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Sean G.'s Resources


Light a Fire!

Q: WyzAnt wants to know: What is your favorite quote about education and why does it stand out to you? A: One of my favorite quotes has always been: "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." -William Butler Yeats I think, a lot of time is spent in traditional public school filling pails, thinking about how boring it is to fill a pail, or staring... read more


Power Problems Cause Failures

During an unexpected one-day storm, years ago, several electronic items were destroyed in my house - causing a few thousand dollars worth of damage: * Air compressor in my air conditioning unit * Dishwasher * Crock Pot * Clothes washer * Stereo system amplifier * TiVo motherboard There may have been other items damaged in the storm, but these are what were noticed as... read more


Everything fails eventually.

You would be shocked at how many friends, relatives and customers come to me with the same complaint: "My hard drive died, did I lose everything?" I've seen the entire range of emotions, and working through grief is a good thing. The sad thing is, these problems are completely preventable. * Here's the first lesson, even if you don't read any further: hard drives fail. I could... read more


Memory vs. Storage, UPS and Backup

I help a lot of people with their computers: laptops, desktops, servers, you name it! With the diverse range of computer and life experience of my end users, I've noticed one topic keeps coming up: memory versus storage. It generally starts out with seemingly simple questions: "If I need more memory, shouldn't I just clean up some of my documents or photos?" or "I'm running... read more



I'm a big fan of shortcut keys. Years ago, when I first started supporting Macintosh computers professionally, I started working with a team of graphic artists. Now, I'm a relatively fast typist, and am decent with a mouse or trackpad, but these graphic designers were fast - really fast. I couldn't figure out how they could perform relatively complex tasks in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator... read more