Educating Technology

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

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    Edge Beta

    STAAR testing is underway. Microsoft releases the first beta for their Chromium based Edge browser. Google holds their Cloud Next conference announcing many new features to G-Suite.

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    66: New Servers

    Matt deals with SIP trunk registration issues, but he's also getting new servers. Chris has students who figured out how to trip the fire alarm.

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    65: Defender Everywhere

    Windows Defender is coming to your browser and macOS. Apple releases a bunch of updates to some products and Google announces a gaming platform.

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    64: Gmail Confidential

    Allergies attack the show this week as both Chris and Matt are feeling the effects of pollen and bad weather. Intel has another leaky CPU bug and Google introduced Gmail Confidential Mode.

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    63: Panic Week

    Panic Week sets in on the guys as they deal with Apple Podcast changing rules that could potentially remove the podcast from iTunes, one of their ISPs going bankrupt and Momo resurfaces.

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    62: Cybersecurity Concerns

    Chris sets up an "Inception Linux" and Matt switches his secondary browser from Google Chrome to FireFox. The guys then discuss their cybersecurity concerns for their school districts.

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    61: The Problem with Enterprise Apps

    Matt is back from TCEA in San Antonio with some information about the new AMD powered HP Chromebooks. The guys also discuss the latest enterprise application issues between Facebook, Google and Apple.

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    60: Avoid Turning it Off

    Microsoft Office is finally in the Mac App Store with rumors of potential changes of the Office 365 subscription, some new ways to install tools on Windows, and new Chromebook hardware.

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    59: Remind vs. Verizon

    Welcome to 2019! This week we find out how Matt's fiber upgrade project went and how Chris moved to Linux again. AMD announces some new stuff at CES and Verizon and Remind are having a battle.

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    58: Our Favorites of 2018

    For our last show of 2018, we discuss three of our favorite pieces of tech from this past year. We also discuss what we're looking forward to in 2019.

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    56: Defaults Guy

    Google attempts to simplify its messaging services and Microsoft is embracing Chromium as the new base for Edge. Chris shares with Matt a way to make native apps for websites.

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    55: Commitment Issues

    The guys are back from the Thanksgiving break. Matt buys his first gaming keyboard and mouse and gets some new Chromebooks for his district. Chris finds a bug in his Ubiquiti firewall that blocks Apple's iOS upgrade verification process.

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    54: System Center is My Life Now

    As the guys are winding some projects down and getting ready for the Thanksgiving break, Matt discovers a group policy setting they have been needing for a long, long time.

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    53: Nothing Should Be Dual Core

    Matt rants about his disappointment in the new Apple products and Chris has some news about some exciting new AMD products.

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    51: Sychronizing Directories

    Matt's feeling burnt out on technology. Chris cleans up his Active Directory and Google Cloud Directory by automating the synchronization of the two.

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    50: Adventures in Server Land

    Chris and Matt both have some adventures installing and upgrading Windows Server. Also, the fire alarm goes off.

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    49: Automate the Things

    Chris and Matt discuss the Bloomberg article about tiny infiltration chip out of China. Matt then talks about how he automated some TVs in the cafeteria. Chris talks about how he's using an EdgeRouter Lite as a temporary firewall solution before mentioning AMD's CES news.

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    48: Moving to SIP Trunks

    Chris and Matt continue their discussion on renaming a Windows domain. The guys also gripe about some issues with the Google Admin Console for Chromebook Management and finally get around to talking about PRIs and SIP trunks.

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    47: Cisco versus Ubiquiti

    Chris and Matt were going to talk about phones, PRIs, SIP trunks and e-faxing on this episode, but instead, they ended up talking about network switching and wireless.

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    46: New Apple Devices

    This week the guys talk about the new iPhones, Apple Watches and a few other random topics when they talk some more about Chris's new district.

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    45: Job Transitions

    On this week's episode, construction at Matt's district has finally started a year after the storm and Chris moves to a new school district. They guys discuss what challenges that will bring.

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    44: School Security

    Chris and Matt are back and so is the new school year. They talk about how they've been ramping up for the start of school and how their districts are addressing school security.

