Archive for the ‘Notes’ Category

Chocolate mushroom package

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Ruth gets chocolate from an international sweet shop in Birmingham. This Japanese pack seems to contain mock mushrooms with chocolate caps and biscuit stalks. I love the typography on the back of the package…

Some of the details appear to be telling a story (aimed at children?)

And the teacher figure appears in red on the back [...]


Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

...that have solidified his believe that the PC industry needs to move away from just selling hardware and towards a service-based model that could be used to establish an educational infrastructure. “It’s all about long-term, sustaining relationships,” he told me, something that mobile phone companies have been practicing for years.

Alan Kay on the Apple Tablet [...]


Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Electricity costs less than 10p per kilowatt hour. You can charge quite a few laptop batteries for that, so I assume the notice was to do with health and safety, or encouraging people to move after their latte.

I see a lot of small odds and ends of space like this around the cities I visit. [...]

Post to twitter from command line

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Works in the Mac OS terminal, and on Linux if you install curl.

#! /bin/sh
curl —basic—user “username:password”

—data-ascii “status=`echo $@|tr ’ ’ ‘+’`” “” > /dev/null

Update of something I found from 2007, when twitter was using a different [...]


Monday, January 4th, 2010

Click for a 1280 by 1024 desktop wallpaper image with a January 2010 calendar on it.

Guess the angle

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Can you guess where the postcard photo was taken from? I’ve been printing calendars. Back to work Monday, kicking off with the data handling module.

Solstice at 17:48 on 2009-12-21

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Jupiter is following the Moon at present, and this sight prompted me to dig up some of my old astronomical Web pages and spreadsheets. Below are some highlights. The Web site is available on this server in the kepler directory.

My Solstice spreadsheet based on Jean Meeus’ routines from his Astronomical Algorithms is predicting the instant [...]

Fish Soup

Friday, November 13th, 2009

“It is easy to turn the aquarium into fish soup, but it is more difficult to reverse the process”—Lech Walesa

Rodent on steroids

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Orvieto, Italy, November 6, 2009: In partnership with the community, WarMouse announced the release of the OpenOfficeMouse, the first multi-button application mouse designed for the world’s leading open-source office productivity suite. With a revolutionary and patented design featuring 18 buttons, an analog joystick, and support for as many as 52 key commands, the OpenOfficeMouse [...]

Telephone Box Gallery

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

The Gallery on the Green is a postcard gallery in a telephone box in Settle. The Upper Settle green is a small patch of grass in an older and quiet part of Settle, away from the market place.

When we visited, there was a range of small images on view, and a comments book. I can [...]

Eastern bloc

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

It’s grim, it’s slow, everything’s badly designed and nothing really works properly: using Windows is like living in a communist bloc nation circa 1981. And I wouldn’t change it for the world, because I’m an abject bloody idiot and I hate myself, and this is what I deserve: to be sentenced to Windows for life. [...]

Smedley Butler

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

“I believe in adequate defence at the coastline and nothing else.”

War Is Just a Racket. Composed by Kyle Gann; performed by Sarah Cahill. The soldier speaks. Good luck chaps.


Friday, September 11th, 2009

“As we entered Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, a perfect fifth was already ringing on the organ. Little by little Charlemagne added notes, held down with little wooden splints, and pulled out additional organ stops to thicken the roar of sound. Finally he plunged onto the keyboard with both forearms, and, with overtones at maximum [...]


Monday, September 7th, 2009

Upgrade Now

Comparing like with like

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

“Researchers asked 3,000 11 to 14-year- olds in England to sit maths exams taken by pupils in 1976, and compared their scores with the earlier results. Analysis suggested there was little difference between the two generations.” BBC News article (no attribution)

What I noticed about this research is the way ‘maths’ is assumed to have some [...]

New Literacy

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

“The first thing she found is that young people today write far more than any generation before them. That’s because so much socializing takes place online, and it almost always involves text. Of all the writing that the Stanford students did, a stunning 38 percent of it took place out of the classroom—life writing, as [...]

Forgotten Bookmarks

Friday, August 21st, 2009

You can blog about (almost) anything. Forgotten Bookmarks is a blog that shows photographs of book covers with the bookmarks found inside them. My favourite so far is the Lab Work bookmark. Neat starting point for a story…

There are some photos of an old school arithmetic exercise book dated 1904, with some nice percentage problems!

Via [...]

Normal service will be resumed…

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Diving into the large trifle that is enrolment soon, and catching up after holidays. Lots of Maths coming, but for now

BBC page on PowerPointA ‘eulogy’ for the online presence of someone who is alive, well and probably having funWhy you should set a WiFi password on your router

Theatre of the Mind

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

“I couldn’t get enough Dragnet, or Dimension X. In my head, as I pictured whatever action was happening in the show, I also imagined the studio where it was recorded, the actors with their microphones, the audiences at the comedy shows, and the sound effects man simultaneously adding door slams and footsteps in real time. [...]

How does your news get paid for?

