Category Archives: computing

.musecast Episode 8: Tech Envy

A trip to Best Buy to get a new UPS, combined with my needing to get a new cell phone and a tablet computer soon, have me thinking about tech stuff a lot now, so I figured I’d talk a bit about my history as a gadget geek and how I’ve really gotten away from that stuff in recent years, but I really need to be more aware of it because I need to know what sort of stuff my students are using. [Season 1…

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The Weight of a Library

About a week and a half ago, I took one of my classes to visit the campus library to learn how to do research there; like everywhere I’ve taught, the librarians there hold special classes where they teach students how to use the online databases the library subscribes to, so I have an opportunity to sit back and just add little tidbits and anecdotes to what the librarian has to say. I don’t think I’ve ever had one of these library instruction classes go so…

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Blah-gging for a Decade

In the wee hours of the first of April, 2001, I decided to try this thing I’d just heard of on TechTV called “blogging.”  The .org had been around for about five months at that point, and at first my blog was separate from the .org, hosted on Blogspot, until I integrated it with the .org later.  That first night I wondered if Blogger would automatically adjust the time for Daylight Savings Time, since I’d literally created the blog in the last minutes before the…

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Digital Artifacts

One of the things that has made it easier for me to put off posting to the .org is the fact that hardly anyone else I know seems to post very often these days. I’ve subscribed to nearly every blog I follow in the Google Desktop Web Clips app for Google Desktop on the side of my desktop, and over the past year or so I can’t help but notice that so many blogs that were once updated two or three times a week are…

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Greetings from Yggdrasil Mark II

In the end I wound up giving Yggdrasil Mark II to the local computer store for them to fix; a reinstallation of the heat sink that came with my processor actually wound up fixing things. Unfortunately they screwed up my network settings, forcing me to reinstall Windows to be able to connect to the Internet again. After that, though, it’s pretty much been smooth sailing. I’m probably going to be up very late tonight — even by my standards — getting programmes installed, and at…

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