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    43: Changes For This Year

    Chris and Matt discuss the (fake) news that Amazon was about to enter the network gear market. They then have a dicussion about some changes they are hoping to make this upcoming school year.

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    42: Microsoft Surface Go

    New MacBook Pros! Chris and Matt also discuss the new Microsoft Surface Go and how it could be beneficial for education.

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    41: Internet is the New Clean Water

    Chris and Matt discuss Dell going public again, a new wireless authentication standard and some announcements regarding ChromeOS. The finish out the conversation discussing moving to Sophos Central for threat management on their networks.

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    40: Handling Construction Projects

    Matt discovers a bug with the the ETS testing software and the latest version of Windows 10. Matt then questions Chris with what he can expect from the upcoming construction projects at his school district.

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    39: Summer Project Check-In

    Chris is back! Matt gives Chris a chance to talk about anything from WWDC he found interesting. Chris then talks up some new processors from AMD. They round out the episode with a check-in on how their summer projects are going.

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    38: WWDC

    Chris is out of town with his family and Matt's family is out of town without Matt. Therefore, Matt flies solo to talk about Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference.

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    37: Computer Imaging

    Chris and Matt discuss imaging computers. Also, our Privacy Policy has been updated (not really, we don't have one).

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    36: Year End Procedures and Summer Projects

    STAAR testing is finally over for the year and the last round of tests was a dreadful experience. The school year is coming to a close and the guys felt like it was a great time to talk about their year end procedures and upcoming summer projects. Matt also convinces Chris to try and break Google Drive this summer.

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    35: Robots Calling

    Chris and Matt discuss Google I/O and Microsoft Build.

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    34: One Year In

    It's been one year! Chris and Matt go back and give their introductions that they never did when the show started.

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    33: ChromeOS is Growing Up

    Windows 10 Spring Creator's Update (April Update?) is rumored to hit on May 8th after being delayed by a BSoD bug. ChromeOS is growing up and adding containers.. Chris gives an update on using Windows Admin Center and Matt gives a mini review of the Lenovo 100e Chromebook.

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    32: Thanks ETS!

    It's testing time again and of course there is an issue during the test. Microsoft delays the Springs Creators Update and Google is planning a refreshed (and long overdue) design for Gmail.

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    31: At Least It Isn't Facebook

    Chris and Matt discuss Intel not patching older processors for Spectre and Meltdown and why that affects some of Matt's classroom devices. iOS 11.3 break MDM communication with JAMF Pro but Matt's laziness in deploying iOS updates saves him from having trouble. Matt asks Chris's thoughts on Apple using their own ARM processor in the Mac. The guys close out the show by making fun of Google deploying "Rolling Study Halls" to rural districts.

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    29: The Update Show

    This week, Matt performs updates to his VMware environment and server firmwares. He also encounters yet another Windows 10 update bug. The guys then discuss their thoughts going into the Apple Event, which really just ends up being a rant from Matt. The show ends with Chris's conspiracy theory on the bugs discovered in AMD processors.

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    28: Tasks We Do, But Don't Like

    Chris and Matt discuss the tasks and projects they have to do, but don't necessarily enjoy. Discussion also includes MoviePass, breakfast food and bad Microsoft naming schemes.

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    27: Managing Online Testing

    On this week's episode, Chris explains what's wrong with SSL and Matt gets new Chromebooks. The guys then discuss what's wrong with using Windows for online testing and why Chromebooks are the better option. Matt almost buries himself in a rabbit hole when they start talking about state mandated tests in general.

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    26: WiFi Interference

    Matt gives an update on using URBackup. Microsoft accidentally releases the limitations for Windows 10 on ARM. Chris installed Microsoft's Project Honolulu. AMD releases a bootkit to update BIOS firmwares for new processors along with new embedded CPUs. Matt also deals with some bad WiFi interferance during mock testing.

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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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    15: Disaster Recovery with Jeremy Cooper

    Educating Technology finally makes its long awaited return after dealing with Hurricane Harvey. The guys are also on location together with special guest, Jeremy Cooper, to discuss disaster recovery and relief. And of course, there is some AMD discussion thrown in as well.

