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Are Schools Giving Students The Wrong Idea About Technology?

Sep 29, 2009, 00:04 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by J LaCroix)

[ Thanks to J LaCroix for this link. ]

"For the most part, I have found a way around the closed source requirements of my college. I access the college website with Firefox, and I use Open Office to create my college papers and assignments with. With Open Office, I can save documents as Word documents which generally satisfy their requirements. The problem is that Open Office doesn't work as well with the Word format (currently) as Microsoft Office itself would, and there are compatibility problems that I sometimes have to deal with. (Disappearing tables that have caused me to redo entire assignments, for example).

"It hasn't been completely possible for me to co-exist in this environment though. One class I took required Visio. Another had labs that only worked in Internet Explorer. For that reason, I had to keep a virtualized Windows XP on my Linux laptop, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to complete my assignments. Even worse, one of the classes required me to create an infrastructure for a fictional business, and almost the entire book focused on Windows. (For that assignment I created an infrastructure with a mix of Windows and Linux machines anyway, so there!)"

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