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2020-08-29 2:20:14 AM  
woot.com

They sell a lotta refurbished laptops
 
2020-08-29 4:44:08 AM  
Did it really take a whole article to say higher demand due to covid? Could people actually not figure that out?
 
2020-08-29 6:46:34 AM  
What 'laptop shortage', I'm simply swamped by 'buy cheap laptop' advertising all the time I turn off ad blocking.
 
2020-08-29 8:19:17 AM  

cman: woot.com

They sell a lotta refurbished laptops


This. You could remote learn on any laptop or desktop.
 
2020-08-29 9:50:34 AM  

cman: woot.com

They sell a lotta refurbished laptops


EBay, Craigslist, etc.. You don't need something that can run Crysis, just something that can connect to the internet. I snagged a Thinkpad off EBay years ago for $100 that still does the job. But pragmatism doesn't make much of an article.
 
2020-08-29 11:50:01 AM  
I reached the point I did not need Win10 for anything. I have a few running linux. But I have been on chromebooks a long time. I have a stack of them 15+  that have various issues but also have personal data on them. They are 10x harder to open up than regular laptops. I would damage them to get to the ssd type drive... so they sit.
 
2020-08-29 11:59:25 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: cman: woot.com

They sell a lotta refurbished laptops

This. You could remote learn on any laptop or desktop.


Schools like chrome books because they have built-in network administration and can be locked down to provide security.  Having students on all sorts of flavors of notebooks is an administrative nightmare.  more time will be spent providing little Timmy tech support to get his six year old Linux build to work with whatever software the school is using.
 
2020-08-29 1:25:26 PM  

assalon5: I reached the point I did not need Win10 for anything. I have a few running linux. But I have been on chromebooks a long time. I have a stack of them 15+  that have various issues but also have personal data on them. They are 10x harder to open up than regular laptops. I would damage them to get to the ssd type drive... so they sit.


Chromebooks generally have emmc storage or just some NAND flash chips. It's probably soldered in but even if it's removable, the hardware for reading the chips is kind of exotic too.
 
2020-08-29 1:49:18 PM  
I understand Apple not wanting to go downmarket, but what a golden opportunity they're missing.

Make a line of AppleLearn devices.  Make them similar to Chromebooks, base them on iPads with physical keyboards.  Market hard to educational institutions, and parents.

Think about the level of sheer positive joy that this picture brings to the generation that is currently parenting kids in primary and secondary education:

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Bring back the rainbow logo for the AppleLearn line, and get kids into the ecosystem early.  Tie the system into iCloud so parents can monitor educational progress. Donate units to low income students for positive press.  shiat, throw on complimentary copies of Oregon Trail, Word/Number Munchers, and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego.
 
2020-08-29 4:11:44 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: This. You could remote learn on any laptop or desktop.


This is true.

And as long as adults in 2020 go "I need my kid to teach me how to use my phone" or "I'm not tech-savvy" or "But you are a computer person" then schools will need single platforms with like components since in addition to nutritionists, psychologists, daycare workers and de facto parents for hours now underpaid teachers have to do tech support. And if you hated it when told your little basket of sunshine isn't, you are really going to hate it when the teacher doesn't fix "the computer is slow."

So fark you and yer other simple little libertarian friend.
 
2020-08-30 1:14:53 AM  
As long as I have a laptop, you have a place to sit.
 
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