Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
Link to Article at Engadget
Thursday, October 05, 2006
I am officially a Lifehacker.com commentator! If you've not yet been to the Lifehacker site you MUST go. It is a website with all sorts of tips and tricks for computers as well as a host of other things. It is a VERY informative site that I think you will enjoy!
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Excert from the article
Verizon is not alone in its desire to reduce the number of landlines it owns. Big phone and cable companies are reluctant to upgrade and expand their networks in sparsely populated places where there are not enough customers to justify the investment. Instead, they are funneling billions of dollars into projects in cities and suburbs where the prospects for a decent return are higher.
Monday, September 25, 2006
Saturday, September 09, 2006
These two pandas at the Atlanta Zoo are the proud parents of a baby panda. The little cub was born Wednesday, September 6. The baby panda is very, very small and is only the size of "a stick of butter." You can watch the mother panda, Lun Lun, and her new baby on the Panda Cam.
Image from Yahoo/AFP/File/Steve Schaefer
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Let's hope so.
Update: Florence has some more thunderstorms so it's still possible for it to evolve into a hurricane, but still it's not a threat to land.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Monday, September 04, 2006
It still doesn't amount to much yet, but Tropical Depression 6, with winds of 35 mph, could become Tropical Storm Florence later today. Let's see what happens.
It's still a long way from anywhere, and let's hope it stays that way.
Image from The Weather Channel
How did Labor Day begin? According to the US Department of Labor, there is still some doubt as to who proposed the holiday.
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Link to Article
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Some manuscripts have been found and are dated to be the earliest ones of composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Dated to be written in 1700, when Bach was only 15, demonstrate his musical ability and genius at an early age. They contain arrangments of other composers' works and are arranged for the organ. They are very musically demanding.
Image by Tobias Schwarz/Reuters
Read the rest of the article here.
I don't want to run this in the ground, but let's follow this one and see what it does over the next several days. This can be kind of interesting, although I hope it doesn't amount to too much.
Image from The Weather Channel
You can follow the storm's path on The Weather Channel home page.
The European Space Agency successfully launched a spacecraft to the moon and over a three year mission tested such technologies as a low-thrust ion engine. Cool. Star Trek rules again. It orbited the moon for months taking readings and high resolution pictures of the moon's surface. It was luanched in September 2003, and scientists deliberately crashed it today.
Photo credits AP/ESA/Yahoo
Link to full Article on Yahoo
Friday, September 01, 2006
Ernesto is headed north after making landfall in North Carolina last night. It's still got some gusty winds and is delivering rainfall on the order of 3-6 inches. It will be bringing winds to the Virginia area and interacting with some weather in southern Canada and heading into New England.
Image from The Weather Channel
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Ernesto is picking up some steam as it heads up the Atlantic coastline today. Its winds are now at 70 mph, just 4 mph shy of hurricane status. The warm waters of the Atlantic are helping to feed its frenzy. Hopefully, it will soon go out to sea.
Image from The Weather Channel
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Ernesto is now a tropical depression. It's bringing heavy rainfall, but it doesn't seem to be too serious of a storm. Some flooding is predicted later in the week. The Pacific Ocean seems to be having the hurricanes this season.
Image from The Weather Channel
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Well, Ernesto is still a tropical storm, but look at how the projected path has changed from its first course. Meteorologists work very hard to give accurate forecasts using computer models, but it's a difficult task.
Image from The Weather Channel
Monday, August 28, 2006
Sunday, August 27, 2006
The name brings shivers up and down your spine, does it not? Probably the worst storm in history, it devoured New Orleans and destroyed much of the Gulf Coast in August 2005. Families were uprooted and settled elsewhere. Many have returned, but I'm sure their lives are nowhere near normal, but will they ever be? It was such a horrific event I can't imagine what all of these victims faced as the storm raged through last year.
Let's hope Hurricane Ernesto is a weak storm.
Images are from The Weather Channel.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
I hope all students and educators everywhere have a great school year. It's amazing how you start your countdown on day 1 isn't it? I overheard someone say, "One down and 189 more to go."
I know the feeling.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
There is an article with the Arizona Republic that explains this process pretty well.
Please bear with me as I get things finished up here.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Ahh...one of the most beautiful places in the U.S., or at least it must be because I haven't seen all of them.
I took my first trip to California a couple of weeks ago. I've heard all my life how pretty the city of San Francisco is and how cool it gets in the summer. Well, I'm hear to tell you that Mark Twain's quote of "the coldest winter I ever had was a summer in San Francisco" is definitely true. Compared to the heat and humidity of the deep South I felt like I was going to freeze to death as I waited on a cable car to take me back across the city. I had on 2 shirts and a jacket, and I'm guessing with the wind chill it must have been close to 45 degrees or lower! In June!
