There are 10 kinds of people in the world…

those who understand binary, and those who don’t.  (I’ll explain later, in case you’re the latter.)

Hello, Howdy, Gutentag, Bonsoir, 48 65 6C 6C 6F, and Hola. 

Thanks for checking out the initial MITS blog.  I’ll be including several things as this blog develops and finds its legs.  Including, but not limited to, status updates on technology projects, computing tips and tricks, announcements, and random bits of knowledge and entertainment.  I promise to eschew obfuscation and avoid unnecessarily bombastic disquisition.  Now, let’s get to it…

In the past several months, we have completely rebuilt the IT infrastructure at Arkansas Northeastern College.  We replaced every switch and router on campus, moved the server room, and completely reconfigured the segmenting of our internal network.  We updated our data pipe to four T1 lines from the two we were operating on previously.  We also opened up 12 additional channels on the Osceola T1 to effectively triple their bandwidth.  (If this is gibberish to you, don’t worry, all it means is that everything is faster and a bit more secure.) 

In the coming months, some of the things we will be evaluating and implementing include:  Changing the T1 lines at Burdette, replacing computers in various labs, allowing wireless student access in the Outback, and configuring a wireless laptop cart for the Science labs.  Several of these have been in the works for quite some time and are finally coming to fruition.  It’s pretty exciting if you’re a tech geek.  Not that there are any around here…I’m just saying.

As to the opening joke, in the binary number system used for programming computers, 10 is how the number two is written.

6 Responses to “There are 10 kinds of people in the world…”

  1. Jillian Says:

    Thank you for such an informative blog!

  2. Not bad for your first entry, and unfortunately, I understood most of it….scary, huh.

  3. Robin Says:

    4E 69 63 65 6A 6F 62! Keep up the good work.

  4. ancblogger Says:

    Hola, I get! I watch Dora the Explorer with our Grands! Great informative blog, James! Now I understand why y’all walk so fast on A Concourse…T-1’s to go…computers to see! Impressive!
    Thanks for all y’all do!

    P.S. 2.5AC 3C 3E 5W 6T
    (Translation…ages of our GRANDS!)

  5. Ah but grass hopper binary is defined as a base 2 number system of 1’s and 0’s. The example 48 65 6C 6C 6F is clearly defined as a base 16 number system where 10 would be represented as 00010000. So now I’m confused are you saying there are 16 (base 10) different people in the world or 0010 (base 2) different people in the world?

    • ancblogger Says:

      I just went with hexidecimal for the hello, as binary would have been a ridiculously long series of ones and zeros. The old joke has always been binary. It doesn’t make sense otherwise. It’s actually 2 (base 8) kinds of people. :-)

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