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Wandering lonely as a clown...

The mindless ramblings of a bored person in Minehead.

  1. Interface design

    by , 30th May 2009 at 01:21 PM (Wandering lonely as a clown...)
    One of the things that bugs me in education ICT is the massive amount of poorly designed GUIs floating around.

    We've all seen them, pieces of software which are so poorly laid out, or confusing to configure that you want to pull your hair out.

    I'll give an example - TextEase 2000. The interface for dragging and dropping things on to a page is fine. But what about if you want to print, and do something other than the default. The GUI to do that is near impossible to ...
  2. Microsoft Licensing

    by , 16th May 2009 at 02:05 PM (Wandering lonely as a clown...)
    I thought that now would be a good time to put a post about licensing Microsoft software in schools. Considering many schools are approaching the end of their Schools Agreement, and with Becta's advice stating that the subscription based model involves over the top buy-out costs, and due to that involves vendor lock-in. Becta Publication

    Combine that with the fact that Becta referred the whole issue to the Office of Fair Trading.

    So, my trail started by compiling some ...
  3. Thrill the World 2008

    by , 26th October 2008 at 04:25 PM (Wandering lonely as a clown...)
    Last night, 111 people (mostly kids, a couple of members of staff) took part in the 2008 'Thrill the World' record attempt for the largest number of simultaneous people dancing the 'Thriller' dance.

    Overall, there were more then 3,700 people dancing around the world, in the USA, Canada, Germany, Ireland and many more.

    If anyone is interested in seeing our school do the dance, take a look at the youtube video:

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    Updated 28th October 2008 at 07:13 PM by localzuk

  4. VOIP

    by , 19th October 2008 at 02:40 PM (Wandering lonely as a clown...)
    I've been thinking lately about school phone usage and wondering why we aren't moving to VOIP in schools.

    For example, at the moment, if we wish to call our LEA or a local school, we have to dial out via a PSTN line and pay a call charge. Whilst at the same time we have a perfectly usable high quality fibre-optic internet connection. Surely introducing a VOIP phone system across schools would be fairly simple - I could outfit all our local schools with suitable Asterisk based systems ...
  5. GTA4

    by , 29th April 2008 at 02:31 PM (Wandering lonely as a clown...)
    So, now that it is out, should I go and buy myself an Xbox 360 and GTAIV?

    Or should I be my normal self and wait until it undoubtedly appears on PC? What do people think?
  6. EA Games direct download

    by , 26th April 2008 at 05:14 PM (Wandering lonely as a clown...)
    I've finally got my Tuxedo card topped up and have just went on a mini-shopping spree and bought myself a few 'new' games on the EA Games site.

    How easy! All you do is choose what you want, enter your card details and voila, you can download the games! I like technology!!!

    *Goes to play C&C TW: Kanes Wrath, Medal of Honour Airborne and SimCity Societies*
  7. World co-operation

    by , 18th April 2008 at 11:07 PM (Wandering lonely as a clown...)
    All the recent chatter about the various space missions, ion thrusters, potential for giant balls of metal to crash into the planet etc... has made me think. Why do countries such as thr USA, UK, Japan etc... all run individual space programs, and only occasionally collaborating (such as the international space station).

    It is plainly obvious that full collaboration creates amazing advances so why don't we do it more often? And why don't we do it with other industries?
  8. BT Vision!

    by , 16th April 2008 at 06:28 PM (Wandering lonely as a clown...)
    A week or so ago I got a call from BT offering me their BT Value pack, which equates to getting the BT V-Box (A Phillips DIT9719 HD DVR, worth £200), an on demand pack (worth £6 a month) for free for 6 months and a pair of 200MB powerline network adapters.

    The only issue was that I had to renew my BT Broadband subscription for another 18 months (and considering I'd only been with them for a couple of months, it only means I've extended by a couple of months).

    The service ...
  9. Linux is almost there!!

    by , 11th April 2008 at 02:02 PM (Wandering lonely as a clown...)
    Well, one of the methods I use to decide whether or not Linux is getting to a state of almost flawless beauty and usability is hardware compatibility - or more specifically, webcam and wireless compatibility.

    I own a cheap, no brand webcam from ebay. Absolutely nothing amazing about it in any way, other than it costing me £4. Every Linux distro I've tried in the last few years has failed to accept it, and no amount of fiddling, faffing or poking could get it to work.

  10. KDE 4 on Kubuntu 8.04

    by , 11th April 2008 at 01:43 PM (Wandering lonely as a clown...)
    As many people will already know, Ubuntu, and therefore Kubuntu and the other *buntu releases, will be releasing version 8.04 (aka. Hardy) in just under 2 weeks.

    Now, if you're like me and prefer KDE over Gnome and also want to have a play with the new KDE4 version, you may need to know one thing:

    Scim interferes badly.

    Now I hope they have it fixed by release date, but if they don't, then here is what happens.

    Every single KDE related ...
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