Nattering on about ourselves

We provide cracking good Internet services — web access, site hosting, email, the lot — to schools in the canton of Zug. One might dare say we're an ISP that's confined to the school quad. We serve 5,000 students and 600 teachers at high schools, prep schools and vocational schools. We're a government-funded nonprofit. We don't charge for our services — wouldn't be cricket, eh wot? — and provide them only to state-accredited public schools. We have neither desire nor opportunity to compete for that provider's clients. Not how a gentleman behaves, you know. In our day, we called that breeding.

We're connected to all the important IX points in Europe — and someone should send word to the colonies — we'll be there in no time.

Though we're non-commercial and rely on state funding — plus the good will of peering partners and some skilled pro bono engineers — we consider ourselves a successful, professional ISP. And we've gone down a storm with our peering partners. Yet as our children's educational needs increase, and the 2,000 PCs now on our campus move toward 10,000, we're on the hunt for even more partners.

A number of potential peering partners think it would be jolly good to support our educational mission, but hesitate when they imagine 5,000 beastly students mucking about on their networks. You know, WikiLeaks and all that rot. Frankly, we don't know what they're on about; thought they were giving us a bit o' the old wind-up. We don't have hackers — we have ethical standards. We've had no rum incidents to date, and we can assure you, we never will. We've systems in place to keep our network tip-top, and to put paid to any spam and abuse. Our professional staff (good chaps, all, from good stock) knows how to keep our system tickety-boo! That's another unfounded fear — that we're an ISP run by some barmy classroom teachers who will surely find a way to cock up your network, if not the entire Internet. Good show, then, that we're run entirely by highly experienced IT professionals, using high-quality equipment and redundant systems.

We have peered brilliantly with many commercial providers without any dodgy business and we're going to keep it that way. But the little blighters' educational needs are growing rapidly, so we require more partners to provide a high-quality Internet service in our classrooms. We reckon a peering relationship is a smashing opportunity for commercial service providers to strengthen their brands through a public contribution that provides real, immediate value to thousands of students.

We would be absolutely delighted to peer with you, and would be awfully pleased to have a chin wag to suss out any opportunities, or to provide more information. Perhaps over tea and crumpets?

Our Schools

Our schools are paragons of excellence and collegiality. Have you ever seen Pink Floyd's "The Wall"? Full of misery, with a cruel, mad old fellow shouting, "If you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding!" Well, our schools are nothing of the sort. If our students want to eat their pudding first, we say go right ahead, lads. You're only young once.

Sapere Aude

Sapere Aude! By Jove, that's a smashing bit of Latin, isn't it? Means "Dare to be wise," and it's something of a motto for us here (you'll find it microscopically inserted into our logo at the upper left). Not to get too hoity toity, but it's a phrase we quite fancy, because the ideals it embodies, as expressed by Horace and Emmanuel Kant, are very dear to us.

Horace called upon his fellow men to dare to attempt, and achieve, and learn through the process rather than mope about in the absence of some perfect moment that never quite arrives. That lot clearly had different problems to us—today every moment is the perfect moment. Every second of every day, the sprawling, incomprehensible sum of human thought and knowledge is a few keystrokes away—it's enough to drive you mental, in both senses of the word. The Internet brings us this, along with the power to make something of it — a Wikipedia article, a startup business, a political movement. That's a lot of power to put in the hands of young people — and we are jolly eager to get on with it.

Kant adopted Horace's exhortation as the theme of the Enlightenment, and certainly the theme of bringing the light of empirical knowledge to the darker corners of the world resonates with us. As technicians and engineers, we live in an orderly world of science, mathematics and half-eaten scones. The Enlightenment's focus on reason as the path to a better human condition is central to our beliefs and to our focus as we maintain and expand our network.

We believe in education because education makes an informed, thinking, critical youth, which makes the future something other than a sprawling Mad Max dystopia. We prefer our bowler hats and brollies to mohawks and automatic weapons, we assure you. It's a common joke to note that today's youth are going to be funding our retirements someday — and they will, but more importantly, they'll be solving global overpopulation and childhood malnutrition. They'll be curing diseases, converting us to renewable energy, and striving for a world with less suffering and hatred. Once we pry the little dossers away from "Britain's Got Talent."

And we're only barely taking the Michael with that one. TV, video games and all that tommyrot conspire hardly help in the battle against indifference and lassitude. We want our students to have a true education that inspires and empowers them. We want to open the entire world to our students, because education is not one point of view or set of memorized formulae learnt by rote. It's the bracing clash of ideas, the puzzling out of contradictions and the contemplation of the sublime. That's what we're trying to bring these kids. That and football scores instantly on your smartphone—smashing, that is.

We want to show our youngsters how vast the world of knowledge and ideas is, and give them the tools to navigate it. We don't want our students to merely know, and we certainly don't want them to believe. We want them first to understand what has been done and thought and learnt by those who came before them. And then to have the critical faculties and intellectual curiosity to go mucking about with it and make it better.

Our mission is to bring the world to our students. Why? So that they can dare to make it better.

Discontent

This page does not represent the official views or opinions of the Canton of Zug, its government or its schools. Although we're pretty sure they're in favor of education, too. To the degree that anything on this site can be considered a "view," it is at most the personal opinion of someone on the network engineering team, which puts up these pages in its spare time.

Nothing on these pages constitutes a legally binding contract with, or commitment by, the Kantonsschule Zug or the Canton of Zug. Neither we nor the schools and Canton of Zug accept any liability for your Internet experience. But we hope you're having a lovely day. We cannot control the content of external links. These were legit, cool sites at the time we posted. In the unlikely event something has gone horribly wrong, please contact us immediately.

Similarly, if you have any objections to content on this site, let us know. We seek to uphold the highest ethical standards and aim to treat everyone — partners, peers, our school clients, and people who send us nice emails — exactly the way we want to be treated (and we want to be treated like kings).

All this nonsense is pro bono, and has not been subsidized by anyone except our families, who wish we'd spend more time away from our computers.

For official statements from the Canton of Zug and the schools we serve, see their websites.

Our Promise

No animals suffered mistreatment in the making of this website. We've seen one of our programmers barking at pigeons in the park, but that's strictly on his own time, and we're meaning to have a word with him about it. One must be firm with these people.

Further, almost no taxpayers were harmed in the creation of this site: The work was done entirely by volunteers, none of whom received a shilling of public money. But they are likely to try to deduct it from their tax filings, so, as we said ... almost no harm.

A Final Word

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