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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    Quote Originally Posted by SYSMAN_MK
    VGA overlay things for using a PC on an OHP. WHY? lol
    I found one still unpacked in its box at the back of a store room once. The drivers and software and instructions were for Windows 3.1. I think it's still there in the school I used to work in, and that was 5 years ago!

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    We had several:
    Intel Microscope thing
    Denford Project Micromill machine
    Video conferencing kit
    Lots of 'essential' curriculum software
    Wacom tablet
    heads laptop
    ICT coordinators Pocket PC 'this things will solve all my organisational problems'
    cashless catering system
    photocopying card system
    avansis cd server thing

    I could go on, seriously!

    -Kev

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    Ooh, we have an Intel USB microscope. It's one of my favorite toys. Granted the picture quality isn't fantastic, but its easy to use. Ours is used quite a bit. We didn't pay for it though - it was donated.

    Lots of 'essential' curriculum software: we've got loads too. Hasn't everyone? They buy it with no idea of what it is and then jump up and down on me to install it urgently on all the machines, only to find out that either:-

    a) it's shit
    b) it's really good but they don't know how to use it.

    I've got loads of edu software that I know never gets used.

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    now I come to think on, yes, we ALSO have an MS Microscope. We use our cashless catering thing though. And our photocopy card system.

    Our wacom tablet exploded though. Oh dear.

    Still..musn't grumble..

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    We get pretty good use out of our Denford, our microscope thingy and our cashless catering.

    A school I used to work at had laptops, tablet pcs AND pdas for the head and his 2 deputies. The head also had a PC in his office and a PC school bought him at home. In his last fortnight before retiring he tried to get a new PDA to replace the 2 year old one he had. The head's PA also had a PDA so that they could synchronise calendars. Argh. So glad to be free of that place.

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    Quote Originally Posted by SYSMAN_MK
    VGA overlay things for using a PC on an OHP. WHY? lol
    Yep, we had one too. No power supply nor instructions, it went on eBay... made £30 8O

    We cleared out a couple of cupboards over the summer, and in between finding work and exam papers from the 1970s, I also unearthed:
    1 PA system, boxed
    2 electronic typewriters (remember them?! No, nor me either, I'm too young)
    2 SIMS scanner things (still sat in my cupboard, I even doubt that they'd eBay well)
    a couple of really old Apple Macs with what look like 10" screens
    boxes of headphones, still in packaging
    Hundreds of ribbon cartridges for old dot matrix printers.
    A Wacom tablet - minus pen (surprise!)
    Oh, and the "Texas Instruments" (remember them?!) Windows 95 laptop that's still sat under the desk next to me... (it even has it's original Win95 sticker on)

    ... the list went on and on

    Far too much money wasted...

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    oooh ... old Macs ... if you have a piccie I might want them.

    I know someone who runs the Sunshine Sanctuary of Old Computers (formely of Bedford, now in South Wales)

    He would be very interested.

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    You can turn those Macs into fishbowls and loo-roll holders!

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    They'll run Linux quite happily!

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    I think there's possibly two (maybe one if the sixthformer who's been helping us has taken one)...

    I think it's one of these Mac Plus machines

    Hmmmmmmm.... although I think ours is missing a mouse... will have to go and hunt it down.

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    Most of ours is mainly old machines that have been replaced some old monitors. In fact a whole ICT Suite's worth of machines some of which are going to be repaired and used the rest kept for parts as they are the most unreliable beige boxes I have ever seen.

    A few odd and sods of mac stuff and a dozen+ imacs that I will be looking to sell fairly soon. Did have a mac xserver that sat unused until I recently flogged it.

    Some old switches displaced after upgrading.

    Think thats about it don't have any lemons that were bought and never used. We have a tablet pc that's being used and we use our polycom vc unit for meetings etc...

    Ben

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook
    oooh ... old Macs ... if you have a piccie I might want them.

    I know someone who runs the Sunshine Sanctuary of Old Computers (formely of Bedford, now in South Wales)

    He would be very interested.
    Ill fight you for it!

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    If anyone might be interested in them send me a PM and I'll put together a list of what I have and the spec of them and some piccies too.

    Ben

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    Re: ICT White Elephants

    I won't even start with my list, it takes 4 huuuuge store rooms and endless sets of shelves, as well as a basement and even more storage space than we have got for our stuff

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    A few NS Optimum machines that are sat in a cupboard and how can I forget virtually all the teachers and office staff.



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