I took lots and lots of pics. Many of them are over on flickr where you can view them. Before I left the city by the bay, I just had to get a picture of the world famous Golden Gate Bridge. We took a Fire Engine Tour that drove us over the bridge, as our hosts gave us some interesting facts about the city, the Bridge, and the city of Sausalito. It was money well spent, and you can read more about the tour here. If you're ever visiting San Francisco, I highly recommend it!
Monday, July 03, 2006
WARNING: THIS IS A RANT! IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ IT THEN GO AWAY!
It seems that every month or two I come across an article where someone has received a grant to do a "study" on something. The results are always so painfully obvious to me. Why do we need to spend millions of dollars on things that it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out???
The following article is a great example:
It seems that "zoning out while reading may impact learning." ??? Hello??? How many times did I study for a test in college and not remember what I just read??? It wasn't because I couldn't read it. It was because I wasn't interested in it or it was difficult to understand, and as a result, I "zoned out." Did it impact my learning?? Well, yeah!!! I couldn't answer that question on the test so obviously I "zoned out." So, I didn't LEARN anything from studying because I couldn't concentrate on the subject either from lack of understanding or from boredom.
A whole lotta computers, software, classroom supplies, equipment, etc., could have been purchased with the money it took to do this study. How many more are out there that are just like it? I'm sure these folks mean well enough and feel that their findings are necessary, but I just get upset about stuff like this at times. It just seems like it's too obvious to me. I'm all for research into the cure of diseases as well as educational research projects such as whether or not Accelerated Reader is working to improve reading in your school.
Oh well...I got that off my chest.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
If you haven't tried out a Linux distro yet, I encourage you to do so. I played with Ubuntu a little bit, and I really like it. I wanted a server install and went with Debian. I'd like to look into the Edubuntu and see what it's like. It's geared for K-12 environments and is open source as well.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
This summer is going to be very, very busy for me so I doubt I will be blogging too much. I hope everyone has a safe and fun summer!!
Until next time....
Tech Bits ~n~ Bytes
Monday, May 01, 2006
I have to post about Gasper, the beluga whale at the Georgia aquarium. Gasper is sick with a condition called osteomyelitis. It is a bone infection, and the vets don't know if he will get better or not. If you haven't been to the aquarium and seen the whale exhibit you really need to go. While Gasper is sick he is being treated and held in a separate non-public tank away from the rest of the whales. Gasper has lesions on his body that could be related to the infection, but so far treatment has not helped. Gasper is a favorite among the audience and often blows bubbles and chases them.
Let's hope Gasper gets well soon.
Pictures were taken by me.
Information about Gasper was taken from an article by Bill Hendrick in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
We've got a lot of things coming up at work in the next several weeks, so I don't know how regularly I'll be posting. Kids get out of school on the 19th, and teachers work a few more days. I will probably work most of the summer because we have a few projects to complete.
I'm not completely out of touch, but just may not be posting a lot in the next few weeks. I will try to do better.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Originally uploaded by Bluester.
I found this as I was strolling through flickr. I didn't have an SE, but I had a Classic II which looked very similar to this computer. I bought it in 1991, and I am pretty sure it probably still works even though I haven't booted in up in a few years. This is supposedly displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, according to the description on flickr.
Not responsible for pictures on this external link
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
1. Update your OS with all patches.
2. Scan your computer with updated virus software.
3. Schedule and run scandisk.
4. Schedule and run a defrag.
5. Scan for spyware/adware. Make sure these programs are updated.
6. Uninstall unused programs, especially if you downloaded freebies.
7. Backup your My Documents folder. This typically contains most users' documents.
8. Empty the Recycle Bin. Yes, it takes up space, too!
9. Run cleanup utilities such as disk cleanup or CCleaner.
10. If you're up to it, image your machine and store the image on a network storage device or CD/DVD.
11. Clean up and back up your email accounts, particularly if you use Outlook or Outlook Express.
12. Clean out your temporary Internet files, as well as any temp files. Some of this will be done with disk cleanup.
13. If you use wireless encryption on your home network, change your passphrase or security phrase.
14. Dust off your keyboard and inside of your computer with a can of compressed air. You can do this every 2-3 months depending upon your environment. Schools are very dusty, so once a month is probably a good choice!
