Charlottesville High School To Host Technology Summit

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Hundreds of people from around the region will be gathering in Charlottesville this weekend to learn about the latest technology trends in teaching.

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randomthoughts

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Mar 15, 2013
 
Great story .

I wish the event introduced these kids to the 3D printing technology and some hands on rather than a complete focus on Google soft side tech.

Teaching kids to communicate with amazing tools is a good start.

3D scanning and printing feels bigger than the cellphone , video game machines and I-pads or even amazing code writing.

I think it's going to change the world in good ways and quickly. Small business will boom and thrive, big business may take a hit and leave some room for these younger folks to start a small business. Us old folk are already looking into buying 5 or 20 3D printers as soon as they prove themselves and get them in front of the public FAST with quality affordable access to the technology.

People making their own parts and printing their own ideas . I am too stupid to ever come up with all this great engineering. I have been salivating from afar waiting for somebody else to do the smart work with 3D printing and imaging. The most exciting thing for me since my Mother gave me a Commodore Vic 20 with tape back-up from Kmart in Waynesboro, I think it cost 68 bucks. Seemed like a fortune to me then . High end 3D printers 150K :0 . Both the vic 20 and 3D Technology were and will be worth their weight in Platinum.

Just seems amazing and exciting.

Mechanics/engineering and technology is where it's at kids , fun , safe , exciting and stable careers.

Today’s kids are going to be supporting me , I will be living to about 150 and I ain't cheap .

I am counting on them to be smarter than me and pay attention in school and at this exciting event.
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randomthoughts wrote:
Great story .
I wish the event introduced these kids to the 3D printing technology and some hands on rather than a complete focus on Google soft side tech.
Teaching kids to communicate with amazing tools is a good start.
3D scanning and printing feels bigger than the cellphone , video game machines and I-pads or even amazing code writing.
I think it's going to change the world in good ways and quickly. Small business will boom and thrive, big business may take a hit and leave some room for these younger folks to start a small business. Us old folk are already looking into buying 5 or 20 3D printers as soon as they prove themselves and get them in front of the public FAST with quality affordable access to the technology.
People making their own parts and printing their own ideas . I am too stupid to ever come up with all this great engineering. I have been salivating from afar waiting for somebody else to do the smart work with 3D printing and imaging. The most exciting thing for me since my Mother gave me a Commodore Vic 20 with tape back-up from Kmart in Waynesboro, I think it cost 68 bucks. Seemed like a fortune to me then . High end 3D printers 150K :0 . Both the vic 20 and 3D Technology were and will be worth their weight in Platinum.
Just seems amazing and exciting.
Mechanics/engineering and technology is where it's at kids , fun , safe , exciting and stable careers.
Today’s kids are going to be supporting me , I will be living to about 150 and I ain't cheap .
I am counting on them to be smarter than me and pay attention in school and at this exciting event.
Fits right in with the president's ban on magazines...now you can make your own gun parts and get around the law.
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I may be wrong but I'm pretty sure the 3D printers available to the public can only use plastics and probably soft, thin metals. You'd still need access to a shop to make any durable metal frames or anything that's not a simple circuit path.

Don't forget, half of technologies end up dead - we were supposed to have virtual reality goggles by now that would be good enough to simulate going on a vacation. Where did that end up, that's right, at the bottom of the trash barrel. Instead we got the Internet and streaming on demand TV, not a terrible trade off, just different than what was expected in the late 80's. In terms of value for work and education we've barely scratched the surface of what it's capable of.

