New Monitor

Got a new monitor today and wanted to share. My old one was a 27" Hanns G. Actually, the old ones - my old set up was 2 of them side by side. When I started at Hunter, I was given a piddly small monitor so I tried to buy my own 27" Hanns G to bring in but they were no longer available. The 27" jobs available then were much more expensive so my work monitor situation has been sadly lacking.

Chromebooks in K12

The discussion today over on AVC was Chromebooks in K12, a title I conveniently lifted. In the comments, I was asked my thoughts on chromebooks vs Linux on low end hardware so, here they are. Chromebooks are cheap, near instant on, and, if you're using Google Apps for education, little to no administration necessary. This is a HUGE win for schools. There are some issues. School WiFi, for example, is frequently insufficient which can be a problem for a device that's meant to be connected to the cloud.

Robots platforms and practicalities

I received an email from a friend the other day asking me about a particular robotics platform she recently saw. I've played with robotics on and off over the years ranging from building them from (not using) scratch using Atmel chips and programming them in assembly to using Arduino based platforms to using pre-built robot platforms. They're really cool and since they interact with the real world you can do all sorts of interesting and motivational things with students.