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    Sorry if this is a repost but havent seen it mentioned anywhere else.

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    Hopefully this will be useful to someone!


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    I'm watching ebay for them to start been listed



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    I have seen this before somewhere. Looks fantastic as the kids now have so much computer homework.

    Does anyone know of anyone actually receiving one?


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    Daily Mirror said 5000+ have been given away so far but I don't know of anyone personally.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mossycat View Post
    I'm watching ebay for them to start been listed



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    Wouldnt buy a government issue laptop though - it'll probably leave itself on a train after a couple of weeks


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    My gf's kids have got them, the 2 oldest have them, got them in June thru the pilot scheme for it. Not overly impressed with them to be honest. Both have got faults and are awaiting repair, the software loaded on them can be troublesome (netintelligence), blocking access to sites such as google and others that they try to use to research for homework. They got o2 dongles which have hardly any signal at home, the other choice was orangeicon, same problem tho.
    Personally I cant see why they've been issued with them, they're 9 and 10yrs old, so not really at an age that they really need to do homework etc on them. I'm not overly impressed with them to be honest. Don't get me wrong, I'm not ungrateful for them getting them, but do think giving them to kids their age is pointless. At the moment their internet usage is limited to occasional searches on google, and playing games, and they really haven't used the other software, open office etc, so cant see the point in offering it to families with kids their age, surely a bit older, upper/high school age would be better.


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    good idea , but this is only for england , so what about low income sottish familys , is there a sceme the same anyone know


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    Quote Originally Posted by kregrs View Post
    My gf's kids have got them, the 2 oldest have them, got them in June thru the pilot scheme for it. Not overly impressed with them to be honest. Both have got faults and are awaiting repair, the software loaded on them can be troublesome (netintelligence), blocking access to sites such as google and others that they try to use to research for homework. They got o2 dongles which have hardly any signal at home, the other choice was orangeicon, same problem tho.
    Personally I cant see why they've been issued with them, they're 9 and 10yrs old, so not really at an age that they really need to do homework etc on them. I'm not overly impressed with them to be honest. Don't get me wrong, I'm not ungrateful for them getting them, but do think giving them to kids their age is pointless. At the moment their internet usage is limited to occasional searches on google, and playing games, and they really haven't used the other software, open office etc, so cant see the point in offering it to families with kids their age, surely a bit older, upper/high school age would be better.
    I got one of the laptops for my daughter and she loves it. She uses laptops at school so it is easier for her to use a laptop than my slow and noisy desktop pc.

    I had problems with Netintelligence too. It blocked Google and Wikipedia which is annoying when my daughter wanted some information for a school project. I ended up uninstalling it off the laptop. Windows 7 has safe internet guards built in anyway. I can keep an eye on my daughter when she is on the laptop as i wont let her take it out of the front room and she knows i can check which websites she has been on.

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    I called earlier and apparently I could qualify

    They are sending me out an application form. I will let you know how I get on.


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    I called earlier and apparently I could qualify

    They are sending me out an application form. I will let you know how I get on.
    Awesome!


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    So how do you uninstall netintelligence? When we tried it asked for a password!


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    Quote Originally Posted by razorc View Post
    good idea , but this is only for england , so what about low income sottish familys , is there a sceme the same anyone know
    To be fair, Scots get free university education, I know which one I'd rather have for my kids! ;-)


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    To be fair, Scots get free university education, I know which one I'd rather have for my kids! ;-)

    ye agree with that bookworm , should be free uni for whole place aswell


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    Don't get me started on that razorc... We got to the point where my DDicon, who was born in Inverness, was thinking of moving back there after 20 yrs down here, just so she could go back in education!!!


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    Very good idea. Unfortunately with it only being for England I dont qualify either.

    I bought my daughter her own laptop for her Christmas present. She is 8 and i would definately recommend any child to have one. She uses them in school already (I remember when it was the last year in high school, and only if you were with the 'it' gang). She has partial dyslexia so i have no problems with her using it. It has really helped her.


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    So how do you uninstall netintelligence? When we tried it asked for a password!
    I opened Control Panel (in the start menu), go into Programs and Features, click on the Netintelligence program and Uninstall. It does ask for a password which you can get by opening the Netintelligence program, logging in and i think there was a answer on how to uninstall and where you would find the password.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kregrs View Post
    My gf's kids have got them, the 2 oldest have them, got them in June thru the pilot scheme for it. Not overly impressed with them to be honest. Both have got faults and are awaiting repair, the software loaded on them can be troublesome (netintelligence), blocking access to sites such as google and others that they try to use to research for homework. They got o2 dongles which have hardly any signal at home, the other choice was orangeicon, same problem tho.
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    The forms say only 1 child per household, so how come you got 2, only reason I ask is I have 2 children that could benefit from it


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    I contacted child benefit for a letter of confirmation, and was told it can take 6 weeks to send a letter out as they are inundated with requests for these now due to this scheme


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    Quote Originally Posted by sea-sidelady View Post
    I contacted child benefit for a letter of confirmation, and was told it can take 6 weeks to send a letter out as they are inundated with requests for these now due to this scheme
    Having the same trouble myself , requested mine Jan 18th , apparently DWP have been inundated with requests for letters confirming that people are in receipt of CB also spoke to someone at Becta as we were worried there would be a limited amount to go round , were told not to worry as only 30,000 of the 200,000 available grants had so far been given out.



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