Sounds like the educational benefits are pretty obvious

This netadmin pilot fish working for a school district gets a help desk ticket from a library assistant, who complains that a wireless handheld device she uses won’t work.

“I went down to the library to see what was going on,” says fish. “They had factory reset the device, and then they took out the manual to put in all the settings.

“There was an example picture of the input screen with as the IP address, as the subnet mask, and as the gateway. This is exactly what they entered.”

Fish explains to the library assistant that the school’s network uses DHCP, and the address she had typed in wouldn’t work.

Assistant asks, “Is DHCP an approved curriculum software?”

It isn’t any kind of curriculum software, fish explains, but it’s necessary for the network to function.

Assistant storms off in a huff.

A few hours later, fish hears from his boss, the curriculum coordinator. He’s heard that fish is running unapproved software on the network. “Is this true?” he asks.

Technically, yes, says fish. DHCP hasn’t gone before the official curriculum committee and been approved, but it’s vital to running the network.

“You should have run it by the curriculum committee first,” boss tells fish. “Please take it off the system until the curriculum committee can review the software and the educational benefits to the students.”

Reports fish, “I said, OK, I’ll take it off. He said, ‘Thanks.’

“I should have kept my big mouth shut and just turned it off, but I said, ‘No way, are you crazy, what is wrong with you?’

“I hope he finally realized that not everything is directly related to what happens in the classroom.”

via Computerworld, June 8, 2009 – 08:52


Coders are essentially linguists who translate human language into a foreign programming language suitable for an unforgiving machine to process.

Stephen Nichols via TechCrunch

Fifteen programming languages you need to know in 2015

  1. Java
  2. JavaScript
  3. C#
  4. PHP
  5. C++
  6. Python
  7. C
  8. SQL
  9. Ruby
  10. Objective-C
  11. Perl
  12. .NET
  13. Visual Basic
  14. R
  15. Swift

via Mashable

I agree with the commenters that some of these like .NET and SQL aren’t languages, and I have experience with some of them, what I really am interested in playing with is Swift.

Well, yes. Yes I can…

I completed the Phishing quiz from this CBS News article, and scored 9 out of 10, and the one I missed I identified as phishing when it wasn’t, so I feel pretty confident about being cautious in my email practices.

My results: Email Phishing Awareness Quiz – McAfee.pdf

IT Dress Code Cardinal Sins

You don’t need to be a runway model to succeed in IT, but please stop making these office fashion faux pas.  Remember, you work for an enterprise, not on the Enterprise.

  1. Sandals with socks
  2. Sandals without socks
  3. Hipster hats
  4. Jorts
  5. Sleepwear
  6. Star Trek attire
  7. Cycling gear
  8. Workout attire
  9. Sasquatch beards
  10. Nothing
IT Dress Code: 10 Cardinal Sins

And add deodorant as the one thing that is not a fashion faux pas.  No one wants to smell your pits all day long…

Terms Millennials Don’t Know

Tech terms that Millennials don’t know:

  1. PC Clone
  2. Baud
  3. Dial this, dial that (TV dial, dialup modem, dialing a phone)
  4. Punch cards
  5. Monochrome monitor
  6. Dot-matrix printer
  7. Serial and parallel ports
  8. Teletype, teleprinter, or telex
  9. Floppies (Floppy disks and drives)
  10. Wang
Read the full article at Information Week, 2014-09-12

Happy Towel Day!

Today is Towel Day, in honor of the late author of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams.  Don’t forget to carry your towel today.

Follow along at TowelDay.Org.