Comments on: Bill Gates Foundation Buys 1100 TT2's for NYC Edu

NYTALKS, a statewide school leadership training initiative aimed at superintendents and principals in public and private K-12 schools, is adding 1,100 Palm Tungsten T2 handhelds to the three-year program, Palm, Inc. announced today. The purchase is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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gates buying palms??

Origen @ 7/23/2003 12:11:41 PM #
Do you think someone should tell the purchaser at the foundation that TT2s are not running a Microsoft product? This could be a huge PR black eye for PPC devices. :)

RE: gates buying palms??
lemketron @ 7/23/2003 12:54:11 PM #
Shhhhh!!! Don't *tell* them!!! Let it be our little secret!!! ;-)
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epall @ 7/23/2003 1:04:41 PM #

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Lucky Bob @ 7/23/2003 1:16:50 PM #
Kinda ironic, huh? :P

Hey, the purpose is to improve or enhance the educational system, not promote products.

(Why do some people say you can kill two birds with one stone when it's hard enough killing one bird with two stones?)

RE: gates buying palms??
epall @ 7/23/2003 1:35:14 PM #
riiiiight. Just like Microsoft offering to give away Windows software to schools as part of their settlement? Riiight, for the education.

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Foo Fighter @ 7/23/2003 1:56:11 PM #
I don't see why everyone finds this story so shocking. This happens quite often. Microsoft's donation funds are used on many competing products. Some schools have purchased Macs or even servers and workstations running Linux. Big deal.

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Token User @ 7/23/2003 5:53:32 PM #
... and I am sure that Palm buy Microsoft products.

I have nothing but complete and utmost respect for the efforts of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is NOT Microsoft and is independantly administered (by Bill's Dad's Law Firm I think).

And besides - we all know that PalmOS apps render Microsoft documents far better than a PPC anyway ;)

~ "Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed." - DV ~

Very nice of Bill

popko @ 7/23/2003 4:28:28 PM #
Does it matter if the Gates Foundation is buying TT2 and not PPC? After all, the foundation was supposed to be non-profitable.

There are a lot people who have just as much money as Bill. Yet Bill is one of the few who are willing to give back some for the good of all.

RE: Very nice of Bill
Pepper @ 7/23/2003 5:25:22 PM #
I must wonder though, who is more responsible, bill or his wife? if i recall correctly, he didnt make any major donations with his funds until she started encouraging him to


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RE: Very nice of Bill
statdoc @ 7/26/2003 6:26:09 AM #
Many of us are much nicer and more thoughtful because of our spouses. I certainly am.

RE: Very nice of Bill
rcartwright @ 7/27/2003 3:37:15 PM #
While I enjoy a good bash of Bill as much as the next Palm powered person, this is one he ought to get a break on. First, I strongly suspect that marriage and fatherhood has, like many who have gone before him and the fact that he is no longer 23 has changed his outlook on the world. Also, like it or not he won the software wars of the last 20 years. What do you do for an encore? He could do much worse.

Also, on the hardware purchase, the foundation can't really tie the purchase of Micrsoft products and OS to a grant for VERY arcane reasons of tax and 501c3 rules and law since the grantor (Bill) has a vested interest. Anyway, if the group had purchased PPC, people would slam Gates for putting strings on the gift. Its a Catch-22.

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