Category Archives: personal

It’s time to blow up the tv “town meeting” scam

I have plenty of reactions to last night’s presidential debate (quick list here), but wanted to expand on one in particular in this post. We have to stop doing tv town halls.  We have to stop it now. Because they … Continue reading

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Next steps for our rural broadband

How do things stand with our homestead’s broadband connection? Short answer: not well, but we’re starting out with some first and next steps. Longer answer: as readers have noticed, we’ve been having a hard time getting basic connectivity working at our … Continue reading

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More Fairpoint failure follies, phone edition

Recently I’ve been writing about how local internet service provider Fairpoint has been fouling up our home and business broadband.  Things haven’t gotten better.  Indeed, they’ve gotten worse, as Fairpoint now messed up our phone line. A little context: we … Continue reading

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Redoing my social media ecosystem for 2016: mostly the consumption side

It’s the time of year when green leaves start to anticipate their plummeting deaths, and I’m thinking about what I’m doing on the web. During this late summer there’s been a lot of reflection concerning where the web has lurched to … Continue reading

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I am profiled by the Connected Learning Alliance

The Connected Learning Alliance published an interview with/profile of me this week.  It was conducted and written by the very great Howard Rheingold. We discuss open education, mobile, gaming and simulations, the power of small colleges and universities, automation, social media, … Continue reading

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Home internet restored after three days; disturbing issues; next steps

We’re back online at home.  After three days offline, Fairpoint finally fixed their problem and ours.  Which is the good news.  Actually, we have good news, bad news, and good/bad news. The good: around dinner time Monday night our routers … Continue reading

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Offline in Vermont, again

So my house and family are cut off from the internet.  Again. It’s actually the second day we’re been offline, and Fairpoint, the utility company, can’t get us back online for a third. Let me explain. My family lives in … Continue reading

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