Archive for the ‘Government’ Category

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Scott G. McNealy, Sun Microsystems co-founder and former CEO, has an ambitious idea – replacing our heavy, outdated, expensive textbooks with open-source versions that teachers and schools can modify.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. […]

Friday, July 2nd, 2010 at 9:10am

Pre-recorded calls to your phone? Report to the FCC in 1 minute or less online!

Posted by Jordan Erickson in Government, LNS Blogs

I’m sure you are all painfully aware of the rising illegal pre-recorded telemarketing/scam problem. Even when you sign up for the Do-Not-Call registry, many telemarketers simply disregard it, interrupting your work or personal time. Luckily, now there is an easy way to fight it. The FCC has set up a website to directly (and easily) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Friday, June 12th, 2009 at 11:34am

Schwarzenegger to launch “Digital Textbook Initiative”

Posted by Jordan Erickson in Education, Government, Hardware, Technology Articles – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said, on Monday, that he plans on launching a program in which students will trade in their hard-copy text books (primarily Math and Science for now) for digital equivalents. He reflected that young students these days are much more used to obtaining information from digital sources. This move, if […]

Monday, March 16th, 2009 at 11:21am

Google Earth Uncovers Brit Nuclear Sub Base, Missile Facility

Posted by Jordan Erickson in Government, Technology Articles,2933,506915,00.html?sPage=fnc/scitech/personaltechnology – Britain’s nuclear defense headquarters could be under threat from terrorists using Google Earth. Close-up aerial views of the top-secret naval base are on the computer program — available for free over the internet. It even reveals the longitude and latitude of the facility in Faslane, Scotland — home to the U.K.’s Trident-armed nuclear […]

Monday, February 2nd, 2009 at 12:21pm

FTC Warns of Fake FTC E-Mail Virus

Posted by Jordan Erickson in Government, Security, Technology Articles,2933,306979,00.html?sPage=fnc/scitech/cybersecurity WASHINGTON — The federal agency that fights Internet scams and spam is caught in the middle of an effort to fool e-mail recipients. The Federal Trade Commission warned this week that scammers are behind messages from the phony address of “” The e-mails claim that a has been filed with the FTC against the […]

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