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  • From: "M.K. Chatterji" <chat@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: technocracy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001 22:39:36 -0500

About 1,100 Sun Ray computers have supplanted desktop PCs at
Michigan Technological University because of the potential
savings in time and money that they offer. Using information
appliances, most computing is handled by the servers, removing
the need to purchase, manage, and support specific machines.
Michigan Tech is the first American institution to deploy
information appliances on such a large scale, but demand for
the appliances has not been as high as anticipated. Many
students already own PCs and are encountering difficulty
getting used to the Unix environment, while some departments
have refused the machines because they lack sufficient
computing power for research projects or specialized software
for administrative operations. Complicating matters is the
fact that PC prices are falling, while the number of colleges
requiring students to bring their own devices is increasing.
(Chronicle of Higher Education, 19 October 2001)

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