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October 2007

Binders

What is it with educators and binders?  I swear to god, some idiot either gives us one, or makes us keep up with them.

I hate binders.

Seriously.

Nothing is worse than having to pull something out of a binder, use it and then have to put it back in.

My system:  folders

Seriously, folders are much easier.  When I had a real job, worked real hours, and made real money, everything was kept in a file cabinet.  I loved my last cube.  I had a nice square cube, with a really nice horizontal file cabinet.  Everything went in it.  My purse, my files, everything.  When I went to a meeting, I pulled out the hanging folder that contained that project with all the materials that went with it.  When I came back, I just dropped it all into the cabinet. 

I just went into a huge hissy fit over the binder we are required to keep this year.  We are up for cycle 3 for the Texas Educators Grant and we have to document everything we do to death.  They've given us a binder, dividers and tabs for it.  <ARGH!!!!>

My solution?  A file box.  They make lots of different sizes.  So I have hanging folder for each portion of the things we have to document -- like the task force I'm in.  Then I use separate folders for things individual items I have to keep up with.  When I come back from a meeting, I toss the stuff in the box and periodically file it (I never have time to file).   I even toss the binder in the box just in case someone wants it some day and when it comes time to turn in the binder, I'm putting a big rubber band around the files and putting them in the binder and turning it in that way.

It appalled our department chair until she saw it and then she agreed it was better than a binder.

And when people give me a binder in the future, I'm just going to do the same thing.


GPS is COOL!

Okay, it's been awhile since I've blogged.  STEM money, family money and some other grant money have all come together, and I've been picking up some little toys.

One is a Cingular 8525.  I was sort of thinking of waiting for the TILT and going with Windows Mobile 6, but I really liked the Cingular 8525 so picked it up a few weeks ago.

Well, last night I had a few free moments at Frye's -- I've been thinking of ordering a GSP Bluetooth Receiver on line, cheap, but I was a bit afraid of it.  You, I had a GPS receiver a long time ago when you could hook one up to a Palm pilot.  Didn't work well.

Well, I picked up a Nokia one for $49.99 and man is it sweet.  For me, it's perfect, with either Google maps or Live Search.  I may have to go somewhere just to play with it.


Weaver's Law

Somewhat joking, BUT it's true.  The easiest way to fix a problem, especially a networking problems is to pull plugs, wait for a few minutes and plug them back in.

Honestly, I wish I understood networking -- this morning I came in and my lab was completely down.  Most of the workstations could not communicate with the server and even said "network connectivity is low or limited".  I couldn't see the other workstations with Lanschool.  It was a mess.

At first, I thought the whole building was down, but I isolated it this end of the building pretty quick.  In fact, once I got students in the room, I isolated it to the students on the older switches in the classroom.  All I had to do was unplug them and plug them back in and the network started working again.  Thus "Weaver's Law".

Yeah, it probably already exists under another name, but it works for me.