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    Open University Library

    Through the course I am sitting now with the Open University, I have access to their vast online library.

    Can anyone recommend any Computer based journals I should be reading? Any technology based ones? and so on...

    Gareth

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    Quote Originally Posted by garethedmondson View Post
    Can anyone recommend any Computer based journals I should be reading?
    Dr. Dobb's Journal, maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by garethedmondson View Post
    Through the course I am sitting now with the Open University, I have access to their vast online library.

    Can anyone recommend any Computer based journals I should be reading? Any technology based ones? and so on...

    Gareth
    Hi,
    I'm doing one too! As if I don't have enough to do! T215 course I'm doing.

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    Im glad someone is doing it, i know its off topic but how good is the open uni? Do you get a lot of support?

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    I remember subbing to Dr Dobbs - used to be quite interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potato-Peeler View Post
    Im glad someone is doing it, i know its off topic but how good is the open uni? Do you get a lot of support?
    I did one before but sufferred a bit as the support was really only by telephone. There were 2 meetings but they were over an hour away and circumstances made it hard to attend them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NikChillin View Post
    Hi,
    I'm doing one too! As if I don't have enough to do! T215 course I'm doing.
    Snap, doing T215 too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NikChillin View Post
    Hi,
    I'm doing one too! As if I don't have enough to do! T215 course I'm doing.
    Hi Nik,

    I've done M150, half way through T175 ahd have just started M123 (a maths module). 215 will start in October.

    All workng towards B38 which is a BSc in Information Technology - I may change that yet but that is where I am going at the moment.

    Best thing at the moment about the OU is that I can pay for it using Tesco Clubcard vouchers. I've collected then all from my family (all the ones called Edmondson) and registered them. Remember that £1 = £4 and that includes the OU.

    Last time I tested other people's vouchers and they worked too under my Tesco account name :-)

    I buy the vouchers off my family for face value - giving them the cash. Lately though they are worth double. I am still saving money really. Not paid a bean in cash yet to the OU.

    Gareth
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    Quote Originally Posted by NikChillin View Post
    I did one before but sufferred a bit as the support was really only by telephone. There were 2 meetings but they were over an hour away and circumstances made it hard to attend them.
    I use a lot of the forums to chat - the FirstClass software is very good and works fine on my Mac.

    GJE

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    Quote Originally Posted by garethedmondson View Post
    I use a lot of the forums to chat - the FirstClass software is very good and works fine on my Mac.

    GJE
    They don't use that anymore as far as I am aware, but it is all web based so that's fine. I used to find the font changed to 'tiny' when I used First class which was a pain.

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    OU have just announced T155 Linux: An Introduction

    This is the blurb I had today in my email:

    Maintaining ones current technical skill set, developing new skills as well as gaining industry certification in the IT sector is of paramount importance to many of our students at the Open University.
    As someone who has participated in an associated course, you may be interested in the May 2010 launch of Linux: an introduction (T155). As a short course, it is designed to introduce you to the concepts and technologies involved in the Linux operating system as well as offer the opportunity to study towards certification with the CompTIA Linux+.
    This ten week course covers:
    • installation of the operating system
    • adding new applications and tools
    • compatible and comparable applications
    • understanding the command line
    • the structure of Linux
    • a short history of Linux
    • an introduction to system management
    • the file system
    • basic networking
    • basic security, users and groups
    • creation of a bespoke user interface suited to an individual’s personal preferences.
    Additionally, with the support of CompTIA, the Open University is able to offer you a substantial discount on the final Linux+ certification exam.
    For more information, please visit, http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/course/t155.htm the first course commences in May 2010 and runs every six months thereafter.
    Last edited by garethedmondson; 28th January 2010 at 02:17 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garethedmondson View Post
    Hi Nik,

    I've done M150, half way through T175 ahd have just started M123 (a maths module). 215 will start in October.

    All workng towards B38 which is a BSc in Information Technology - I may change that yet but that is where I am going at the moment.

    Best thing at the moment about the OU is that I can pay for it using Tesco Clubcard vouchers. I've collected then all from my family (all the ones called Edmondson) and registered them. Remember that £1 = £4 and that includes the OU.

    Last time I tested other people's vouchers and they worked too under my Tesco account name :-)

    I buy the vouchers off my family for face value - giving them the cash. Lately though they are worth double. I am still saving money really. Not paid a bean in cash yet to the OU.

    Gareth
    I struck lucky, all paid for by the school!

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve View Post
    Snap, doing T215 too!
    Great stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by garethedmondson View Post
    OU have just announced T155 Linux: An Introduction

    This is the blurb I had today in my email:
    Your link tries to open your webmail client....

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    Your link tries to open your webmail client....
    Fixed. Cheers Powdar

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