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    14: Open-Source Alternatives

    Cisco loses a bunch of data for its Meraki customers, AMD Threadripper is finally available to purchase and Linux subsystem is coming to Windows Server. The guys then discuss using open source alternatives to Windows and Office and other creative apps.

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    13: Managing Accounts

    This week, Chris and Matt discuss the release of AMD’s Threadripper CPUs and RX Vega GPUs. Google releases VR Expeditions for anyone to try and the Google Earth update comes to iOS. The guys then discuss how they handle account management in their districts.

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    12: Discovering New Hardware

    This week, Chris and Matt record after hours and both are pretty tired. The guys discuss Microsoft rebranding again and for once, Matt brings up some AMD news. Adobe has decided to end development of flash (YAY!). Microsoft kills, and then saves, Microsoft Paint. They finish up the episode with Matt talking about some of the new hardware that was installed in three classrooms and how they find new hardware for their schools.

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    11: Depending On Old Technology

    The guy start off this week with some follow-up on how their summer projects are progressing. Matt has been dealing with a major outage of the phone system all week, so he is not as prepared as he would like to be. Luckily, Chris saves the day with some great news articles with some new things Microsoft and Google are doing. They end this week’s episode with Matt telling the story of the phone outage and the guys have a discussion on being dependent on old technology. They also setup for an episode on net neutrality in the future.

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    10: Software and Network Management Subscriptions

    This week starts with some follow-up on Ubuntu coming to Windows Store, Windows Subscriptions and the release of the new Backup and Sync tool for Google Drive. Chris and Matt then discuss software and network management subscriptions. They also may inadvertently explain how to get cheat the Adobe Creative Cloud service.

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    09: Microsoft vs. Malware, Google Earth News and Rural Broadband

    The guys are back after a week off for vacation and travel. With a lot to talk about, they postpone this week’s topic to focus on the news and follow up. Matt bought an iPad Pro and installed the High Sierra Beta and Microsoft is going to start nagging people to install to the latest builds. Another ransomware outbreak prompts a discussion on some new things Microsoft is going to be doing to counteract future outbreaks. Google Earth gets some new features (gasp!) and AT&T is rolling out a new rural wireless project.

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    08: Windows Upgrade Cycles

    Microsoft announces new upgrade cycles for certain versions of their server operating systems which prompts Chris and Matt to have a conversation about the upgrade cycles for Windows 10 and Windows Server and what impact it will have on their environments.

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    07: Public and Private Cloud Storage

    Matt gets 30 new iPads for second grade at his district. The guys discuss some recent Microsoft news before heading into this week’s topic of how they use public and then what to build your own private cloud storage with. There’s even some talk about the latest FireFox release.

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    06: Getting Some New Megahertz

    Chris and Matt give updates on how their summer projects are going. Chris corrects an article from The Register about Digital Ocean. The guys then discuss WWDC and finish up with making fun of the HomePod.

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    05: School’s Out for Summer

    Chris and Matt discuss the Computex Conference that happened this week. This, obviously, involved more talk on processors from both AMD and Intel. After an impromptu discussion on Yahoo, the guys jump into this week’s topic of summer projects.

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    04: Keeping Networks and Users Safe

    The guys are on the final week of the school year. Summer projects are about to begin. Before continuing on last week’s security topic, Chris shares some more AMD news and Matt finds out what the “T” in Google’s “TPU” stands for. SPOILER ALERT: It’s not Terminator. They then discuss how they keep their networks secure and their users safe.

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    03: Google I/O, AMD and Ransomware

    Chris buys a Chromebook that can run Android Apps and then geeks out on new AMD processors. Chris and Matt then discuss the latest ransomware attack. They setup for next week’s discussion on security in the school district. And finally, what would a podcast on technology in education be without the inclusion of a bell to signal the end of the school day.

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    02: Mobile Devices and More Windows

    Chris and Matt continue a topic from last week with an update on Google Chrome in the Windows Store. They also discuss the Microsoft BUILD 2017 event. And finally, they manage to get to their scheduled topic on mobile devices.

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    01: Windows 10 S – Microsoft’s Answer to ChromeOS

    For their first episode, Chris and Matt already shelve a topic to discuss the #MicrosoftEDU Event where the Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S were announced. They also discuss whether or not Microsoft is too-little-too-late in the education space.

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