We have a very nasty virus plaguing our schools system right now to the point that we haven’t had Internet access for the past day and a half. All the tech support people have been pulled from their other less important projects (like getting schools ready to open) to clean computers and apply patches, plus they have to work this weekend. But nobody needs to do a thing to the Mac G4 on my desk or the PowerBook I’m using right now. So, I wonder if our all-wise Chief Information Officer has a few minutes to tell me again why PCs are better than Macs?
This is the second major everybody-works-overtime virus that has hit our district – not to mention the countless warnings – in the almost two years since our IT department (that’s Information certainly not Instructional) declared we could only purchase PCs. They gave the superintendent all sorts of reasons for the edict from the "easier to repair" to the "total cost of ownership", none of which holds water (some major evidence here). But the two most important reasons went unstated. First, we were trained by the big Monopoly so we have no clue about Macs. And second, we want more positions in the department (which is now larger than the Department of Instruction). Have fun today rooting out that nasty virus. I’ll be getting real work done.