Showing posts from September, 2012

Jousting at Windmills - Protecting Privacy on Leaving an Organization

Over the last two weeks, I've had two separate interactions with educators caught in a draconian system, their Windows computers locked down by strict  Active Directory policies, their email encased in shellack to the benefit of the organization. Each bemoaned the fact that they couldn't get their emails out of MS Exchange, that when they left their respective organizations, the next person to use their computers might be able to access confidential documents.

"Why don't you move your emails to Gmail and 'boot & nuke' your computer?" I asked when they came to see me. I started to feel like Dr. Death, someone who provides assistance to others as they gut their technology for critical, salvageable information and then delivers coup de grace so that the data will be unreachable, unassailable in a blinding whirlwind of zeroes and ones and randomness. It also feels a bit like jousting at windmills, actions of great import to the imagination and little else.…

San Antonio Computer Show - 09/29/2012

Be sure to show up to the San Antonio Computer Show to be held Saturday, 09/29/2012 at the Live Oak Civic Center!

Get a coupon and save on admission!

Live Oak Civic Center
8101 Pat Booker Rd.
(at Loop 1604)
San Antonio, TX is a collection of dealers under one roof offering rock-bottom prices on all your computer needs. Our venue offers WIFI internet, heat and air conditioning with over 12,000 sq. ft. of vendors competing for your business.

For people not familiar with the show, you can expect "BARGAINS" on the following products at the absolute lowest prices: 

* Laptops
* New PC Complete Systems
* New and Used Hardware
* New and Old Software Titles
* LCD and CRT Monitors,
* Printers, Scanners
* Ink-Jet Recharge Kits
* Imaging Devises
* Internet Services
* Used Hardware
* DVD Media
* Multimedia Upgrades
* Open Source & Freeware Software
* Diagnostic Equipment
* Parts, Cables & Connectors
* Bare Bone Systems
* Computer Related Books
* Refurbished Systems, Monitors
* Cell Ph…

An Education I Wished I Had @jackiegerstein

Education I Wish i Had from Jackie Gerstein
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Differentiating Yourself - GoogleDocs Drops Support for DOC, XLS, PPT Formats

Update:Conversation continues on Google+

Don't you love vendors who make decisions about what's right for you without so much as a by your leave? Of course not. But then, when the service is available at no cost, do you have a right to complain?

In a move that I consider shocking from a K-12 education perspective, Google has decided to drop support for old MS Office formats, as this blog entry highlights:
On October 1st, Google Docs users won’t be able to download or upload documents, spreadsheets, or slideshows in Office 1997-2007 format...It’s simply a rather quick turnaround for some users who relied on the exporting ability: they’ve only got a week to adapt. The resounding howl of anguish will soon find its way among educators who have embraced GoogleApps. Who doesn't have an old copy of MS Office installed on computers and relies on it for creating documents with tables? One of my favorite gripes about GoogleDocs word processing and spreadsheet component is that auto-f…

Miguel's EverNote Notebooks

A colleague recently asked, "Could I get a list of all your notebooks?"

Uh, apologies for not linking. I'm about to fall asleep.

AudioNotes - - - - - - - Citizenship - - - - - Classroom - - https://www.evernote.…

Goodbye, Feedburner!

A few months ago, I noticed my Feedburner feed wasn't working. When it happened, I was a bit shocked, but decided it was time to move on. Now, most folks won't have a chance. I looked back in time at old blog entries to 2006 when I first started reading and writing about Feedburner and how useful it was....

Why do I need the Feed? I want to drop it into so I can track visitors and get email going. Why is this important? Well, Sue does a nice job of explaining why:
Read The EduBlogger article by Sue Waters Feedburner is a free web service which enhances bloggers and podcasters ability to manage their RSS feeds and track usage of their subscribers. Most blogs already have RSS feed which is detected automatically by Feed Readers like Google Reader, Bloglines, NetVibes when the blog URL is added to the reader. The trouble is not all Feed Readers can automatically detect the RSS feed from the blog URL. Having a Feedburner feed means readers can click on the RSS icon …

Goodbye, ShowBeyond

Another Web 2.0 service bites the dust. It's a shame. was one of those free web-based services that made it possible to upload some pictures/slides, add audio, then make that content available. Unlike, it didn't allow for audio comments which was a good thing depending on your needs.

Although the ShowBeyond team says they failed, I don't see it that way. They offered a great service for educators before their business model succumbed to market forces (I always want to say that):

Dear Showbeyond Users, We tried and we failed you. Things did not work out as we planned. As a result, we'll stop accepting new users starting Oct. 1st and shut down our service at the end of October.
Over the years, we've got a lot of users like you using our service. There were kids doing school projects, teachers promoting new ideas and bloggers telling stories. Many people expressed their supports to our service. It's the users like you drove us till thi…

Explore Other Options as Twitter RSS Magic Fizzles

Some one was kind enough to Tweet a nice remark about this blog entry, RSS Magic - Feeding Multiple Twitter Accounts into Facebook:
delldeaton: Blogger "Around the Corner-MGuhlin" article on combined Twitter feeds posted to social media VERY helpful; thanks!, Twitter recently announced that RSS feeds are dead, although they are offering to let you download your tweets. The truth is, I'd rather have the RSS feed feature. IMHO, Twitter just shot itself in the foot.
Twitter officially unveiled version 1.1 of its API Wednesday, deprecating support for longstanding features such as RSS in the process...Twitter is ending support for RSS, XML and Atom...This is the sort of change that could have a much larger impact on the entire Twitter ecosystem. Sure, it might just be developers and power users complaining now — but if Twitter is serious about these resyndication rules — lots of very popular, very mainstream services could be affected. (Source:Mashab…

Wasting Money on #iPad Cases

If you're like me (and I hope you're not, especially in this case), you've probably spent a fortune trying to find the right iPad case/keyboard combo. It's a personal choice and I wish I'd spent more time reflecting on this before I plunged in and bought anything.

So, here are the cover/keyboard/cases I've tried:

The standard Apple cover ($40)- As others have said eloquently, this is a waste of money. No back cover for the iPad, although it's slim and can fold into a stand.The Logitech Zagg keyboard ($64 is what I paid for it) - I really loved this keyboard until my iPad almost plunged to its death as I was walking from one part of the house to another (I caught it). And, as slim as it is, it's still a mite bulky given the bag I carry my iPad in.Some other cases include these:Targus VersaVu for the New iPadTargus VersaVu Keyboard Case for the New iPadBlurex D-Lux Classic Leather Folio Keyboard Case

I've also wished for a chance to try this one out b…