Thursday, August 30, 2007

Bob Bain Up Close

Camera Phone Post: Bob Bain
After work today Bob and I attended a meeting of the SJSU Photographer's Guild. It is times like this that makes me appreciate working at a university.

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SJSU Photographer's Guild Meeting Today

The SJSU Photographer's Guild is having its first meeting of the term. According to this post: "
  • Start Date/Time: 08/30/2007 06:00 PM
  • End Date/Time: 08/30/2007 08:00 PM
  • Location: Duncan Hall Room 406

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Shrunken Head Man Meeting at SJSU

This is from the website of the Shrunken Head Man Club, otherwise known as the San José State Animation / Illustration club!

There will be a meeting on Thursday, August 30 for all Animation/Illustration students, freshmen through graduating seniors, in WSQ 109.

Bunny and the gang will be announcing speakers and events, reviewing standard policy, announcing changes, giving out fabulous prizes, and showing off animation.

At this time we'll steal the spotlight for a few moments to announce our usual start of the year club info, some fabulous changes, plans for the year, and we'll take sign-ups after the meeting ends.

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Warm weather hits SJSU

Students under tree

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Richard Stallman coming to SJSU

Free Software GNU Guru coming to SJSU on Sept. 11th
Richard Stallman will speak about the goals and philosophy of the Free Software Movement, and the status and history of the GNU operating system, which in combination with the kernel Linux is now used by tens of millions of users world-wide. This speech will be accessible to all audiences and the public is encouraged to attend. The speech is Tuesday, Sept 11 3:00-5:00pm San Jose State University, "Umunhum Room", Floor 2, Student Union Building, Student Union, Inc., One Washington Square, San Jose, CA.

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Old family photos discovered

Iris in the 1960's

My Sister Iris
This photo is from around forty years ago. It was in a batch of slides my dad took that I recently discovered. That is one of the neatest things about good old fashioned analog film photography. You can have a container of very old pictures languish undiscovered like a time capsule waiting to be opened. Then, when you do open it, it explodes with memories. Fifty years from now how will people find our digital memories? Will an old CD ROM or hard drive beckon to be opened like an old box of pictures does?

Today is my sister's birthday. Soon she is going to be moving to California. I am really looking forward to having her closer. Happy birthday sister! This photo was taken in the living room of my parents' house on Granada Drive in Concord, CA. I hope to scan and share more as I get time.

Close up of my sister

Monday, August 27, 2007

New Year, New Class, New Blog

The blog for my new class is here!

Feeling Overrun

Counter counting down to retirement

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu
The Battle of Dien Bien Phu was the climactic battle of the First Indochina War between French Union forces of the French Far East Expeditionary Corps, and Vietnamese Viet Minh communist revolutionary forces. The battle occurred between March and May 1954, and culminated in a massive French defeat that effectively ended the war. In the opening phases of that battle the French observation outposts were in the process of being overrun by the Viet Minh. The last transmission from the French observers was them calling out for artillery strikes directly on their own positions.

It is so busy at my day job work, and I feel we are so under resourced to meet the need at my day job in the Academic Success Center at SJSU, that today I often thought of those French forward observers. Today I felt so overwhelmed I just felt like we were being overrun. I feel it is impossible to put in enough work to keep up with the staffing and the mission I am given. We are now further behind tonight than we were at the start of the day. Lately I just think of the thoughts of soldiers in a hopeless battle. Sometimes all you can hope for is to survive. I have this counter on my desktop, it counts the days and the hours and the minutes...

Thursday, August 23, 2007

SJSU's wireless network not working with Vista

WLAN problems with Vista
San Jose State University's wireless network, provided under contract by Comcast, is having significant problems working with computers running Microsoft's Vista operating system. Large numbers of students, as well as faculty and staff, with new Windows computers running Vista OS are reporting they cannot access critical university Web resources from the wireless network on campus. These same resources are accessible if these Vista equipped computers are on the wired network or if the computers are attempting access from off campus. Reportedly, work is going on to resolve these problems as soon as possible.

This has been fixed!

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

End of Summer Party

Students at help Desk Party

End of Summer Help Desk Party
On Friday, August 17, we had a big end of the summer party in Clark Hall for all the Help Desk staff. It was great fun. Sue joined us. We had a lot of yummy Indian food and shared a lot of laughter.

[More Photos on Flickr]

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

I Heart my Palms, But

I really like my two Palm Smartphones...
But, it seems to me, Palm devices are in danger of becoming about as cool as plaid shirts, Viagra and Florsheim shoes. The brand has been accused of becoming stagnate when compared to cooler, newer designs. Engadget has come up with some ideas on how some new life can be breathed back into the brand. Here, here!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Thursday, August 16, 2007

No brakes no kidding!

Bike without brakes on campus

Bikes on Campus: Cycling can be dangerous to pedestrians
A tragic event occurred on April 13, 2000 around 6:45 pm in San Francisco. A female pedestrian was walking in a crosswalk on the Embarcadero with a green signal. She was hit and knocked down by a 48-year-old bicyclist who had run a red light. The pedestrian was rushed to the hospital and was in a deep coma for several days. It turned out that the victim was the wife of the general manager of KGO Newstalk Radio 810, Michael Luckoff.

