building 32
Well I made it back east and after a couple days, back to work too.

The view from home is a bit different
And so is the walk to work
Teele sq
Davis Sq.

Well, That's It.


NHCToday was the last teaching day of class. All that's left is the technology fair/give away on Thursday. That will be an opportunity for some review as the students setup the accounts and settings for others, but no new information.

Away and Rain

I'm not sure which is the bigger news, the computer giveaway or the first significant rain since I've been here. The rain started just as I was loading the last giveaway into a woman's truck, so I'm going to take it as a good omen. Presumable most people aren't here for a weather report though so I will talk some about the giveaway.

Down to the wire

demoOne class to go until the Tech Fair/give away day. I wish we had more time to spend on software, hardware and installs have really sucked up the time, but we'll get there. In future I'd either split the class into two, one hardware and one software, or make it a summery practicum class requiring Operating Systems Fundamentals and Hardware Fundamentals.

Navajo Weaving



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Final weekend rambles.


road upDidn't quit make it to the top there, the pitch went up an the ground got sandier, and that was a bit too daring on my own without having told anyone where I was going or when I'd be back. But there was quite a view. The little digital doesn't like the haze, so you'll need to trust me a bit on that one.


Navajo Screenshot
We have the reading colors section of gcompris translated and working. The working part didn't happen until after class, mostly because it was much simpler than I'd thought. Maybe we can have a translation editor open at the Tech Fair and people add to the translations as they go by...

Tsaile Techology Fair Thursday July 5th 2007


Next Thursday we're holding the first (annual?) Diné College Technology Fair. This was a student generated idea, though I forget just whose and no one is claiming responsibility...

Everyone has an off day right?


 I killed my demonstration machine right before class today so I didn't have a system like the students systems to project on the screen. Since my plan for the morning was to go over the GUI environment and installed applications this was a little bit of a problem.

What a long strange trip it's been

So I spent the weekend up in Durango, CO a pretty tourist town on the edge of the San Juan Mountains. It reminded me how much I don't really miss "civilization". Also saw a Celtic Heritage festival there and ran into Renaissance Faire in Mancos, CO on the way back. This put an odd perspective on things in general...

See, I told you I have students!




Bert and Fray

As you can see, Ed gave me the CD he promised along with permission to use them for Imara. We're rolling right along in class. Students have three PC each substantially complete, will probably end up with five each (one to keep four to give) at the end of it all.

Long Wonderful Day



Diné Perspectives

I had a very exciting day today. I'd been becoming concerned about the lack of Dine? involvement in the direction this project. The students are almost exclusively Dine? and they've been very responsive to topics in class, but I hadn't gotten any input on what local needs are or how the class and computer distribution would really help the community. But today I got quite a lot of feed back and ideas about what people want and what they don't want. Ahe'hee'!

I'd though I'd brought all these point up before but today some of them caught.

My download completed...

The Debian mirror job finally finished yesterday (good thing I only mirrored i386 and not all the architectures), working on a local mirror of the security updates now. We can do installs Monday, even if we have to wait a couple days to talk about security updates.

Bad network, no biscuit!

I'm living right on the edge of the current wireless coverage, well perhaps a bit over the edge. On a good day my signal/noise is 5, and it's a good thing that this fairly quiet on the RF out here as the signal hovers between -85dB and -92dB. In other words the signal as awful and I've been lucky to get what I've gotten. Well, I haven't been so luck the past 48hr or so.

It's up now though, and tomorrow we should have a live test of the new repeater station, though sans pole, so it probably won't be able to actually stay up and get me network.

Busy day, but not much to say...

blankGot no picture today, sorry guys. Supposed to have someone from the press office at the College come through an take pictures tomorrow, so maybe I'll steal some of those. Class today was one more hardware upgrade, so at this point we have two workable computers per student, one to keep and one to give away. Not bad for the first week. Next up we get into real OS issues or configuration and management.

Another tough weekend...



Walked up the hill behind campus yesterday, got quite a view. It's been a hard weekend like that.

Antenna Day

hogan repeater

Spent the day thinking about antennas, well mostly remembering what I'd forgotten about antennas and writing ugly little scripts so I wouldn't have to remember long. Not too much to tell about that, just spent a good seven or eight hours hunched over the laptop. Kevin had a phone system crisis to deal with so, Monday we'll sit down and decide what we need. What we need first is some measurements on what area these repeaters need to cover, that should be simple.



The visible computer


visible pc

This is our demo unit. Very handy for pointing out parts as we're talking about them. That naked hard drive was spinning. It was an excellent demo both of how hard drives work and how fragile they are as we watched it start to throw I/O errors and finally just stop spinning all together. Today was a bit of a free for all in class, good thing we have a 4:1 student to teacher ratio.

Today's weather: Blowing Dust

blowing dust

I didn't even realize "blowing bust" was weather until today, but boy is it! I have dust in my socks despite having worn hiking boots all day, to say nothing of my nose and teeth. In case you didn't guess from my stunning image selection, it's another day with no pictures of class (left my cf card in the laptop I didn't bring to class, had the camera though). The wind brought us three power outages today.



First Day of Class

published by jon on Wed, 06/06/2007 - 19:40


My sister says I should have a picture of my self up here and I didn't take any pictures in class, so here I am. Hello World. The first day of class went very well (I think). We had eight people which is a pretty full house given the space. The students also represent a wider cross section of the local community than just the undergraduates I expected. I think we have a a very good group.


published by jon on Tue, 06/05/2007 - 21:24



Long day for a Sunday

published by jon on Mon, 06/04/2007 - 22:03

I usually try to avoid working Sundays, but today David and I spent some quality time arranging the room and categorizing the computers we have on hand for demonstration and distribution. The existing thin client network for software work is pretty much in order, just a slight rearrangement to fit the projector in was about all that needed.

thin clients

The hardware side needed a bit more work.



Mary's Hogan

published by jon on Sun, 06/03/2007 - 23:30

Mary's Hogan
I've never met Mary. I don't know her last name or what she does here at Diné College, but I'm subletting her hogan for the next 5 weeks while working on the Imara/Dine? project


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