on 7/26/00 2:54 PM, jeff at jeff at members.evolt.org wrote: > greg, > > :~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ > : From: "Greg Strange" <gstrange at e-tsi.com> > : > : Microsoft gave nearly $200 million dollars to schools > : in 1998 and 1999 for the explicit purpose of buying > : PCs only. > :~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ > > and that is $200 million those schools wouldn't have had if it hadn't been > donated. it would have also been $200 million worth of computers that > wouldn't be available to the students of those schools to use and learn on, > irrespective of the platform. Okay. I have to apologise here because I can't find the article I remember and until then I should just retract my statement and offer some evidence of what I was referring to. I completely agree with you on this. I am not knocking the fact that anyone donates anything to schools. In fact, I applaud it. I was just trying to say that it was a deciding cause in the downward trend in Mac purchases in the education market. > i also find it hard to believe that a charitable donation would carry the > stipulation that a certain platform was purchased. i know firsthand of a > charitable donation to a non-profit where the money will be used to build > something that uses technology that is a direct competitor to asp and yet > there is no stipulation in this instance. In searching M$ site for press releases, I found these matched (somewhat) what I was looking for. http://search.microsoft.com/us/corpinfo/press/Default.asp?so=RECCNT&qu=donat ions+to+schools&boolean=ALL&intCat=0&intCat=1&p=1&nq=NEW (mind the wraps) In most of these articles it speaks of grants (which is what I meant) to schools or educational entities (Indian Reservation educational facilities, libraries and the like) in the form of software (not hardware as I remembered it). Also there is an article about rounding up any computer to be traded up for a PC - not exactly what I was claiming. Anyway, as close I could find. Greg -- I made $500/week eating human flesh. Ask me how!