A Hotspot’s Worst Fear: The Field Trip

By Deane Barker on October 10, 2003

Companies lining up for state’s huge laptop order: And they’re all going to be wireless-capable, too.

“Michigan is getting ready to place a technology order that just may be the biggest single purchase of computers ever ‐ 130,000 laptops, enough to give one to every sixth-grade student in the state. […]

That’s one reason Michael Dell, founder of the computer company bearing his last name, just happened to pay a visit to the state last week. […]

That’s also why Apple Computer hosted a dinner of its own a couple of weeks ago for key members of its Michigan user groups, urging them to spread the word and use their influence among their educational contacts.”

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Comments

  1. Hmm, giving every sixth grader a laptop: is it just me or does that have “bad idea” written all over it? Quake or Counterstrike on ad-hoc WiFi, anyone?

    The real sad part is that a some of these kids they will be giving $800 laptops to will probably go home to empty bellies at night wondering if those $800 of taxes might have benefitted them in other ways besides a laptop.

    If this were for college students, great. High school kids maybe. But sixth graders?

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