Some things, like fine wine and cheese, only get better with age. The computers in my district are not among those things.

The passage of time, along with the help of viruses and user abuse, had turned our once state-of-the-art computer lab in the Kearney, Mo., School District into a room filled with machines that were little more than glorified paperweights.

The lab consisted of 32 machines that were all Pentium IIs or older, and none of them were able to run anything more than Windows 98 and Office...

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