Regular maintenance on your computer is just like changing the oil on your car. It can mean the life of the machine.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Today was such a gorgeous day outside. I got out my mom's new camera, and I chased a couple of butterflies around the cherry blossoms. One of them just seemed to enjoy posing for me! He would sit so still and motionless as I snapped pic after pic. At one point, I noticed he has a little hole in his wing, but he went from tree to tree to land on the blossoms. The wind was blowing a little and the butterflies would just hover around because they were trying to fly into the wind, but it was too strong for them! They kept plugging along, though, until they could finally get back to the trees.
You can view more of them here.
Monday, April 03, 2006
Sunday, April 02, 2006
You learn something every day, I guess.
Enjoy...it's a little loud, so turn down the speakers some.
I think it's cool when kids show off their talents like this.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
It does fast forward about 45 seconds into the video so this is normal. Watch it all the way to the end so you can see what's "printed."
Link to video
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Friday, March 24, 2006
Now you are ready to use the software. This particular print server is made by Netgear. I have found it very good for what I do. There are other brands, such as Linksys, and there are also some wireless models available. This is really just a preference of the user. You can even find printer switches available, but I didn't have very good luck with that choice. I recommend the type of setup I am using here.
Once you have the physical setup, insert the disk that came with your print server. The following graphics are from the Netgear setup utilities. This print server is very simple to set up.
Start the Print Server Setup Wizard and the above screen will appear. Click Next.
Select your printer from the list above. Click Next.
Select your printer name and network name. Click Next.
I recommend using a static IP address for your printer. This way, the computer always knows the address of the printer on your network. If you set it to automatic, your IP address may change each time you login to your computer. Make sure you set it to an address that is in your IP schema range and is not already in use. Click Next.
All Done! Now it's time to add the IP port to your computer. Start the Add Printer Port Wizard. Just keep clicking Next until your printer is added. Do this to all of your computers where you'll need to print. Make sure you have the printer's drivers loaded. That's all there is to it!!
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Sometimes I just get writer's block, not that I write all that well anyway. I don't know what else to call it when I just don't have anything to say. I've been working a lot lately, and I'm just really, really tired when I get home. I am very exhausted right now. This will be short and sweet.
If you have a question about some little technical issue or know-how, just leave a comment below. I will see what I can do to answer them.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Monday, March 13, 2006
Thanks to Jason for this tip!
Sunday, March 12, 2006
I looked around the web and found some other online productivity tools. You can now enter presentations online as well as spreadsheets. Here are some that you can view and try out.
These online tools are easily sharable for others. Your data can be accessible anytime, anywhere.
If you really want to get creative, you can use the equation editor, but you'll probably have to add it where you can use it. Go back to Tools, Customize. Look under the Insert Category and find Equation Editor on the right side. Click and drag the Equation Editor where you want it. You can now make all sorts of symbols for mathematical and chemical equations.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Image from Techweb
Educators need to check out this site. It's called FREE--Federal Resources for Educational Excellence. It has LOTS of good links on it.
Update: I can't believe what all FREE has on its site! You really must check it out!
Monday, March 06, 2006
I'm not much of a Twins fans, but I do remember Kirby Puckett when the Twins and Braves played in the World Series. I thought he was a good ball player and a good individual. He died of a stroke today. May he rest in peace.
Photo from AP/Jim Mone
Story at Yahoo
Saturday, March 04, 2006
Proficiency in Productivity tools--word processing, database, spreadsheets, extracting data, etc.
The ability to troubleshoot common classroom technology problems--Amen!!
Where to go for technical assistance when it's beyond your knowledge and ability.
Know how to find web resources for your subject area.
Know what's available on the web for your subject area.
And lastly, be open to new things!!!! Don't get yourself in the rut of "this is the way we've always done it" concept. Change, move on, explore, adapt!!!
In another article on Education World, author Doug Johnson of Mankato Public Schools in Minnesota does a wonderfully funny but thought-provoking article on a comparison of pencils and iPod use in the classroom. It made me think a little more. He makes some very, very good points. You go, Doug!
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
My evenings pretty much consist of surfing the net in an attempt to find new things to read about or do. Last night, I loaded wikipedia on my iPod. It's pretty cool. It boots into Linux, but will automatically boot into Windows for my music if I so wish. I was concerned for a minute or two that it was going to hose my iPod, but everything worked according to the instructions. I found them on lifehacker.com. I just love that site. It has some of the neatest, most interesting articles on it. I also enjoy digg.com. I've even "dugg" a few articles myself, but I've not posted one yet. You should check out those sites. I've learned a lot through my daily visits to them.
I'm a little disappointed by Apple's announcement about the hi-fi iPod setup. I don't really need anything like that, but I guess the folks out there who are much younger than me would enjoy it. So be it. I'm really interested in the new MacBooks with the Intel processor. I'm thinking I may get one of those in the next few months. Need to let a little testing be done on them first. I'm not one to break the ground on new stuff. I like mine to be tried and true. Do you?
