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January 2014

Why did I become a fan of Open Source

It was 8 or 9 years ago as the CTO of a small rural institution that I began implementing open source solutions for the enterprise. I had always been frustrated that many innovative technologies were out of the financial reach of my institution but the demands for services were continually …

Digium D70 phone

Digium Switchvox Phone System Deployment at Casper College

Introduction Definition:   VoIP is short for Voice over Internet Protocol, which a category of hardware and software enabling people to use the Internet as the transmission medium for telephone calls rather than by traditional circuit transmissions of the public switched telephone network PSTN. VoIP deployments for institutions the size of …

Higher Education Inflation

The High Cost of the High Cost of Higher Education

Future discussion of President Obama’s proposal for free community college will be ugly whether you support the idea or not.  It’s how our political system seems to operate.  Personally, I will be watching as I don’t yet know enough to say whether or not I support any specific proposal although …

An amazing trend

Why Higher Ed must change and how IT can help

There are truly monster sized challenges in effectively delivering quality technology services in higher education. The size of the monsters small schools are facing are smaller than the larger institutions, but proportionally the threat is the same.  We  really need each other and we need options…and we need to understand …