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(BBC-US)   Man in Ghana teaches Microsoft course at school without computers by drawing the UI on a chalkboard. Microsoft follows up by sending him free computer equipment   ( bbc.com) divider line
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2018-03-01 11:34:55 PM  
Everyday a student was assigned to randomly run up and erase the chalkboard to simulate BSoD
 
2018-03-02 12:26:09 AM  
In fairness, the chalkboard was running Windows ME
 
2018-03-02 12:33:25 AM  
The students will learn a hell of a lot more without the computer equipment.
 
2018-03-02 12:56:14 AM  
Nice of Microsoft to do that.

I think I like that teacher a lot.   He made do as best he could to teach others.
 
2018-03-02 02:26:31 AM  
A hundred million cheap office workers if you can get them up to speed.
 
2018-03-02 02:50:02 AM  
Does that school look like it has electricity?
 
2018-03-02 02:53:58 AM  

whither_apophis: Everyday a student was assigned to randomly run up and erase the chalkboard to simulate BSoD


I actually gone a long tine without seeing a BSOD until I updated my BIOS to fix the Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilities, which then caused it to become a daily occurrence. It's all fixed now that HP issues a new BIOS that rolled back the microcode, but for a while it was annoying to see my old friend Mr. Frowny Emoticon at least once a day.
 
2018-03-02 04:15:17 AM  

Mad_Radhu: whither_apophis: Everyday a student was assigned to randomly run up and erase the chalkboard to simulate BSoD

I actually gone a long tine without seeing a BSOD until I updated my BIOS to fix the Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilities, which then caused it to become a daily occurrence. It's all fixed now that HP issues a new BIOS that rolled back the microcode, but for a while it was annoying to see my old friend Mr. Frowny Emoticon at least once a day.


Now you've done it - I haven't seen a stop message on my own gear in - deep breath - more than 12 months.

Mind you, I haven't patched for meltdown or spectre, either.
 
2018-03-02 05:36:52 AM  

stevesporn2000: Does that school look like it has electricity?


I heard some laptops have batteries.

Anyways, in countries like that, charging stores are quite common. They are precisely what you'd think. You bring your cellphone, and pay to have it charged. I am sure they'll accept money to let you charge your laptop as well.

I imagine that's why Nokias Asha line was popular in India. You'd still get the essential apps, which is WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, the Opera browser, yet you'd also get the typical Nokia dumbphone battery life. So you wouldn't have to go to the charging store every day.
 
2018-03-02 05:52:54 AM  
As usual when it is really called for, Hero tag is MIA.
 
2018-03-02 06:06:56 AM  
Microsoft has how much money?

And they're sending him "a" computer?
 
2018-03-02 06:27:35 AM  
I bet he gets through quite a lot of blue chalk
 
2018-03-02 06:35:55 AM  
I thought the headline was going to end with "Microsoft sends him a cease and desist order for not having a software license"
 
2018-03-02 07:31:46 AM  
Jesus, they're even upgrading his chalkboard to windows 10 without asking.
 
2018-03-02 07:37:32 AM  
I can't be the only one that's seen this

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2018-03-02 09:57:01 AM  

wildcardjack: A hundred million cheap office workers if you can get them up to speed.


Africa will be the next India.

It's already starting.
 
2018-03-02 10:50:01 AM  

SuperChuck: I can't be the only one that's seen this

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You aren't, but by god it's been a lifetime and I had forgotten it.
 
2018-03-02 01:36:19 PM  

SuperChuck: I can't be the only one that's seen this

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My five-year-old was doing that, and complaining that making a computer was hard.
 
2018-03-02 02:28:49 PM  

SuperChuck: I can't be the only one that's seen this

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I saw that back in college.  My roommate had quite the anime collection.

"It's always darkest before the glorious sunrise!"

"What sunrise?"

That was what is begining to be a horrifyingly long time ago.
 
2018-03-02 05:05:02 PM  
Ghana?  Doesn't Microsoft know better than to fall for romance scammers?  Next thing you know the Ghana person they are talking to will start asking for gift cards and credit card numbers.
 
2018-03-02 07:45:51 PM  

Nurglitch: SuperChuck: I can't be the only one that's seen this

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My five-year-old was doing that, and complaining that making a computer was hard.


I admire his/her initiative. You're going to have a hard time keeping him/her occupied
 
2018-03-02 08:23:30 PM  
There's probably no electricity, or very unreliable electricity. It's going to be difficult to connect to the Internet as well.
Still, they'll be ready when things improve.
 
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