Security and VPNs are going to be the watchwords in the coming decades. The Cloud is a joke and once a major security breach that was preventable if the data was kept inhouse screws a top 500 company it will be buried like the terrible model it is. Also portable devices are going to get much more robust - the Microsoft Surface is the future, assuming Ballmer doesn't run MS into the ground first by trying to turn it into Mac, another stillborn model. Once they solve the problems of high processor speed vs battery life (you need a sufficiently fast processor to run a secure yet useful device) the floodgates will open.
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King Ralph wrote:
I may be wrong but I'm pretty sure the 3D printers available to the public can only use plastics and probably soft, thin metals. You'd still need access to a shop to make any durable metal frames or anything that's not a simple circuit path.
Don't forget, half of technologies end up dead - we were supposed to have virtual reality goggles by now that would be good enough to simulate going on a vacation. Where did that end up, that's right, at the bottom of the trash barrel. Instead we got the Internet and streaming on demand TV, not a terrible trade off, just different than what was expected in the late 80's. In terms of value for work and education we've barely scratched the surface of what it's capable of.
Security and VPNs are going to be the watchwords in the coming decades. The Cloud is a joke and once a major security breach that was preventable if the data was kept inhouse screws a top 500 company it will be buried like the terrible model it is. Also portable devices are going to get much more robust - the Microsoft Surface is the future, assuming Ballmer doesn't run MS into the ground first by trying to turn it into Mac, another stillborn model. Once they solve the problems of high processor speed vs battery life (you need a sufficiently fast processor to run a secure yet useful device) the floodgates will open.
Very good post. The barrel of a weapon will still need to be high strength metal, but many of the parts can be made with plastic. One time use throwaway 30 round magazines, stocks, etc can be made with 3d printers (plotters, actually). The hard metal parts can be purchased as "repair" parts. So my point is the "plan" to "ban" high capacity magazines is futile. Man will find a way around it.
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King Ralph wrote:
I may be wrong but I'm pretty sure the 3D printers available to the public can only use plastics and probably soft, thin metals. You'd still need access to a shop to make any durable metal frames or anything that's not a simple circuit path.
Don't forget, half of technologies end up dead - we were supposed to have virtual reality goggles by now that would be good enough to simulate going on a vacation. Where did that end up, that's right, at the bottom of the trash barrel. Instead we got the Internet and streaming on demand TV, not a terrible trade off, just different than what was expected in the late 80's. In terms of value for work and education we've barely scratched the surface of what it's capable of.
Security and VPNs are going to be the watchwords in the coming decades. The Cloud is a joke and once a major security breach that was preventable if the data was kept inhouse screws a top 500 company it will be buried like the terrible model it is. Also portable devices are going to get much more robust - the Microsoft Surface is the future, assuming Ballmer doesn't run MS into the ground first by trying to turn it into Mac, another stillborn model. Once they solve the problems of high processor speed vs battery life (you need a sufficiently fast processor to run a secure yet useful device) the floodgates will open.
And the "cloud" is just that...as leaky as a sieve, and expanding to fill its container (?). Security with the cloud is a joke.
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real central va Marine wrote:
<quoted text>Fits right in with the president's ban on magazines...now you can make your own gun parts and get around the law.
Why do you focus on the down side of everything ?

You can turn a Ruger10-22 into a full auto with a piece off and engine block and emery cloth . You can get a Meth recipe from the government .

Just because you can , why come in and **** on the floor of a conversation .

Would you do that at your neighbors house ?

Yes you will be able to print a GUN OFF sooner or later , or the convertion to full auto . Yes , there is a boggie Man in everything.

I already have guns , I can buy those , not create them with my mind .

Come back when your not so angry and frustrated at the world .

I am sorry for what-ever casues you to feel this way .

Come on SPRING .:)
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King Ralph wrote:
I may be wrong but I'm pretty sure the 3D printers available to the public can only use plastics and probably soft, thin metals. You'd still need access to a shop to make any durable metal frames or anything that's not a simple circuit path.

I agree with much you state. Think about the shop . 3D CNC if you will , small desk-top 3D printers, endless needs for different 3D imaging and printing.

Not having dial-up for 5 years when high speed is 2 blocks away.

I feel 3D will be something people need access to very soon .

I goof on-line with a PC . I make a living on a Mac ,they have never failed me . It's the only Apple product I own. Not even an I-phone or mini-pad or maxi-pad. But man , I love the Mac Pro.

