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COMMUNET  August 1993, Week 3

COMMUNET August 1993, Week 3

Subject:

Re: folks telecommunicator

From:

"I. Scott Campbell" <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Communet: Community and Civic Network Discussion List

Date:

Thu, 19 Aug 1993 19:39:29 -1000

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> maybe it's just bubbling a bit!) Here in our newsroom (Public Radio WHYY
in > Philadelphia) our reporters do all of their stories on 4-8 MHz XT's
and you can > be sure that rewrites are a darn sight faster than on the
old IBM selectrics we > used to use. Yes, we have plans to upgrade to
"faster" machines and guess what?
 
That is what they should and can be used for.  They are plenty fast for
most non-Windows wordprocessing.
 
> I teach GED classes in a poor neighborhood community center in North
Philly and > I asked if our computer department could give or sell cheap
some of the machines > when they are retired so my students can use them
for basic literacy programs, > beginning word processing skills and the
like. It really irks me that we are > becomming such techno-snobs (a new
word, you heard it here first!). There is sti > ll a lot of things the old
beasts do well, especially for people that have NO > machine at all. > I
 
what ever I could get donated... even if it were to let the techno typ >
es in class take them apart and see what else the processors and I/O's
could do? > There , I feel much better.... thank you.
 
Ha, good.
 
I don't know if it is snobbery really.  I do think students need to at
least see and work on some of the latest stuff even if doing most things
on the old stuff.  The point is to use all that is available where it can
best be used.  That takes some thinking and planning though.  I am typing
this on a 6 year-old Mitac AT clone at 10 MHz speed.  It is used for most of
my office druggery.  Yes, I have 2 '486 DX2s running at 66 MHz next to me
but they are used for heavy graphics like slide digitization and CD-ROM
mastering.  The old AT won't handle any of that. One of my student help
got really unhappy when he was asked to install (not by me) Wordperfect on
a '486 machine.  Reason... he felt the machines would be "hogged" by users
doing simple typing while those waiting to use PageMaker, etc. would have
to sit by.  I agreed with him.  A poor use of resources.
 
I will be using this AT until it dies.  But I also have a few other
machines around I am not quite sure what to do with.  While one can hack
and upgrade and patch this takes a lot of time and often is not worth the
effort.  I did that for most of my first 2 years in this job and am very
thankful I no longer have to.  The hours it took were damaging to my other
work and my sanity.
 
 
 
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