Educating Technology

Educating Technology
Using Technology in the Education Space
51: Sychronizing Directories
Oct 19 • 45 min
Matt’s feeling burnt out on technology. Chris cleans up his Active Directory and Google Cloud Directory by automating the synchronization of the two.
50: Adventures in Server Land
Oct 12 • 33 min
Chris and Matt both have some adventures installing and upgrading Windows Server. Also, the fire alarm goes off.
49: Automate the Things
Oct 5 • 41 min
Chris and Matt discuss the Bloomberg article about tiny infiltration chip out of China. Matt then talks about how he automated some TVs in the cafeteria. Chris talks about how he’s using an EdgeRouter Lite as a temporary firewall solution before…
48: Moving to SIP Trunks
Sep 28 • 48 min
Chris and Matt continue their discussion on renaming a Windows domain. The guys also gripe about some issues with the Google Admin Console for Chromebook Management and finally get around to talking about PRIs and SIP trunks.
47: Cisco versus Ubiquiti
Sep 21 • 37 min
Chris and Matt were going to talk about phones, PRIs, SIP trunks and e-faxing on this episode, but instead, they ended up talking about network switching and wireless.
46: New Apple Devices
Sep 14 • 36 min
This week the guys talk about the new iPhones, Apple Watches and a few other random topics when they talk some more about Chris’s new district.
45: Job Transitions
Sep 7 • 53 min
On this week’s episode, construction at Matt’s district has finally started a year after the storm and Chris moves to a new school district. They guys discuss what challenges that will bring.
44: School Security
Aug 18 • 66 min
Chris and Matt are back and so is the new school year. They talk about how they’ve been ramping up for the start of school and how their districts are addressing school security.
43: Changes For This Year
Jul 20 • 40 min
Chris and Matt discuss the (fake) news that Amazon was about to enter the network gear market. They then have a dicussion about some changes they are hoping to make this upcoming school year.
42: Microsoft Surface Go
Jul 13 • 43 min
New MacBook Pros! Chris and Matt also discuss the new Microsoft Surface Go and how it could be beneficial for education.
41: Internet is the New Clean Water
Jul 6 • 56 min
Chris and Matt discuss Dell going public again, a new wireless authentication standard and some announcements regarding ChromeOS. The finish out the conversation discussing moving to Sophos Central for threat management on their networks.
40: Handling Construction Projects
Jun 22 • 44 min
Matt discovers a bug with the the ETS testing software and the latest version of Windows 10. Matt then questions Chris with what he can expect from the upcoming construction projects at his school district.
39: Summer Project Check-In
Jun 16 • 78 min
Chris is back! Matt gives Chris a chance to talk about anything from WWDC he found interesting. Chris then talks up some new processors from AMD. They round out the episode with a check-in on how their summer projects are going.
38: WWDC
Jun 8 • 32 min
Chris is out of town with his family and Matt’s family is out of town without Matt. Therefore, Matt flies solo to talk about Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference.
37: Computer Imaging
May 25 • 40 min
Chris and Matt discuss imaging computers. Also, our Privacy Policy has been updated (not really, we don’t have one).
36: Year End Procedures and Summer Projects
May 19 • 52 min
STAAR testing is finally over for the year and the last round of tests was a dreadful experience. The school year is coming to a close and the guys felt like it was a great time to talk about their year end procedures and upcoming summer projects. Matt…
35: Robots Calling
May 11 • 48 min
Chris and Matt discuss Google I/O and Microsoft Build.
34: One Year In
May 4 • 39 min
It’s been one year! Chris and Matt go back and give their introductions that they never did when the show started.
33: ChromeOS is Growing Up
Apr 27 • 47 min
Windows 10 Spring Creator’s Update (April Update?) is rumored to hit on May 8th after being delayed by a BSoD bug. ChromeOS is growing up and adding containers.. Chris gives an update on using Windows Admin Center and Matt gives a mini review of the…
32: Thanks ETS!
Apr 13 • 39 min
It’s testing time again and of course there is an issue during the test. Microsoft delays the Springs Creators Update and Google is planning a refreshed (and long overdue) design for Gmail.
