Tuesday, September 30, 2014

iPad Declines as Samsung, Lenovo Tablets Push Forward

iPad Declines as Samsung, Lenovo Tablets Push Forward

Shipments of Apple's iPad have fallen off 13 percent so far this year. Meanwhile, according to a new report, Samsung's tablet shipments have increased 26 percent in the first half of 2014.


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Tech Director Chat





A weekly chat tackling the issue of educational technology from both sides. Ben Rimes, a former teacher turned educational technologist, chats with Pete Poggione, an Information Technology Professional from the private sector turned School IT Director.

In this third episode, Pete and I attempt to address the sticky issue of when attempts to help aren't always so helpful, why tech support often comes at the last minute, and what we can do to make ourselves better "helpers". We roll of few issues up into a group of questions addressing what we've tried to do and hasn't worked, and attempt to address a question posed by Sarah on Twitter about looking at instructional technology from student's point of view.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wisdom of Geese (Motivational)

Servant Leadership

Emerging Leadership with a Culture of Trust

Ethernet Throuput

M = mega
m = milli
B = byte
b = bit

When referring to disk usage, we measure throughput in megabytes per second, or MB/s. Notice the capital M for mega and the capital B for bytes.

When referring to network performance, we measure throughput in megabits per second, or Mb/s. Notice the lowercase b.

A bit is eight times smaller than a byte. You can figure out your 100Mb/s network's maximum theoretical throughput in MB simply by dividing by 8. 100 / 8 = 12.5.

TCP/IP has ~ a 10% overhead, as does Ethernet, so realistically you'll only see about 80% of that at the high end. A little more basic math shows that 12.5 * .8 = 10. You should expect to be able to write at about 10MB/s over your 100Mb/s network. This lines up perfectly with what you are seeing.

Even thought these are theoretic throughput I would recommend that you consider using a Maximum of 60% to leave extra room.

(More Resources)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Throughput

How to Install a Markerboard - MooreCo / Balt / Best-Rite

iTeach Interactive Whiteboard Mobile Stand

Shapes Configurable & Customizeable Student Desking

Base Carregadora Belkin B2B074

Monday, September 22, 2014

Resources to use for iOS 8 Deployments



As many of you know, this past week there were several new Apple software updates that came out. This includes updates for iOS 8, OS X Mavericks, OS X Server, Apple TV and Apple Configurator. For your convenience I have included the relevant About KB articles below.

About iOS 8
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1758
About the OS X Mavericks v10.9.5 Update
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6400
About the OS X Server v3.2.1 Update
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT201096
About Apple Configurator 1.6
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6436
About the OS X Server v2.2.3 Update
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT201117
About Security Update 2014-004
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6443


In addition, we have also updated and released several new help resources and documents.

Apple Configurator
https://help.apple.com/configurator/mac/1.6/
Profile Manager
https://help.apple.com/profilemanager/mac/3.2/
iOS Deployment Reference
https://help.apple.com/deployment/ios/
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ios-deployment-reference/id917468024?mt=11
Apple Deployment Programs Help
https://help.apple.com/deployment/programs
iOS Security
http://images.apple.com/privacy/docs/iOS_Security_Guide_Sept_2014.pdf

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