[K12OSN] Making K12LTSP 'school friendly'

Julius Szelagiewicz julius at turtle.com
Wed Feb 9 15:28:15 UTC 2005

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> On Tue, 2005-02-08 at 07:16, Burke Almquist wrote:
>> >>> And I really get a kick out of when the libraries argue for more
>> >>> money
>> >>> for books, when I just about never see a student reading a real book
>> >>> anymore.  In fact, I'll bet in a couple years some students won't
>> >>> know
>> >>> you you mean when you say the word "book" :-)
>> >>
>> >> At which point we all will have failed miserably in our jobs as
>> >> educators.
>> >
>> > I'm sure they said the same thing when clay tablets went out of
>> > style.
>> >
>> Yes, but we still know what clay tablets ARE.
> Books will be remembered as a biodegradable material that was used
> before rechargable batteries were perfected.  That is, if reliable
> batteries for portable devices are ever invented...  There may even
> be a historic record of various quaint means used to search for
> interesting passages contained in paper books that were used before
> the invention of google.
> --
>   Les Mikesell
 you are so optimistic, so into the bright future :-)

I've got some 40+ years old computer tapes. Want to read them and tell me
what they contain? Clay tablets survived in readable form more than 400
generations. We have computerized data that can not be read within the
same generation! Books will be remembered as biodegradable nmatter (take a
look at perfevctly preserved newsprint in the landfill - 4 generations),
computers may get forgotten because they require a functioning
infrastructure specifically geared to the technology, and technology
changes quickly.

p.s. you don't need the battery, you already have a neat power source
(that might require some tweaking for off-planet work) - the sugars in
your bloodstream combine well with oxygen. google on that to see how you
generate electricity from that reaction. we'll need that until we switch
to straight implantable devices driven by chemical reactions.

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