Episode 202 – Vintage Tech

Tony and Patrick are back for another fantastic episode. So sit back, hit the play button and enjoy sometime with us! We have good drinks and better opinions. As always you can subscribe to us using favorite podcasting app.
  1. What am I drinking?
    1. Great Lakes – Conway’s Irish Ale – https://www.greatlakesbrewing.com/conways-irish-ale 
    2. Samuel Adams – Cold Snap White Ale – https://www.samueladams.com/our-beers/limited-release/white-ale/cold-snap 
  2. Legacy Technology – could be costing you a fortune. Tony’ story about a lost telephone line 
    1. https://c.tenor.com/H56jRVjI7bkAAAAd/airplane-ii-comedy.gif
  3. Chatterbox – skip it
    1. https://hellochatterbox.com/
    2. Costs too much
  4. Surface Laptop SE – repairability
    1. https://itbabble.com/2022/01/14/surface-se-repairability/ 
    2. Cost and availability of parts?
    3. Bundled parts like screen/keyboard assembly
  5. What’s a Freak’N BI; Do you use Canvas? Because I have a gift for you. 
    1. Microsoft – https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/
    2. Google’s version – https://datastudio.google.com/
    3. Tableau – https://www.tableau.com/resource/business-intelligence 
    4. Amazon’s version – https://aws.amazon.com/quicksight/ 
    5. info@tonydeprato.com for more information
  6. Windows 10 on an SD card
    1. Tony did it!

Episode 201-Omar’s FJ

No Omar this week, sadly, but Tony and Patrick soldier on! We have a great discussion about beer, watches, Omar and oh yeah – some good ed tech stuff. Check it out on your favorite podcasting app or listen down below.

  1. What am I drinking?
    1. https://www.lindemans.be/en_US/beer/Framboise 
    2. Belgium Beer Cafe Dubai – https://belgianbeercafejumeirah.com/ 
    3. Modelo – https://www.modelousa.com/en-US/product/especial 
  2. Comfy headphones & Omar’s FJ Cruiser 
    1. Avid – https://avidproducts.com/product-solutions/learning/
    2. JLab – https://www.jlab.com/collections/on-ear-headphones/products/neon-bluetooth-wireless-on-ear-headphones 
  3. Finalsite Ransomware
    1. https://www.finalsite.com/ 
    2. https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/finalsite-ransomware-attack-shuts-down-thousands-of-school-websites/ 
  4. I’m replacing my smartwatch
    1. Withings Steel HR- https://www.withings.com/us/en/steel-hr 
    2. https://www.casio.com/products/watches/databank 
    3. https://www.bulova.com/us/en/product/96C139.html 
    4. https://www.nixon.com/us/en/dork-too/A1266-000-00.html 
  5. Full story coming next episode – Legacy Technology – could be costing you a fortune. Tony’ story about a lost telephone line https://c.tenor.com/H56jRVjI7bkAAAAd/airplane-ii-comedy.gif

    “Clean closets – ask questions” ~ Old Geezer Wisdom

Episode 200 – Mining at School

Tony, Patrick and . . . OMAR are back! This is our 200th episode! Who could of thought that we would make it this far but here we are! There are plenty of stories and good topics to be had so check it out. As always you can subscribe to the IT Babble podcast using your favorite podcasting app.

  1. 200!
  2. Welcome back Omar!!
    1. What’s been going on with you and Dubai?
    2. Do you have long Covid?
  3. Patrick’s new recording set up
    1. Shure MV7 – https://www.shure.com/en-US/products/microphones/mv7 
    2. Rode PSA1 – https://www.rode.com/accessories/stands/psa1
  4. Y2K22 & Microsoft Exchange Servers – uh-oh
    1. https://www.onmsft.com/news/microsoft-working-to-fix-microsoft-exchange-bug 
    2. Thunderbird – https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/
    3. SquirrelMail – https://squirrelmail.org/ 
  5. Amazon Alexa tells child to touch penny to live electrical plug
    1. https://www.cnet.com/home/smart-home/amazons-alexa-reportedly-suggested-10-year-old-stick-a-penny-near-an-outlet/
    2. https://nypost.com/2020/01/23/ridiculous-tiktok-penny-challenge-is-a-huge-fire-hazard/
    3. Timer test:
      https://www.google.com/search?q=30+minute+timer&oq=30+minute+timer&aqs=chrome..69i57.3155j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
    4. https://hellochatterbox.com/ – A more educational focus for AI
    5. Buddha Box – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddha_Box 
    6. Should teachers use these assistants in their classrooms?
  6. Omar’s new elective
    1. Blockchain and Cryptocurrency elective
    2. Lots of real world topics
      1. Decentralized vs. Centralized currency for example
      2. What is Blockchain
      3. Running miners for Crypto at school – be careful (lots of logistics)
        1. https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/gridseed-mini-asic-miner-review-and-giveaway/ 
        2. Not going to get rich here folks!
  7. Tony’s new network design (No More Server Room or Person Living in the Server Room)
    1. https://www.fortinet.com/

Episode 199 – Google is Santa?