Not all cyclists are responsible. Witness this track bike, one of several I have seen being ridden on campus. The bike has no brakes and can't even coast as it lacks a device most bikes have that is called a freewheel. (Because you cannot coast but must always pedal this type of bike, these are also called fixed gear bikes. This type of bike is designed for racing on oval bike race courses called Velodromes, not the quad around Tower Hall.) After making several high speed loops around the quad this bike's owner stopped to show it off to friends in front of Clark Hall.

[More SJSU bike related pictures on Flickr]

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

India Independence day

India Indepence Day

It is India Indepence day
Today is the 60th anniversary of the independence of India from Britan. We celebrated at the Help Desk by wearing Indian clothing and had a big lunch of Indian food. This was great fun!

[More Pictures Here on Flickr]

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Friday, August 10, 2007

One Contractor's Work Truck

Cameraphone post: One Contractor's "Truck"
Contractors have long had special permits for them to park their "trucks" on campus so they can unload tools and items like sinks, appliances and heavy equipment. This is provided so they can get their work done for the university.

Beware of Gretting Cards

Beware of fake greeting cards
"It is just the latest trick for attackers to get users to install malicious software on their machines," said Zulfikar Ramzana, a Senior Principal Researcher in the Advanced Threat Research Group at Symantec.

"This is one of the worst attacks we've seen in years," said Adam Swidler, a senior manager with the Internet security company Postini. "The bottom line here is if you get a note saying you have an e-greeting card and to click a link to open it... whatever you do, don't."

According to Mike Wendland, of The Detroit Free Press's Online edition named Freep, "Instead of a greeting, the link leads to what is known as the Storm Worm, a powerful snippet of code that installs on the unsuspecting user's computer and then begins to send out spam to everyone on the user's contact list."

According to Washington Post technology writer Brian Krebs, "Previous e-greeting card scams harbored their viral payload in an infected e-mail attachment, but fraudsters now are simply embedding links in the fake card messages."

Krebs said, "The nasty greeting cards have been traced back to tens of thousands of machines infected with the Storm Worm, without a doubt, 2007's most prolific and successful e-mail worm. Storm and its flurry of poisoned e-greeting cards are responsible for one of the biggest virus outbreaks in recent history."

Krebs said, "Microsoft Windows users would be well-advised to simply delete any e-greeting cards that land in their inboxes."

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

My Mug

Steve Sloan by Bob Bain

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We are training

Aditi doing training

Training Time
With the coming semester we have been putting a huge emphisis on training. Here student lead Aditi Sinha speaks to the student staff at the San Jose State University help desk.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

New stuff from Apple

Apple releases new iMacs and Software
As predicted, Apple has released new versions of the popular with education iMac Computer and new software including an all new version of the very popular iLife Suite. Since the new Macs are brushed metal with a snazzy thin keyboards any white iMacs are now visibly an "older model."

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

AT Retreat

Retreat to advance
Today we had a retreat in Academic Technology. We talked about our goals and where we want to be this time next year.

[More pictures from retreat on Flickr]

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Shifted Gears

Joe and Steve at a union meeting

A weekend of shifted gears
On Friday I went to a union meeting in San Francisco. I had some spare time in the morning so I was able to stop at a couple of camera stores on the way. After the union meeting Susie took the train up to the city and we went to dinner at Kuletos in union square. On Saturday we spent most of the day working on our garage. I took a break for my mountain bike ride where I got the flat. On Sunday we returned to doing garage work and then in the afternoon I went for another bike ride. We have been on the go so much that work that needed to be done was not getting done. The bike rides were short, but fun. We have been on the go for several weekends in a row, this weekend we had to do stuff at home. Sometimes you just have to shift gears!

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

New Version of Office For Mac in Jan. 08?

According to Mac Mojo, the blog for Microsoft's Mac Group:
We announced today that Office 2008 for Mac will be released to manufacturing (“RTM”) this December, which will allow for retail availability in the US in mid-January (planning for Macworld), and allow us to deliver Office 2008 to our volume license customers and global customers in the first quarter of 2008.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

New Mac Models Next Week?

New iMac Models, Keyboard Models and iLife Version Coming?
According to AppleInsider, Apple has called a meeting this coming Tuesday at its Cupertino campus, "Apple Inc. is gathering analysts and members of the media for a Mac-related press event to be held at the company's headquarters in Cupertino on Tuesday, August 7th, AppleInsider has been told."

Apple insider said, "Apple chief executive Steve Jobs is widely expected to use the gathering to take the wraps off a new generation of 20- and 24-inch iMacs, which were first detailed back in March and later pinpointed for a release in late-July/early-August. It was also reported by AppleInsider in recent weeks that each new iMac would come bundled with a new super-slim keyboard, photos of which subsequently turned up on the web. Jobs is also more than likely to use Tuesday's event to provide demonstrations of the company's long-awaited iLife '08 and iWork '08 software suites."

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