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Re: Evening Tech Bits
May 1, 2012, 17:46
Beamer
 
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Re: Evening Tech Bits May 1, 2012, 17:46
May 1, 2012, 17:46
 Beamer
 
Shouldn't it just be a USB cord, with a USB plug?
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
May 1, 2012, 16:48
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Re: Evening Tech Bits May 1, 2012, 16:48
May 1, 2012, 16:48
 
Beamer wrote on May 1, 2012, 07:59:
Why is a USB power dongle $1000?

Sounds... wrong. Sounds like one of those things you do when you know your primary customer is the government...

The USB dongle provides both power and allows the board to function as an interactive product. You have a projected image of the desktop on one of these boards and you basically operate your computer from the board along with many other things. By cutting the cable, there is no power and no way to use the board, it just becomes an expensive whiteboard. You could likely just patch the cable but it wasn't our responsibility from that point on and the warranty no longer applied to their products for future free support.

As for the projectors, they're mounted, in most cases, from a boon attached to the top of the board but there are also cases where teachers would just put them on carts.

The design flaw with the projector, eh, it could go either way as the air vents were fairly wide but I can think of at least 15 other third party models which we didn't handle that had the same intake dimensions. On the other hand, it wasn't our responsibility to watch their kids.

Again, giving kids all this tech equipment is a fruitless venture if the staff are not willing to be responsible with it. Some schools dump a huge amount of their grants in to things like this only to have it pissed away...

This comment was edited on May 1, 2012, 16:53.
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
May 1, 2012, 14:02
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Re: Evening Tech Bits May 1, 2012, 14:02
May 1, 2012, 14:02
 
Alamar wrote on May 1, 2012, 10:32:
This is all just a publicity stunt for the new iPeed...

-Alamar

Quick, send some money to my kickstarter for the iLoLd!

Now, I can monetize the laughter of PC enthusiasts whenever they read stories like this about Apple gear getting destroyed!
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
May 1, 2012, 10:32
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Re: Evening Tech Bits May 1, 2012, 10:32
May 1, 2012, 10:32
 
This is all just a publicity stunt for the new iPeed...

-Alamar
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
May 1, 2012, 08:52
Rigs
 
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Re: Evening Tech Bits May 1, 2012, 08:52
May 1, 2012, 08:52
 Rigs
 
Oh god, don't get me started with the kids in school bullshit! Kids today have ZERO respect for pretty much anything. Even shit they like they mangle and destroy from neglect or stupidity. Who should pay? The parents! When I was a kid, it was 'You broke it, you're parents buy it!'. No gray areas, no 'uh...' no bullshit. They can have a zero policy for stupid shit but then let the kids go for destroying property. Apple, PC, doesn't matter. I realize you guys have it out for the fruit, but damn, the $36,000 comes from somewhere, you know...


=-Rigs-=
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
May 1, 2012, 07:59
Beamer
 
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Re: Evening Tech Bits May 1, 2012, 07:59
May 1, 2012, 07:59
 Beamer
 
Why is a USB power dongle $1000?

Sounds... wrong. Sounds like one of those things you do when you know your primary customer is the government...
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
May 1, 2012, 07:48
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Re: Evening Tech Bits May 1, 2012, 07:48
May 1, 2012, 07:48
 
insurance scam
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
May 1, 2012, 06:34
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Re: Evening Tech Bits May 1, 2012, 06:34
May 1, 2012, 06:34
 
I like the cut of that kids jib.
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
May 1, 2012, 05:41
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Re: Evening Tech Bits May 1, 2012, 05:41
May 1, 2012, 05:41
 
Just awesome. That's the way to treat apple products. Waiting for the kid to take a piss in the Apple store next.
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
May 1, 2012, 03:10
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Re: Evening Tech Bits May 1, 2012, 03:10
May 1, 2012, 03:10
 
most simple water sealing would suffice... ain't no water pressure above water level after all ;p

Alternatively, just get higher carts...
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
May 1, 2012, 01:50
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May 1, 2012, 01:50
 
Kid should get a award for doing this, time to take a donation drive up for him.
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
May 1, 2012, 01:44
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Re: Evening Tech Bits May 1, 2012, 01:44
May 1, 2012, 01:44
 
Wallshadows wrote on May 1, 2012, 00:00:
After working tech support for an interactive whiteboard company for a few years, you would be surprised about how often things like this happen where teachers will simply trust their students or completely neglect their tech.

I dealt with one customer where a kid cut the USB power dongle to 18 boards. 18. That came to about $25,000 in damages for brand new boards and we couldn't cover any of them because it voided the warranty due to negligence.

Not long after that, I dealt with another school tech who lost a total of 12 projectors over several weeks because the kids would jam paper in to the air ducts which ultimately lead to the bulbs literally exploding inside the unit. I'm sure some still worked but we would have had to charge them quite a sum of money to have the units shipped to us to be properly cleaned due to Mercury, servicing fees, and buying a new bulb. I'm not sure what happened to them after that though but that was about $20,000 worth of projectors. Normally, if the bulb blows before the rated hours or we deem it not due to neglect, we handled it all for free and cross ship a model to them to minimize downtime but not in this case.

There are a lot more stories I could talk about where things like this happen, some are accidents and some are on purpose, either way if you find yourself with a ton of tech equipment in a public school, expect the worst and lock shit up.

Don't worry, last I heard the US is planning on giving kids just iPads. I'm sure those will be very rugged and kid-proof. I know kids already throw their bags on their ground normally, not even thinking about when they get mad, so the whole front side glass should totally stand up to it.
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
May 1, 2012, 01:41
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eRe4s3r wrote on May 1, 2012, 00:21:
Air vents where you can stick paper in? Sounds like a design problem to me.

School equipment needs to be hardened against that. If schools buy stuff from Walmart shelves what do they expect?

Salesman: So, would you care to have your equipment pee-proof?
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
May 1, 2012, 00:21
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Re: Evening Tech Bits May 1, 2012, 00:21
May 1, 2012, 00:21
 
Air vents where you can stick paper in? Sounds like a design problem to me.

School equipment needs to be hardened against that. If schools buy stuff from Walmart shelves what do they expect?
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
May 1, 2012, 00:00
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Re: Evening Tech Bits May 1, 2012, 00:00
May 1, 2012, 00:00
 
After working tech support for an interactive whiteboard company for a few years, you would be surprised about how often things like this happen where teachers will simply trust their students or completely neglect their tech.

I dealt with one customer where a kid cut the USB power dongle to 18 boards. 18. That came to about $25,000 in damages for brand new boards and we couldn't cover any of them because it voided the warranty due to negligence.

Not long after that, I dealt with another school tech who lost a total of 12 projectors over several weeks because the kids would jam paper in to the air ducts which ultimately lead to the bulbs literally exploding inside the unit. I'm sure some still worked but we would have had to charge them quite a sum of money to have the units shipped to us to be properly cleaned due to Mercury, servicing fees, and buying a new bulb. I'm not sure what happened to them after that though but that was about $20,000 worth of projectors. Normally, if the bulb blows before the rated hours or we deem it not due to neglect, we handled it all for free and cross ship a model to them to minimize downtime but not in this case.

There are a lot more stories I could talk about where things like this happen, some are accidents and some are on purpose, either way if you find yourself with a ton of tech equipment in a public school, expect the worst and lock shit up.
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Apr 30, 2012, 23:29
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Apr 30, 2012, 23:29
 
Pee Cee, epic play on words.
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Apr 30, 2012, 23:22
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Apr 30, 2012, 23:22
 
Fitting response for Apple products.
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