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

“A dollar for a newspaper or a few bucks for a glossy magazine feels like a fair price for a copy. Trees have been cut, presses have been rolled, trucks have been driven to get that copy into your hands.” John Gruber Daringfireball Pay Walls

replying to

“Content matters. And you must find a way, in the [...]

Accuracy (Google Earth and sundials)

Friday, July 24th, 2009

A colleague draws a short line at the edge of the whiteboard recording the image of the window frame when the Sun shines in the classroom window and then carries on. As he is an enthusiastic and engaging teacher, the students’ attention is drawn away from the mark. The students are always amazed at how [...]

Mr Baker is not well

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Attempts to upgrade to WordPress 2.8.1 led to me not being able to log into the admin pages. The database tables updated OK, but my passwords were not recognised and attempts to reset the admin password using the MySQL database manager application failed. I’m not alone, although some people appear to be authenticating OK but [...]


Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Nice photos from NASA in the Boston Globe with captions.

Moondust by Andrew Smith is worth reading, despite the review, because its the only account of the thoughts and reflections of those who walked on the Moon that is easily available. The author felt a need to put Project Apollo into the context of his life [...]

An unusual application of fractions

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Image detail taken from a scan of a notebook opening on Kyle Gann’s Post Classic blog.

I’m just beginning to replan my teaching of fractions… I’ll have to get some simple music examples in there somewhere.

Chrome OS and toasters

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Computers should be like toasters, they should just work for years and then when they stop working, you should be able to pop out and buy a new one. Toasters don’t need backups, and a major cause of problems with computers is loosing data (which may include family pictures and purchased music as well as [...]

Interface for web site

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

“Despite my passion for software I’ve been very interested in being outdoors and blending better my physical presence with the real world. If I could I’d prefer to just spend all my time outdoors; doing work such as annotating the real world with appropriate meta-data.”Anselm Hook’s use this interview

Anselm Hook’s personal site has colour coded [...]

Summer: Mobile technology

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

I hate to admit it, but the future is probably with small portable devices rather than Web Books.

Blogs, Twitter and wikis

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Just a few sentences on each. A draft of some staff training material.

Browser specific sites

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

FunnelBrain looked fun when I saw it on Jane’s E-learning Pick of the Day.

Alas, the site only works with MSIE 7+ and Firefox 3+. That cuts out Apple users, which is getting on for 20% of the 19-25 market in the US, and about one in 10 here. It also means we can’t use the [...]

Mobile web

Friday, May 15th, 2009

I’ve changed over to the Bodmas minimal theme, based on ‘Zero’ while I test out an HTC TyTN phone on loan from the College. I’m trying to push the idea of a mobile phone as an e-learning material acquisition platform. More soon.

And so it goes

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

“He and his unit had saved their sweet rations and were holding a Christmas party for local Berlin children. As he lifted a young boy on to a chair, he saw the child had only one arm. With a sickening flash he realised that only three years earlier the Allies had bombed the very people [...]

Something is cooking

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Mark Bernstein is working on ‘a prototype of a new system’. That conjurers up images of sketchbooks, cafe tables with pots of coffee, and afternoon storm light.

I’ll need to stay with Mac OS just to see what it is. I was hoping to go totally open source this year. Tinderbox is one of the [...]

Google Brain

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

“Apart from Bowman, I can think of only two Google employees I could stand to be around for longer than an elevator ride. ” Joe Clark

Superb rant from Joe Clark, via daringfireball. I want to read that Susan Pinker book. I think I may have ‘male brain’ tendencies, but I know two people who box [...]

White van driver’s notebook

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

I can reassure the BlackCover blog people that an Alwych notebook will last. The notebooks above cover around 7 years of random notes, including one that got drenched in a North Sea storm and another that got dropped in a river. The paper is thick enough not to ‘show through’ with the heaviest of gel [...]


Thursday, April 9th, 2009

The answer is 42.

Twitter (@blazingfruit)

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

@blazingfruit on twitter will reach me now. I’ll be using this page to let people know where I am and when as I’m teaching across three campusses (campii?) this year. Twitter won’t send updates to my phone in the UK - you need to have a Vodaphone account to receive updates – but I can [...]

300 words

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

“As an editor I knew that almost anything can be cut to 300 words; the material is somewhere in the marble, waiting to be quarried out.”

William Zinsser – I’ve just ordered the book. Next year’s study skills module for HND will have some short writing tasks that will give students time and the incentive to [...]

Magnatune embedding test

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Viva Mediva by Mediva

Just testing Magnatune’s new embed this album function. Mediva play early music with a modern twist. Just what you need when spending your Sunday hacking through the marking (again).

The only change I needed to make to the ‘embed’ code on the Magnatune page was to remove the new lines after each [...]


Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Dr Sylvia Earle trying to convince people to not destroy the Oceans

Imeem test

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581: I. Allegro – Sorokin, Oistrakh, Bondarenko, Terian, Knushevitsky

Just to see what happens… iMeem allows you to embed a music stream in your blog or Web site. The service appears to be paid for by some advertising that is embedded in the player above. Currently playing is the Allegro [...]

