Blackberry Woes

This week some of our admins were attending a meeting.  I got word they weren’t receiving their Blackberry emails.  I checked out their redirector settings and everything seemed to be in order.  I sent test messages that went unresponded.  I was scratching my head over this one. 

Then I heard about the outage.  The reasons were unknown at the time, but soon to be revealed that an update had caused all of the issues. 

I don’t take lightly to updates.  I’ll do them on a workstation and most of the time to a server, but….

What’s your take?

Microsoft Vista Anyone?

I’m not one to jump on the new updated software bandwagon.  I learned a long time ago from a former boss not to be the guinea pig that tries out the new patch, etc.  I am the same way with Microsoft Vista.  I enjoy using XP just fine.  It does what I need it to without too much hassle.  I’ve experimented with Debian, Fedora, and openSUSE Linux.  I’m thinking of buying a Mac Mini, but I’ve already owned two Macs in the past.  My first Mac was purchased in 1991 when I returned to school to work on my Master’s degree.  I haven’t checked it in a while, but I’m willing to bet it will still boot up and work.  The Performa 6115CD model was purchased in 1994, and it still works except for the monitor.  My first Windows machine was a Dell XPSR450 which now houses a Debian server.  So, I’m not too shabby when it comes to computers.  However, the dive into Vista is not one that I’m ready to make.  I think the price is too high, and I can make my openSUSE laptop have all the fancy Windows cubes.

And what about Dell taking the plunge to sell Linux-based machines?  I think it’s about time.  They are also going back to selling Windows XP to home users.  Thank goodness.  I haven’t tried out Vista yet, but I hear that there are some driver and compatibility issues.  I guess time will tell.

Ready for NECC?

Are you ready for NECC? I am. I missed it the last time it was in Atlanta because I was working on my Ed.S. Now I finally get to go! I’ve been looking at a few of the sessions to be held. I’m particularly interested in eLearning and programs such as Moodle. What’s your interest?


They Almost Had Me for a Second

By now, I’m sure you know that our great friends at Google have Mountain View, California going with wireless connectivity.   I just had to check out their new link about their TiSP service this morning even though I kept telling myself, “Nah…it’s only in the city where Google is.”  LOL

I guess Google enjoys April Fools Day as well as anybody.

Go here to read about it.