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July 15, 2010 - 9:08pm
I have had administrator (admin) rights on every computer at each institution where I have worked. Admin privileges grant a computer user the ability to install programs and to tweak the settings on their computer. For a student affairs techie, being able to install applications and/or customize a computer is about enhancing productivity and efficiency. When I get into a car, I have to adjust the seat, tilt the steering wheel, and move the mirrors. I am setting up the car to my specific requirements. Being able to do the same with a computer is a similar experience.
July 15, 2010 - 8:57pm
Good God, I'm bored.Maybe if I shift in my seat...Nope. Still bored.Ooh! A dropbox! However might it work?Ayup, it drops. Color me impressed.Why is the presenter staring at me? Am I rolling my eyes?Try to look interested. Try to look interested.Good God, I'm bored.I bet celebrities don't have to watch dropbox demos.I bet Lindsay Lohan doesn't have to watch dropbox demos.I bet they don't even do dropbox demos in prison.They should.Naw, that's cruel and unusual.
July 15, 2010 - 8:44pm
BbWorld is going on now in Orlando, and I'm 1,400 miles away. Haven't been to BbWorld now for a few years, and I'm starting to wonder if I should be re-adding the conference to my list?
July 15, 2010 - 8:06pm
Last week, the greater Cleveland area let out a collective groan as we learned that our star basketball player would be moving from the local team. As I watched him and several other star players congregate in another team, I was reminded of the game “Monopoly." As you may remember, this game is won by amassing market power and then charging fellow players high prices for landing on one’s property. A similar approach is taken by monopolies in the marketplace, where market power forces consumers to pay higher prices for goods than would be otherwise expected.
July 15, 2010 - 7:39pm
First, the big news. BP's undersea oil gusher appears to be stopped, at least temporarily. I say "appears" because a pressurized reservoir of fluids is a dynamic system, and any time you strengthen the weak point in a dynamic system (by, for instance, plugging a hole), you create another weak point at another location. Unless the complete envelope (particularly the area around the borehole) is able to contain the considerable pressures, another leak is likely. Still, as far as it goes, this seems to be good news.
July 15, 2010 - 1:58pm
I am writing from my balcony, lit by the last rays of the sunset. It is almost 10:30 pm. Late sunsets are one of the unique beauties of the Swedish summer. With a bit of help from the weather gods, I will be sailing for the next few weeks along the Southern coast of Sweden, away from my office, my students and my coworkers.
July 15, 2010 - 8:48am
My daughter, Katie, is staying with me in Chicago for a few weeks this summer. She turns fifteen this Thursday, and we’ve been spending a lot of time together planning her birthday — her Quinceañero, as she keeps reminding me…Last week we drove to my parent’s house in Florida. Their 50th wedding anniversary is coming up this fall and we’ve been looking through photo albums. My sister Julie -- a writer, Presbyterian minister and our resident family genealogist -- was also there, overseeing our photo archiving.
July 15, 2010 - 12:38am
The denationalization of higher education – the process whereby developmental logics, frames, and practices, are increasingly associated with what is happening at a larger (beyond the nation) scale continues apace. As alluded to in my last two substantive entries:
July 14, 2010 - 11:46pm
Ever since the announcement of my appointment as Alma's president last February, I have been studying up on the college presidency. I've talked with friends in the job, read endless prose on the topic, heard from consultants far and wide.
July 14, 2010 - 10:22pm
"The reason we're in this crazy balkanized media space is that IP law has stymied innovation around media. Put it this way - if you want to write on someone's webpage, or just post a picture you just do it. But if you want to upload a video or edit. not so easy, right? Because media - until more recently, has been so encumbered by proprietary video formats and delivery standards that it just hasn't been a first class citizen on the web."

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