Play it again

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

The students have realised why I’m YouTubing certain parts of the Maths course… I’ll do some more over the weekend.

The Challenge

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

“When I’m working on a story or novel, I set a modest daily goal — usually a page or two — and then I meet it every day, doing nothing else while I’m working on it. It’s not plausible or desirable to try to get the world to go away for hours at a time, [...]

Someone on the spot

Monday, January 12th, 2009

“A journalist must be where the action is, not sitting in front of a computor re-writing what someone else (whose competence might be questionable) has allegedly witnessed in far away places, or rehashing some blatant propoganda or innumerable puff pars”

Absolutely, Mr Hadwin, but how do I (and other readers) pay for the journalist? By buying [...]

Our wonderful mongrel English

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Donald Westlake died on New Year’s Eve

Minimal Theme

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Having problems with the side bar in MS Internet Exporer (6.0.2900) on most of the themes I use on this site. I think its because of the YouTube or the ScreenToaster embedded objects. So I’m using a really basic theme.


Saturday, November 8th, 2008

“The first effect that I noticed, towards the end of the first week, was an extraordinary intensification of physical sensation. My sense of body temperature became more acute – if I was wet, or cold, or warm, I experienced this very directly and totally. I have never been so physically tired, so aware of weather, [...]


Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Bob Staake screen cam…

Using old software

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Using older software because it is familiar and does what you need.

Of All The People In All The World

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

A touring exhibition by Stan’s Cafe is a gift to Maths teachers. Statistics suggested by viewers, people represented by rice grains.

Proper Museums

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

proper museums have things in glass cases with typewritten descriptions on card. Accept nothing less.

Summer quiz

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Guess which USB device was not working properly?

Answer is in the ALT/TITLE tag of the image, so hold your mouse over the yellow balloon to see!

Science: Night and Day

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Francois Jakob quote from his autobiography called The Statue Inside about science found on the side of a building on the University of Birmingham campus

Writing machines

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Typewriters are disappearing, but some people still use them and you can still buy a basic portable.

Neison’s Moon map

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Scanning a famous Moon map


Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Birmingham’s landmark building is focus of an exhibition

The Moon

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Moon on your mobile

The Rules of Graphic Design

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

David Carson’s new book


Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

How to keep it simple

English books in Polish

Friday, May 16th, 2008

And, for heaven’s sake,
Cormac McCarthy?

Interaction design

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Central atrium with services drives interaction.

Not suitable for use…

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

We are still eliminating Macs…

WordPress 2.5

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Time we upgraded – it works.

My new Web browser

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Not really

Brass corners

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Brass corners on your tables to make them last longer

Values and work

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Quotes from construction workers

The competition

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Contestability games

Free Classical music download

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

Free CD from Tasmin Little makes it possible for younger students to hear some of it!


Friday, March 7th, 2008

Asymmetrical design

6 principles

Monday, February 18th, 2008

This has to apply to teaching somehow…

Slide Transitions

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Keep them simple!

Apple pie

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Food labelling – traffic lights or the full data?

Portable computing

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Small Linux based Eee

Snow and work

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Time passes

Why Algebra?

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

Where do you cut the map?

Exponential times

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Not for long though…

Reperformance and copyright

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

The audio recorded legacy


Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Don Norman has it wrong for adult students

Excel 97 arithmetic

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Microsoft foobar

Number 14

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

“I find it very liberating to have a format that allows you to store a few years worth of work in a single shoebox.”

– Hugh MacLeod

I used to be able to carry a couple of years work around on two sides of A4. These days, I need shelves full of lever arch files and [...]

Busy, busy

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Enrolment is when we advise thousands of people about courses…

Year Planner

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Getting organised

Electronics in Japan

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Two diverse examples

Blogs and wikis

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

Just some history

Apple form factor

Friday, July 6th, 2007

I was amazed to find how many of these I have used


Sunday, July 1st, 2007

Unusual stability in English weather

Learning Patterns

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

Are there patterns to learning in Maths? Are these different in different subjects?

Comic Sans considered harmful

Monday, June 25th, 2007

Dialog box in video titling application warns against over used typeface

The basics

Friday, June 1st, 2007

“After all, most users don’t know or care whether their computer has a 65nm dual-core CPU or a tiny midget wizard squatting in their cases. All they care about is how it works and how quickly it does the tasks we most often ask it to do.”
From Apple Mac Plus vs AMD Dual Core by [...]

Flickr photos on paper?

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

The flickr photos were meant to provide a resource for use in blogs, on Web pages, and as PowerPoint backgrounds, they are not meant for paper reproduction especially.

I’ve just been asked via the comments (now back on moderation thanks to those nice people in Romania) about printing onto paper.

As Flickr is a resourced published to [...]

Who are you?

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

Leave a comment if you read this blog

Bridget theme

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

The bridget theme will return when I have solved an annoying compatibility problem. Until then, I am falling back on the simple and clean White as Milk theme by Azeem Azeez.

Note added Monday 28th Actually, I’m trying out a modified version of John Pozadzides’ Rapid Access theme, which turns out to be broken on MS [...]

