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Wednesday, April 18, 2001

Several weeks ago, Tom McKenna announced that he would no longer be updating his excellent G3 All-in-one Stop Shop site after April 24, 2001. Several fellow educators suggested another site might pick up where Tom's had left off. That's a tall proposal, as I think Tom's site had a unique, down home, comfortable feel that will be tough to duplicate. Tom had a way of making everyone feel at home.

I'm adding a test page at this point, not really sure where it will go. I suspect there may no longer be a need for something as specific as the All-in-one site was, but a "watering hole" for fellow educators seems like a good idea. At least at first, most of the content will be Mac specific, simply because that's what I know best, although I'm not adverse to posting relevant material that pertains to other platforms as well.


Fabien Octave has released another beta version (4.2b3) of his excellent Apple Menu Items replacement, BeHierarchic. I like its ability to arrange Apple Menu items and penetrate hierarchical menus deeper than five levels. This version works with Systems 8.1 through 9.1 and will work in the Classic environment of Mac OS X. This free beta expires June 15, 2001. The regular version is only $10, and upgrades and updates seem always to be free. Download BeHierarchic (165K) version 4.2b3 One of my few daily web stops while at school is the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive. I try to print each day's photo for display in the hallway. The photos draw a lot of attention, especially the more spectacular photos (nebulas are my favorites).

What got me to thinking about NASA was a good review by Kids Domain of NASA Spacelink's Space Based Astronomy. "This unit includes a huge amount of information on Astronomy in space as well as instructions for a variety of related activities, with worksheets. Use it at school, or to explore at home." If you have the Acrobat Web plug-in installed, clicking the link below will load the rather large document into your web browsers. To just download the PDF document, option-click the link (right click for Windows??). Download Space Based Astronomy (2.2 MB PDF document)


Well, there's a start, anyway. If you have some suggestions, news ideas, etc., please .

Thursday, April 19, 2001

Apple yesterday reported a second quarter profit of $43 million. During the conference call, repeated references were made about getting back to the basics in the education market.

Charles Haddad has an interesting column on Business Week, Why Jobs and Dell Are Always Sparring. With all the recent press about Michael Dell's comments about going after the education market, and Steve Jobs's frequent allusions to Dell, Haddad proposes that the two companies are actually "dependent on each other -- and they can't stand it. They're like mischievous kids who've tied their shoelaces to one another and now can't get them undone." It's an interesting view.

Several months ago I ran across a url to a free software offer for NEA members (only). I ordered a couple of titles, one Mac and one Win. It took several weeks to receive the software, and I have seen no increase in spam, etc. from letting them have my school email address. Hey, free is hard to beat!

Today@NASA.gov (always an interesting link) reports that when the space shuttle Endeavour blasts off on mission STS-100 this afternoon, it will be carrying an extraordinary robotic arm called Canadarm2. The creation of the Canadian Space Agency has a "hand on each end that can grasp an anchor on the space station. By flipping end-over-end between anchor points, Canadarm2 can move around the ISS like an inchworm."


Friday, April 20, 2001

Apple has posted an Epson Print Driver Update 1.0 (2200K) for Mac OS X. It supports many Epson USB inkjet printers. Epson serial port printers are not supported.

Apple has posted the OS X (10.0.1) update (3.9 MB) and Software Update 1.3.1 (647K) for OS X for download. This 10.0.1 update was previously only available through the OS X software update application. The update offers a number of improvements, including faster application launches. OS X still lacks support for internal floppy drives, serial port printers, CD burners, and support for beige G3 ATI graphics acceleration.

If you haven't invested as yet in OS X, I would advise waiting until Apple fleshes out its current hobbled release of the new operating system before taking the plunge.

Well, that's it for week one of Educator's News. The page is actually a bit light on education at this point. If you have an item or question, drop me an .


 

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