The Joy of Tech takes on ‘The Battle of Henrico County’

The Joy of Tech today centers on “The Battle of Henrico County” with the punch line being, “Oh the humanity” (which we believe we slapped online first in our blurb yesterday about the Henrico craziness). Yeah, yeah, we know: hardly original. Damn blimps. Anyway, it’s a funny “Joy of Tech” comic, but where are the wet pants and the tragedy of the lost flip flop?

In addition, today’s JoyPoll: “What’s the strongest evidence to suggest that the people involved in the Henrico County iBook Riot are insane?”

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Woman wets herself to keep place in line for $50 Apple iBooks – August 16, 2005
Apple continues to lead in customer satisfaction, Dell loses more ground – August 16, 2005
Henrico citizens stampede for $50 Apple iBooks – August 16, 2005
Henrico closes $50 Apple iBook sale to general public; only Henrico residents can buy – August 03, 2005
Henrico moves $50 Apple iBook sale to Richmond International Raceway due overwhelming demand – July 28, 2005
Apple announces 30,000 iBooks deal with Florida’s Broward County Public Schools – July 27, 2005
Henrico residents object to public sale of Apple iBooks – July 26, 2005
Henrico County Public Schools to sell Apple 12-inch iBooks for $50 each on August 9th – July 25, 2005
Henrico blasted for choosing Dell laptops with Windows XP over Apple iBooks with Mac OS X Tiger – May 09, 2005
Henrico school officials on Apple to Dell switch: The logo will change, but the tool is the same – April 30, 2005
Henrico school board dumps Apple Macs, picks Dells with Windows – April 29, 2005
Henrico County Apple iBook plan in jeopardy? – April 02, 2005
Survey shows support for Henrico iBook program with ‘lukewarm support’ for Apple’s Mac OS X – March 07, 2005
Henrico poll finds students are using iBooks successfully – February 11, 2005
Henrico iBooks raise concerns among some parents – May 28, 2004
Henrico high school laptop program to continue, but will it still feature Apple Macs? – February 24, 2005
More schools experience Windows virus, worm problems while Macs just keep working – August 22, 2003
A tale of two school systems: Windows schools crippled while Mac schools unaffected – August 21, 2003


  1. Comments made last week here foretold the insanity. I hear they have thousands more iBooks to sell later. I wonder if they have figured out that they are not asking enough money. Why are they not selling on ebay to get the best price?

  2. They are selling them in this manner to “Prove” that the iBooks are worthless and barely able to get rid of unless they offer them for next to nothing. This justifies their decision making process.

    They are already embarrased by the response … as one of the administration apple haters said … “I don’t understand why people are so eager to get a computer that is deficient” (paraphrased … see previous posts on macdaily news).

    These guys had a pro pc agenda from the get go and finally won ..
    It’s people like this that make me want to scream … “Wake Up World!”
    MicroSlop is not your Friend!

    I want my MTV … I mean PC … duh, duh,,, yuk yuk yuk

  3. “What’s the strongest evidence to suggest that the people involved in the Henrico County iBook Riot are insane?”

    Not as insane as those who continue to use Windows?

    I’m using Windows right now, so I must be insane (at least not by choice).

  4. I don’t know why they don’t offer the iBooks to the original owners first, then just auction them off in lots. Highest bidder gets preference from 1 to N unit in the lot, then a second bid price for what remains.

    That way, everyone has the opportunity to buy.

    Apple has done this kind of thing for excess inventory in the past. I picked up an Apple 17″ multiscan monitor a looong time ago for short change that way. It’s still workin for a relative’s Mac.

  5. zupchuck, apparently the students were offered the choice of buying their laptops first and these were the surplus.

    I do wonder how they will handle subsequent sell offs if there are any. I think a student with anything at all on the ball will now realize he should buy the laptop and then sell it himself if he doesn’t want it. That should cut the numbers that are put up for sale. Perhaps the 1000 units were mostly the extras they kept on hand for loaners during maintenance though?

    At any rate, I do truly hope the Henrico school board is finally getting an inkling they have made a really bone-headed move by switching to Dulls.

  6. I wonder how many of those in line yesterday planned to sell their purchase on eBay?

    Just testimony to how bad the educational system is getting: First, that the “educators” decided to drop Mac for Windoze, and secondly, that the kids weren’t smart enough to pocket a few hundred easy $$$ on eBay.

    Really, how stupid is that? Have fun flipping burgers for the rest of your lives, kids.

  7. Knowing a little about accounting, and the crazy prices firms sell usable hardware off at, the problem they will have is that somewhere along the line they have had some depreciation calculation that has said the value of these machines is $50, regardless of the market value.

    Firms use this all the time (exagerate the depreciation on goods to offset against something else in the books).

    But of course these machines are defficient – they fail to run 99.9% of all known viruses.

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