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December 1, 2009 - 9:27pm
I'm sitting in Boston's Logan airport, enjoying the free Google WiFi (until January 15th), preparing to fly to San Diego for ECAR Symposium 2009: Disruption, Adaptation, and Evolution.For the trip I'm carrying a cell phone (Pantech Breeze - CNET calls ideal for "senior citizens and those with disabilities"), an iPod Touch, an iPod Nano, and a MacBook Pro. My backpack contains about 10 pounds of printed reports (mostly ECAR and EDUCAUSE publications), and a couple of Economist magazines. I'm carrying 3 power chargers across the country. I'm a picture of non-convergence.
November 30, 2009 - 9:27pm
Are you up for a thought experiment? Let's say that you were given the keys Microsoft's cloud. You could move any platform, application, database, or service from your campus to Microsoft's distributed data centers. Let's further say that Microsoft, in an effort to gain higher ed mindshare and the opportunity to up-sell services and enterprise platforms, was offering its cloud to you for no money. Unlimited processors, bandwidth, and storage. Service level agreements. Long-term contracts.Where would you start? What would you do?My Candidates:
November 30, 2009 - 9:18pm
Anyone with kids, or a long memory, knows the story: pack the whole clan into a car for hours on end, pray to the traffic gods, hope you didn't forget anything too important, and spend days shuttling from extended family to extended family. When things go wrong, they go very, very wrong. But when they don't, it's lovely.This year we pulled off the equivalent of a hole-in-one. Everything worked, and it was lovely.
November 30, 2009 - 8:45pm
The Sierra Club needs our help. Especially those of use with dirt under our fingernails, stuck to our hair, ground into our skins.
November 29, 2009 - 9:07pm
A regular correspondent writes: I'm hoping your wise and worldly readers can shed some light on myanonymous, and of course (despite its curiously detailed nature),purely hypothetical problem.
November 29, 2009 - 9:01pm
The smartest decision that Blackboard has made recently does not involve a new feature, acquisition, policy change, or marketing strategy. The smartest decision Blackboard has made in recent months is to recruit Mark O'Neil to come work for the company as a new Technical Product Manager. You can read why Mark decided to accept the job at Blackboard in his own words over on the Dartmouth Curricular Computing blog.
November 29, 2009 - 7:59pm
So now we hear that President Obama is going to stop by the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen, while he's in the neighborhood. I'm not sure how much encouragement to take from this fact. After all, by the estimates I've seen, what the US is going to take to the conference is a non-binding target by 2020 of 3% emissions reduction (based on a baseline of 1990, the year most widely used by other countries - calculating a reduction from 2005 levels is just marketing fluff).
November 29, 2009 - 4:35pm
--My son, who turned 15 over the summer, is a great person, someone I would want to know even if we weren’t related.--Despite the difficult economic climate, my degree has enabled me to build a deeply satisfying practice, to work at a job that engages me and uses all of my skills and resources, and to do meaningful pro bono work with a very disadvantaged population.--I’m still friends with a number of people I went through graduate school with, and it’s a joy to see their careers and their children flourish.
November 27, 2009 - 12:00pm
When classes were finished and Thanksgiving break started last week, my family and I blew out of town so fast we made that cartoon ptcheeeeeeew noise and left behind wavering images of ourselves hanging in the dust.
November 24, 2009 - 9:10pm
To the surprise of absolutely nobody who knows me, I'm a fan of The Big Bang Theory. In a recent episode, Raj and Sheldon tried to solve a complicated equation on a whiteboard in Sheldon's office. Although the entire action consisted of the two of them standing and staring thoughtfully, the producers tried to suggest 'action' by quick-cutting with loud music. I laughed out loud. Although they were obviously engaged in difficult mental labor, it didn't look like work.


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