Work, Work, Work

Not much time to post lately– too many simultaneous projects underway:

  1. Migration work to Veracross
  2. Recent completion of Open Air lab
  3. Soon-to-launch Chronos Blog System built on Drupal
  4. 48 more wireless access points to be installed
  5. Projector and Document Camera Research
  6. Sudden loss of School Internet Connection for nine hours
  7. New 100 mbit Internet connection coming in June
  8. Purchase planning for May/June, next year’s computers
  9. Moodle development plans and integration
  10. Hosting visiting teams (fun!) looking at tech

There’s more, of course.  A few notes on the above:

  • We’re leaning toward NEC NP510W EDU projectors for high resolution and 3000 lumens.  We have two, but one had reliability issues, so we have ordered a third for testing.  Excellent image quality at HD.
  • We should have a redundant ADSL connection on the new 100 mbit Fiber that will even carry over the public IP range to the ADSL if the fiber is down.
  • I’ll report soon on our hopefully unified G/N single cell, load balancing wireless network.
  • Drupal is fun, but it’s like creating a statue out of big block of marble, which sometimes cracks.  I’ll post some screen shots of our blog/portfolio system once it has student users starting this week.
  • I want others of you to buy a bunch of iPads and give clear and informative reports about them, so I don’t have to worry about them for awhile…  :)
  • Spent all day at work yesterday trying to get our Internet service provider to restore service.
  • I really  like the sleek Lenovo X200S laptop I just bought for my own use, but I’m still not certain that Lenovo could provide custom builds in adequate time for us, as Dell does.
  • The three Eno boards we installed last summer (with ultra short throw Hitachi projectors) are being used, loved by one, mixed reviews from others.
  • I ordered a Lumens DC265 Document Camera to compare/contrast with our aging Avervisions.  I like the idea of two real lamps for light, higher rez, HDMI to the new projectors.  I don’t like the poor lighting of the Avervisions.

Okay, that’s enough for now.  I promise images of the Open Air lab and the Chronos system later this week.

Right now, I must do my Yachtmaster homework (mostly chart navigation) if I’m going to pass the test in 10 days…

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