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Our DSL slowed last night, and Kent got a brilliant idea-hit the reset button on the modem. Y'know, that thing on the back that you have to stick a pen in. Not good; there's a reason why it takes some effort to get at that button. I called Wilkes Telephone first thing this morning, and they told me to bring the modem and trade it for a new one. Problem solved. They were so nice, as they always are. 

Catch you later-the garden awaits. 
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A post reminded me of last week's adventures in DSL troubleshooting. The connection was slow, so I called the provider, which is also our phone carrier. They connected me to their off-site 24 hour tech support service. Once tech support had done their predictable job of annoying me and pointing out that they're not local, I hung up on them and called the local repair department. As usual, they were here in 30 minutes. This always amazes me; I live out in the middle of nowhere.

Wilkes Telecom's bundle package includes maintenance of cables, jacks, etc. inside and outside the house, along with stuff like setting up modems and routers for the technically inept. They are so much better than tech support! 

Our house is one of those with the ground floor built into a bank. This make it easy to go to the rear of the house and jump onto the 1st floor roof. This is exactly what Dolly the dog had done. The repairmen discovered that she'd chewed up the lines on the roof! They replaced the chewed wires, then came in the house and replaced a couple of jacks while they were at it. Can't beat the service! 
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http://www2.journalnow.com/content/2009/mar/18/powerful-touch/

Ther is no doubt that students will need tech skills to survive in the job market, but I believe that we're too quick to buy the latest gadget without thinking things through. I actually like the SMART boards. However, I can't see buying the SMART tables. There are other ways to engage children in learning and to promote teamwork. At $7,000 each, enough SMART tables for 20 classrooms would cost $140,000. At $8,000 each, enough boards for 20 classrooms would cost $160,000. For that kind of money, you could hire several more teachers and buy some supplies for group activities.

In these rough economic times, we need to make intelligent decisions about our education dollars. At a time when teaching positions are being cut due to lack of funds, how can we justify spending big bucks on the latest tech toys? A good teacher can make a world of difference in a child's life, and most children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, respond well to more attention from teachers.

Besides, I've yet to see a tech toy that addresses the problem of a lack of basic skills or the wasteful practice of constant testing and teaching to the test.   
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I read a newspaper article that said that the new premium vinyl is becoming trendy  among young music collectors. There was a discussion about the difference in sound quality between analog and digital. I agree that the analog has a warmer sound with more depth. I frequently hear old favorites of mine in digital form for the first time and am disappointed. Older singles were engineered to sound good on the record players of their era and something is lost in the transition to digital. Among others, Sun and Bluebird recordings really should be experienced on vinyl.

I love the easy storage and transportabilty of digital, but I'll always have some vinyl and not just because I'm a dinosaur. 

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