On website passwords…..

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Digital Domain – A Strong Password Isn’t the Strongest Security – NYTimes.com. I agree with most of this. It should be MY business to choose a good password, and IT’s business to keep their system secure if I choose a … Continue reading

A Programming Language does NOT count as a second language

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Although I still think learning several is good for you. Hello Worlds (why humanities students should learn to program) « Matthew G. Kirschenbaum. (May 23, 2010) While I do agree with some of what he says, his misconceptions convince me … Continue reading

Teaching Introductory Programming: We’re Doing It Wrong (still)

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes I just read Mark Guzdial’s excellent post on some of what’s wrong with how we teach introductory programming courses. Question Everything: How We Teach Intro CS is Wrong The notion that we should be modeling expert behaviour when teaching programming is … Continue reading

On Schools of CS using only “useful” laguages…

Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes This is an older post I’ve been hanging on to, and since I have forgotten why I was hanging on to it, I no longer see any reason to keep it private. This stems from a post Mark Guzdial did … Continue reading

Is Computer Science Dead?

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Just heard on Mark Guzdial’s blog that “Georgia Tech’s College of Computing is now considering a proposal to remove Smalltalk from the required curriculum in favor of C++.” This is another nail in the coffin of CS. There is great … Continue reading

Look out SMART Technologies – the writing may be on the wall, and it isn’t yours.

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute In Today’s MIT Tech Review: A Better, Cheaper Multitouch Interface A new pressure-sensitive pad could improve large and small touch screens. I’ve thought for some time that the SMART Technologies’ White Board which is marketed so vigorously to Alberta schools … Continue reading

Rant about faculty webpages.

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes KEEP THEM CURRENT!!!! Sheesh. How can someone claim to be “with it” technologically when their webpages were last updated a YEAR ago? These are modern times. And your webpage is your public face. Do it right. First, if you are … Continue reading

Corrosive Leadership

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Although it is not new, I came across this today. Corrosive Leadership (Or Bullying by Another Name): A Corollary of the Corporatised Academy? by Margaret Thornton The literature reveals that the incidence of bullying is increasing in corporate workplaces everywhere. … Continue reading