31: At Least It Isn’t Facebook
Apr 6 • 51 min
Chris and Matt discuss Intel not patching older processors for Spectre and Meltdown and why that affects some of Matt’s classroom devices. iOS 11.3 break MDM communication with JAMF Pro but Matt’s laziness in deploying iOS updates saves him from having…
30: Did Apple Miss the Mark?
Mar 31 • 55 min
Chris and Matt discuss the Apple Education Event from March 27th, 2018.
29: The Update Show
Mar 23 • 61 min
This week, Matt performs updates to his VMware environment and server firmwares. He also encounters yet another Windows 10 update bug. The guys then discuss their thoughts going into the Apple Event, which really just ends up being a rant from Matt. The…
28: Tasks We Do, But Don’t Like
Mar 16 • 36 min
Chris and Matt discuss the tasks and projects they have to do, but don’t necessarily enjoy. Discussion also includes MoviePass, breakfast food and bad Microsoft naming schemes.
27: Managing Online Testing
Mar 9 • 45 min
On this week’s episode, Chris explains what’s wrong with SSL and Matt gets new Chromebooks. The guys then discuss what’s wrong with using Windows for online testing and why Chromebooks are the better option. Matt almost buries himself in a rabbit hole…
26: WiFi Interference
Feb 23 • 58 min
Matt gives an update on using URBackup. Microsoft accidentally releases the limitations for Windows 10 on ARM. Chris installed Microsoft’s Project Honolulu. AMD releases a bootkit to update BIOS firmwares for new processors along with new embedded CPUs.…
25: Tech’s Lack of Quality Assurance
Feb 16 • 54 min
After the HomePod white ring debacle this week, Matt spends most of the episode ranting about Apple (and other tech company’s) lack of Quality Assurance lately. Matt also installed NetXMS after Chris’s recommendation of it last week. We will return to…
24: Tools of the Trade, Pt. 2
Feb 9 • 57 min
Chris and Matt conclude the Tools of the Trade series by discussing the software tools they use to manage their indivudal networks.
23: Tools of the Trade, Pt. 1
Feb 2 • 40 min
In this week’s special episode, Matt and Chris discuss what they care in their bags and some other physical tools they use to manage their networks and work on equipment.
22: Tangents
Jan 26 • 35 min
This week’s episode starts off with Matt explaining why he’s almost abandoned the Apple Watch. After the normal update of their weeks, the conversation pivots to some follow-up all the back to episode one on low-cost Windows 10 S laptops.
21: Everything is Frozen
Jan 19 • 29 min
Southeast Texas has a couple of “Frozen Days” so Chris and Matt have been out of school trying to stay warm and upright (one of them fails). More discussions on the effects of Meltdown and Spectre with a little Star Wars mixed in. Also, Matt asks Chris…
20: Flash Meltdown
Jan 12 • 50 min
The guys return after three weeks of being gone due to illness and the holidays. Their main concern right now is how Meltdown and Spectre will affect (and has already affected) their schools because of older hardware. They also discuss some new wireless…
19: Would You Do It All Different?
Dec 15, 2017 • 57 min
Matt wants to buy an iMac Pro with one of Chris’s bitcoins (that he doesn’t have anymore). Chris has a busy week and finishes a camera system installation. Matt’s finally done with the eRate bid process and hopes to get some new equipment in soon. The…
18: Google Glitch
Dec 8, 2017 • 44 min
Bitcoin hits 20K! Matt is hit by a Google Glitch that kicked most of his Chromebooks off of the wireless network and Chris has his own interesting WiFi issue. Microsoft releases Windows 10 ARM laptops even under the threat of being sued by Intel. Matt got…
17: Jack of All Trades, Master of None
Dec 2, 2017 • 67 min
Chris and Matt change the format of the show up a bit. Instead of having an outline prepared, they decide to just have a conversation. This leads to discussing multiple things from becoming friends with cafeteria workers, to failing hard drives and…
16: Purchasing Network Equipment
Nov 17, 2017 • 39 min
The guys discuss the latest version of Firefox, collaborative programming, and the new public DNS service before diving into Matt’s project of purchasing equipment for some new portable buildings. The conversation then takes a turn to discuss why…
15: Disaster Recovery with Jeremy Cooper
Nov 10, 2017 • 39 min
Educating Technology finally makes its long awaited return after dealing with Hurricane Harvey. The guys are also on location together with special guest, Jeremy Cooper, to discuss disaster recovery and relief. And of course, there is some AMD discussion…
14: Open-Source Alternatives
Aug 11, 2017 • 51 min
Cisco loses a bunch of data for its Meraki customers, AMD Threadripper is finally available to purchase and Linux subsystem is coming to Windows Server. The guys then discuss using open source alternatives to Windows and Office and other creative apps.
