And no tears in my school district. No tears because the real work starts now. We use these precious weeks to clean up the mess our teachers and students left behind. Well, that, and get ready for the next year. Busy time–we are getting geared up for our school system’s Race to the Top project–complete refresh of our wireless infrastructure. Then next year we can build upon our tablets and then look toward BYOD!
So the curious rumor going around is that Microsoft will release Microsoft Office this fall for Android and iOS as an app. My question is do we need or want it? I would venture to say most people using Android (I cannot speak for iOS users) use Google Apps. With the tight integration of the app and the desktop, I cannot see introducing another app to use documents. Every time I receive a document through email, I can open it in Google Apps. I do not doubt some people will buy it, but again, is this the best use of Microsoft’s resources? Or maybe they just hired some Android and Apple developers. Time will tell how this venture works out for Microsoft, but again, I am not confident. Just like their whole Windows 8 strategy. Make your new OS similar to your yet to be released tablet software. Hmm…
Oracle is just evil. Ok, so I am biased, but serious, when you try to patent/trademark small lines of code–you deserve to be called out by the judge:
Judge: We heard the testimony of Mr. Bloch. I couldn’t have told you the first thing about Java before this problem. I have done, and still do, a significant amount of programming in other languages. I’ve written blocks of code like rangeCheck a hundred times before. I could do it, you could do it. The idea that someone would copy that when they could do it themselves just as fast, it was an accident. There’s no way you could say that was speeding them along to the marketplace. You’re one of the best lawyers in America, how could you even make that kind of argument?
Oracle: I want to come back to rangeCheck.
Judge: rangeCheck! All it does is make sure the numbers you’re inputting are within a range, and gives them some sort of exceptional treatment. That witness, when he said a high school student could do it–
How awesome? A coding judge. One who knows, or teaches himself so he will know what is going on. If only more judges would do that. And more politicians. We would see how the megacorporations of the world like Apple and Microsoft are trying to kill and stifle creativity. They both are trying to hold up Android imports at the border. Seriously? Come on world, wisen up. Ugg!
Building images is a consuming job of any school technician. Once you build an image, you need to make sure you keep up with the drivers. A driver is a piece of software that communicates with the computer and a piece of hardware like a webcam, trackpad, printer, or any other number of devices.
Keeping your drivers updated is crucial to the good operation of your laptop or desktop. It also can take a huge amount of time. Enter Driver Identifier. This piece of freeware scans all your drivers, then gives you a nice listing of the drivers installed on your machine and whether they need an update or not. It also gives you a link to download the right drivers. Pretty handy, whether in a school or at home…to keep your machines updated.
Why do those in charge of the laws of Copyright and intellectual property and patents continue to get things so wrong? Everything is a remix, as the video states. Look at Disney. Which popular Disney flick actually came from their own ideas? Not any of the princess series, that’s for sure. But look at how closely they guard that now. I hope we continue to see this content created to share Creative Commons and common sense laws for Copyright.