Everything is Miscellaneous

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

David Weinberger’s 49 minutes on his new book, with some questions.

We develop ideas about things through ‘prototypes’ that we refine; a sparrow is perhaps a better example of a bird than a penguin is, but both fit the prototype ‘bird’
Digital objects can be in more than one category, a certain thing could have [...]

Test from ScribeFire

Saturday, May 12th, 2007

Testing the ScribeFire blog tool, a plugin for Firefox. You can post to blog directly from Firefox, and you can upload pictures using the WordPress image upload script.

The HTML produced by the rich text editor is familiar to Firefox and Mozilla users, full of line break tags. At present, there appears to be no [...]


Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Some free books and a film of Douglas Engelbart using a five button mouse.

The U word

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Why ‘understanding’ isn’t a good word to use in learning outcomes or criteria, and the problem with Bloom’s taxonomy.


Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

Chill zone

April Fool

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

It is after 12 noon in my time zone so it is safe to venture out.

On Writing

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Stephen King’s most important lesson – cut!

Signal to Noise

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

We can organise our own peer network, surely?


Saturday, March 17th, 2007

Fear of colours in modernism?


Sunday, March 4th, 2007

Some drawings available online

Lunar eclipse

Sunday, March 4th, 2007

A planetary event that is actually visible in England!

Blowing off the dust

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Being a little subtle can pay off, and not just with IT support

Rights and wrongs

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Abolishionist documentary not available for download!

Digital ethnography

Monday, February 12th, 2007

Michael Wesch and students producing remarkable stuff

Kiev Ephemeris

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Vasyl Y. Choliy’s replacement for the AA.

Tinderbox 360

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

List inbound and outbound links by link type

Recording copyright

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

The packaging has longer protection than the sound.


Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

this is not a blog

Cartes Du Ciel

Saturday, January 6th, 2007

Sky Map now available for Linux. There is even a .deb package!


Thursday, January 4th, 2007

There is life in the medium yet…

Solstice and Equinox

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Download a spreadsheet that will calculate the date and time of the solstices.

We need a thousand hits

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Les the cleaner won’t appear unless you watch the trailer

How to write quickly

Friday, December 1st, 2006

The full title is “How to Write Articles and Essays Quickly and Expertly“. Stephen Downes explains his system for planning a piece of writing as you write it.

$150 laptop

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

The first batch of 1000 minimal laptops has apparently been delivered. The machine runs on less than 2 watts of power, and the display is visible in sunlight.

Press Gazette closes

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

UK Journalists no longer have a trade paper. Teachers have the TES, which seems to carry on driven by job adverts.

Letter to my mp

Friday, November 24th, 2006

Josie Fraser has posted about BECTa’s advice to schools and the way that advice may be failing to give open source products a fair chance. John Pugh MP is tabling an early day motion in support of some acceptance of open source software and we were asked to write to our MPs. I have used the ‘write to them’ service to post the following letter to my MP…

Your name on toast

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Auctioning the fold for charity. These people will write your name on toast, then photograph it and then put the toast and a link to a site you nominate on their page. The rounds of toast are listed in descending order of contribution. All proceeds go to charity. They are auctioning the space above the fold – well neat.

A crop from a lessig slide

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

Intellectual property rights may damage innovation and split markets. Lessig explains using the Google Book Search as an example, through the medium of a presentation with sound track.

Darwin Online

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Cambridge University and the Darwin family have presented all of Darwin’s writings on a Web site. Text is searchable. Superb resource, and perhaps the way forward for history?

Press Gang

Monday, October 9th, 2006

Press Gang is a 300,000 word history of national newspapers in the UK from 1945, with a bias towards the London newspapers. Roy Greenslade has written a brick of a book coming in around 300,000 words. The Birmingham Rep is producing Pravda by Howard Brenton and David Hare and we have tickets for this Friday.

Beginner’s mind

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Seth has hit it on the nail again: for new students the college has just started… This is going to get printed in 24pt and put on the notice board. It means we can’t make assumptions about what adult students know about the educational process. It also means that I have to explain the learning process. Otherwise they fall back on the last model they had – and that didn’t work too well, otherwise adult students would not be taking level 2 qualifications.

Journalism Project

Monday, September 18th, 2006

In previous years, we have used a collective blog for journalism students with the tutor acting as editor. Perhaps it is now time to encourage NCTJ students to set up their own blogs on blogger or similar and self-publish (with safeguards for the College).

E-learning notes

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

Download a 34 page handout that describes the various ways in which a teacher in an FE College in the UK might support students using various ICT/ILT/e-learning facilities. This is a draft, and I’m starting with the text and then adding photos, screen grabs and Web addresses later. Some of my colleagues will actually scan a handout like this and read parts that attract their attention.

The future is…

Monday, August 28th, 2006

Orange / Wandadoo / Freedom to Surf worries again

Good enough

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

A camera that takes pictures, a laptop that does e-mail and browsing and some Office tasks…


Friday, August 25th, 2006

Crowds of people once a year

A picture of your mind?

