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Is Google's Non-Tax Based Public School Funding Cause For Celebration?

HycoWhit The bottom line is it works... (88 comments)

My wife is a teacher and her school has been very successful with DonersChoose. It is kind of amazing actually. The various classrooms have added/upgraded/replaced technology in just about every classroom. The teachers get exactly what they want and it typically takes less than two weeks from the time the teacher writes up the request until the product is in the classroom. The parents this year have already bought new tablets for the class--right at 10 days total time from asking until the devices were in the kid's hands. Hard to argue with results. Beats the six plus months (if ever) from the old request process. The school has even adopted a new process to ensure the devices get configured and secured according to the school's IT policy that gets the job done without interuption to the teacher or class. (i.e. the new stuff doesn't arrive--then sit on some IT guy's desk for a month waiting for them to get around to putting an asset tag on the device.)

2 days ago

AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

HycoWhit Re:Seriously? (533 comments)

Ha--says either the young dude or the single dude. Wait until you get older and have a full household. That 4/1 would remind you of the old 56K days if your old enough. The number of wireless connections in my house floors even me. Ain't technology grand.

about two weeks ago

Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

HycoWhit North Carolina has far more pressing matters! (200 comments)

As a North Carolina resident--this past legislative session has been pure entertainment, if not extremely scary. The legislature has far more pressing matters to deal with then stimulating growth and ensuring our state has the latest in technology offerings. Not sure if you folks have been paying attention but women are making their own decisions regarding birth control and pregnancy and to top off the gays are trying to get married!! Who can think about prosperity in times like these!! If not for our conservative overlords legislating morality, North Carolina would be lost!! Lost I say!!

about 2 months ago

How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

HycoWhit Re:Educational toddler apps (240 comments)

Mine is three, four in August--Endless Alphabet, Sight Words, JumpStart Preschool 1&2, SuperWhy, Tracing ABC, and Kids Number and Math are the ones we like on Android.

The Ipad has these and more. Before having a kid, I had heard of Team Umizoomi and dismissed it as garbage. For all its silliness--Team Umizoomi was what got her adding and subtracting. By three she was counting 100 and by 3.5 she was doing + and - with anything under 20. The quirky things that make parents happy. :)

The tablets help with forming letters, sounds, and now the sight words. But nothing beats real books. We read to her every day, by two she was pretending to read on her own. There are cheesy princess and mickey/minnie books that are rated learning to read--one or two really simply sentences a page. Not sure whether she has memorized the books or learned the words--but she rips through them now. New books she can read about three in four words on the 1st pass through.

about 5 months ago

How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

HycoWhit Educational toddler apps (240 comments)

The money spent tends to be for the educational apps--had a late addition. Seeing how quickly my toddler has picked up reading and math with the help of a tablet has been amazing.

about 5 months ago

Code Combat: Free, Open Source, Multiplayer Programming Lessons

HycoWhit Nice polish! (30 comments)

Been working on getting my nephews away from playing games and instead learning how to make them. The Hour of Code was a great start. (The Steam prize was enough a motivator.) Hopefully this will catch their interest and give them a little more exposure to how computers work with the side benefit of becoming better thinkers.

Thanks for the work. (looked for a place to donate--contribute seems more about participation than donation.)

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

HycoWhit Re:Almost always yes, with a but (263 comments)

That was my first thought as well! How old are you and do you have a family? :)

about 7 months ago

US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

HycoWhit Huh? Cord Cutter that has no problem watching. (578 comments)

#1--why watch NBC? CBC, BBC, and if you don't care about perfect English--the list gets a heck of a lot longer. But why even bother with streaming from a website--why not grab one of the usenet or torrent postings?

Winter.Olympics.2014.Team.Figure.Skating.Pairs.Short.Program.720p.HDTV .x264-2HD

You get the point--if you are going to cut the cord--I'd hope you know how to get content before you made the move...

One last link: Instructions on watching live:

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

HycoWhit Streaming Now Playing music (420 comments)

One of the trickiest things to get worked out was streaming music through out the house. Having a large collection, I've found MediaMonkey to be the best audio file manager and playback solution. Personally, I've gotten hooked on the AutoDJ option of MediaMonkey.

There must be a sexier way to do this--but currently when MediaMonkey is queuing and playing music with AutoDJ, I'll use NCH Broadwave Audio Streaming Server to turn the MediaMonkey machine into a live streaming box that can be accessed from the various stereos/TV around the house. The nice thing about this is when you are in the kitchen, game room, outside deck, or even sitting on the dock you will always heard the same music.

There has to be a better way to do the live streaming. I keep hoping MediaMonkey would provide the functionality, but MediaMonkey currently only streams from your collection via DLNA. i.e. No streaming of "Now Playing" over IP. Someday I'll figure it out...

