Monday, December 20, 2010


I have successfully setup a laptop that had a broken screen as the weather logging station. It is mounted on a tv mount in the corner of the high school science classroom.

That lab room has a Davis Weather Monitor II mounted and setup. It even has the Data Logger attachment with all of the bells and whistles, but it wasn't exporting outside of the display because the computer it was setup on was a Windows for Workgroups 3.11. Yeah, you heard that right!

Anyway, got it setup with Windows XP and Weather Underground's WUHU software. You can check it out here.

I setup a Weather Underground account so that we could send the weather data somewhere other than locally. You can see it here. We were having some power issues, the laptop kept shutting down at 11pm with the power saver feature of our server. I have since gotten that fixed today, or so I hope.

Anyway, if you want to see the webpages that the WUHU software can create you can also go here. These pages are very basic, and the graphs don't work yet. Apparently the pages use a generic jpeg picture for the graphs. I am working on getting some other javascript graph, or something.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Weather Online

We have been able to successfully post the weather data online.  There is a weather logger in the science classroom and it is connected to a computer running WUHU (Weather Underground/HeavyWeather Updater).

I have connected this software to a Weather Underground account and the live data can be viewed at  There is also a "RapidFire" full screen view that can be seen at

Please take a look.  We are working on getting a webcam to display a live picture.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

ISEE Cuddo's to the District

I received a letter today from the Superintendent.  It was actually from the State Superintendent, Tom Luna.  I have posted that letter here as a PDF and anyone is welcome to see just how amazing Potlatch School District really is.  I want to thank and recognize the hard work that these staff members have done to make this error free:

Joe Kren, Superintendent
Gwen Burkgart, Cleark
Verlynn Emerson, Secretary
Lelia Millick, Secretary
Shannon Richards, Special Education Director

And all of the SPED staff and other staff members that took the time to make sure that the data was entered accurately and in a timely manner.

I appreciate everyone's hard work and hope that we continue to receive these letters of recognition.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Revamped Website

Alright, since no one is following me yet, this is almost pointless, but maybe someone will follow eventually.  Anyway, I revamped our entire website,  You can access the new site at  Of course this link will continue to be a look at the changes that I have made to the website.  I kept changing the main site and people would look at me funny when it wouldn't work!  So I created this side area, which is just a mirror of the live site.

Anyway, check it out and send me some feedback through the feedback form.  There is a link to it at the top and bottom of every page.

Move Embedded Flash Content To The Back

I have been working on the school district website,  I have created a couple of slide shows of pictures for the Principals, so they can post current stuff to their respective websites.  I created them using Google's Picasa web albums.  It worked very well, however, the embedded code seemed to be on top of my menu bar.

After much confusion and frustration I determined that putting the embedded flash in the back just wasn't possible.  Until today!

Before the <embed> code add <param name="wmode" value="transparent"> and then within the code add wmode="transparent".  Surprisingly it works great!  I would assume that Adobe has information on why this works, and someday I might even go searching for why, but for now...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Just Starting Things

I hope to make this blog about what I am doing at Potlatch School District #285 in Potlatch, ID.  I will probably post what I am doing right now and add what I learn as I go through.  I hope that someone might find these notes helpful, if anything I will probably refer back to them from time to time to make sure I didn't already figure that one out!

I am the Technology Director for the School District and so I spend a lot of time in front of a computer trying to make the website better, or working on computers for the students and teachers to use.

Anyway, I will probably fill this with random thoughts and website links of places I have gone to find what I was looking for.  Google is the search to use!