The XO laptop gets a Windows makeover
acahalan at gmail.com
Sun Oct 26 21:54:54 EDT 2008
On Sun, Oct 26, 2008 at 7:57 PM, rihoward1 at gmail.com
<rihoward1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> File sharing is not an active real time collaboration tool by any means.
Right. Active real-time collaboration is nice, and I wish my
own editor had it, but I think you're overvaluing it greatly.
> In sugar multiple children can work on the same write document, paint
> document, etc. at the same time and a copy is saved locally.
Last I heard, this is not true regarding the paint program.
It's not true regarding most programs in fact. Peer-to-peer
collaborative software is far from trivial to do decently.
> Means of file sharing can be setup fairly easily in Sugar if you want to
> move raw files around. Currently file sharing is performed through activity
Right, it could be fixed. There has been recent effort,
but Windows is still way ahead in this critical area.
> Just because MS Excel is used by some for science, engineering and
> statistics does not mean it is the correct tool for the job. There are too
> many serious problems with MS Excel that have never been fixed and have
> caused serious problems with a number of scientific projects, etc., that
> relied on MS Excel. I too can use a screw driver to hammer a nail into a
> wall but does not mean it is the correct tool.
It often is the correct tool, especially when you consider
things like ease-of-use and versatility. Turning your data
into pretty graphs in a report is easy with Excel. There is
even a built-in programming language, just in case you
should feel the urge to use one.
You can do your science while becoming familiar with a
typical business app. That's an excellent deal.
> I agree with you that there has been a dearth of decent educational software
> on all platforms. There is a chance to start a fresh with a new platform
> that is not encumbered with a legacy of poor offerings in that area.
Many have gone down that path, generally resulting in
a fresh new legacy of poor offerings.
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