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September « 2012 « 318 Tech Journal Avid Unity environments are still common these days because the price for Avid’s ISIS SAN is tremendously high. While a Unity typically started anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000, a typical ISIS starts around the same price even though the ISIS is based on more typical, less expensive commodity hardware. The ISIS is based on common gigabit networking, whereas the Unity is based on fibre channel SCSI. Avid Unity systems come in two flavors. Components in a fibre channel only Unity can be broken down so: Avid Unity clientsFibre channel switchFibre channel storageAvid Unity head Components in a chassis-based Unity are: Avid Unity clientsFibre channel switchAvid Unity controller with SATA RAID The fibre channel only setup can be more easily upgraded. The Unity head can be swapped for a no-frills Intel machine (AMD doesn’t work, and there’s not enough time in the world to figure out why), but one must take care to be careful about video drivers. Next up is how Avid uses storage.

The network inventory, audit, documentation and management tool. 100 Awesome Social Sites for Bookworms By Hannah Watson That old stereotype of the quiet bookworm sitting in the corner reading a book while the world passes by is so passe these days. While there is no doubt those who love books can often be found reading, they are also eager to meet others who share their passion for literature. It’s easier than ever to do so with the popularity of online social networks. The following social sites offer plenty of opportunities for bookworms to unite. Share Your Love of Books Online These social networks offer some of the most popular and some not quite so well known, but all provide a chance to connect with others who love to read. Shelfari. Book Swapping Sites Buying books can be expensive, so join one of these groups to meet others and swap books. BookCrossing. Innovative and Specialized Book Networks These groups offer either a very specialized topic or an innovate approach to book appreciation. Kindle Forum, Kindle Social Network. Book Recommendations BookLamp. Book Movement. BookMesh.

Secure Gateway Symesposium Observium n school that feeds body and mind Fresh and Green Academy was opened in 2000 by Ethiopian teacher Muday MitikuThe school not only provides lessons but clothes and three meals a day for the studentsMothers are also involved in the school and help out with the cleaning and cooking The school is funded through donations (CNN) -- Seeing the deprivations faced by children in her neighborhood, one Ethiopian school teacher decided to make it her mission to provide them with a safe place to learn and play. Muday Mitiku decided to open a school 11 years ago, when she realized that most of the children in her suburb were spending their days on the streets, unwashed, unfed and unschooled. But the little school in Keteme, a poor neighborhood on the eastern edge of Ethiopia's capital city Addis Ababa, aims to do a lot more than just provide children from impoverished backgrounds with an education. "Fresh and Green is the only school of its type in the area," explained Mitiku. It's a place to learn and a place to play.

Three Essential Shifts in Learning I recently asked a group of middle school students to name their favorite use of technology for learning. An eager eighth-grade girl said, “My work has gotten so much better since we started using Facebook to do homework at night in my math class. We’re all online together, so if I have questions, I get them answered while doing my homework, instead of the next day or even later. Sometimes my friends even explain the math better than the teacher, and we send each other links to stuff online.” Wanting to learn more, I asked her which teacher had set up the group. Her face turned horrorstruck, and she said, “You’re not going to tell our teacher, are you?” Welcome to the topsy-turvy world of education in the 21st century: a student describing her most powerful learning experience—and begging me not to tell her teacher about it. Three Shifts Scratch the surface of this anecdote and it reveals several essential shifts in the way we think about learning. One Last Shift

OCS Inventory NG | Accueil Instead Of Tests, Video Games To Assess Student Learning Video game naysayers, take note: beyond Mario and Bond, games might be helpful learning tools. Florida State University professor Valerie Shute believes that virtual realities are a helpful means of secretly assessing elusive skills like analysis, creativity and problem solving, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. According to Shute, video games can be used not only to impart complex information (like microeconomic principles or ecology) but to teach critical thinking skills, such as scientific inquiry and research. Some universities have already begun to integrate virtual games into their classrooms. Shute believes that the implications of her research are far-reaching and that principles of stealth assessment can, and should, be used in elementary, high school and college courses. Do you think there is a place for virtual learning in the classroom?

munki - Managed software installation for OS X Munki is a set of tools that, used together with a webserver-based repository of packages and package metadata, can be used by OS X administrators to manage software installs (and in many cases removals) on OS X client machines. Munki can install software packaged in the Apple package format, and also supports Adobe CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6 Enterprise Deployment "packages", and drag-and-drop disk images as installer sources. Additionally, Munki can be configured to install Apple Software Updates, either from Apple's server, or yours. Munki is currently in use at organizations all over the world, managing software for tens of thousands of Macs. At Macworld SF 2011, Google’s Mac Operations and Security teams open-sourced Simian, a project that builds on Munki, providing a highly-scalable server hosted on Google App Engine. Check out the Wiki for some notes and documentation, and browse and/or check out the source. Get started with Munki here: Getting Started with Munki

Truce Be Told By Lory Hough A look at why some educators are starting to accept the online encyclopedia that anyone can write and edit. On July 31, 2006, Stephen Colbert did a segment on his show, The Colbert Report , mocking the online encyclopedia Wikipedia . The site was five years old at the time and starting to become hugely popular. But it was also greatly debated. Colbert, with his laptop in front of him, jumped on this. “Who is Britannica to tell me George Washington had slaves?” At the time, this kind of random contribution — by a regular Joe who was having fun, or at least who wasn’t backing up his claim with scholarly research — was exactly what educators were worried about when it came to students using the free site for research . But now, five years after Colbert’s segment, there are signs that attitudes about Wikipedia may be slightly shifting. Even educators, it seems, are starting to throw out olive branches.