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I know this kid who's a senior at an underfunded high school. They've been doing things right, taking AP classes, calc, chem and all that, on the student board. I wrote them a letter of recommendation and handed it over on a thumb drive. Guess what, they don't have a computer. I printed up the letter and ordered a refurb Dell laptop. I didn't get Office on it. They don't use it at school, they use what is I guess a similar suite on Google? I wonder if I should have gotten them Office? The idea is to get them used to having and using a laptop so they're not behind the power curve when they get to college.
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I know this kid who's a senior at an underfunded high school. They've been doing things right, taking AP classes, calc, chem and all that, on the student board. I wrote them a letter of recommendation and handed it over on a thumb drive. Guess what, they don't have a computer. I printed up the letter and ordered a refurb Dell laptop. I didn't get Office on it. They don't use it at school, they use what is I guess a similar suite on Google? I wonder if I should have gotten them Office? The idea is to get them used to having and using a laptop so they're not behind the power curve when they get to college.
There's a Google office suite that my son's school uses, and this high school isn't underfunded. I don't think it's a particular advantage to have experience in one software suite or another. In general, if you know what you want to do, it's easy enough to find out how to do it.

When they get into college, the college may offer free or discounted software. My daughter is currently using the Office 365 subscription that her college offers to all students.

So, no, you didn't need to get them Office, but I wouldn't complain if you had. :D
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Ah thanks, this is what I was wondering, point by point. :) I remember getting a student version of Office, and I wondered if that was still done, twenty years on.

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Old 10-15-2019, 04:55 PM
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Omg education discounts are where itís at!
In the past Iíve used my Momís teaching credentials to buy multiple things through CreationEngine.com which gives sometimes massive educational discounts. Many brands are quite happy to sell their product for a more reasonable price if it means getting college students to learn their software.
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"First hit's free."

Many smaller puhlishers distinguish between a commercial enterprise and a small user. I have an app that was priced at $25 Student, $99 small business/personal, $500 medium/large licence. I used the trial so much I paid them the lousy $99.

Big publishers? Student rate or $5000, nothing in between. :)
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Old 10-16-2019, 11:33 AM
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I am somewhat ashamed that I didn't immediately think of The Luggage.

Too busy watching it crashing into the displays and actually knocking a light off. And imagining the autonomous bomb-disposal robot following it with the same programming.
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Info still on Ofcom site, the Group was just an informal. But really, a Yahoo Group? What?
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Telco has always been big on early adopting, and it is lousy with nerds. So there is a lot of essential but non-official information cataloged in weird places like Angelfire pages and people's personal websites on their own servers and stuff like that. So Yahoo Groups doesn't really surprise me too much.

I'm sure the official database is safe and secure on an AS/400 somewhere, remotely accessible via some 30 year old homegrown gateway.
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Ah thanks, this is what I was wondering, point by point. :) I remember getting a student version of Office, and I wondered if that was still done, twenty years on.
Yes and no. Student editions used to be such a good deal that people used them well past the point of graduation. They belatedly caught on, and student editions have become universally shit - locked down, feature-deprived, often timelocked and pointlessly cloudwared too.
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I too require a desktop weasel.

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Have been seeing various blurbs about "no code" app development and I'm confused about how would that work, exactly? Drag and drop? How would a "no code developer" implement a complicated SQL query? Things like that.
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Have been seeing various blurbs about "no code" app development and I'm confused about how would that work, exactly? Drag and drop? How would a "no code developer" implement a complicated SQL query? Things like that.
It's called the Wesley Crusher Dev Tools Package.
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Typing this on an ipad pro that Iíve had for 2 years now, and Iím totally sold on the future of computing being a combination key and touch screen device. However Iím not sold on getting another iPad and just like their desktops Iím considering looking somewhere else for the next touch screen device.

While there are plenty of little issues it all comes down to nothing feeling finished, thereís lots of little quality of life interface adjustments that would have been clear to a developer that used its products seriously but were just skipped over, even in the most recent ĎiPad OSí.

