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Buying a New Comp-u-tron

clb4601 -- Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:08am
Clifford Benjamin
Ordained Service Desk Support Earl
Self-Appointed Moodle Monarch
UCSS @ UL Lafayette
clifford@louisiana.edu

Here’s a common question we get, as so-called IT Experts: what Personal Computer should I buy? I don’t know. No IT person knows, unless they get a kickback from the company. It’s not that we are secretive jerks, it’s that we don’t know. There are so many different options and variables that we can never give you an answer that will satisfy your request. Try using the tools provided by most of the bigger online dealers, they seem to work. 

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Presenting Technology

clb4601 -- Thu, 09/17/2015 - 10:57am
Clifford Benjamin
Help Desk Support Earl
UCSS @ UL Lafayette
clifford@louisiana.edu

Recently, I gave a talk in Tennessee about using technology in the modern classroom. This was my turn to shine. Technology is me. My subject. My zazz dazzle. My jam. I’m going to give the best speech on "Talkin' Internets" ever. I turn up to the talky place and I’m greeted with every educators deepest nightmare—dated equipment. The large laptop looked like an ancient suitcase crashed into a plastic puddle with its prominently featured sticker bedazzled on the cover proclaiming a brand new 286 processor. The state of the Video “Projector” wasn’t much better, as it proudly mentioned that was made in Siam, as it wobbled on its rickety, wooden cart. TL;DR—the stuff was old.

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The Copy Pasta Monster

clb4601 -- Thu, 09/03/2015 - 8:38am
Clifford Benjamin
Help Desk Support Earl
UCSS @ UL Lafayette
clifford@louisiana.edu

Earlier this week, I was writing a blog about some high falootin’ idea about getting the most out of your education. I was typing along, saying all the important things, when I hit a slight bump in my textual road. I lost my textual road. The browser timed out and I lost all of my important looking words. Here I am, this supposed technology expert and I lost my files. Me. I lost my files. I need a Timeout. I need an adult. I need an adultier adult. I feel Level 9 Tech Support Shame.

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No Tech // Have You Sent Grandma A Card Lately?

clb4601 -- Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:37am
Clifford Benjamin
Help Desk Support Earl
UCSS @ UL Lafayette
clifford@louisiana.edu

I am Pro Technology. I use it. Lots. I like it. Lots. That said, it is important to remember that technology is a tool; a tool that shouldn’t be the sole tool in your toolbox. We—as humans—need to learn from the world around us. When we focus on one item, we acquire a kind of tunnel vision that blinds us on the edges. This isn’t a lecture on putting down your phone (although, we should do that, too), but it’s a slice of insight about learning. As learners, we should take an active approach in crafting several paths towards smart thinking. It is one thing to send an email, but it’s a whole different experience to send an actual letter. How about we try it a different way; without technology.

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Welcome Back -- Fall 2015

clb4601 -- Wed, 08/12/2015 - 8:58am
Clifford Benjamin
Help Desk Support Earl
UCSS @ UL Lafayette
clifford@louisiana.edu

It’s School Season! Time to start playing the education game again. Time to sharpen those pencils. Time to sharpen those wits. Time to sharpen those skills. College is more than just bills; more than just tuition and books. College is about things. College is about change. College is about learning. College is about knowledge. College is about challenging yourself. College just is.

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Patches and Updates

clb4601 -- Tue, 07/28/2015 - 1:13pm
Clifford Benjamin
Help Desk Support Earl
UCSS @ UL Lafayette
clifford@louisiana.edu

Programs and Websites are built by people—typically, very overworked people. They have mistakes—lots and lots of human mistakes. People make programs. They break. They crash. They have issues—just like people. Because of these tiny flaws, most programs continually patch. They patch errors. They patch crashes. They patch security holes—scariest of all the patches. Patches are just part of the lifecycle of any computer program, and should be embraced by the user. Patches means the program is improving. The more patches a company puts out, the more problems they are fixing. Software that is never patched isn’t flawless, it’s abandoned.

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Technology and Change

clb4601 -- Thu, 07/23/2015 - 8:33am
   Clifford Benjamin
Help Desk Support Earl
UCSS @ UL Lafayette
clifford@louisiana.edu

Technology is a wonderful thing. It has become part of our everyday life. We hate it. We love it. We like to get mad and shout curses at it when it doesn’t work. Technology is ubiquitous. It is everywhere—all the places. Technology filters into everything. Technology is business and it means business. We are all in the technology game together, whether we like it or not.

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