Why isn't Rev more popular?

Judy Perry jperryl at ecs.fullerton.edu
Fri Dec 2 14:20:39 CST 2005


Yup, that's the perception alrighty, even among supposedly educated PhD
types.

I remember a few years ago when our campus decided to 'get with' the
computer revolution thingy...

Our department almost wasn't 'allowed' to keep our unix server, used in
teaching and learning, because of the following deeply flawed flow of
logic:

(1) We must standardize on a single platform because that will be cheaper
than supporting two platforms  (unix was never even a consideration,
incidentally) --> arguably true, so we'll go on to the next point:

(2) There are more applications for Windows than any other platform -->
again, arguably true if you're thinking only in terms of Windows vs. Mac

therefore,

(3) Everyone will be standardized on Windows and the only apps we'll allow
are the standard MS apps because those are the apps that everybody uses.
--> Huh?? how did we get from (2) to (3) again???

:-(

Judy

On Fri, 2 Dec 2005, Mathewson wrote:

> I think that over the last 12 years there has been a change
> in people's perception of computers and what can be done by
> them.
>
> Certainly, in Bulgaria there is the perception that:
>
> 1. The ability to use Microsoft Word and connect to the
> internet is all that anybody needs to know except for:
>
> 2. Computer experts - who need to know the full nine-yards.
>
> In England my mother (who is in her middle 70s) attended a
> course entitled "Computers for the terrified" - it said, in
> its prospectus, that it would make all attendees 'fully
> computer literate' - did it hell? - it taught Mother how to
> type a letter in MSWord, print it out, open Internet
> Explorer, browse the internet and sign up for a Yahoo
> e-mail account. Unfortunately, the gum-chewing peasantry
> that constitute the generality of the spending public have
> been fed the idea that this is what constitutes computer
> literacy:





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