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

HycoWhit pyTivo and/or TVersity (420 comments)

Do you have DVRs on any of your TV's? I've cut the cable so to speak and only get local channels through traditional means. Everything else that gets watched s dropped on a local server and streamed on demand to the various TV's/DVRs and stereos.

pyTivo works really well if you have Tivo's attached your TVs. At $750 a pop though--Tivo's can be a really expensive set top alternative. You can find old Tivo II's on ebay with lifetime service for reasonable prices.

For TVs without Tivos--the Western Digital WD TV boxes work well. As do Xbox's and PS3's. The one DLNA server I've found that does a good job wiht the varous media formats and web streams is TVersity. I'm still running a very old, free to use version of TVersity, so I am assuming the latest versions haven't lost too much functionality. (I think some of the TVersity functionality has been shifted to the paid version versus the free edition.

about 8 months ago

How 3 Young Coders Built a Better Portal To

HycoWhit sample of one... (499 comments)

For my zip code and household--Shrepa worked like a champ. Confirmed what I already knew in less than a minute. i.e. the information is accurate and came quick. Took the better part of three weeks to get the "official" word.

about 10 months ago

Most Drivers Would Hand Keys Over To Computer If It Meant Lower Insurance Rates

HycoWhit Did they ask who would pay more for insurance? (449 comments)

Not only would I have a robotic car if my insurance rates went down 80%--I'd gladly pay double the insurance to have a robotic car. All the wasted time driving--would love to not have to physically do the driving!

about a year ago

LinkedIn's New Mobile App Called 'a Dream For Attackers'

HycoWhit Re:Makes it easier to scene IT candidates (122 comments)

Not sure why folks haven't figured this out. Linkedin is simply an email address for the younger generation. If you have still have a Linkedin--your not very bright.

about a year ago

Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

HycoWhit WHat is the cops full arrest record? (1440 comments)

Does this cop only arrest the non-violent criminals? Sure he has the stat for issuing the most texting tickets in the state. But what about rapists, assaults, and other violent crimes? Does the officer have any history of tackling serious crime--or does he take the easy way out and just sit at an intersection across the street from the donut shop?

about a year ago

First Apps Targeting Android Key Vulnerability Found in the Wild

HycoWhit Re:In other words ... (54 comments)

There are two apps you need to know about: ReKey from DUO security and Northeastern University. ReKey will fix the MasterKey problem if you do not want to wait for a patch from your carrier. (

The other app is from Bluebox Security and is called Bluebox Security Scanner. The Scanner app will simply tell you if your phone has the Master Key vulnerability. Bluebox Security Scanner

about a year ago

City-Sized Ice Shelf Breaks Free Of Antarctica

HycoWhit Zecharia Sitchin - 12th Planet? (249 comments)

Now isn't this how Sitchin theorized the Great Flood occurred? Well I guess in his books it was the pull of visiting planet that caused the ice sheet to slide into the Atlantic--but same result...

about a year ago

Video Game Industry Starting To Feel Heat On Gun Massacres

HycoWhit Insurance and contributory negligence (1006 comments)

Gun owners always want to be responsible. So why is contributory negligence never used in gun crime? For example--who owned the gun used by the 17 and 15 year-old who shot the baby in GA? If the gun owners that allowed their weapons to be used in crime where held accountable--we would see far less careless storage of guns. i.e. Just because a gun is stolen--the gun owner is still responsible because their inability to secure the weapon allowed for the theft.

In addition, there is the link between gun ownership and suicide--the majority of all gun deaths are self inflicted. How about periodic mental health screenings for all gun owners? Maybe keep them from hurting themselves and others on the way out...

about a year and a half ago

Video Game Industry Starting To Feel Heat On Gun Massacres

HycoWhit Re:The Stupidity, It Hurts! (1006 comments)

100,000 shootings a year, 30,000 deaths from those shootings, 17,000 of those are self inflicted. Anyone else think it is strange that those who most often use their gun efficiently, use it to end their own life? Sure doesn't seem too difficult to link gun ownership with a higher rate of mental health issues... i.e. the term gun nut is based in reality. And why discussion with them never work--crazy just doesn't think logically.

about a year and a half ago

Apple Yanks "Sweatshop Themed" Game From App Store

HycoWhit Simply rename the App! (184 comments)

Sweatshop HD is such a crude and offensive name. The game simply needs to be renamed: Foxconn Fun or iFactory, maybe Making Apples...

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

HycoWhit Change your SSID? (884 comments)

Change your SSID to something like FBI Surveillance RTR or YouAreBeingLogged--you get the idea. Along the lines of the "WeCanHearYouHavingSex" SSID. Let him know you are on to him and the wise hacker will find a new mark.

about a year and a half ago


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