Monday, August 14th, 2006

The cognition and affect project at Birmingham University is researching aspects of AI

10 years…

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

...four addresses and at least two online courses for general sale

One laptop per child?

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

Learning through play

And then we focus on their heads, and slightly to one side

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Creativity and Maths – a hostile witness

The future is…

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

Reliable connection to the Internet is all I ask for


Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Jinpow exhibition with a nice Flash site


Saturday, July 8th, 2006

How to stop customers paying you more

Transitive relations

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

Hypertext and set theory

WriteRoom: minimal text

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

Hog Bay software provide a small app that turns your iBook or MacBook into an Alphasmart with built in hand heater


Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

Harry Kroto speaks at Oxford about the Internet and takes part in a radio program about carbon

Software and management

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006

Mythical Man Month mauls Microsoft

Nisus and Mellel

Monday, June 19th, 2006

A tale of two wordprocessors

100 square feet

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Imagine living in a flat that was 100 square feet in size. Communal toilets and showers I suppose, but what about the cooking? They seem to have flasks but no stoves so perhaps there is a communal kitchen. No sign of ‘a room of one’s own’ here.

Michael Wolf is showing us part of the living [...]

Unusual mould

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

Black rust form mould grows in concentric circles

Glenn Gould: Al maestro cuchillada

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

Current reading: Biography of Glenn Gould by Kevin Bazzana places the performer in a social and historical context.

Flash movie test

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

Is it possible to upload a flash movie through WordPress?

Textwrangler: remove blank lines

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

To remove blank lines from a text file in Textwrangler, you have to run search and replace, tick the ‘use Grep’ option and then search on the pattern ^r. Replace with nowt and the effect is magic. A boon to the ‘everything in one big text file’ advocates.

The pattern < /?[^>]> can be used to [...]

WordPress export

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

Use a special theme to export posts!

Migraine and hole in heart

Monday, March 13th, 2006

According to the BBC News quoting research by doctors in London and Shrewsbury, there may be a link between migraine with aura and a hole in the heart. Their figures (quoted from the BBC article) are as follows…
“The latest study screened 432 migraine with aura patients, and found 24% had a moderate [or] large PFO [...]

When is a blog not a blog?

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Metropolitan Police officers have apparently received ‘guidance’ about blogging that includes the following phrase; “consider the impact of expressing views and opinions that…bring the organisation into disrepute”.

What is, exactly, a blog? Perhaps an online notebook where you list links, tips, ideas, common experience (like the blog you are now reading) or sometimes a place where [...]

Beaufort Scale

Saturday, March 4th, 2006

I once heard the Beaufort Scale rendered as epic poetry. The reader started in a quiet conversational tone, speaking fairly quickly. As he ascended the scale, the voice grew louder and the pace slowed. The word ‘HURRICANE’ was bellowed at considerable volume.

The table below was copied from a notebook entry made one foul day in [...]

Forensic ICT new version

Saturday, March 4th, 2006

Just storing a draft in a convenient location

200 cubic kilometres of ice every year

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

A recent post to the Real Climate blog details recent work on satellite images of Greenland showing the volume of ice flow into the sea from the glaciers that surround the coast.

The numbers are large – 220 cubic km of ice per year is currently flowing from the glaciers into the sea. That apparently corresponds [...]

On an overgrown path

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

On an overgrown path is an example of a personal blog that a classical music fan updates daily. The blog is produced using Blogger and uses one of the built-in blogger templates – anyone can use these simple tools to publish a blog. The articles provoke thought and the comments are very illuminating and mostly [...]

Blog back in sub-directory

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

I have re-arranged the way works, and this wordpress blog is back in the subdirectory. I decided I wanted a static page upfront to allow for a wider range of non-blog content arriving over the summer.

All I have to do now is work out how to customise the 404 error messages incase my [...]

Bartleby reference

Saturday, February 18th, 2006

New link to useful resource


Friday, February 17th, 2006

Links to ‘rules’ and checklists for writing and revising the writing

Programming is writing

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

“Sometimes I wish there were no such thing as binary code, and that programs were written and sold in source form in the same way magazine articles, short stories, nonfiction books, and novels are sold: by being offered to publishers. Human readability would be as important as machine parsability. Code would be copyrighted, but never [...]


Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

A description of a state

WordPress upgrade and downgrade

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Up to 2.01 and then down to 1.51 in one day…

A Monk and Two Peas

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

A Monk and Two Peas

R Project

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Freeware stats package for Mac OS X, Linux, Windows

Stay regular

Saturday, January 14th, 2006

Psyllium husk is a source of fibre – personally I’ll stick to the porridge – but the packaging looks sound.

Nuclear economics and respect

Sunday, January 8th, 2006

Vincent Cable and George Galloway

Sharp by name…

Saturday, January 7th, 2006

All about pencils

100 words

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

Read all about it coursework: a useful list


Sunday, December 4th, 2005

Expecting nice pictures from freeware astronomy package

Cold Europe?