I'm getting curious if anyone ever even reads what I post here. If you do, please leave a comment sometime. I think it's working. I notice my ClustrMap charts locations from around the globe. I find that interesting, but is it only a random "next blog" click or do you ever come back here? Oh well...as entitled...Thoughts and Ramblings...
Monday, February 27, 2006
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Monday, February 20, 2006
Click here for the article. It may be a little slow to open since being "dugg up."
Monday, February 13, 2006
How many of you saw the Dateline broadcast last week where the journalists and police had set up a house as a place to lure and catch pedophiles? It was enough to make your skin crawl, wasn't it?!!? I decided I would include a post where you could find some links to publications online on how to deal with such issues and to keep your children safe as they experience the Internet.
Kid Safety on the Internet
A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety
Internet Safety Awareness
As a result of reading these pages, I hope you can be better informed on how to protect your child and keep them safe online.
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Yes, I loooooove gadgets. My iPod mini has a new addition--the inMotion mini speaker system made by Altec Lansing. This company makes very good quality speakers for stereo systems as well as computers. I was amazed at this little set's quality. It's about the width of 3 iPod minis and the height of a little over 2. You can tell how the iPod is docked in the picture to get an idea of the size. It's battery powered but comes with an AC adaptor. You can't control the volume really through the iPod itself but through the speakers' volume control. I got it on sale for about $100. I like things that are small and portable. Who'd have thought I'd ever have given up my big cabinet speakers with 12" woofers from 20 years ago for something this small??? Now, granted they are not going to carry 120 watts across the room or anything like that, but for your desk they are great!!
Image from Altec Lansing
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Anyway, being an iTunes customer AND a musician of classical training, I am always looking for good instrumentalists with quality recordings. Well, I've found a trombone quartet you need to listen to. It's called the Momus Trombone Quartet, and the music on their album entitled The Lexington Project is really great. I highly recommend anyone to listen to it. This group has excellent technique and skill.
Someone sent a video to me in an email the other day of another trombone quartet. It was a group of all girls, and they were playing Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever march, and I swear one of those girls played the piccolo solo down to the trills!!! Her bell was in the way so I couldn't see if she was using the trigger or not on the trills! It was awesome. When they repeated that section they did it in double time, too! I don't know who they were or where they were from, but it was so cool!!
Update: I did a search online and found the video of the trombone quartet playing Sousa. You can view it online at the Website of the International Trombone Association of 2002. Click on Bones Apart Stars and Stripes Forever. Enjoy!
Another Update: You can find the Bones Apart quartet Website here. Their schedule says they will be at GMEA next January!
Sunday, February 05, 2006
Hitachi defective hard drive sounds
Saw this on Digg. Interesting and cool video of how a hard drive works. Now you can see what it actually looks like on the inside as well as how it works. This is part of a Colorado State University Controls Lab demonstration.
Saturday, January 28, 2006
We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved good-bye and 'slipped the surly bonds of Earth' to 'touch the face of God.
-- President Ronald Reagan after the Challenger disaster
Many times during my life I've heard people say they can remember exactly where they were when JFK was assassinated. I can't relate to that experience since I was only 6 months old. I can vaguely remember when his brother RFK was killed, but I don't have any recollection of MLK's death, either. I don't actually recall when we landed on the moon nor do I really remember Apollo 13 having difficulty and having to return to earth. However, I was in my last semester as an undergraduate when the Challenger disaster happened. I had left the music building and went to my apartment for some reason. My roommate was there watching TV. She stated that the Challenger had just blown up. I stared at the TV in shock and sat down for a while to watch. It was an unbelievable sight to see.
I can remember that day in February 2003 when the Columbia was re-entering the atmosphere. I was watching a news channel of some sort that morning, and I can remember the weatherman stating that the shuttle was scheduled to land in about 15 minutes in Florida. I began channel surfing and as I came back around the same channel a few minutes later there was a ticker scroll at the bottom of the screen stating that all contact with the shuttle had been lost. I watched this for several minutes as I became aware that the shuttle was gone. Burned up. At first, there was speculation of terrorist activity that was later dismissed. As the days wore on, I watched information on TV about the Israeli pilot. It seems that he flew on the mission to bomb a nuclear facility in either Iran or Iraq some years earlier. He was late in returning from this mission and it was speculated that something had happened to him, but he did eventually return safely.
