Back to School Tech

JohnAhhh…August. A month full of soldiering through the muggy, humid weather; readjusting to the work grind after returning from beachy, tropical vacations; and listening children of all ages throwing temper tantrums as they prepare to return to school.

But going back to school doesn’t have to be a painful, torturous ordeal, especially not when so much technology has been made available to us to make our lives (and education) a bit easier. From ways to back up your documents to group project collaboration tools to entertainment, technology is a vital part of the 21st century educational experience.

I scoured the Internet, searching high and low for the technologies elementary school children, high schoolers, and college almost-graduates will hopefully find helpful as they gear up to head back to school. Here are some of my favorites, included with links of some of the most popular options:

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Why I’m never buying another Dell, and why you shouldn’t either

misc1I’ve been a software developer going on 12 years and it has been great.  As such, I’m the family computer guy, which I don’t mind because it helps keep me up on current hardware technology (I have a masters in EE so I like that stuff).

Recently, my mother came to me with an issue with her Dell laptop.  It seems that the hard drive stopped working.  Pretty simple to fix since it used a 2.5″ SATA drive.  I went to the local Microcenter and grabbed a 240Gig SSD to replace it with.  (SSD’s are soooo cheap these days!)

My mother brought over her computer and I proceeded to install the hard drive and then I was looking for her box for the restore disk…  Oooh lala they don’t provide a restore disk with their computers anymore.

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CodeMash 2016 Review: 7 Languages in 7 Hours

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Sadly, I was unable to make it through all 7 as duty called on numerous occasions throughout the day, but I must say I experienced a wide range of emotions.  We utilized the Prime Factors Kata for each language rather than the simple Hello World or To Do applications which I found to be an interesting challenge as I was consistently Googling syntax-related issues.  The 3 languages I missed out on in the session were Go (seriously disappointed I missed this one), Scala and Elixir.  Quick summaries of the ones I did get to attend are listed below:

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​CodeMash Pre-Compiler Recap pt. 1

Duane OdumOver the past two days I have had the pleasure of attending some excellent workshops at CodeMash.  While I can honestly say only two of the workshops were beneficial from an immediate knowledge gain perspective, I think that I will get more long term value out of the others that I attended.

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SharePoint User Adoption

I Duane Odumam attending the SharePoint Fest Chicago this week, and will be sharing my thoughts on some of the sessions I attend throughout the week.

In a rather interesting take on user adoption, Sarah Haase provided two admittedly not-so-simple keys to success: manipulation and motivation.

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SharePoint Fest 2014: Visualization Tools and Innovation Games

Duane OdumI am attending the SharePoint Fest Chicago this week, and will be sharing my thoughts on some of the sessions I attend throughout the week.

My first session of the SharePoint Fest Chicago was Visual Tools and Innovation Games presented by Ruven Gotz and Michelle Caldwell. While I felt a bit alone based on my skillset, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I am fairly certain I was the lone consultant in the session and 100% certain I was the only developer in the session, but ultimately that was my expectation going in and one of the main reasons I chose it. After all, that is the point of attending conferences isn’t it? Expanding my horizons…

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