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

Current mapping and arithmetic lead to predictions of colder climate

Why we have timetables…

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

Multitasking doesn’t work very well

Digital divide: Southern Africa

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

Some projects in Southern Africa aim to reduce the impact of the digital divide

The Life of Galileo: Brecht play in Birmingham

Sunday, November 13th, 2005

David Edgar re-translates and prunes the German theatre classic: Music and a stark stage, more space for the theologians

AlphaSmart 3000 arrives

Saturday, November 12th, 2005

Minimal instant on keyboard usable on trains and allows capture of text in meetings and in odd corners of time.

Course planning: Tinderbox

Monday, November 7th, 2005

Tinderbox – soon for Windows – is worth the money, deep software

Writing for the Web: Paul Ford

Sunday, November 6th, 2005

Use a spreadsheet to write each idea in a cell with a heading….

Essay planning with PowerPoint

Saturday, October 22nd, 2005

MS PowerPoint can help you plan writing – forces focus on structure

Pitt-Rivers Museum

Friday, October 14th, 2005

Good old fashioned museum in Oxford has a range of objects

Dante Stella

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

Amateur page on monochrome photography with small 35mm cameras

Logo from packet of corn snacks

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005

Teletubbies alive and well and living in Korea

$100 laptop becomes reality

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Nicolas Negroponte’s $100 laptop takes a step nearer

Moodle local

Monday, September 19th, 2005

Moodle runs OK under Mac OS X apache with MySQL 4.0.2x- just needs graphics library

Forum user administration

Sunday, September 18th, 2005

Gossamer-Threads forum is free to non-profit organisations and has good user management but without bulk upload. Discus Pro costs about £70 but has user creation by spreadsheet.

Mambo runs local

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Mambo works locally under Mac OS X with mySQL 4.o.27

LAMP on Mac?

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

How to remove things from the System Preferences panel in Panther and how to get a LAMP platform working on Mac OS X Panther

Henon attractor

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

Simple iterated map generates a strange attractor that can provide a model for the rings of Saturn

Science, Not Art: Ten Scientists’ Diaries

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

Tanniemola B. Liverpool’s home page with quotes – the book features diaries of 10 scientists

How ageist is Britain?

Saturday, September 10th, 2005

“One key point is that a half of all people under the age of 24 have no friends over 70, and vice versa” – survey on ageism

Spokes in the rings

Friday, September 9th, 2005

General information on Saturn’s ring system
BBC News article on the spokes – gravitational effect of a moon

The Cassini probe has allowed astronomers to infer something about the dynamics and structure of the particles that make up Saturn’s rings, and solve a puzzle about the ‘spokes’ seen moving around the rings on a previous flyby.

The ring [...]

Born abroad

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

Most people born abroad live in the South of England – especially London. New statistical analysis decouples immigration from ethnicity.

Chemical reactions depend on temperature

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

This goes for chemical reactions in the brain of a baby being born with a shortage of oxygen. A ‘cooling cap’ slows the build up of damaging chemicals and allows time for remedial action.

The big bug count

Monday, September 5th, 2005

The RSPB devised an innovative technique for estimating insect populations – count the splats on the numberplate as you drive in the country. How did the methodology stack up?

Central England Temperature

Sunday, September 4th, 2005

Temperature records kept from 1659 to present day allow trends to be identified

Zipf’s law?

Saturday, September 3rd, 2005

Broadband connectivity is shared amongst users – Fair Use policies need to cap bandwidth hogs

Extreme Percentage change

Saturday, September 3rd, 2005

Seabird sightings low as breeding and migration patterns change

Rate of change

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Amazon deforestation rate has ‘halved’ – so that’s OK then?

A powerful chemical

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

Chemical is found to be present in all dead animals… and plants…. linked with cancer…

Tinderbox hybrid template

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Tinderbox allows a quick and dirty HTML export template and the construction of a course web site in a very short time

GUI Gallery

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

Industrial archaeology in the cyber age? We need to preserve the appearance of the older user interfaces and this site does it well.

The nice thing about…

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

Some links on learning theory

Scales on Bass

Monday, August 29th, 2005

Silly picture for the bank holiday with link to Chicago based design company doing magazine layouts on Web pages


Friday, August 26th, 2005

Nice clipart GIF of TGIF spelt out in child’s blocks

The Microsoft Sound

Friday, August 19th, 2005

It was Brian Eno that composed ‘that chime’ – he did 84 separate pieces

RBL Links

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

Testing the links in the module guide

Bradford Wool Exchange windows

Saturday, August 13th, 2005

Strange geometrical pattern found in 1840s building

Right Hand, Left Hand

Saturday, August 13th, 2005

Left Hand, Right Hand, Chris McManus, Phoenix, 2003, ISBN 0-75381-355-6


Friday, August 12th, 2005

Whale watching and statistics

Churches and castles

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

Stafford and Worcester trips

A sensible to do list

Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

Limit the number of items on a to do list to three. Knock out some quality work. Then go home.

