Moving around and new changes

Moving is a bit of a hassle. I’m still looking for somewhere a bit more permanent but this gives me a chance to sort through all my junk. I’m not sure I’ll bother hooking up the net till my next move. I’ll probably just visit this internet cafe down at West End. West End is adjacent to the suburbs of South Brisbane and Highgate Hill. Its an interesting area.

I’ve been volunteering 2 days a week at a public secondary school, I’ve worked for education Queensland before though this time I’m not really the IT guy, I’m working in the library, I’m a quick learner and have been trying to be as helpful as I can. By the second day I was left in charge of the library, sure it was only for half an hour but at least I knew what I was doing. At the school they use Citrix thin clients so I’m hoping it may be easy to setup an Edubuntu LTS. I’m not going to write much about the school for now, though there are a few interesting stories I would like to share.

There was an interesting situation where a class was using the computers in the library and I was doing some work near the group and the usual thing happened where one student does the work and the rest say email it to me and I’ll change it a bit. It got to the point where one of them was worried and asked me if I was a teacher, I told him I wasn’t and we had a little chat about cheating and why the days of cheating at school are over, in the end I showed him Wikimedia and tried to make some inspirational comments about knowledge amplification.

The other interesting thing was the library has laptops they can loan out, it took some convincing but in the end I was allowed to boot the Ubuntu live CD. Apparently they had heaps of problems with the wireless connection for the laptop and it took months to get it to work but as I showed him we dont have that problem with Ubuntu. Everything just works. He was impressed by that which was good considering how much effort it took to be allowed to show him.

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