Yes we are still here and yes the old folders are a significant blast from the significant past.
However I would like to remind everyone that most old tech looks clunky and ridiculous when viewed with modern spectacles
80's "mobile" phones for instance.
My personal favourite folder is the model that came with an alphabet order keyboard.
We have a small display cabinet in the office with a selection of the old models in.
Without punctuation that doesn't sound like an apology :P
John I literally just laughed out loud for a full 30 seconds at that! Brightened my day no end!
Hats off to you sir, and of course it is an apology
Couple of points I think need to be made on the original subject matter.
@plexer, In fear of some kind of automated Google search powered litigation from Apple I feel I must clarify that we do not "produce" iPads, iPhones or any other kind of tablet device . Those days of actually producing thee devices ourselves are past.
@browolf, You might be surprised to hear that up until last year (March I think) we still had some customers using older folder devices. That's a functional life span of over 12 years without the need for an upgrade. Let's see a modern smartphone do that :P
and finally, in defence of a robust and loyal range of hardware. These were devices designed in the 90's, to use wireless communication before omnipresent WiFi (hence the RTU's that still remain tucked into the corner of classrooms across the country) and all of this with the attendance interface written to talk to a VERY early version of SIMS (and our own product) well before the creation of the modern SIMS API.
and before anyone mentions any difficulty they remember in using them....
Try supporting the software to run the framework on over 800 schools, over a 14,400 baud modem using a Multi User DOS interface layer with 6 virtual screens (in DOS remember) using keyboard short-cuts and no Mouse!!
oh and for any who remember the comms software that ran the RTU network was called SERCOM (also SERCOL, SERHAN it had multiple versions). Which allowed us to remotely manage all those RTU's (especially useful when electrical storms would hit and they needed to be reset).
but we've moved FAR down the path from those halcyon days of yore!
vikpaw (12th October 2014)
Thank you @GREED.
We only want to correct, qualify some of the comments made so far - as follows:
Bromcom 'grey' folders were invented in 1992. It was covered in December 1992as invention in the Times new paper dedicating a half-page and was on BBC Tomorrow World's TV show in January 1993. Cost was £245 each, batteries lasted 6 months and transmission range was very similar to WiFi however speed much slower. Because packets sent/received were miniscule (say under 8Kbyte), with good wireless coverage a class list was downloaded within 1-2 minutes. We wouldn't be surprised if some will say it took longer than this but that is all to do with coverage of wireless network and make up of the building - just as one can have coverage difficulties with WiFi today.
The 'grey folders' did evolve into:
· QWERTY versions circa 1994
· A5 size circa 1996
· WiFi versions early 2000
· Finally touch colour screen with Microsoft Windows CE in circa 2005
'Software version' was known as “WinFolder” that run on any laptops and PCs as a 'client software'. This was a small an EXE (as today's 'apps' concept) and which only needed TCP/IP connection. "WinFolder was introduced late1990s, was very popular and was replaced with web version called “WebFolder”. WebFolder is still widely used today as a 'stand alone' product and also formed part of today’s Bromcom Cloud MIS.
Anyone referencing ‘grey folder’ should also be referring to ‘DOS’ bases TEXT screen MIS software of 1990s to 2003/4 and in fact at that time contemporary and competing product ‘OMR’– yes paper based, Optical Mark Readers! I am sure some OMRs will be still in use.
We hope the above is read as interesting history and not leveled at anyone.
Last edited by Bromcom-PR; 14th May 2014 at 10:23 PM.
GREED (15th May 2014)
Ooooh multi user DOS, I remember supporting Real/32 awesome OS
What a thread, didnt think it'd be this popular!!
I'm just kidding Ali ( @Bromcom-PR), all good fun
Last edited by GREED; 15th May 2014 at 11:11 AM.
I must admit I'd never seen those 'grey folders' before but I did buy Webfolder and MCAS for a large secondary school I worked in Essex and the teachers were so grateful that they could access the MIS anytime, anywhere! They hadn't been able to do that before.
With MCAS we saw in increase in parental engagement as they were able to easily reset their passwords, something that was very problematic with the previous SLG system they had experienced.
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