I went to the school this morning at 9:30 (the driver didn’t show up until then), where the lab was locked and a bunch of boys were standing around outside, with no teacher. I called the teacher, who said that the fuse from yesterday hadn’t been fixed yet, so we couldn’t do any work. I left and came back at 12pm and found that the fuse had indeed been fixed. I then attempted to get all of the computers up and running. One of computers is, I think, beyond my help. Another somehow got overlooked last winter (I have a suspicion that we’d written it off as broken) and doesn’t have any of the appropriate software loaded on it. When I tried installing stuff like Acrobat and the modem driver, none of the installations went through. I’ll try again tomorrow, but I don’t have high hopes. A third computer is the administrative one, which was, for some reason, moved to another room temporarily; hopefully, it’ll be back tomorrow. I still need to fix the user accounts on that computer. We also don’t have enough power strips to turn all of the computers on at the same time.

One of the other teachers at the school had gone to Sagar a few months ago brought back, instead of 10 separate 10-meter Cat5 cords, one long 100-meter wire, 10 plugs, and a wirecutter. He had the idea that I could split the long wire into 10; leaving aside the fact that I don’t know how, there weren’t even enough plugs to fit 10 wires. We’ll see what happens with that. He also bought two 8-port switches, for some reason.

The teacher made an interesting comment about how we want to teach students whose families don’t have the money to afford computer education on their own. Wealthier students have bicycles or cars, and they live closer to the school, so it’s much easier for them to be at the school from 9-11am, then go home for lunch and come back for the regular school day. I don’t know why I was so surprised by this realization, though, given the general truth that students with money have advantages that allow them to focus on their schoolwork more than students who don’t have money.