Sorry Matt. Obviously yours is ultra efficient - as, no doubt, are those whose reps I meet at UAT.
Are they all as efficient tho'?
Judging from some of the comments I see on SupportNet School Forums, I suspect that some are not up to your illustrious standard!
Hey - have you noticed my Reputation Red Squares gradually disappearing? If I ain't carefull they will go green again! My reputation will then be in tatters!
Matt - I didn't say Ubuntu was the 'best thing ever'. It's the closest we've got to an actual solution for computing in Africa though right now; have a read - I hope you can see the point?
Originally Posted by timzim
You may be correct about what is best to use (though I would have thought a choice would be better made at local level!) but that is no reason for knocking those who do want to give away something that they no longer want to use.
Where would Oxfam be if people followed your principles?
"Sorry I can't pass on these unwanted clothes because the elbows might wear out in a couple of years?"
What's the big issue here?
Company donates useful software to Africa that they are very grateful for. Company gets grief for doing so.
I think it's more a question of why reinvent the wheel. Nova-T is pretty much a standard tool in the UK education market, it shouldn't be that hard to then move on to the newer product. Don't think of it as old, think of it as cut down (like Windows 7 Starter). The hardware they've got isn't going to run the modern SIMS .net.
You think the "big" push was to give them One Laptop per Child (OLPC): Laptop, I'm sure Nova-T and Windows 95 will be a big step forward.
PS: Did I hear Win3.11 is no longer copyright'd? Thus "free"?
I don't disagree that it is very generous of Capita to give this software to the African schools... it will come in very useful I imagine. I do agree with scholarpack though that providing modern, supported, software would be more useful in the long run.
I don't think anybody would disagree with that last sentiment!
And that's me done on this Thread!
It is supported, not directly by Capita, ok no active development is going on, but if they run into trouble someone will help, I'm sure Capita will help as much as they can if it comes to it. I can't see how you consider Nova-T4 less modern then anything else out there. You still timetable in pretty much the same way, just the tools that you use, use newer technology to cope with then new hardware.
I'm sure they won't care about not having colour printing or mutli-touch support!!
But then that's just the cynic in me.
You can't knock them for it though! That's how businesses run. No-one would think twice about Google giving away equipment or connectivity to groups, but the only reason they're doing it is that it'll help their bottom line at some point.
That's why education gets a big Microsoft discount!! Forward thinking.
Is this still going on? Couldn't find the timetable org on google and the emails i had for them don't work anymore.
Pretty sure I'm still hearing of people going over to Africa to save the world, one timetable at a time.
@creese might know thinking about it...