered and
the Apple \\\ were numbered by the IBM PC. Bill Gates sat around too long,
but his DOS dominance guaranteed success for Windows at a late date. It's
hard to say that he stole from Apple, although it was a lot harder for
Apple to develop a good Graphical User Interface in a near vacuum (Xerox
had a very basic 'suggestion' of the total interface that Apple came up
with). Gates had little creation to do. He merely had to assemble a team
to put out roughly the same thing, with a slightly different close box
and all. This is a type of hard to define theft and that definition varies
according to your own ethics. So maybe he stole and maybe he made his
own version, depending on how you look at it. The net effect is that the
first good GUI, Apple's, lost out to the later copy, Windows, but not
due to features and value, mind you. That's characteristic of theft even
if it isn't.
...was steve jobs a drug addict?
No. I was around him a lot and never saw such signs. I never saw him use
drugs. I didn't use drugs myself so I would not often be included when
others did such things.