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An SSD drive makes a HUGE difference on your laptop or PC…

Recently, SSD disk drives have become much more affordable than they used to be not so long ago so I decided to test what it would look like on my laptop. Continue reading “An SSD drive makes a HUGE difference on your laptop or PC…”

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Copying a file multiple times on the same folder using bash command line in linux

After a while with no new entries I am using this blog again as a personal notebook of useful tricks or code snippets I need to use from time to time.
In this case, I need to test a new 4Tb hard disk drive that I have just received making use o…

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Can I have two servers behind my home router with noip? Spoiler alert: YES

I have had to share my personal cloud with another server behind the same home router. The problem with that is… Can I have two servers behind the same IP and still work with both, each one having it’s own apps up and running on the same port …

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The problems of today…

“The problems of today will soon be buried by the sand of time”. Fortune cookie wisdom… :-)

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Documenting EeePCs S.O. upgrade to dual boot system with Linux Mint 12 (Gnome / MATE) without partitioning HD.




General description of the process

Technical procedures description

Step by step description of system install and cloning of the units

Procedures to be repeat…

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Word challenge App: learn how to pronounce and spell 800 high frequency words in English


Word Challenge is an app meant to help learn 800 high frequency words in English, their pronunciation and spelling. The program is divided into 32 levels, each having 25 words. To practice the 800 words, you can choose between 3 modes:

  • Practice: This mode will show you the 25 words of the current level, in alphabetical order. By pressing the “Listen” button, you can listen how it’s pronounced as many times as you need. In this mode, you can access any level in any order.
  • Random: In this mode you will have the 25 words shuffled, with a blank space, that is, a letter has been taken away so it has to be filled. This mode is considered a “Practice mode”, where you can try any level, however, you won’t receive any trophies.
  • Write: Here you won’t see the words at all, but you will still be able to listen to them. Your objective is to type the whole word correctly. This is also considered a “Test” mode, which will award you with trophies based on your score. In this mode, levels should be taken in the order they have been previously setup.

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Symbaloo – keep all your bookmarks and favorites in the cloud

Symbaloo is a simple solution to keep all your bookmarks and favorites together in one place, being accessible from every place you are and any device you use as long as you have your internet connection active.

Having your own Symbaloo page as the home page in all your classroom computers is evidently useful: you do not need to tell your students to write long, complex internet addresses (URLs). You just need to tell them which “tile” they have to click on to start working.

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Create and manage your own cloud server with raspberry pi

If you know nothing about Raspberry Pi, perhaps now it is the time to start reading and finding out a little more about it. It is a cheap, small, but powerful computer that you can buy from $35. Well, it is true that if you buy all the stuff th…

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Teamviewer is a professional tool that allows you to control any computer remotely. It is commonly used by tech professionals to fix problems on other people’s computers from their own workplace.

Cool, isn’t it?

As we said above, it is a professional tool. However, there is a non-professional licence (free for non-commercial use) for people who may use it on a non regular basis and for non professional purposes.

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Booksource Classroom Organizer

I’m using this tool to organize my classroom library and I thought that it would be interesting sharing it with y’all as it allows to have all your books catalogued as well as having a list of books where you can include their AR levels and, of course, codes (although for this you need a little bit more of work, of course). You just need to sign up and create your account and your classroom.

There is an (apple and android) app that is really helpful because it allows you to scan the ISBN code and then the author and the title are automatically loaded as long as it is available on the site’s database. And I can assure you that more that 80% of my books are actually there and are automatically added to the catalog without any typing at all!!!

The rest of the books should be added manually by typing the author and the title. You can also categorize the books with a “location” label that you can prepare in advance to make the scanning process easier. I use this field to distinguish mainly between English and Spanish books, Fiction and Non Fiction, but you can be as specific as you may want to.

And apart from easy, it is FREE. You can access your account online (it is online where the database is kept so no need to worry about backups) and then manage your classroom books and your students (yes, you can actually check out and check in books for and from your students just by scanning their ISBN codes and assigning them to your kiddos) and get your reports and the usual stuff from there.

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