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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A View Post
    It is extremely unlikely that this is as a result of a setting on TFSA. Try running TRACERT from the command prompt which may help identify where the problem is.

    Alternatively, if you connect via a static IP address, PM me your IP address and I'll look into it.
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    So i am looking into a paperless 2020 ...a system to bill customs while on site etc etc

    I went and had a look at an ipad with a plug in keypad and pencil (rounded figues)

    R5000 for the ipad gen 7

    R2500 for the pencil

    R3500 for the keypad

    I think i am gona stick to my R30 pen and R3 brown cover note books for now.
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    Hi Kavesh

    I won't get into the apple debate - no winners on that argument.

    Both the active and passive stylus will work taking down notes. Normally an active stylus has an input button that can be set to be used as an eraser or a double click, making his life easier when taking notes.

    Incredible Connection (not a marketing plug I promise) have the Fundi 2-1 13.3" online at R4499 including active stylus. They also advertise a 3 year warranty Upon Registration, which you can complete online.

    egadgets.co.za - R4450 including delivery

    Compare the specs and make your own decision. There is quite a big difference between the Fundi 13.3 " screen and X360 at 11.6" in terms of landscape, and you child staring at it all day. The HP also has 500gig of storage compared to 32 on the Fundi - but the Fundi is emmc, so it will be a lot quicker to access. You may have to add an SD card to the Fundi if you need more space, but that isn't a very expensive exercise. Also try compare battery life between the models - nothing worse than having to be plugged in in every second class just to be able to work

    If you are shopping purely on price - have you had a look at the Galactic Flex?

    Both machines have different merits, but you aren't the one working on it all day. Take you child to the local pc shop, give him the 2 options, and let him decide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A View Post
    Given what I've seen among adults on the topic, can you imagine the playground "debates" between the kids about the merits of the different brands and operating systems...
    Lol at this, Im not for apple either i have had this discussion way way too may times to do it again as for ops question. I had a hp and I put that thing through alot in college and after its had many sips of my morning coffee it was my second HP that lasted like that. I hear alot of bad things about hp especially the support related issues. I think However we just see more of it as its a more present brand. If there were as many acers or mecers or dells out there we would surely also hear alot of complaints. And like you said 3 years warranty, and the cables thing if they cant make an effort to make the outside look like quality imagine what the inside must look like.
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    Thanks for all the replies guys. We eventually decided on the Mecer Fundi.
    I bought the device from SAVE Hyper for R4 699. It was a new spec than the one at incredible connection with 128gb storage. Only 1 year warranty though.
    One of the big reasons for going the Mecer route was the active stylus included. Read many articles which suggested that an active stylus is more precise.
    Due to the intended purpose of the device I was not keen to spend more than I really needed to.
    So far my son is really only using it for Maths. The other subject teachers are not geared up to it it seems. There are other failings at school where the wifi infrastructure appears to be totally inadequate as it has crashed a few times.
    My son keeps telling me that he is unable to download any material the teachers have tried to give them. So far I am not a happy parent of this experiment!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kavesh View Post
    Thanks for all the replies guys. We eventually decided on the Mecer Fundi.
    I bought the device from SAVE Hyper for R4 699. It was a new spec than the one at incredible connection with 128gb storage. Only 1 year warranty though.
    One of the big reasons for going the Mecer route was the active stylus included. Read many articles which suggested that an active stylus is more precise.
    Due to the intended purpose of the device I was not keen to spend more than I really needed to.
    So far my son is really only using it for Maths. The other subject teachers are not geared up to it it seems. There are other failings at school where the wifi infrastructure appears to be totally inadequate as it has crashed a few times.
    My son keeps telling me that he is unable to download any material the teachers have tried to give them. So far I am not a happy parent of this experiment!
    Don't whine - be part of a solution!!!!!!!!

    Education is a team effort - Both my daughters are doing well at university in spite of the national education system. We taught them to ask for help and find solutions rather than sit back and whine all day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kavesh View Post
    So far my son is really only using it for Maths. The other subject teachers are not geared up to it it seems. There are other failings at school where the wifi infrastructure appears to be totally inadequate as it has crashed a few times.
    My son keeps telling me that he is unable to download any material the teachers have tried to give them. So far I am not a happy parent of this experiment!
    Any idea as to whether these are teething problems that will improve in the near future, or is this going to be a long process?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrianh View Post
    Don't whine - be part of a solution!!!!!!!!

    Education is a team effort - Both my daughters are doing well at university in spite of the national education system. We taught them to ask for help and find solutions rather than sit back and whine all day.
    lol......this may seem like a whine but really it is stating the facts as they are now.
    Have you ever met with school teachers? I am generalizing here but most of them will not listen to positive feedback or will not accept assistance. Well that has been my experience.
    We are meeting the principal this week to further discuss our concerns.
    So easy to say be part of the solution, will they accept help? that is a another issue!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A View Post
    Any idea as to whether these are teething problems that will improve in the near future, or is this going to be a long process?
    Dave, if you did not bring in experts to assist in setting up your infrastructure and the fact that teh teachers had not been trained on how to use the device as a teaching aid, or the fact that the teachers had no idea at the beginning of the year whether they were going to be given devices to use or have to buy their own, tells me of the preparation for this.
    My gut says that this is going to be a long frustrating process.
    Thus far the only subject it is being used for is Maths. The school said they were going completely digital in all subjects this year for the entire high school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kavesh View Post
    lol......this may seem like a whine but really it is stating the facts as they are now.
    Have you ever met with school teachers? I am generalizing here but most of them will not listen to positive feedback or will not accept assistance. Well that has been my experience.
    We are meeting the principal this week to further discuss our concerns.
    So easy to say be part of the solution, will they accept help? that is a another issue!
    I understand where you are coming from - that said, I am a pragmatic person, If I can't solve a problem in one way then I'll solve it in another way - To me life is about finding solutions (to the real problems) - If the school is crap then work around it in some way - and yes, I will admit that I whine about lots of stuff - I HATE THE TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT - MORONS!
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