What a lovely Monday. I did not come in this weekend to check my network as I usually do so of course everything was ate up this morning. Let’s see… first thing the network file server was not happy and wanted to do a disk check. On a weekend, no problem but it takes about an hour (really big drive) to grind through this process while teachers needed tests they saved on the drive. So about half-way through figuring out this issue the elementary principal emails me his iPad is not able to connect to his computer so he cannot do his planned teacher observations. Can I come over immediately? It takes me 30 minutes to figure out my DHCP server was not handing out IP addresses to wireless devices. I have not had time to solve that yet. Then the Parrish office calls to inform me their internet was down. I find a sub to watch my class and an hour later, after checking all the obvious things, I figure out their router is sick. How does a router get sick? Beats me but it works for a while then decides not to talk to the world any more. While it is working the network speed is about one tenth what it should be. A new (OK, slightly used) router and they are back in business. I get back to my last class of the day 15 minutes after the bell has rung. No problem, three very smart senior boys who know to just hang out until I show up. I get them started on the assignment of the day and one of their computers starts giving an OpenGL version error. Now this computer has been working just fine for 6 months, there are two others just like it working just fine right next to it so what the heck? It is a Mac and we are using XP in a virtual environment to program in Corona. How many things could possibly be causing the problem? Many, very many. In a day where I normally have 3 contact hours with students I had about 30 minutes. This may be a two Guinness night.
Tomorrow I can start on my DHCP issue, the MAC-XP-Corona-OpenGL issue and teach the classes I had planned to prep for today. I am sometimes bored, but that is only because I am deliberately ignoring all the things I need to do. If I get a phone call tomorrow for help I think I will just say I cannot leave my kids and then cackle insanely.