Activity Backward Compatibility (was re: Re: joyride 2128 smoketest)

Kim Quirk kim at
Mon Jul 14 11:02:03 EDT 2008

Hmmm... I'm not sure that we have to lose all the information just becuase
we did a clean install. If the backup of user data can be recovered
(especially on a file by file basis). Don't we keep the meta data, so if the
user choose to bring those items back into their laptop don't they still
have date and time stamps, etc.?


On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 10:35 AM, Tomeu Vizoso <tomeu at>

> On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 4:24 PM, Eben Eliason <eben.eliason at>
> wrote:
> > 2008/7/14 Kim Quirk <kim at>:
> >> 3 - Encourage schools to completely reflash (cleaninstall) their laptops
> >> each year. At the end of the school year, you save away kids data
> (hopefully
> >> that is done automatically) and you do a cleaninstall of the next year's
> >> image; retest all the latest versions of Activities that you want to
> use;
> >> and provide 'clean' laptops to the kids at the start of the next school
> >> year.
> >
> > I think this would be a real shame, honestly. It completely tosses out
> > the benefits of the Journal as a structure for ones interactions and
> > created objects.  It means I can't incorporate photos that I took over
> > the summer, or last year, into a story I wrote (for instance, even a
> > "what I did this summer" essay that we've all written at least once).
> > It means I can't go back and look at some math homework I did to
> > refresh myself on how a particular algorithm works.  It means I can't
> > create a new etoys project from an experiment I made last year but
> > didn't have time to continue.  It means that I lose references to all
> > the friends/groups I've made.  It means that my computer is reset to
> > factory state and I have to change my personal preferences all over
> > again.
> What if the web interface to the backups in the school server is as
> good or better than the local journal? Does it change any bit this
> issue?
> Regards,
> Tomeu
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