Richard Long

Monday, August 8th, 2005

Richard Long is an artist who walks and makes small changes to places as he passes through

Off line soon

Sunday, July 24th, 2005

Not around for a bit

Eyes everywhere

Monday, July 18th, 2005

Becky – the 15 year old school refuser – came out with a tirade against surveillance and CCTV, eyes everywhere. She may have had a point.

Altitude of the Sun and Moon

Sunday, July 17th, 2005

A spreadsheet uses simplified low precision formulas to calculate the altitude of the Sun and the Moon for each hour of a given day. Change the latitude to see the effect of moving into the arctic circle. Change the date to see the effect of slipping towards Winter.

A r i a l

Friday, July 15th, 2005

Where did Arial come from? The history of a computer font as told by a typographer.

Make haste, slowly

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

“We live in a world where instant gratification is not fast enough, in a world of not only speed dating, but even of speed yoga, said Mr Honor?©.”

Bodmas goes Jakob

Sunday, July 3rd, 2005

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and the new Bodmas design is borrowed from Jakob Nielsen’s personal site at


Friday, July 1st, 2005

128 kb/s
£13 for 24 hours connection time
I could be using this for heavy downloading
iBook needed the wireless card replacing as well as the combo drive but it is behaving now

Astronomical calculations

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

Kepler introduced the idea of elliptical orbits and increased the accuracy of prediction of planetary positions by a large factor. He based his calculations – essentially a curve fitting process – on the observations of Tycho Brahe, the first observational astronomer to produce continuous nightly observation records.

I’ve parked an old site of mine that contains [...]

Unusual writing style

Sunday, June 26th, 2005

A Quick (and Hopefully Painless) Ride Through Ruby (with Cartoon Foxes) actually starts at Chapter 3. It has cartoons and an unusual style (for a programming book).

A sample: “Most variables are rather temporary in nature. Some parts of your program are like little houses. You walk in and they have their own variables. In one [...]

Free reading

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

An editor assembles a book called The Best Software Writing from Web based essays on software and interface design. The book is published (typeset in sabon). A blogger assembles a page pointing to the original essays .This can’t be a copyright issue can it? I mean the originals all existed available for free before the [...]

Computers need to be like toasters

Sunday, June 19th, 2005

Neal Stephenson’s essay: In the Beginning was the Command Line
Eric Raymond’s essay: The Cathedral and the Bazaar

Did either of these geezers need to cope with fan control in Linux on a 3 year old laptop and a wobbly combo drive on a brand new iBook?

Why can’t computers be like toasters – sealed units that just [...]

Climate change blog

Monday, June 13th, 2005

Real climate is a ‘commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists.’

Nice to see scientists in a controversial area using the Web (and a blog to boot) to keep people informed. Plenty of backstory here.

I owe this interesting Web site to the current issue of Seb Schmoller’s [...]

Kettles and HiFis

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

“Computers feel more like appliances than they used to in the days when we hand soldered memory chips onto the motherboard or fiddled with DIP switches. A little, but not much – but they’re cheaper and more disposable, and so there’s less concern about what’s really in the box.”Andrew Orlowski, The Osborne Effect Spooks Apple [...]

Homework: explain Open Source

Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

“I dont really get all this open source malarkey. Do you know some where that spells it out S L O W L Y for us clueless folk!”

The homework was set by a student (who is not clueless at all by any means). Its my own fault for trying to interest people in using [...]

Mark Shuttleworth, modems and windows

Saturday, June 4th, 2005

Mark Shuttleworth interview with Slashdot explains the dot com millionaire’s approach to making Open Source software work for Africa and pay.

Ubuntu update: The 5.04 Hoary install on this little laptop needs to have the modem drivers compiled.

wiki page for Lucent Winmodems
I used the Warty instructions after having tried the Hoary procedure first
I suspect this might [...]

Sense of place

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

David Kolb has produced a hypertext essay on the nature of modern spaces in cities called Sprawling Places
This hypertext has 100,000 words, 600 pages and 1,000 images
The work is multiply linked and threaded by a number of outlines or themes
It is possible for two (or more) people to ‘read’ the work in quite unconnected ways [...]

Online manuscripts

Sunday, May 29th, 2005

The Schoenberg Centre for Electronic Text and Image has online images of manuscripts – some of which have blank pages (texture layers in GIMP)

emacs on Mac OS X

Saturday, May 28th, 2005

Danger: anorak zone

GCSE Maths study skills

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

The list below is a first bash at a study skills handout for GCSE Maths students…

Some quick hints for studying Maths again…You are not alone – get to know other members of the class – you will realise that we are all up the same creek in the same kyak paddling in the same direction.Work [...]

Spicy lentils

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

Recipe for spicy lentils collected by Ismail Merchant from his sister Sherbanu

Fierce blogging

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

Performance arts event sets up a public blog to get audience feedback.

GIMP on Windows ME

Saturday, May 21st, 2005

Use an older version of the GTK+ libraries to run the Gimp 2 on an ancient laptop under Windows ME

Open Source Software in Schools

Friday, May 20th, 2005

The Becta report based on an ‘oportunity’ sample of schools using Open Source software to varying extents compared to schools using commercial software (i.e. Windows servers, desktops and Office) has now been published (publication was delayed during the General Election).

