Tamabay Teachers Losing Their Macs

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Macmaniac, Sep 14, 2003.

  1. Macmaniac macrumors 68040


    Well Apple seems to have lost out again, school officials are phasing in PCs at Tampa Bay schools while getting rid of their macs. Often against teachers best wishes.
  2. Stelliform macrumors 68000


    Oct 21, 2002
    This has been a disturbing trend. I think it really can be attributed to the IT staff at the schools. They hire guys who just know windows (Mac techs are harder to find, since it works so good. :)) Then after they have been there for a few years and they need new computers these guys always recommend PC's. They are just looking for job security and to play with the next M$ OS. :rolleyes:
  3. alia macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    It's TAMPA BAY.

    Sorry, had to correct it. I grew up there.

  4. mkubal macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2002
    I graduated from a high school in Tampa just a few years ago and I can certainly attest to the fact that you cannot find an Apple computer anywhere. Kinda sad, but there's nothing you can do about the politicians that sign these deals.

  5. alia macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    I wouldn't know, since I went to a private school in Tampa. We had all PCs.

  6. macaddict123k macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2001
    Palm Harbor, Florida
    I'm from the Tampa Bay area, more specificly Palm Harbor, and there is a plethera of Apple Computers. Many teachers are upset they will end up haveing to give up their Apples.:(
  7. themadchemist macrumors 68030


    Jan 31, 2003
    Chi Town
    The main reason stated in the article is that it is cheaper to maintain two systems than one...And that they can't get the information systems software they want compatible with OS X.

    So here's an idea!! Get NEW information systems software (compatible with OS X) and stick with the platform that offers LOWER MAINTENANCE COSTS. It's called "Saving in the Long Run."

    I expected that someone would talk about how students needed to know how to use Windows because that's what the real world used. But no one did. Probably because Windows has now done SUCH a good job at ripping off the Mac that no one can say that the migration from Mac to Windows would really cause all that many problems.

    But this is the best quote from the article:
    "It worries me that I'm going to have to run around and patch machines," said Donna Hall, librarian information specialist at Douglas L. Jamerson Elementary School in St. Petersburg, which has 218 Apple computers and four personal computers."

    218 Apple computers and four personal computers? The guy who wrote it is an IDIOT. Who doesn't know that the term 'PC' when referred to as a platform, DOES NOT MEAN PERSONAL COMPUTER?!!

    When PC means personal computer, it is referring to Macs, Windows-based computers, Linux-based, BeOS-based, toothpick-based, whatever.

    This is actually a serious issue. The more uneducated people who write like this, the more people think that Macs are SO different that they aren't even personal computers.

    Imbeciles like this should be ripped a new one.
  8. XnavxeMiyyep macrumors 65816


    Mar 27, 2003
    It's horrible how PC's are taking over the schools. My school has mostly PC's and a few pre-iMac G3's in the library. I noticed one of the PC's was doing a virus check, and it had over 30 viruses/spyware.

    The only good thing this will do for the students of Tampa Bay is that some of them will probably be able to get free Macs when the school needs to get rid of them.
  9. Macco macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2003
    This is sad because the first real, extended experience I had with Mac OS X was at a computer lab at school. It was the brilliant GUI that first drew me in, and as I contemplated buying my first computer, I researched the Macintosh platform further. I can safely say that I would not be typing this on my eMac right now if they didn't use Macs at school.
    Let's shed a tear for those switchers who will never be...

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