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Free Web-Based Paging System with Google Apps Script and Hangouts Chat


In essence, it’s a doorbell. But one that can reach you wherever you are. If a picture’s worth a thousand words, hopefully this GIF makes up for the lack of a proper written introduction.


I wanted to build a simple push button for our student helpdesk so that if we ever had to step away students could page us. I decided on Google Hangouts for the message delivery platform since I use it every day and the app is already installed on all of my devices.


All you need to get started is:

That’s it! If you’ve got those things, and a few minutes to spare, click through to get this setup!

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Enabling WiFi at the macOS Login Screen

The Problem

If the things listed below more or less describe your present situation, then this article is for you:

  1. You’re primarily a Windows shop and your users login to their workstations using their Active Directory domain accounts.
  2. You’ve got a wireless network that utilizes WPA/WPA2 Enterprise encryption.
  3. You’ve got one (or thirty) brand new MacBooks staring back at you that need to be configured for classroom use.
  4. You’ve successfully connected to a wireless network and joined the MacBook/s to your domain using a local admin account on the MacBook.
  5. After doing the things listed above and logging out of the local account you are presented with the soul-crushing message shown below and are unable to login to your MacBook using an Active Directory account.

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WordPress Class Blogs on the Cheap

If you’ve been looking for a simple, affordable, and organized way to provide your students with their very own WordPress blog, look no further. While there’s certainly no shortage of free website platforms out there today, none of them tout as many features as the ever popular WordPress. If you’ve looked into using WordPress in the past, you’ve probably run up against the prohibitive costs and technical hurdles associated with finding a suitable web host.

In less than an hour and for right around $30, you can host your students’ WordPress on your very own VPS (Virtual Private Server.) This guide will walk you through the steps associated with:

  1. Purchasing a domain name.
  2. Purchasing and configuring a VPS.
  3. Configuring DNS on your domain. (don’t worry, it’s not as scary as it sounds.)
  4. Creating a new WordPress site for each of your students using ServerPilot.

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