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Re: OT: Home computer
« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2020, 04:05:42 PM »
Guessing if you rolled out the TI-99/4a, that would be about as crappy as you could get today. 

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« Reply #15 on: August 01, 2020, 05:28:15 PM »
If it's for your kids, just get whatever they're accustomed to.

And your school should be utilizing certain sites for all video usage, which shouldn't make the type of computer you have matter much at all.  
We're handing out chromebooks to all our students and utilizing Google Meet, Flipgrid, and Screencastify for our live lessons, recordings, and screen displaying.


For me personally, I guess I buy a non-Apple computer every 6 years or so...one that's around $600.  I don't do anything wacky with it, I just want it to work.  
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« Reply #16 on: August 01, 2020, 06:15:35 PM »
Guessing if you rolled out the TI-99/4a, that would be about as crappy as you could get today.

No way they still sell those.

We had a TI-99 when I was a youngling in the early eighties, which I mostly used for video games. It was a major upgrade from the Atari, with 8 bit graphics, human voice capabilities, and so forth.



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Re: OT: Home computer
« Reply #17 on: August 01, 2020, 06:30:25 PM »
I hate Chromebooks.  Each of our students gets issued one, and I've had occasion to use them.  For me, it is the clunkiest, cheesiest, dumbed-downiest piece of electronic crap I have used in many decades.  And the Chromebase is not much better.
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« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2020, 07:35:38 PM »
I hate Chromebooks.  Each of our students gets issued one, and I've had occasion to use them.  For me, it is the clunkiest, cheesiest, dumbed-downiest piece of electronic crap I have used in many decades.  And the Chromebase is not much better.
Heh how do you really feel? I have one and like it for what I use it for, which is surfing the internet while drinking coffee on the porch. 

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« Reply #19 on: August 01, 2020, 08:46:29 PM »
We had ipads the year before last. 

For the younger students, you just need a touchscreen and functionality.  We' have infinite more issues with staying online than anything to do with the physical device.
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« Reply #20 on: August 01, 2020, 10:41:44 PM »
Heh how do you really feel? I have one and like it for what I use it for, which is surfing the internet while drinking coffee on the porch.
My students seem to find them OK too.
So there's that.
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« Reply #21 on: August 02, 2020, 08:12:45 AM »
We had ipads the year before last.

For the younger students, you just need a touchscreen and functionality.  We' have infinite more issues with staying online than anything to do with the physical device.
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« Reply #22 on: August 02, 2020, 01:53:14 PM »
Thanks, boss.
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« Reply #23 on: August 05, 2020, 10:56:12 PM »
So now I'm thinking about two iPad's, with a pencil and keyboard. Supposedly the iPad's have moved closer to laptop territory, and my oldest daughter has all her stuff on a school issued iPad. I've never owned an iPad so buying two of them is a leap

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« Reply #24 on: August 06, 2020, 12:50:25 AM »
So now I'm thinking about two iPad's, with a pencil and keyboard. Supposedly the iPad's have moved closer to laptop territory, and my oldest daughter has all her stuff on a school issued iPad. I've never owned an iPad so buying two of them is a leap
I think tablets are for content consumption, not content creation. 

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« Reply #25 on: August 06, 2020, 07:45:26 AM »
I think tablets are for content consumption, not content creation.
I was looking at laptops. But Mac doesn't make a touchscreen laptop, which is a dealbreaker.  I'm somewhat loathe to buy Windows or Chromebooks, because we already have Chromebooks and my youngest kids (5 and 7) main enjoyment, judging from their hand me down phones, is to download enormous amounts of crap.  So Macs are a little more insulated from that, plus they can still get used to the software.  My oldest daughter (14) gets issued an ipad by the school and he she likes it a lot. I dunno.  

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Re: OT: Home computer
« Reply #26 on: August 06, 2020, 08:33:16 AM »
Ive had my current Dell laptop about a year now and am verry happy with it

First time I turned it on with its SSD C drive it was powered up in 10 seconds and I just about

fainted.  I mean where has this been all my life.

I had been having internet connection problems and upgraded the wifi modem from AT&T.

Works great now.  Its amazing how outdated the wifi modem can get in only a few years.
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Re: OT: Home computer
« Reply #27 on: August 06, 2020, 09:21:25 AM »
I have a love hate relationship with Apple. 

Having said that, I have a hate hate relationship with Microsoft. 

I could never go back to using a Windows PC. Even though I am less and less impressed with Apple since Steve Jobs’ passing and they are seriously overpriced. 

The fans suck in their laptops, but all in all their hardware definitely is better quality and their computers seem to last way longer than their windows counterparts. 

 

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