It's late at night, the week before school starts and I'm finally getting around to one of my more important projects for the summer. Best laid plans of mice and men, right?
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I'm on an Edubuntu users mailing list where, more often than not, veteran users can answer questions for new users. I usually give it a quick skim for any new features or fixes and then leave it to accumulate like so many other pieces of information in my Gmail account (hooray for increased storage!
My last post, "What did we ever do before laptops?," got me thinking about a variety of tools upon which I've come to rely.
We're up to 55 thin clients in our library, main computer lab, and a small testing area now, rolled out and working pretty well. As many as 200 students a day use these machines in class and usage is up significantly over the previous labs.
You know the story: times are tight, do more with less, make 1:1 happen with less money, etc., etc.
As I was driving through the small town in which our district is based yesterday, I was pondering a conversation I'd had with a local fiber company. In middle-of-nowhere Massachusetts, as in much of rural America, broadband is not easy to come by.
If Apple is willing to turn its back on the XServe, will it also turn its back on OS X Server, which, surprisingly, represents a high-value, easy to use tool for schools?
Is it possible to save enough money on servers by going refurbished that schools can pay for necessary infrastructure upgrades or even deploy larger-scale solutions? This is what I wanted to find out.
Our thin clients at the high school have served us very well. A few bumps along the way, a bit of learning for me in terms of the capacity of our network and the limitations of our terminal servers, and occasional adjustments of expectations, but overall, they have met our instructional needs and drastically reduced desktop support requirements.
Last week a company called Codelathe sent me one of the cooler devices I've ever had the chance to use. In response to my personal cloud post over on Between the Lines, they said, "Have we got the product for you!