Alright, let's see. The common laptop here at my school this is a Dell Latitude, models from early 2008.
3GB RAM, 667MHz
Core 2 Duo ~2.2GHz, 667MHz FSB, 4MB L2 cache
80GB SATA 7,200RPM Hard Drive
14" 1440x900 screen w/gloss
Windows XP Professional (SP1?!)
Some features of said laptop? An Ambient Light sensor, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11n.
First of all, my school doesn't have WiFi. AND, most features on the computer are disabled and locked through the BIOS. So WTF? Why spend all the money for these features if they're just going to be locked away? 802.11n? Why? Why all the RAM? A freshman 'round here won't use a quarter of that. 80GB HDD? Why, when all you need is around 10GB for the Operating System -- because everything is on a single server in the building for student's personal storage.
14" High-Def widescreen? WHY?! Especially if they're going to set it to 1024x768 and lock it there!?
A 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo? What for? They aren't going to be playing Call of Duty on the thing, they're going to do webbrowsing and proxying into facebook FFS!
Now let's move onto Desktops. This year, guess what we got.
4GB RAM, 1066MHz
3.2GHz AMD Phenom Processors, insane FSB, insane L2 cache.
250GB 7,200RPM SATA Hard Drives
17" - 19" Dell flat panels
Now, WHY?! Student's will *never* use any of that potential, even with classes that use AutoCAD, etc!
Now the school wonders why we have such a big budget problem, because we're blowing off money on needless items. It's sickening. Our BOCES IT wannabes know less than my 5 year old sister does. You know, two-finger clacking for typing, and can't tell the difference between DVI and VGA. Yeah, they're *that* nooby. What makes it worse, is that they think that they know it all because "they're the tech guys!". They get all pissed off when they get corrected by me or one of my comrades who also know a decent amount of IT things, and the comeback they always give is "well, this is just how it is." PSSHT!!
You know the grand finaly? Every year, we get *new* machines, while the ones that were new the year before, are decommished and thrown in the trash. Yeah, you read that correctly. Expensive $2000+ computers just tossed aside to get melted down. (Oh, and for those who don't know, I'm still on probation for Grand Larceny for taking 4 of said "junked" computers -- me and a former friend of mine).
Now, instead of paying $2000 for each machine (we're talking 500+ computers here thoughout the whole school), we should pay $300 for a simple Dell Vostro -- 512MB RAM, decent Celeron M processor -- you know, keep it simple! There's no reason to have to spend so much on needless things and throw the school district into so much debt that we need to cut *varsity sports*, after school programs and clubs, and extra help sessions for something as foolish as this.
So what are me, friends of mine, and a few teachers putting together? A petition to fire the wannabe IT guys from our district, hire new ones, and get a recycling plan going for used computers and drastically lowering the budget. Right now, what we're doing is using an official of the superintendent who supports what we're trying to put together, is that in our Naval ROTC program that I'm in, me and my appointed team (I am the lead IT manager for the ROTC program) go down and get our hands dirty, finding what machines are working, salvagable, usable, etc, and taking them up into our ROTC storage room so that they aren't going to waste.
We'll see what happens with that. But who agrees with me? There needs to be change, especially with the economy being the way it is nowadays.