Everything is best summed up in the keyboard, the overpriced Ďoptionalí keyboard, which attaches cleverly but also poorly using magnets in a way that works 80% of the time. Feels flimsy even though it isnít. Oh and provides additional features like good old fashion shortcut keys and quick keys that you just canít easily access on the touch interface. So here we have the optional accessory thatís required to gain back functionality seen in every old school computer, and you are locked into that specific accessory, making it not really optional anymore.

If this was a first gen early adopter product I would be amazed, but itís not.
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Have been seeing various blurbs about "no code" app development and I'm confused about how would that work, exactly? Drag and drop? How would a "no code developer" implement a complicated SQL query? Things like that.
Heck, I missed that, but I cannot find an explainer that's not a press release, to elaborate on how it's not just relatively sophisticated code libraries tied to a specific framework.

I was working on corporate code libraries for novice developers in like 1992.
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Typing this on an ipad pro that Iíve had for 2 years now, and Iím totally sold on the future of computing being a combination key and touch screen device. However Iím not sold on getting another iPad and just like their desktops Iím considering looking somewhere else for the next touch screen device.
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This might not be your cup of tea (it's not a touchpad, but a convertible laptop) but: three years ago I bought (through Woot) a refurbished Dell Latitude 3189 2-in-1 (approx. 11" diagonal) for my grandaughter to use for the remote portions of her home schooling. (At the time, she was living in India with our daughter and son-in-law.) It cost about $350.

I liked the 3189 so much that, when my daughter's Mac failed and I lent her my MacBook Air to finish up some vidoe editing for her doctoral project, I bought the 8BG version for myself. It's got a lower-end processor (N4200), but it was ruggedized for school use (Gorilla Glass screen, bumpers all around, spill-resistant keyboard), and I don't do any photo/movie editing or play games. I used it for surfing the web and for general word-processing (e.g., when I had work to do on a weekend and didn't want to lug my work machine home). It fit into a smallish shoulder bag with room to spare. Battery was good for 5-6 hours (vs. less-than-two for my MacBook Air, running Windows under Parallels). It's great on airplanes.

I paid to extend the (one-year) warranty for an additional two years, and during that time Dell replaced my motherboard (and more) to fix a headphone jack that had stopped working, and sent me an new (125GB SSD) hard drive when a diagnostic indicated that it was failing.

This year, it would have cost over $200 to extend the warranty for another year. Instead, for $325 (on Amazon), I bought a refurbished 3190 2-in-1 (has a slightly better processor). I have that set up for work, but I still have the 3189 (nothing wrong with it but a sticky "," key), and I can play with it. It's currently running Zorin OS 15.1, and doing well.

BTW, I've tried several flavors of Linux on this machine (Bodhi, Manjaro, Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu Mate, Kubuntu, Mint), and Zorin is by far the best distro I've found for use with a 2-in-1.

P.S. We have the MacBook Air (2015 model) back from our daughter, but the 2-in-1 actually fits my needs better, so Mrs. S uses it. Her 2008 iMac is getting long in the tooth (no longer really supported), and she won't let me get her a new one unless they revive the original Bondi blue all-in-one.
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Have been seeing various blurbs about "no code" app development and I'm confused about how would that work, exactly? Drag and drop? How would a "no code developer" implement a complicated SQL query? Things like that.
Heck, I missed that, but I cannot find an explainer that's not a press release, to elaborate on how it's not just relatively sophisticated code libraries tied to a specific framework.

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Minimal app complexity ó One of the biggest limitations of using no-code development platforms is that the complexity and feature-richness of an application can be limited. The elimination of coding means that platform users are stuck with whatever functionalities, themes, and frameworks the platform offers, and thereís no real way to work around that because source code access is nonexistent. If looking to get a no-code development platform, keep this in mind: If youíre wanting to create a complex app, this type of software might not be for you.

Difficulty meeting business requirements ó Because of the relatively minimal complexity of features and functions offered by no-code development platforms, itís difficult for them to meet more complex business needs. Some functions that businesses perform daily might not be "standard" enough to be included as a prebuilt app functionality. Or the functionalities might exist in the basic sense but canít scale to the size or complexity a business needs. This may make it difficult to justify a no-code platform, since it would not be worth spending money on the platform if it will not end up meeting your businessí needs.
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