13: Managing Accounts
Aug 4, 2017 • 57 min
This week, Chris and Matt discuss the release of AMD’s Threadripper CPUs and RX Vega GPUs. Google releases VR Expeditions for anyone to try and the Google Earth update comes to iOS. The guys then discuss how they handle account management in their…
12: Discovering New Hardware
Jul 28, 2017 • 52 min
This week, Chris and Matt record after hours and both are pretty tired. The guys discuss Microsoft rebranding again and for once, Matt brings up some AMD news. Adobe has decided to end development of flash (YAY!). Microsoft kills, and then saves,…
11: Depending On Old Technology
Jul 21, 2017 • 84 min
The guy start off this week with some follow-up on how their summer projects are progressing. Matt has been dealing with a major outage of the phone system all week, so he is not as prepared as he would like to be. Luckily, Chris saves the day with some…
10: Software and Network Management Subscriptions
Jul 14, 2017 • 78 min
This week starts with some follow-up on Ubuntu coming to Windows Store, Windows Subscriptions and the release of the new Backup and Sync tool for Google Drive. Chris and Matt then discuss software and network management subscriptions. They also may…
09: Microsoft vs. Malware, Google Earth News and Rural Broadband
Jul 7, 2017 • 56 min
The guys are back after a week off for vacation and travel. With a lot to talk about, they postpone this week’s topic to focus on the news and follow up. Matt bought an iPad Pro and installed the High Sierra Beta and Microsoft is going to start nagging…
08: Windows Upgrade Cycles
Jun 23, 2017 • 53 min
Microsoft announces new upgrade cycles for certain versions of their server operating systems which prompts Chris and Matt to have a conversation about the upgrade cycles for Windows 10 and Windows Server and what impact it will have on their environments.
07: Public and Private Cloud Storage
Jun 16, 2017 • 44 min
Matt gets 30 new iPads for second grade at his district. The guys discuss some recent Microsoft news before heading into this week’s topic of how they use public and then what to build your own private cloud storage with. There’s even some talk about the…
06: Getting Some New Megahertz
Jun 9, 2017 • 70 min
Chris and Matt give updates on how their summer projects are going. Chris corrects an article from The Register about Digital Ocean. The guys then discuss WWDC and finish up with making fun of the HomePod.
05: School’s Out for Summer
Jun 2, 2017 • 50 min
Chris and Matt discuss the Computex Conference that happened this week. This, obviously, involved more talk on processors from both AMD and Intel. After an impromptu discussion on Yahoo, the guys jump into this week’s topic of summer projects.
04: Keeping Networks and Users Safe
May 26, 2017 • 43 min
The guys are on the final week of the school year. Summer projects are about to begin. Before continuing on last week’s security topic, Chris shares some more AMD news and Matt finds out what the “T” in Google’s “TPU” stands for. SPOILER ALERT: It’s not…
03: Google I/O, AMD and Ransomware
May 19, 2017 • 45 min
Chris buys a Chromebook that can run Android Apps and then geeks out on new AMD processors. Chris and Matt then discuss the latest ransomware attack. They setup for next week’s discussion on security in the school district. And finally, what would a…
02: Mobile Devices and More Windows
May 12, 2017 • 47 min
Chris and Matt continue a topic from last week with an update on Google Chrome in the Windows Store. They also discuss the Microsoft BUILD 2017 event. And finally, they manage to get to their scheduled topic on mobile devices.
01: Windows 10 S – Microsoft’s Answer to ChromeOS
May 5, 2017 • 29 min
For their first episode, Chris and Matt already shelve a topic to discuss the #MicrosoftEDU Event where the Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S were announced. They also discuss whether or not Microsoft is too-little-too-late in the education space.