alas, software prices

you know that you really are interested in your research when you decide that the dishwasher you have longed for and saved for will have to wait another year in order to purchase the really cool piece of software that will really help you in your research instead... :-)

June 14, 2004 in Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Happy Happy Happy

Wow! What a long journey it has been trying to get back online…or just a fully working computer! I made a switch to Linux, and loved the KDE platform, but was very disappointed with many of the things I could never get fixed on my laptop (wireless, keyboard, internet in anywhere else than my office, printer compatibility issues, etc…). So, I tried to get windows back by running the 8-disc system recovery. I could never find the product key that came with the computer, so I ended up installing the version from work. Sadly, this did not solve my problems. I did not have access to the drivers from the recovery system, so I had windows but not the functionality I wanted (especially wireless)…so today, while trying desperately to figure out which wireless card I have in an attempt to locate a downloadable driver, I discovered that the product key that would have made my life a lot easier a week ago was located on the bottom of my computer. Long story short, reran the system discovery and got my computer back! Happy happy happy!

June 6, 2004 in Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


really cool new site found called ping-o-matic. a way to ping many regular sites with one address... now if i could just figure out how to ping manually!

May 25, 2004 in Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

exciting things happening this week in lab

here are the seminars for this week... an exciting mix of visitors!

[25 maj kl.15.10]
Massively Multiplayer Online Games as Learning Environments
Constance A. Steinkuehler, University of Wisconsin-Madison
I samverkan med Lärarutbildningen

[26 maj kl.15:10]
Korpusar i språkutbildningen (corpora in language education)
Ylva Berglund, University of Oxford
I samverkan med Nätuniversitetet

[1 juni kl.10:15]
The Enacted Myths of Computer Education
Margaret Lloyd, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane

May 25, 2004 in Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

opensource in schools

in my new linux and open source software kick, i am susceptible to articles about the subject. i tend to notice them before anything else in my personal information flood. via jill, i have found an interesting post about the freedom of movable type versus an open source program called wordpress. it is an interesting debate and one that i have to agree with mark about. open source has unlimited potential, even if the general population of users are not themselves coders. i love the freedom and potential of open source software, but i am still more passionate about the user possibilities. i would love to see someone take their knowledge of this type of software and really outfit schools. give students a technological chance. too often schools budget technology and the humanities very, very low on their list of priorities. (heard a quote once about this... something about if there was no more music and art in schools, there would be nothing to read or write about either... maybe from mr. holland's opus??) open source software could help with this, as well as encourage tech savvy students to develop technological answers of their own.

May 17, 2004 in Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

great finds

reading seblogging today, i have found a hotbed of interesting topics, like the concept of the magicbike that would have been a great idea to attempt to implement in jokkmokk, or the rss tutorial that i would have loved to have seen before my rss class last week...

the most interesting idea i found, however, is the reasoning sebastian has behind student conference fees. i agree with his suspicion that high student fees are *partly* a way to keep new thinking students out, or at least a consequence of these prices. i believe, however, it is more to keep the undergraduate students out, those who may not have 'fully-baked' ideas. graduate students can often find departmental funding to attend conferences. undergraduates, on the other hand, must fund everything themselves. this is sad as it still serves to keep out a new generation of thinkers. often it only takes a passionate word or phrase to spark the interest of an undergrad. all of the truly inspirational professors i have had have welcomed student participation and criticism and through their own passionate displays for learning, inspired their students to think outside of the box and challenge old ideals. maybe the conference organizers are assuming that thinking outside the box and participant participation is better served in a seminar environment rather than a conference one.

May 11, 2004 in Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack