Author Archives: tdeprato

2013-2014 a Look Back and Preston’s Beard

As the year winds down, I decided I needed to take some time and slow down a bit. It is that time of year to reflect, to say things to people like, “It’s all over but the cry’n”, and to … Continue reading

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Don’t interview anyone who hasn’t accomplished anything. Ever.

This post is focused on a post I read on Slashdot. The link and excerpt at below. Why the New Guy Can’t Code Don’t interview anyone who hasn’t accomplished anything. Ever. Certificates and degrees are not accomplishments; I mean real-world … Continue reading

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A Time to Stop and Think About : STEM, Programming, & Feynman

In a single day, three pieces of media influenced me to write a post. This is one of those times when I hope people involved in curriculum planning and long-term education planning read IT Babble. Of all the things I … Continue reading

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When Does a Project Need to Die?

When does a project need to die? I notice things that are broken. I often see people working on projects that have gone on so long, that the project is invalid. Time and money keeps being poured into the project, … Continue reading

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Offense Wins Games, Defense Wins Championships

Richard Dent, Chicago Bears Superbowl MVP Catchy title- but statistically not accurate. I trust the people at Freakonomics a bit more than I trust my family screaming at the TV on Thanksgiving. So is this post about statistically irrelevant phrases? … Continue reading

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No Youtube… No Problem

In mainland China Youtube is blocked. Some people and schools pay for VPNs to have a slow and throttled Youtube experience. I suppose if core curriculum content is coming from a third-party source that is being hosted on Youtube,  there … Continue reading

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Required Professional Development, That You Do Not Have to Attend

The title is a bit misleading, this is about PD, but it mostly about people not actually believing in people.  This post will summarize a solution to a problem I have been struggling with for the last few years. When … Continue reading

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Office 365 Hurting the Bottom Line and Inferior to Google Apps

I have finally completed setting-up Office 365 for my school in China. I should say me and a team of people, because that is what it took- a team and constant support. This is going to be a bit of … Continue reading

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Google Searching in China- Did I PWN It?

Before moving to China, everyone told me about how it was impossible to “use the internet”. I heard stories of schools using VPNS and losing 75% of their speed just to access Google search and Google products. I personally experienced … Continue reading

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Are Universities Falling Behind in Maintaining Standards?

A recent article on Slashdot.Org – Adjusting GPAs: A Statistician’s Effort To Tackle Grade Inflation, explained how a statistician struggled to implement a system that would account for grade inflation. He found many professors were grading too easily, and irregularly. The articles … Continue reading

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