If you walked into a massive mall food court full of people (pre-covid of course), and started yelling, you’d expect people to yell back. …


Originally posted at techupover.com in the Development category

I wanted a quick and easy way for my kids to track the books they read, as well as a way for my wife to catalog all the books we have in our home library. …


Your unsolicited email strategy is just annoying. You should know what we do with your emails.

We’ve all received these, right?

Hi {last name because their CRM leads import mapped the wrong field}, {name} here with {vendor} - {colloquial phrased paragraph about how you got my email} {attempted informal language…

I’ve been writing on Medium for about a year or so, but after they announced changes to their partner program, I thought I’d take another look at some alternatives.

I’ve been a happy customer of BlueHost for almost 20 years now. I’ve hosted several sites on there when I was…


Dear Vendor

Knowledge transfer and continuity in vendor:school relationships is vitally important for vendors who want to partner with Higher Education.

Higher Education technology positions are traditionally more stable than their private sector counterparts. It’s not unusual to find some staff who have worked in the same position or role…


What do these things have in common?

  • Dora the Explorer’s Backpack
  • Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster
  • A Submarine
  • A Large Open Top Piranha Tank
  • A Construction Crew that specializes in Evil
  • A Portable Still
  • Large Round Chrome-plated conference table with one very elaborate chair
  • A Doomsday Device

They’re the things some members…


We’re not asking for an API-first approach to development…I mean, that would be nice but at the very least we’d just like parity between UI and API options. In Higher Education, this is a constant point of frustration.

This topic causes issues for IT staff ALL. THE. TIME.

But…the most…


Tech vendors need to understand a few things if they want to deploy their products (and keep them updated) in Higher Education. Deploying products to faculty, staff, students, alumni and everyone in between, means that administrators have to support those diverse populations. …


It seems software licensing approaches are as wide and varied as software itself. …


Having worked in Higher Education IT for 20 years, I’m continually surprised by vendors’ lack of understanding about what Higher Education is, and what Higher Education isn’t (spoiler, it’s everything; it’s never not something).

A year or two ago, a kind of inside-joke emerged between me and some colleagues, where…

Nick Young

Cloud stuff, data, analytics; Google, Internet2 Advisory Boards & working groups. Higher Ed IT since 2002. @techupover and @usaussie on twitter

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