Educating Technology

Exploring how two K12 network administrators use technology in their schools.

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    25: Tech's Lack of Quality Assurance

    After the HomePod white ring debacle this week, Matt spends most of the episode ranting about Apple (and other tech company's) lack of Quality Assurance lately. Matt also installed NetXMS after Chris's recommendation of it last week. We will return to your regularly scheduled education related content next week.

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    24: Tools of the Trade, Pt. 2

    Chris and Matt conclude the Tools of the Trade series by discussing the software tools they use to manage their indivudal networks.

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    23: Tools of the Trade, Pt. 1

    In this week’s special episode, Matt and Chris discuss what they care in their bags and some other physical tools they use to manage their networks and work on equipment.

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    22: Tangents

    This week’s episode starts off with Matt explaining why he’s almost abandoned the Apple Watch. After the normal update of their weeks, the conversation pivots to some follow-up all the back to episode one on low-cost Windows 10 S laptops.

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    21: Everything is Frozen

    Southeast Texas has a couple of “Frozen Days” so Chris and Matt have been out of school trying to stay warm and upright (one of them fails). More discussions on the effects of Meltdown and Spectre with a little Star Wars mixed in. Also, Matt asks Chris not to text him the URL that crashes his iPhone.

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    20: Flash Meltdown

    The guys return after three weeks of being gone due to illness and the holidays. Their main concern right now is how Meltdown and Spectre will affect (and has already affected) their schools because of older hardware. They also discuss some new wireless and AMD technology that debuted at CES and of course, the latest round of Apple related issues.

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    19: Would You Do It All Different?

    Matt wants to buy an iMac Pro with one of Chris’s bitcoins (that he doesn’t have anymore). Chris has a busy week and finishes a camera system installation. Matt’s finally done with the eRate bid process and hopes to get some new equipment in soon. The guys gripe about Eduphoria and RenLearn and needing flash to manage things. The show ends with a hypothetical scenario of going back in time and choosing Office 365 over G Suite, then Matt goes to see Star Wars (don’t worry, no spoilers).

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    18: Google Glitch

    Bitcoin hits 20K! Matt is hit by a Google Glitch that kicked most of his Chromebooks off of the wireless network and Chris has his own interesting WiFi issue. Microsoft releases Windows 10 ARM laptops even under the threat of being sued by Intel. Matt got to meet some new people and the guys reminisce about the last time they threw a party.

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    17: Jack of All Trades, Master of None

    Chris and Matt change the format of the show up a bit. Instead of having an outline prepared, they decide to just have a conversation. This leads to discussing multiple things from becoming friends with cafeteria workers, to failing hard drives and cryptocurrency.

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    16: Purchasing Network Equipment

    The guys discuss the latest version of Firefox, collaborative programming, and the new public DNS service before diving into Matt’s project of purchasing equipment for some new portable buildings. The conversation then takes a turn to discuss why state-mandated testing is hard for teachers and students.

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