So, I thought I would write about some of the things I have seen and heard in education, some of it can be a bit frustrating and irritating if it was not so ridiculous. So I want to post it here to get it off my chest.
So as a little background. I work for a School district of about 10K kids and 1K employees. We have always used Novell as our NOS and it has served us well. We support 1000 computer per tech and have almost instant service (except of course around school start). We standardized on Windows Desktop about 10 years ago when we had twice the number of techs, half the computers and were 4 months behind on requests. So we have come quite some way since then.
As you might imagine we do not support macs, we do not have macs or ipads, or iphones so we never even looked at integrating them.
So this is where it starts:
We get a new Superintendent. He is not here more then a couple of days before he makes the announcement that we are behind on technology. He tells me this and his sole reason for this is because his iPhone (which we did not support) did not sync to our email and he cannot get his calendar and contacts on it. This was the first time I even knew he wanted it to sync but we are behind because of that.
So I download Novell Datasync, install it and the GroupWise plugin and voala in a matter of less then a day it syncs. I configured his new ipad with the settings ( in the mean time he is using gmail and making his secretaries to copy everything over to gmail). So I get the iPad to work on the local wireless but need to update Internet DNS and let it propagate to configure access outside the network. So the Sup. takes his iPad home for the weekend and I get it back monday to test access via the Internet (which works) but I notice calendar is not showing GW events so I check the settings and he turned off Contacts and Calendar sync for GroupWise. So I guess he just wants the feeling that he can sync it if he wants?
Second Super fun bite. We lost our director and one of my techs meets with the Super to discuss possibly applying for the position. The super just got his new 27″ iMac and tells the tech he has already seen a 20% increase in productivity with the new Mac over the PC. The reasoning was that he could run two applications side by side on that humungous screen. I am not sure how he quantified the increase, especially seeing as his PC had a 17″ screen and he never used in the first place. I have to give me tech credit though, he said we have been doing that for over a year with dual screens. Not sure if the Super knows that PC’s come with 27″ screens as well, in fact it would have cost a lot less to just buy one for his current computer then it would have been to buy himself the new Mac. I do not think this guy knows that schools are a little short on money.
Another Super fun bite. One of our schools needs more storage, we use Fiber channel SAN for storage so we get a quote of another enclosure that would add 10TB to the SAN. Anyone that works on SANs know that storage is not cheap for SANs. So we send the req up and the Super stops it because he can not understand why 10 Terabytes is so expensive when he can buy a 1 TB Mac drive for $140. I end up having to give him a lesson on what the difference is between Fiber channel enclosures and hard drives. especially consumer grade drives and corporate grade dirves and the cost differences. This guy is a self professed tech expert, he taught C programming in high school, I guess C programming qualifies you to know everything about computers and networking.
I am sure there will be more to come. I may throw some teacher stuff in to, the Super is a little to easy right now to deviate yet.