When Dell introduced the GX 100 series (which includes the GX 110) in 1999, they were considered state-of-the-art performance machines.
Dell offered the following selling points for the machines: <ul><li>“Dependable Managed PCs. The Smart Choice for Demanding Networks (with) </li></ul><ul><li>Reliability </li></ul><ul><li>Configuration Stability </li></ul><ul><li>Serviceability </li></ul><ul><li>Manageability” </li></ul><ul><li>http://web.archive.org/web/20000302062417/www.dell.com/us/en/k12/products/series_optix_desktops.htm </li></ul>
CNN said this about the GX 100: <ul><li>“Make no mistake about it. Users today demand powerful PCs that come equipped with state-of-the-art features. They also demand all of that functionality and capability at an affordable price. With prices starting at $829 and all of the latest hardware installed, Dell Computer Corp.'s new Optiplex GX100 is just one of those machines” (McNair). </li></ul>
<ul><li>PC World said of the GX 110: “This powerful managed PC is sure to be a front-runner on any corporation's approved list.” http://www.pcworld.com/article/14453/dell_optiplex_gx110.html </li></ul><ul><li>More importantly, John Huber said , “When we got those white computers, I thought they were great. They were so fast compared to my home computer.” </li></ul>
<ul><li>To be fair, at one time those statements probably were true. That was a long time ago! </li></ul><ul><li>Computer years move faster than dog years. </li></ul><ul><li>In recent years we faced a new reality when it came to our beloved GX 100s and 110s. </li></ul>
<ul><li>They were slow </li></ul><ul><li>They were overburdened </li></ul><ul><li>They crashed frequently </li></ul><ul><li>They didn’t run modern software and applications </li></ul><ul><li>They were ugly </li></ul>
I often wished I could sell mine on eBay. I could make enough make enough money to buy a pizza or a new CD (which would have been unplayable on my old GX 110 since the disc drive hadn’t worked in years).
<ul><li>Will new computers solve all of our problems? </li></ul><ul><li>Have slow, overburdened, ugly computers that frequently crash been crutches that we’ve used to justify our non-use of modern technology? </li></ul>
<ul><li>We’ve been fortunate enough to get new computers. They’ve got fast processors, large hard drives and flat screen monitors. </li></ul><ul><li>If we had a crutch to lean on, it’s gone! </li></ul><ul><li>While use of technology can’t take the place of quality instruction, we also can’t view use of technology as a hindrance to getting through the curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>The time is now to learn the use of new technology and ideas to enhance what we teach. We can do it together! </li></ul>
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