Archive for 2004

Algebra book online

Sunday, November 21st, 2004

James Brennan is providing his Understanding Algebra book free for online access. This algebra text is geared to US educational requirements and styles but there is a lot here that Access students doing science modules could use.

The book is pure exposition of the basics – few worked examples and no problem sets. I found it [...]

Fax your MP

Sunday, November 21st, 2004

Fax your MP is a simple service that does what it says. You can fax your MP from a computer connected to the Internet. You just

type in your postcode
the database comes back with a page about your MP and links to recent votes and speeches
you can then type in a fax (or e-mail if the [...]

Disinfecting a Windows PC

Saturday, November 13th, 2004

A useful article from The Register explaines what to do if your Windows PC gets infected by a virus. The article also mentions a number of free virus checkers and firewalls. I currently use AVG on the reconditioned Windows laptop – looks like time for Avast and Zone Alarm.

PROPS online newspaper system

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

PROPS is an online publishing system designed to mimic the workflow found in a small newspaper. Journalists can write stories which can be assigned by an editor. A story can be tracked through first, second and third re-writes and finally added to an ‘issue’ of the newspaper. Issues can be final (ie published) or staged [...]

Death by Powerpoint

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Boring meetings and the main culprit seems to be PowerPoint. Edward Tufte has concerns over the Cognitive Style of PowerPoint as reported at some length by Wired Magazine (September 2002) under the headline PowerPoint is Evil.

How to not bore students with PowerPoint

Maximum 5 to 7 slides
Use PowerPoint for what it is good at – drawing [...]