I salute all of those who have given their lives in the pursuit of making this a better place to live and work. Some folks may think that we spend too much money on space ventures and the like. I frankly haven't come to a conclusion one way or the other on that, but these are people just like the rest of us. People who have families, hobbies and interests, homes, kids, etc. Kids who now are missing a parent because of disaster. People like you and me.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Click on the graphic to view the specifications.
I've even read a few articles from the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas where we'll soon be able to purchase wireless USB hubs for our printers, etc. I look forward to a life with fewer wires!
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Thursday, January 12, 2006
I will try to post more next week. I've had several deadlines and problems to deal with this week. I need a little R & R.
Monday, January 09, 2006
I am too tired to update anything tonight so I thought I'd just enter something simple--no reviews, no articles, no nothing by just typing. This is really more of what a blog is supposed to be, isn't it? I mean, if we are to use blogging in the classroom shouldn't it be like a journal of thoughts and sometimes ramblings? I'm not very good at just jotting down personal thoughts, so mine may be more like ramblings. The typos are going great tonight. I can type pretty well, but I'm so tired I can't concentrate very well and I think I'm backspacing over more mistakes and correcting them that I am actually attempting to make sense.
Had some good laughs today. Ya know, laughter is just what we need sometimes. Some of my colleagues really make me laugh, and when I laugh in the office everyone knows it. Sometimes I embarrass myself when somebody comes to see what I'm laughing at because I can laugh so loudly. Oh well, if it makes others smile in the process what's a little boisterous noise going to hurt?
Do you blog in your classroom? If so, how do your students use it? I'd love to hear comments on this subject. What are your districts policies on students using the Internet in this manner? I feel that ours will need to be expanded a little bit because of this. We can already use student work, but with parental permission only.
Thoughts? Go ahead. I've got sandpaper in my eyes from the sandman, and I'm outta here...
Sunday, January 08, 2006
Saturday, January 07, 2006
|CPU||At least 2.8 - 3.0 GHz (no Mhz here)|
|RAM memory||512 MB - 1 GB|
|Storage (Hard drive)||80 GB - 160 GB|
|Operating System||Windows XP Home (Pro for work)|
|Miscellaneous||Wireless Networking if more than one computer|
I included wireless networking because sometimes you can resurrect an older machine to help in the storage of files. I have Dell XPS R-450 machine that I bought in 1998. I put a 1 GHz processor in it in 2001. Now it's my experimental machine. It's where my Moodle test is, and I'm considering making it a test machine for some Linux OSes where I can learn how to use those. I connect it to my network wirelessly because I have enough cabling around here!!
However, as I read further I saw a link to an online word processor called Writely. I haven't read the whole site yet, but it looks interesting even though it is in beta. Check it out.
Writely--The Web Word Processor
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Motorola announced a new radio service.
Microsoft needs patching. Again. Yahoo news article here.
Read all about the "double dip." ???? Dual-core processors!!
Monday, January 02, 2006
PC Mag also has some tips and tricks for Office and Windows. For example, if you want to zoom in or out on a Word document you can hold down the Ctrl key and use the scroll button on your mouse to control the zoom in or out. That's cool!
I discovered Annoyances.org several years ago. I have found quite a few answers to computer problems there. You might want to take a look at it. This link will take you to the troubleshooting section.
This site has a page that will detect most parasites on your computer. You know...the ones that come in pop-up ads. I go to this page periodically to make sure all is well.
Be careful of different paper weights in your printer. This can be one of the major causes of paper jams. Make sure you use the same paper weight to print your pages. Don't mix the paper. Make sure it's flat and not crinkled or curled.
Geeks.com has some good reasons for upgrading to Windows XP SP 2. If you haven't done this yet, surf on over to their page and read up on why you should upgrade. The wireless networking options sold me on it last spring. Why have YOU waited so long?
If you want to get really technical, check out Daniel Petri's web site for some really in depth info of various windows topics. I've learned a lot of things by reading Daniel's site.
Need a .dll file? Go to DLL-files.com to get the one you need. Don't worry. The site explains how to install a .dll file.
And, for all of you classroom teachers, here's a web site with tutorials for various application programs as well as articles, handouts, and tips. You can view this site to get ideas for computer centers in your classroom.
Full literacy goes way beyond being able to perform mathematical operations with a dozen numbers on a piece of paper. It means being able to employ information that can come as thousands of numbers, regardless of what they look like. They may be numbers. They may also be the bits and bytes of text, images, sound, animation, or video. We must know how to process all of this information to add value.
Read the full post here.
Sunday, January 01, 2006
Make sure your antivirus software is always up to date.
You can read the story by Michael Kahn at Reuters at Yahoo News.