I hope your right about the MS Surface. Sure would cut cost. The cost of Mac's and essentials. It's one of those deals where I know I am getting screwed , but I am scared to change. Like my Auto & homeowners policies. I havent looked at em for 20 years .. they work , on auto pay. Just pay them and never make a claim. I am only loyal to a few brand names and none of them are electronics. I am ok with the switch... just waiting for some other dummy to show it works first before I go broke changing.

MS Surface would cut cost in the DATA business and start-ups alone would save huge over Mac.
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Oh ,

And we could fill the old G.E. Plant in Waynesboro back up with employed people . Few people even remember G.E. in Waynesboro employed thousands.

That plant at one time was a state of the art print circut facility and built the printer.

They Soldiered the boards by hand .

I seen it when I was like 7.

It seemed like NASA to me . I still have some of the old solid silver rings they made for something, looked like a silver nickle sized washer.. A Maint man handed me a handful to put in my pocket little over 1.5 ounces of silver, told me to pay for my wedding with them . I should have ask for two buckets full , weddings cheap , divorce ..... easy .. but expensive.

We can have a 3D printing facility right back in Waynesboro building things AGAIN .

Augusta County ran off Toyota TWICE = TOTAL BONEHEADS = everybody deciding was retired living on huge family farms in tax shelters.. DUH . Who cares if the little people hit a recession right after you run TOYOTA OFF for the second time. They ran em off the first time in secret. Gypsys, trams and thieves... 25 years ago.

I HEARD ..or did I dream it .. VAG AUDI , VW, Porsche has been sneaking around on one side of the Afton Mt scouting for a place for a small SUV build . Looks like Toyota warned them about this side.. I hope not. I don't want them stoned liberal hippies from the nelson side of Afton building my car .

Come on spring . I get around too much .
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The biggest problem with Macs is that they are a closed system. They're great for individual users (outside of the purchase and maintenance costs), they are a nightmare when you try to integrate them into a business environment, or upgrade them, and you can't Frankenstein them together like you can PCs to save value down the line. I've had to try to integrate Macs into a corporate environment, it's all half assed solutions, things that work once that never do again, things that work now that break later, totally crazy errors that Mac does not help AT ALL to solve. You aren't doing yourself a favor if you totally eschew PCs for Macs, I'll sign the house over if I'm wrong about that.

My favorite Mac foible: they used to have a line of servers, then one day they just stopped all support and erased any trace that they ever existed, no more support. Not bad servers, but every upgrade to the new version of server software was like rolling dice, would your network completely go down when you implemented it? No one including Steve Jobs himself could answer that question. Would a new personal Mac with the new PC software connect properly when you added it to a server with the old software? Again, crickets. That's not a business product, that's a joke. And business customers are where you make your money.

I admit that I hate the transition to little notebook PCs instead of big durable laptops and desktops because I have big fingers and I'm clumsy, but it's the next logical progression when we have anywhere broadband speed through the cell networks. We just save too much time and hassle being able to connect from anywhere during a crisis. Desktops aren't going away obviously but will have less market penetration, not everyone needs one and stupid people get confused when they disconnect a wire accidentally and now they have a big pile of essentially junk until they get help. Most people just use computers for e-mail and web surfing anyway and Words with Friends etc.

Don't be afraid of change, if you can adapt and can speak in public you are 90% of the way to being a successful and happy human being. Fear of those two things is the most useless and debilitating thing there is.
randomthoughts

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Mar 15, 2013
 
@ KJ

Yes sir e

"Security and VPNs are going to be the watchwords in the coming decades "

Maybe even the coming months . Try finding a high end security expert that will even work for 75k anymore , with free-flow capitol within reason and a chance at part of a start-up company . yes , they are everywhere , skript kitties and gamers who can work from home in China.

Find one to help build a Company the right way - face to face and from the foundation up with a little life exp .

You are right , that's why I want these kids getting smarter, I need somebody who knows how to do something lol . To keep me grounded and unravel my mind. If it cost me 250k a year I will just retire and hire an cute Asian housekeeper and play Farmville.



