Our Norton Ghost isn't working right now. Think it's the CD Driver.
Anyway, came in on Monday, workstation would not load any software and run it. Finally got a blue screen of death, etc. Rebooted several times, several ways, it was gone.
Called specialist and he said could reload the workstation, but couldn't that day. I remember only difference between my workstation software and the kids computers was Lanschool, Deep Freeze, my personal software (Camtasia and the like), and hardware. So I used Ping, grabbed an image and loaded it on my workstation. Worked like charm
Dennis came by on Tuesday morning, he loaded Deep Freeze -- that really DOES take him to do, and I immediately took an image. Loaded my hardware and software, took another image and left for the day.
Went to work yesterday, and got messages saying that my C:\Windows was corrupt, so I decided I had a bad hard drive. Tried the image and COULD not get it to work. At this point I have a student station.
First, the second image was bad, as the hard drive had been running for a while. Second, I was reading directions but not following them. When I tried to restore the image, I kept typing in the image name, NOT THE DIRECTORY. Argh!
Follow and read instructions, that is what I am always fussing at students for.
So when I left yesterday, I had swapped a student workstation for mine, was up, and was restoring the student image on my old computer.
As many of my regular readers now, my year has been really stressful since I became the Campus Technologist. There is one thing I did last spring, that has really made a huge difference. Getting a maid service.
My fellow teachers had been onto me to do this for a long time. A few months before, my next door neighbor at school had "The Maids" come and do her house and then hired another teacher's maid to come on a regular basis to keep it up. Years ago, when I worked at TI, I had a maid but she eventually drove me nuts. I tried a second one, who was worse than having my other around so I'd given up on it.
This time I hired "The Maids", and it took them almost a full day to get the house caught up. It had not had a deep clean since we moved in about 8 years. I had to do a lot of prep work but not as much as I should have.
I have them come every other week and I am considering changing it to weekly. Right now, I spend one week enjoying having a clean house and the second week getting ready for them to come back. That means making sure I have clean sheets, and that I pick up the areas that tend to clutter -- bathroom counter, kitchen counter and the dining room table.
What does that mean for teaching though? Easy, today is Sunday and reather than worrying about having a clean house, or having a dirty house and it wearing on my mind, I can concentrate on getting ready for the next week. I'm putting together review packets, making sure I have every thing ready on the class website, etc. I also will be doing some grading and updating the gradebook.
I really recommend a service like the "The Maids" rather than hiring someone personally, because if they do drive you nuts, they will send you a different team. In fact, I don't think the same people clean each time anyway, which keeps them from acting like your mother.