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November 2009

Douglas from the Ministry of Education revealed a plan to help finance the connection of fibre optics at the school gate to the school network in conjunction with the 1.5 billion broadband agenda announced by the Government and undertaken by the Ministry of Economic Development.  100 schools will be offered this help in the first phase in 2010.

Albert from Northland Polytechnic proposed a few open source software packages for teaching purposes and pointed out that any skills picked up by students should be transferrable and not limited to any commercial product.  This is a valuable guideline for schools to design Open Source teaching.

TN provided a perspective of cloud computing as out-sourcing of hardware assets and human resources and suggested an attitude borrowed from rainforests.  PC platform is at its 3rd stage of evolution and the codes for storage systems have now been deciphered (by Compucon).  Once we understand the architecture, IT managers will be able to manage hardware assets as leisurely as rangers of rainforest.

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