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real central va Marine wrote:
<quoted text>Very good post. The barrel of a weapon will still need to be high strength metal, but many of the parts can be made with plastic. One time use throwaway 30 round magazines, stocks, etc can be made with 3d printers (plotters, actually). The hard metal parts can be purchased as "repair" parts. So my point is the "plan" to "ban" high capacity magazines is futile. Man will find a way around it.
It's already game over. The complete operable weapons printed so far have not lasted under sustained firing, but they work, and they are all plastic. It's only a matter of time - and not much time - before a more robust model is printed. It may have happened already by now.
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real central va Marine wrote:
<quoted text>Very good post. The barrel of a weapon will still need to be high strength metal, but many of the parts can be made with plastic. One time use throwaway 30 round magazines, stocks, etc can be made with 3d printers (plotters, actually). The hard metal parts can be purchased as "repair" parts. So my point is the "plan" to "ban" high capacity magazines is futile. Man will find a way around it.
That I agree.

We will never control human behavior. But the willing can control theirs.

Thats all really, A lock only keeps an honest Man honest.
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How much did they soak the taxpayers for on this boondoggle?
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@ King Ralph

Thank you for the great info , let me absorb it and I will reply . I wont bombard you, maybe just a question or two .
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Cute kids!
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@ King Ralph

I get where you are coming from with the desktops. As long as they make them I will have one. I take my work and comfort serious when I pull 24+ sometimes working . If you spend a lot of time working online- get you an I think that's what I will do . A friend is starting her first LLC running her own closed loop system. She has an ingenious product . But I am under non-disclosure.

I think we will give Cisco and Surface a try .

Mac is getting prohibitive for younger folks starting out in online Data/web presence.

38K savings in hardware/software alone, 60-80 bucks off the Flat Rate set-up for reasons you gave. The cost and frustration of inter-winding the two products.

Her SBL allowed for 11,200 for this section of the start-up. Thank GOD for Mamas and Daddies.

Now : Here is my input back on the most important piece of hardware a person who works online could own .

I need to buy stock. Best investment I ever made , I hate to sit still...but if I must :) best money I ever spent on hardware..worth every penny.
SFW

http://www.ekornes.com/us/stressless-office

Thank you for the input

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randomthoughts,

From what I hear the Surface is good, but there are a few kinks still in it, I think the wireless card has some issues. The confusing thing Microsoft did is they made 2 Surfaces, one that's more like an iPad (much less powerful processor), and one that's like a MacBook Air, full fledged i5. The ARM ("tablet") Surface won't run a full version of Office and will only run tablet apps, the other more expensive one will run anything but is of course costlier. MS decided to go with the theory that confusing everyone isn't a bad idea because they're an idiot and will be asking questions anyway, which is incredibly short sighted and working under that blanket premise is why Macs are more toys than they are business computers. It was a bad idea for MS to second fiddle in that market instead of doing what they do best, make cheap, quality, machines that work forever assuming you're willing to pay for servicing.

I'd still check to see which of the Surfaces, if any, work for your specific set of needs without going out and buying one. No sense wasting money like the iPhone 5 woman in your Youtube videos, esp since the i5 version runs $900 a pop. Also has only slightly better battery life than a regular laptop. It's the prototype of the future, but it's still the prototype. If price is an issue and you can wait, give it 24 months for the more perfect hybrid between the two platforms comes out.

Also don't think I'm badmouthing Macs totally, they do have some benefits for small networks. If it's an all-Mac shop that doesn't run inhouse domains, uses web-driven mail, shares everything with external drives instead of central file servers (which is perfectly fine for some businesses), they can have 1 PC for the Accounting person and get along fine. Like you said, cost is a huge issue (although you save some by not needing much for IT services), virus outbreaks are less prevalent if you have a bunch of boneheads who will click on anything, and they really are the perfect machines for graphical design - our Creative Services people find theirs indispensable.

The biggest no-nos are going half and half, or even 90/10, or even considering Mac if you want to run an elaborate corporate network.

Thanks for the link, I'll check it out.

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