Here is a fairly well rung out opinion site that ranks replies by the confidence people have in the submissions based on a number of criteria (what that means - you guess) but I have found it helpful in some cases and satisfied by the fact it often includes thoughtful comment at the very least... allowing me to think about things I might not have considered in smaller discussion circles. 
Good luck finding the "right" answer... if a win-win option exist, someone please solve this and we can all get some sleep.  In the interim,  keep a clean ghost at hand at school and remember to save a nice restore point if you are running XP on your personal computer.  And with that; I really need to drive home and contemplate if I should trade in this gas guzzling Chevy for a Toyota.  Also, torn between the Pedigree reduced-fat or aging-dog food formula as the smart choice for my four legged friends.
Thanks to the growing list of folks that have responded and asked to be included/informed about the Tech-Integration Professional Community.  I will keep all interested updated and hopefully we can turn this energy into something meaningful for all.  I was impressed by the description most replies included about how Technology-Integration is "getting done" in schools around Vermont.  It was interesting to note how many different models are active... can't wait to join these leaders together and investigate what is seen as effective in each. Have a nice weekend all!
Mark Arnold, Technology Integration Specialist
Morristown School District
Morrisville, Vermont
(802) 888-6729 (w)
(802) 879-1615 (h)
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From: School Information Technology Discussion on behalf of Andreas Lehner
Sent: Fri 4/8/2005 3:47 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: desktop computers

Plus Macs have a great reliability record.

On 4/8/05 2:29 PM, "Eric Hall" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>> Apple computers which to be way more expensive
> Used to be - have you seen the Mac Mini? We are considering this as an
> upgrade for our oldest Pentium machines. After all, we already have the
> monitors, and a PS2/USB adapter is about $15.
> I don't mean to stir the pot too much, but in my mind the multimedia
> software installed on a Mac makes the price worthwhile, plus the lack of
> virus problems (although we still protect our newest Macs). We support both
> equally, and have FAR fewer troubles with the Mac OS, particularly when it
> comes to software and peripheral installation.
> Compatability issues are really a thing of the past if everyone is running
> the same Application software (MS Office or OpenOffice). Of course, it seems
> to be harder to teach Windows users the Mac OS than to teach Mac users
> Windows. Hmmm...
> Eric Hall
> Technology Coordinator
> Waterbury/Duxbury Schools
> Waterbury, VT
>> but they don't get stuck with viruses or spyware.
>> Wes Vaughan
>> Tech Director
>> Bellows Falls Union HS
>> Rockingham School District
>>> From: Jean Campbell <[log in to unmask]>
>>> Reply-To: School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]>
>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>> Subject: desktop computers
>>> Date: Wed, 6 Apr 2005 15:20:29 -0400
>>> What is your preferred desktop PC computer brand to buy for your school
>>> environment?
>>> How much are you willing to pay for a system?
>>> Is the tech support good?
>>> Jean Campbell
>>> Mt Mansfield H.S., Underhill ID School, Smilie Elementary School
>>> Technical Services
>>> 802-899-4690 X502
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