My IT 566 class is over. I got an A in case anyone is curious. I haven’t decided if I’m going to take any more classes or not. There don’t seem to be any online classes this summer or fall.
The two classes I’ve taken in the Instructional Technology program so far have been interesting but not especially challenging. At least IT 566 was an excuse to tinker and play.
The server I was running for the class is no more. I reformatted the drive and set it up as a computer for my daughter . It’s running Edubuntu and has some good kid’s software on it.
I took Windows XP off my desktop machine and it’s running Ubuntu now. I really don’t like the new Unity interface in 11.04. So I’m using the nornal Gnome interface, called Ubuntu Classic. Unity is Ubuntu’s New Coke, and we know how well that turned out.
As a side note, I’m not longer running a server 24/7 So the links to librarymonk.zapto.org in older IT 566 posts will no longer work.
This one wasn’t specifically a challenge for IT 566 but I upgraded by Ubuntu machine to 11.04, Natty Narwhal. I’m not exactly sure what a natty narwhal looks like, but I’m pretty sure I would want to meet one in a dark alley … errr… ocean.
11.04 replaces Gnome with Unity. The interface is quite a change and is definitely more OS X and Windows 7 like.
Installing MediaWiki for IT 566 was pretty much the same as for WordPress. Download the tar file into your web root, create a MySQL database and user then go to you MediaWiki directory via a web brower and follow the instructions.
The site is at http://librarymonk.zapto.org/mediawiki/. A screenshot is below.
One of the IT 566 challenges was do install WordPress. WordPress has a very simple installation procedure.
I created a MySQL user and database using phpMyadmin. After extracting the downloaded WordPress tar file to my web root and edited wp-config and I was ready to go.
The site is at http://librarymonk.zapto.org/wordpress/. A screenshot is below.