[Discussion] Mac's in dorm labs?

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Re: [Discussion] Mac's in dorm labs?

Post by AtlasDark on Thu Jun 04, 2009 2:46 pm
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Wipe, install a Linux distro.

Silences both parties. :)
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Re: [Discussion] Mac's in dorm labs?

Post by insomaniacal on Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:00 pm
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Theres no real reason to buy a Mac that I can see. The one exception might be advanced image/graphics rendering.

As Atlusdark said, wiping and installing Linux might be a good idea. It's easy to use OpenOffice as a replacement for MS Office (Just set the default save filetype to .doc), and web browsing/email is no problem. It's also a look more secure to use a Unix variant, so why pay 1000+ dollars to use one when you can do it for free on existing hardware.
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Re: [Discussion] Mac's in dorm labs?

Post by AtlasDark on Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:31 pm
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Methinks Microsoft offers licensing for classroom use, though any amount is always going to be more amount to pay than installing a 'nix distro. Macs are quite expensive but are otherwise significantly more stable than Windows (well, depending on what you're doing to it). Nice array of software available to it - some of the vector/CAD stuff that can be used on Macs offers a nice bunch of features.

For those who adjust a tad slower, there might need to be some courses on basic nav and the like, but honestly. That argument is old, since GNOME doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out.
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Re: [Discussion] Mac's in dorm labs?

Post by bigfish on Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:12 am
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mm i run windows and i do 3d gfx stuff, and u'd have to kill me before i switch to using a mac instead.

I dont see why people like them, photoshop runs the same, 64bit windows can use as much ram as u want, windows is way more compatiable with 3d programs.

Also high powered pc's are alot cheaper to build and completly costumize, instead of mac's.
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Re: [Discussion] Mac's in dorm labs?

Post by insomaniacal on Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:06 am
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Trust me, students not knowing how to navigate a file-system is highly preferable ;D.

I remember back when my school allowed regular old users access to the registry if they went through the file-browser into the Windows folder it was a disaster. At first, only a few of us knew about it, and cheating in Minesweeper games ran rampant. Then some doucebag found out and thought it would be a great idea to go around and start deleting random entries on multiple computers.

I'd be pretty easy just to lock users out of everything but a small area where they can store some files, preferably on a server instead of a local machine.
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Re: [Discussion] Mac's in dorm labs?

Post by AtlasDark on Wed Jun 10, 2009 5:51 am
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Boot to DOS, use DWrite/Lynx.

Let 'em try to do anything funny on it. :)
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Re: [Discussion] Mac's in dorm labs?

Post by Charlieace on Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:19 pm
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Sell all the computers and tell the kids to buy their own damn laptops. :twisted:
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Re: [Discussion] Mac's in dorm labs?

Post by Grendel12 on Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:39 pm
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"I personally do not see a need to add them as most students only use these particular labs to do:
-Email
-MS Word
-MS Excel
-Facebook"

I agree with most of the replies in this post. There's nothing wrong with Mac, I suppose, but there is something wrong with people who only use Mac for the things listed above, and espouse the idea that Macs are infinitely better than PCs. I've heard my fair share of them.

It would be fun to see what would happen if you put a Linux lab up instead though; install Ubuntu or another distro on a bunch of computers and see what they think. If they still whine that it's not a Mac, then you know they just worship Mac because it's simpler and looks cooler.
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Re: [Discussion] Mac's in dorm labs?

Post by sanddbox on Fri Sep 24, 2010 10:49 pm
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Ew, super necro. It's your first post, so I won't warn you. Thread locked.
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Re: [Discussion] Mac's in dorm labs?

Post by Goatboy on Sat Sep 25, 2010 3:24 am
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sanddbox wrote:It's your first post, so I won't warn you.

Psh, I'll do it.
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