Sat Mar 14 20:08:29 EDT 2009
Dell is counting on growth in the K-8 sector (and possibly businesses
e.g. sales force) as older students switch to netbooks instead of full
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From: Sean DALY <sdaly.be at gmail.com>
Date: Tue, May 19, 2009 at 10:36 AM
Subject: Dell Latitude 2100 School Netbooks: Dell PR + Dell blog post
+ Flickr set + YouTuve vid + CNet article
To: iaep <iaep at lists.sugarlabs.org>, Sugar Labs Marketing
<Marketing at lists.sugarlabs.org>, Sugar Devel
<sugar-devel at lists.sugarlabs.org>
(Unfortunately, the writer has apparently never heard of OLPC and the
XO, crediting the Intel Classmate for being "the first netbook" :-/ =A0)
http://www.Edu4u.com =3D New Dell online community for educators;
education-specific "Educational Personal Purchase Programs"; software
preloading service ("ImageDirect") so school districts can receive
ready-to-deploy computers not needing admin prep; "TechKnow" 40-hour
training program to help students troubleshoot tech problems directly;
"webNetwork private cloud" pilot claims to provide "secure web access
to web, hosted web or Windows applications and data, from anywhere,
using any device."
Dell Latitude 2100:
* Aimed specifically at education market.
* Choice of Windows XP Home, Vista Home Basic or Ubuntu (!).
* 10.1" 1024x576 LED screen; optional touchscreen claimed as a "first"
for an educational netbook.
* Intel Atom N270, 1 Gb of RAM
* Storage: hard drive < 250Gb, SSD < 16Gb
* "Surfing" LED bar on the top of opened cover ("Network Activity
Light") designed to inform teacher when kids have wireless activity;
apparently can be called by applications. No info about whether it can
be turned off (in a class running Sugar, all those machines would be
blinking all the time, could drive anybody nuts)
* Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11g standard, 802.11n optional
* SD/MMC card reader.
* VGA port, 3 USB ports, headphone/speaker out, microphone in
* Rubberized case (optional strap with locking anti-theft feature) in
five colors ("School Bus Gold, Chalkboard Black, Ball Field Green,
Blue Ribbon and Schoolhouse Red"... reminds me of my beloved 1966
Chevy Chevelle in "Tropic Turquoise")
* 24-bay classroom charging station available in the US and has LAN
update feature for admins.
* Window on battery pack for inserting school & student name.
* Optional webcam.
* Optional anti-microbial keyboard (US-only; for my part, I recommend
"wash hands with soap")
* MSRP: $369
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