Joshua Karstendick on 5 Jun 2008 09:29:59 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Drexel's Windows requirements

Hey Chris,

I'm a graduating senior at Drexel. I majored in math and minored in
computer science, and those departments are very Linux-friendly. I'm
sorry your prof is giving you such a hassle.

Personally, I haven't had any issues submitting files through
Blackboard on my MacBook Pro, but I assume you're running Linux. I
recommend you just go to a computer lab on campus to use a Windows
machine to submit assignments through Blackboard. The first floor of
Korman has a computer lab anyone can use. Just e-mail the file to
yourself, or if it's too large, upload it to your dunx1 account, which
is accessible in the computer labs.

Joshua Karstendick

On Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 12:22 PM, Christopher M. Jones
<> wrote:
> It has just come to my attention that I'm required to run Windows if I
> attend Drexel.
> Background:
> My first quarter at Drexel I ran into a problem submitting assignments
> through Blackboard. After calling support and much googling, I
> discovered that there is a known defect in Blackboard that prevents it
> from uploading files from anything but a Windows filesystem. So I've
> been submitting assignments by Email, or by cutting and pasting
> assignments into the comment box in the submission form.
> But now my professor has written me a very scathing note informing me
> that none of my assignments will be graded unless I submit them
> "properly", and she quoted me chapter and verse of the "Computer
> Requirements" specification:
> Now, I read this when I signed up at Drexel, but I've always interpreted
> "not supported" as 'we're not going to help you with it.' But in this
> case it seems that "not supported" means 'required to run Windows.'
> This doesn't seem right to me, especially since I see no reason why BB
> would be defective in such an obvious way, except by design. And I can't
> believe that Drexel, of all places, would impose such a restrictive
> regulation! After all, this regulation alienates not only Linux users
> but Mac users, as well.
> I'm angry at the moment, and I feel like writing someone a nasty note,
> organizing petitions and protests, etc. Of course I won't, because I
> don't know who to write and I doubt anyone would listen.
> Comments? Advice?
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