“The Cobb County school board says its attorneys will look into an allegation that school leaders pressured employees to pick Apple Computer to supply a new laptop computer program,” Kristina Torres reports for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The last witness who testified in a hearing Friday about the program’s legitimacy made the allegation.”
“Mindy DiSalvo, who was on a committee that scored initial bids from companies seeking to supply the laptops, said a system employee hinted that school leaders wanted Apple to win. Although Dell and IBM scored higher than Apple initially, DiSalvo indicated that scores changed in subsequent assessments. Apple eventually was picked to supply the program,” Torres reports.
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MacDailyNews Take: In a world where nothing’s certain but death, taxes, and the Cobb County iBook saga, we have to ask in which category did the Dell and IBM laptops running Windows score higher than the Apple Macs? Virus, adware, malware, and spyware infestation downtime? Butt ugly case design? Bassackwards upside down user interface? Running the latest games instead of doing schoolwork? No, really, we want to know. Perhaps the Dell and IBM laptops running Windows scored higher in third-rate applications that try and fail to be iMovie, iPhoto, GarageBand, iDVD, etc.? Maybe it was in the category of overall productivity hit due to underlying OS? Most patches required? Wishing they were Macs? Escalating IT staff and budget? Greatest Total Cost of Ownership increase? Most probably, it was a combination of all of the above.
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