Author Archives: Robert

Back in the classroom!

The new semester has started and we are now back where we belong–in the classroom! The first two weeks of our late breaking semester were online of course, and it was just enough to remind me of why I like … Continue reading

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Summertime!

Whoops! Almost forgot to put up my annual summer break post! The grades are in, now go relax. I’m revising a book, so no breaks for me. I am still on campus this summer, if you see us out for … Continue reading

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The final final

Today is the last day of finals week, congratulations to everyone for making it through a challenging semester. The last four or five weeks online were especially challenging for me, hopefully my online-teaching skills are now considerably sharper than they … Continue reading

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The mysterious read-only vim file

My standard text editor is Vim (now 8.X). When Vim is set up correctly for my language environment, it is a reliable workhorse that does pretty much what I want. However, there is one glitch I have run across more … Continue reading

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The first week of online classes

A big thanks to my Chi Nan students for their enthusiastic participation in our first week of online classes. And an even bigger thanks to my TA Hsin-yi for her help in setting up the Big Blue Button on Moodle … Continue reading

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New and improved Xampp cannot create file xampp-control.ini

A new computer running windows 10 and lots of updated software, what more can you ask for? A bottle of aspirin to go with it. The headache today is perhaps not the fault of windows 10. It is due to … Continue reading

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Windows 10: My 19th nervous breakdown

My old computer (5+ years) now shuts down without any warning every 5 to 20 minutes. There may be a fix for this, but I have decided to bite the bullet and get a whole new system. The old system … Continue reading

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Welcome back! Spring semester 2021

Hope all my Chi Nan students had a good break and have signed up for the classes you need. Make sure you add before the deadline! It was a busy week for me, I’m still setting up the moodle pages … Continue reading

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A Chinese controversy at USC

[I will continue adding links to this post as I find relevant material on-line.] This is a post about an unusual controversy in the United States over the use of the Chinese language in teaching. The controversy occurred at the … Continue reading

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Welcome to Chi Nan’s fall semester 2020!

At last an update, just in time for the beginning of the new semester! Welcome here to the new students, welcome back to the old.

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