Sorry for the dearth of posts this week…it has been crazy with midterm grades due, and the relentless onslaught of class sessions, every one of which I’m preparing and conducting for the very first time. We are now into material (Fourier analysis) in the Signals and Systems course that I’ve never taught before in any course, so I have to rely on what I remember from 25 years ago and my mental agility in relearning the stuff. At least I had to review it about 12 years ago for my doctoral qualifying exam, so it’s not like I haven’t touched the stuff for 25 years…still 12 years is a big gap.
Now for what I learned today… I’ve been frustrated in class many times when I’ve had to go online to get some information and the wireless connection doesn’t work. I asked one of my students if he was also having problems, which he wasn’t. However, he explained to me that when I use my Tablet PC in “tablet” mode (see picture) and lay it flat, I make it difficult for the wireless signal to reach the antenna, which is in the back of my LCD screen.
I thought, what a dumb design…but I guess that when most people use a Tablet PC, they hold it at more of an angle than I do, and the signal can come through the bottom of the computer. Anyway, I opened up the lid, and voila, it worked. We shall see if it will work consistently now that I know where the antenna is.
After my 1:00 class today, I’m off to the airport for a flight to Washington, DC. I’m going to be reviewing some scholarship applications for the Federal Government. Since this will be the start of our Spring Break, I’m going to stick around until Monday and visit with friends, including a group of our Baden CSJ sisters who are gathering for a day of reflection on Sunday.