Re(2): [SunRescue] a sad, sad day

Tim Hauber Tim_Hauber at
Thu Dec 16 11:37:36 CST 1999

rescue at,Internet writes:
>And that's the mistake! Tell me what's wrong with a SC-1000 and
>a couple of working Sparc SLC??? The kids can learn programming
>on those computers too! They are easier to maintain for the
>admin than PC's (simply: the SLC's are diskless clients of the
>SC-1000 and the SC-1000 is in another room). They would cost
>virtually nothing (Companies and Universities are throwing out
>them today). The kids would see something else than dreadful

Actually, at my school it translates to "quit giving us stuff, and let us
buy the Macs we want"

I agree there is nothing wrong with the Sun equipment, but it's kind of
hard to teach Microsoft Office on Win 98 on a Sun.  We can do it quite
well on our Macs (in fact, a Virtual PC is more stable than a real PC)
There are very few kids that want to learn actual programming, and we
don't have any actual programming  courses.  This makes the ability to run
specific versions of software as important as the choice of hardware. 
After using Macs on a network I am going to do my best to avoid supporting
an NT mess ever.  For server machines, basically, if it isn't a PC (or a
PS/2) it will probably run all right, now that the Macintoshes have gotten
past their scalability problems.  But on a network that is used for
teaching, with big clumps of identical machines, Macs have to be the
easiest of all to configure and maintain.

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