Tony and Patrick are back for episode 199 (can you believe it?). It is a good one, so be sure to subscribe to IT Babble on your favorite podcasting app!

  1. One week till Winter vacation
    1. Plans?
  2. What am I drinking?
    1. Shiner Holiday Cheer – https://shiner.com/beer/holiday-cheer 
    2. Ghost River Gold – https://www.ghostriverbrewing.com/beer-overview 
  3. Google Workspace & Microsoft Office 365 in schools 
    1. Google – Free version stripped down 
    2. Microsoft Office 365 – Need to buy a license for more features (Intune) 
  4. Salesforce SIS? Too good to be true?

You can download the episode here

Episode 198 – What’s on TV?

Tony and Patrick have a short but sweet episode this week. Be sure to subscribe to us with your favorite podcasting app and check out the talking points below!

  1. What’s on TV?
  2. What am I drinking?
    1. Kirin Ichiban – http://www.kirinichiban.com/ 
  3. Laptop recommendations – Don’t completely trust a blog
    1. https://itbabble.com/2021/12/03/laptop-recommendations-check-with-your-school-not-a-blog/
  4. Notion.so – A review
    1. https://itbabble.com/2021/12/01/notion-so-a-review/
  5. Finding a STEM and Robotics teacher
    1. Where do these people hangout online (professionally)?
    2. 4 sections
      1. STEM
      2. Robotics
      3. Topic 3?
      4. Topic 4?
    3. Make it its own department

You can download the episode here

Episode 197 – Winter movie suggestions

Tony and Patrick are back from the Thanksgiving holiday to talk about STEM, ed tech and much, much more. Be sure to subscribe to us with your favorite podcasting app.

  1. How was Thanksgiving?
  2. What are you drinking?
    1. Spaten Premium Lager
  3. STEM – needs a non-traditional space
    1. Space that holds 40 students
    2. Natural supervision
    3. Plentiful electricity
    4. Fab truck – https://www.fablabs.io/labs/fablabtruck
  4. Favorite winter movies to show students?
  5. Tony’s news – It’s Time to Stop Telling Children to Google it.
    1. https://edco-isn-staging.edcowebsites.co.uk/articles/open/it-is-time-to-stop-telling-children-to-google-it/

Download it here

Episode 196 – Laughing at the Surface SE

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Tony and Patrick have another great episode for everyone. It’s before Thanksgiving and we are having some fun as we talk ed tech. Check out the talking points below. As always, be sure to subscribe to us on your favorite podcasting app.

  1. Happy early Thanksgiving
  2. What am I drinking?
    1. Great Lakes Eliot Ness
  3. Adding a desktop
    1. https://itbabble.com/2021/11/10/life-with-a-desktop/ 
  4. Everyone made fun of the Surface SE
  5. STEM environments for schools – ideas on how to set it up correctly
  6. Ask IT Babble
    1. This Olympic Scoring Form article is AMAZING. Seriously. REALLY well done. I’ve stumbled upon this because my wife and I host a gingerbread house contest and I think this may be the way for our judges to do the judging from their phones and not have to add and tally by hand.

Download the episode here

Episode 195 – Solar Minimum

Tony and Patrick are closing in on 200! This week is another banger. Remember to subscribe to the IT Babble podcast with your favorite podcasting app. Check out the talking points below:

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  1. Solar Minimum
  2. HECC Conference 
  3. What are you drinking? 
    1. Shiner Bock
    2. Left Hand S’mores Milk Stout
  4. Hardware as a Service – financial planning ideas
  5. Windows Surface SE
    1. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/surface/business/surface-laptop-se 
  6. Ask IT Babble
  • We have students who bring in appropriate (sic) equipment to school. The kit the school specifies is very clear, but that doesn’t seem to matter. What can we do aside from purchasing the equipment?
  • What is the best way to manage parents picking up children? I have been suggesting software. Thanks

Download the episode HERE

Episode 194 – Meta Pump

Tony and Patrick are back at it! Another great episode with a new Ask IT Babble segment and HOW! Be sure to subscribe to our podcast from your favorite podcasting app. Check out the talking points below!

  1. IT Babble how we make the show – for new listeners
  2. Daylight Savings Time (Tony forgot)
  3. What are we drinking?
  4. New Classrooms Update – Water Finds its Level
  5. Metaverse hype = Conference Pump – Be careful
    1. https://itbabble.com/2021/11/03/soul-machine-a-demo/ 
    2. How can you measure it?
  6. Ask IT Babble
    1. https://itbabble.com/ask-it-babble/

Ask IT Babble

Q1: My school is considering an investment in VR. Do you think this is a good idea?
VR Solution: https://www.classvr.com/

AR Solution: https://www.cleverbooks.eu/

Q2: Do you think teachers would print less if they could spend more money on other things?

You can download the episode here

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