Yes, Still Alive

It’s been so long since I’ve done a blog post, someone asked if I were still breathing.

Yes, I’m still breathing, somewhat.

Quick summary: We’re in the final weeks of school and the summer work has already begun. All the Dell orders are in. The Apple orders are going in today, if I have the quotes. We have two new Cisco ASA 5520 Firewalls ready to be installed, in an active/standby configuration, with a 20 mbit ADSL backup to our 100 mbit fiber connection to the Interent. Engineers are coming again next week to do a proof of concept of authentication/encryption on the Meru wireless system we’re considering for a summer install. We just brought up a Radius server to support this test.

Along with this fun, we are in the final stages of considering a new web portal for the school. A new Xerox copier/scanner/printer is arriving today for a 2 week trial, possibly to be followed by four more. Along with the Xerox will be a trial of a proximity card reader for authentication into the copiers, scanning to home folders, and “pull” print jobs. A new console software package was installed this week for the phone system. Final teaching assignments are being made for next year. We’re planning for the ECIS Technology Conference to be held here in March 2009.

I signed off on ExtremeZ IP for improving printer installs on OS X earlier this week, and Papercut for some better print reporting. I’m involved with five room redesigns or moves this summer. We have a solid bid in on a private circuit to remote rack space for backups and DR servers. I enjoyed presenting two Technology Awards at the High School Awards Ceremony this week. I just finalized my flights for going to Memphis to present at the Lausanne Laptop Institute and then off to Oregon for about two weeks of visiting family and friends, hanging out at the beach house, and sailing our Cal 20 from Portland to Astoria with my brother for fun.

Commencement is on Monday.

But today, I’m looking forward to taking two colleages from work sailing for the weekend. We take the train this afternoon to Portsmouth Harbor, have dinner at the Lightship, sail to the Isle of Wight for an overnighter, and then come back on Sunday.

Okay, it’s a bit busy.

SR under sail

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