The difficult leap to BYOD

The difficult leap to BYOD
Had a great time at the Matron’s Ball in town last night (as you could see from the previous post), but there was an interesting revelation I had when I was out. A lot of the teachers at my school were there as well, and unsurprisingly they all had phones out, taking pics, comparing pics, ...

Things that drove me nuts today…

Two things, this news piece: Call to let children hunt in NSW national parks As if the “let anyone shoot in parks from March” thing isn’t bad enough, this is just insane, sorry. Are we just handing ourselves over to an American-style gun lobby or what? It really seems like people will be killed with ...

My son’s BYOD for the new school year 2

My son's BYOD for the new school year
For the uninitiated, that’s “Bring Your Own Device”. A quick explanation of Will’s circumstance — lots of identified medical problems, including what can loosely be described as “motor dyspraxia”, that is, a severe problem with fine motor skills. Handwriting has always been very difficult for him, even though expression has not. We decided this year ...

Something I worked out for sure today

I’d suspected it for a while, but today I got some firsthand experience and proof. Windows 8 is absolutely, god-awful, terrible. I had to try it out myself to be sure, but what a monstrosity. Had a staff member at work bring it in for some help, and superficially I’d say it’s about 60% like ...

Day 1 Google Apps summit

Day 1 Google Apps summit
Headed out bright and very early to the Google Apps summit being held at MLC school in Burwood. Could only gawk at how modern and wealthy the school grounds were, but that wasn’t the point of the day. The point was that this was a big event being held in aid of the whole suite ...

Coonabarabran High School Musical 2012 Sound Effects

Coonabarabran High School Musical 2012 Sound Effects
For the 2012 Coonabarabran High School musical I volunteered to compile and/or create the sound effects needed for the show. For this, I used the excellent community site freesound.org, a massive open source collection of sound effects. In accordance with the site, below are all the sound effects I used, some by themselves, some in ...

New phone and new contacts

I have a new phone (an iPhone, finally in the smartphone age!) and with it a new phone number. It feels like a new age, so why not…? Anyway, if you want to contact me, smartphones are more about Twitter, Facebook and email anyway, so use those and you can get my new number as ...

RIP Steve Jobs

(Image borrowed from the Apple site, I’m sure they would be okay with it in this circumstance.) I was at a work conference all day yesterday (and not particularly well either), but the news did filter through anyway. I’ve been reading up on the various reactions since, and thinking about it all myself as well. ...

NRL TV — good for foreigners, not Aussie league fans 2

I’m both heartened and annoyed to find this site exists: NRL TV — Watch live NRL games and replays online It’s exactly what I’ve wished existed for years… for $15 a month you can watch all NRL games live or on replay. Perfect for the league fan who (like me), finds pay TV expensive and ...

The Invention of Lying… our Apple TV first

We got an Apple TV last week. It’s an amazing little device that fits in the palm of your hand and sits next to the TV as classy looking as any AV component. It has a variety of functions (and more when I can get the XBMC add-on running for it), but the core stuff ...
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