Dell VP on Henrico’s switch from Mac OS X iBooks with to Windows XP Dells: ‘a computer’s a computer’

“Homeroom by homeroom, desk after desk, students across Henrico County, Va., are adjusting to their new wired life. By last Tuesday, most county high school students should have received their Dell laptop,” Olympia Meola reports for The Richmond Times-Dispatch. “As the roll-out progresses, the few problems encountered so far appear minimal. Now, school officials are considering how to gauge the one-computer-per-student initiative. Potential laptop vendors were asked to recommend ways to evaluate the laptop program’s effect on student learning. Previously, Henrico schools issued Apple iBooks to all high school students.”

Meola reports, “Dell will take a somewhat ‘holistic’ approach to this program, said Scott Campbell, vice president of K-12 sales division. ‘There’s no fear,’ Campbell said after watching a group of seniors log on to their new machines. ‘A computer’s a computer. It’s the access to them that’s key.'”

Full article here.

So, that’s how they sold Henrico on them? Undercut Apple’s iBook sticker price and promise them that “a computer’s a computer?” Sheesh. Four words that Henrico school officials have obviously never heard: Total Cost of Ownership.

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33 Comments

  1. Is a mandatory “Virus Protection 101” class included? Wonder how many kids will get in trouble for using IE and having a sexual ad popup during class.

    Seen Dell, been there, done it. No thanks. My Internet is not done on a Dell.

  2. “…..I agree with the sex pop up ads I mean we have all had it happen to us before in school right…”

    Gee …. I’m feeling left out …

    Its never happened to me ….

    But then…. I’d never get my hands dirty by even touching a PeeCee anyhoo !!

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  3. FYI: I am on the line with Applecare right now re my iPod. Its battery is
    dead and the HD seems to be having major issues as well.

    The rep asked me which Powerbook i was using the iPod with: a G4 or a G5.Incredulous i ask “a G5?” To which she answers, “ok a Powerbook G5, and which OS are you running?” Me: “sorry, just to confirm, your system is showing Powerbook G5 as an option?” Her, “Yes sir, Powerbook G5 or G4 are the options given to me by the system.” I then correct her on the fact that i have a G4, and ask “are you sure you are not looking at the Powermac menu?” Her, politely, “no sir, i have you running a Powerbook G4, and not a Powerbook G5.”

    Anyway, make of that what you will … Sounds like we might see a release sooner rather than later.

  4. It will be interesting to see how the switch from iBooks to Hell PC laptops goes for them. Somebody will bigtime be trying to cover up all the screwups and problems they’re headed for using generic MicroShaft powered pieces.

    It might be a blow to Apples ego to have lost this deal but there could not have been much profit in it anyway. I know they were trying to buy good will and good PR and look where it got them so far… the embarrassment of Michael Hell stealing the customer.

    My advice to Steve Jobs: Screw-em when they come crawling back for mercy and reliable Apple technology.

  5. Scott Campbell? The name is worth committing to memory. Scott Campbell, the man of insight, expertise and unmistakable wit … LOL!

    Hey, Scott! Where do you want to work next year? Cuz the time will come soon when students & parents start asking those nasty questions about viruses, spyware, adware, bsod, etc., etc.

  6. I wonder if the Richmond-Times Dispatch uses Macs to their paper. If so, they might be more motivated to report cover-ups by the school system when the Dell system melts down. If they are a PC shop, they may well buy the IT department’s excuses that there is no way to prevent these sort of virus things from happening…

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