Computer fritz. Expletive deleted.


Two days before school starts, with the computers in the classroom not yet up and running well, with a lot of material yet to create, with poor printer connections in the best of times, there appears to be a power supply issue.  Sudden loss of data.  Inability to back up.  Days for a solution.

Expletive deleted.

You know, when I was in solo practice I had a much smaller burden to bear on office automation.  I was responsible for all of it, but I didn’t have Wizards of Smart from downtown creating programs and processes incompatible with computer use.  The comic strip, “Dilbert,” discusses the Department of Automation and Information Prevention.

I got that.  With troubles on my own computer.

Another expletive deleted.

Maybe I can get Jonathan Kozol to do a chapter in a new book, a follow-up to Rudolph Flesch’s work: Why Johnny Can’t Teach.

Feel free to discuss on any thread.

4 Responses to Computer fritz. Expletive deleted.

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    Well, if it makes you feel better, in 25 years on the job, I’ve never had a working computer in a classroom, except one single solitary day. We had an ancient PC no one could figure out, but it died the next day, saving us the trouble.

    No, that doesn’t make me feel better.

    My first Cub Scout den mother had a framed quote on her pantry wall:

    I had no shoes, and complained. Then I met a man who had no feet.

    I realize I’m better off than some, maybe many. My feet are still cold.

    I’ll wager that after 25 years, you don’t have your first-day stuff on PowerPoint . . .

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  2. Mkay, political differences notwithstanding, you and I are compatriots in this predicament. It seems the two steps toward success in the Information Technology field, all over the universe, are:

    1. Gain iron-fisted monopolistic control over the automated information system;
    2. Make the damn thing work.

    And there is a pandemic at work here, which could be fairly defined as success in the first 50% of the above code and absolute failure in the last 50%. The aggravation is brought out when one realizes that if they just failed at the entire thing, the results would be better.

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  3. nyceducator says:

    Well, if it makes you feel better, in 25 years on the job, I’ve never had a working computer in a classroom, except one single solitary day. We had an ancient PC no one could figure out, but it died the next day, saving us the trouble.

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  4. Elf Eye says:

    Well, I’m not as bad off, but I was just issued a new tablet, with a new operating system and new versions of the software I’m accustomed to. One thing that became immediately apparent was that the new computer would not talk to the old printer. Fortunately, my chair had had the foresight to order some spare printers at the end of the last budget cycle, so that problem was solved pretty quickly–although the disk with the driver for the new printer couldn’t be used to effect the introductions between Master Computer and Mistress Printer–lots of calls to tech support on that one. Then it took an additional day of calls and visits to tech support to get various other issues cleared up. Why do these sorts of things always seem to crop up just before classes start. Is there some kind of Law at work here?

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