My notebook about everyday tech and teaching issues. A small contribution to those in the world who might struggle with things that I struggled with and figured out.

Besides this content, I also write a personal blog that lives here.

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What’s Old Is Still Old and Still Good

We are being constantly inundated with “new and better” as the solution to everything. In the tech related world I hang out in, I so often see a push to replace something that you have been happily using for a long time with something that is new and better — just cause it is new. […] Read More...
 

About Thinking and Algorithms

As humans, we are constantly striving to make sense of the reality that we are a part of. This process begins at birth and continues throughout our life. It is a natural, built in inclination of humans. We are innately built to ask “why” or “how”. We want to know and understand how and why […] Read More...

My Students Hate Lectures

There’s a teaching problem that has been puzzling me for three years. I think I’m finally getting to the bottom of how to fix it.  Here’s what’s been bugging me. My students hate lectures. In fact, most of my students despise them. I’m not sure if I will ever know the real reason why and […] Read More...
 

Documenting My Personal Workflow

Because of my current career as a teacher and my previous careers connected with technology, curating information and being able to quickly and accurately retrieve information is important to me. Over the span of my 40+ year tech and teaching career, I have assembled and constantly adjust how I deal with information – everything from […] Read More...

Class Portfolios – Arranging and Curating Knowledge

I am a CTE (Career and Technical Education) teacher. The subject that I teach (Information Technology and Networking) prepares my 11th and 12th grade students for their first job as a computer or network support technician or to continue their education in computer technology. Part of what I would like my students to learn is […] Read More...
 

More Stuff To Do Than Just Teach

I’ll admit it. Teaching is a challenging job. Challenge is not a bad thing. Because of this, I spend a lot of time figuring out how to be a teacher, how to teach and how to do everything else that comes with it. Here are some of the big challenges that I am working on […] Read More...

Information Curator

In the past, when textbooks were king and there was no web, the collection of information presented in your class was handed to you in a form called a textbook. This collection of words and pictures was curated by someone else (an expert in their field) and may have suffered from obsolescence as soon as […] Read More...
 

Information Firehose

First off, let me say that early on in my current teaching assignment, I learned one thing really fast. There is an enormous amount of information that I, as a teacher have to absorb. Obviously, there is information related to my subject expertise of computers and networking. But, on top of the subject matter information, […] Read More...

A Slightly New Direction

Over the past many years, most of my involvement in “things technical” has been in customer support, marketing and Systems Administration — all positions I have loved. I have interlaced these “full time” positions with teaching as the opportunity arose, mostly as part of an adjunct faculty at post-high school institutions. After one last (disastrous) […] Read More...
 

Using Ubuntu Linux as an SFTP Server

Our telephone system is run by a Cisco BE6000M. This device is a VMWare server with a total of 5 VMs. One of the VMs hosts Cisco Unified Communications Manger (CUCM) and another VM hosts Cisco Unity Connection (CUC). The other VMs provide various support functions. Any backup strategy for CUCM and CUC had to […] Read More...