Date: Fri, 15 May 2009 16:15:26 +0200
Reply-To: Marta García-Granero <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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From: Marta García-Granero <email@example.com>
Subject: A bit OT: When is technical support for SPSS 15 going to end?
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Or, phrased in a different way, when will renewal licenses for SPSS 15
stop being supplied?
This is, obviously, a question directed to any spss-dot-com people that
might be reading it.
For a European University teacher, as I am, in the middle of the
adaptation to Bologna process (see link below), that causes a major
restructuring of the courses I'm involved in, it is an important
question. Last time I was caught in the middle of a forced update (from
SPSS 13 to SPSS 15, due to SPSS 13 "death"), I spent a hectic month
modifying every single screen shot inside my many books that was
different between versions (a lot, I can assure). This was aggravated by
the fact that our transition to SPSS 15 was delayed until early
September, because our local SPSS representative took almost a month to
deliver the new version (I had even to ask Hector Maletta's help to get
a screen shot I badly needed and couldn't get, because I had SPSS 15
beta in English, and the screen shot had to be in Spanish). I distinctly
remember that the number of white hairs sprouting from my head had
increased exponentially by the end of the month.
This year, I'm planning my summer work with a lot of time, because with
the Bologna process affecting a lot of courses of mine (some are being
duplicated while both plans, the old one and Bologna, coexist, with
courses similar in content, but with different length, topics, scheduled
for different terms...). So far, I have been almost drowned by paperwork
(the teaching guides, description of the topics covered, detailed
timetables...).If I have to move from SPSS 15 to PASW 17 before
September 1st, I'd rather know NOW, to have time to adapt old books
while writing the new ones, although I'm afraid that the old computers
used for teaching will not be able to cope with PASW 17 (I tested it on
a 2 GHz processor, 1 Gb RAM, Windows XP SP3 and it definitely
crawled...). I REALLY hope that I'll still have SPSS 15 for one more
year, until the worst of the adaptation to new teaching plans, with new
courses... is over. That will also give time to renew the computers
(there are plans for that, I have been told).
Hoping I will not have to say goodbye to SPSS 15 yet...
(affected by an acute Bologna syndrome)
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