Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Friday, December 13th, 2013 at 10:02pm

Welcome to the Inter(pla)net?

Posted by Jordan Erickson in Education, LNS Blogs, Science, Technology Articles

Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Vinton G. Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. Cerf has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since October 2005. In this TedTalk, Mr. Cerf talks about the growing interplanetary data communication network in […]

Monday, January 24th, 2011 at 2:49pm

Is there any hope for California schools?

Posted by Jordan Erickson in Education, Government, Linux, LTSP, Open Source

It’s depressing to hear how bad the California economy is getting, and its effects on our schools’ budgets. I mean, it’s been bad for a long time, but there have been no revolutionary turns, no silver-bullet fixes and no promises kept regarding the quality of education of our children. In contemplating the root of this […]

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 at 10:31am

LNS article published in CETPA DataBus magazine

I’m pretty excited to see that an article I had submitted entitled “The Greatest Success of Open Source is its Philosophy” (I had posted the full text on as a blog previously) had been published for the fall quarter issue. I am confident this article has opened some eyes as to a true motivation […]

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 at 12:36pm

Scott McNealy to attempt U.S. open-source textbook initiative

Posted by Jordan Erickson in Education, Government, LNS Blogs, Open Source

Scott G. McNealy, Sun Microsystems co-founder and former CEO, has an ambitious idea – replacing our heavy, outdated, expensive textbooks with open-source versions that teachers and schools can modify. His non-profit, Curriki, focuses on molding the landscape for a more up-to-date, less expensive system for distributing educational texts. A very ambitious idea indeed – Mr. […]

Thursday, July 1st, 2010 at 12:03pm

The Library, the first amendment, and porn on public computers

Posted by Jordan Erickson in Education, Government, Technology Articles

I recently read an article about a local library in my hometown that is currently dealing with Internet access from their public computer terminals. There are some very good arguments regarding unfettered/unfiltered Internet access (which aligns with First Amendment ideals) vs. content filtering and protecting children from offensive material. This is a long standing topic […]

Friday, June 18th, 2010 at 3:41pm

Linux, Adobe Flash, 64-bit, HTML5…

Posted by Jordan Erickson in Education, Linux, LNS Blogs, LTSP, Open Source, Software

According to Adobe’s Linux/Flash homepage, in the January 27, 2010 posting entitled “Solving Different Problems”, Mike Melanson explains that Adobe’s Flash player was not originally intended for video playback. To use Flash to decode video and play it back in a web browser, it must jump through several additional hoops than simply using a multimedia […]

Thursday, June 17th, 2010 at 11:57am

The Greatest Success of Open Source is its Philosophy

Posted by Jordan Erickson in Education, Government, Linux, LNS Blogs, LTSP, Open Source, Software

When it comes down to it, we work for the future of our children. The very purpose of our jobs, regardless of whether you are a superintendent, teacher, sysadmin or custodian, is to aid in the education of our youth so they may be prepared, motivated and creative in their adult lives. Working in schools […]

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 at 10:52am

Apple pulls iPad app that teaches kids how to program

Posted by Jordan Erickson in Education, Hardware, LNS Blogs, Software, Technology Articles

Last week, Apple decided to pull an iPhone and iPad app called “Scratch” that is designed to help children learn how to program a computer using kid-friendly graphics, stories and animations. The reason it was pulled was due to the App Store clause 3.3.2, which states iPhone apps may not contain code interpreters other than Apple’s. […]

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 at 1:15pm

Education and the future of our country

Posted by Jordan Erickson in Education, Government

In resonance of the current education budget crisis, I am reminded of a popular bumper sticker that reads something to the effect of, “It will be a fine day when schools get the money they need and the military must hold a bake sale to fund a new jet bomber.” I just read an article […]

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 at 3:19pm

The concept of “free” in software (Happy Holidays!)

Posted by Jordan Erickson in Education, LNS Blogs, Open Source

I’d like to make a distinction between “free” and “free”, if I may. The free you hear everywhere is usually the type of free that you see in the marketable world. Free diagnostic, free coffee with purchase, free seminar… And that’s great. What a lot of people haven’t had the chance to explore, however, is […]

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