The BECTa press release has a good summary
The full BECTa report Open Source Software in Schools [...]

A4 paper ratio

Monday, May 16th, 2005

Why A4 paper is the shape it is?

SQR3 reading method

Sunday, May 15th, 2005

Survey! Question! Read! Recite! Review! is a reading framework that is suggested for University students.

As I find myself teaching a reading / writing based subject (Forensic ICT) to a group of sixth formers and some adults in the evening, I come up against problems with reading, summarising and writing. I have been ‘scaffolding’ complex readings [...]

Tinderbox explodes

Saturday, May 14th, 2005

Explode command on the Note menu can split notes containing lists into one note per line all children of the original note

Chenobyl by motorbike

Friday, May 13th, 2005

“On the Friday evening of April 25, 1986, the reactor crew at Chernobyl-4, prepared to run a test the next day to see how long the turbines would keep spinning and producing power if the electrical power supply went off line. This was a dangerous test, but it had been done before. As a part [...]

War photographs

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

Dmitri Baltermans was an ‘official’ Soviet photographer. His war photographs are bleak and direct. Mark Bernstein quotes Lilia Efimova about the media coverage of the war memorial on May 9th in Moscow.

Level 3 for adults?

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

“And the irony is that level 3 is what employers are looking for,” she says. “If we are seriously trying to support our local community through economic regeneration, then we have to kit them out with the best qualifications – which, in London, is level 3 and upwards.”-Barbara Field, Principal of Harrow College, quoted in [...]

NeoOffice – roundtrip?

Monday, May 9th, 2005

NeoOffice/J for Mac OS X is an Aqua native build of OpenOffice 1.4 with Java widgets (the file windows look different). But, it does not round trip edit with Word files alas…

This way

Sunday, May 8th, 2005


Friday, May 6th, 2005

Got the message?

BBC News election results service provides a timely source of statistics – I’ll try to get the spreadsheet of all the votes as well.

The Gimp

Wednesday, May 4th, 2005

The GIMP is a powerful open source image editing application that works on both Windows and Mac OS X platforms. I can edit images in the same application at work (Win 2000) and at home (Mac OS X).

A Hole in the Wall

Monday, May 2nd, 2005

“Within three months of opening up of the Internet kiosk, it was found that the children, mostly from the slum, had achieved a certain level of computer skills without any planned instructional intervention. They were able to browse the Internet, download songs, go to cartoon sites, work on MS Paint. They even invented their own [...]

Lorenz attractor

Sunday, May 1st, 2005

Edward Lorenz was using a primitive computer (it was 1963) to numerically integrate an apparently simple set of coupled differential equations. The computer worked to 6 decimal places and printed out each line to 3 places. Restarting a run, he noticed that the trace started looking similar but became slowly different to a previous run [...]


Saturday, April 30th, 2005

MacNoteTaker is a possible work around for not being able to synchronise memo pad files. It is a Palm application that allows long notes and a Mac OS X conduit that allows notes to be synchronised and exported as text files. I’d rather just have a conduit for memo pad documents, but this looks better [...]

Palm Desktop for Mac OS X

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

My little monochrome zire 21 organiser comes in handy for quick notes on the train. The Mac OS X Palm Desktop software is currently at version 4.2.1. If you unstuff and then run the installer, you get a system error message – the installer does not check user rights on the Application folder correctly. The [...]

Apple and sweet papers

Friday, April 29th, 2005

“When researching new processes we often find ourselves working with different industries. It was interesting working with a confectionery manufacturer. Their experience in the science of translucent colour control helped us understand processes to ensure consistency in high volume.”

From Jonathan Ive’s account of the 1998 iMac design (this would be the slot loader judging by [...]

Processing 1.0 β

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

Processing is a programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and sound. It is used by students, artists, designers, architects, researchers, and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, and production. It is created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook and professional [...]

Writing, Briefly

Monday, April 25th, 2005

Paul Graham’s essay on Writing, Briefly took just over an hour to write – and two thirds of that was spent re-writing. I learned about anaphora.

The Constellations

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

If you need to find out about a star constellation then Richard Dibbon-Smith’s Web site about The Constellations is what you need. The table is sorted alphabetically and includes all 88 constellations (personally, I would have grouped them by Northern and Southern hemisphere with a generous overlap but who is arguing?)

Richard sells a couple of [...]


Saturday, April 23rd, 2005

Tinderbox is a note taking application for Mac OS X. A Windows version is in the works – in fact the author Mark Bernstein’s blog includes a link to his development peekhole for Tinderbox.

Tinderbox has a range of powerful features for organising and visualising relationships between notes – such that I am going to try [...]

Macintosh religion?

Thursday, April 21st, 2005

“The fact is that the world is divided between users of the Macintosh computer and users of MS-DOS compatible computers. I am firmly of the opinion that the Macintosh is Catholic and that DOS is Protestant. Indeed, the Macintosh is counterreformist and has been influenced by the “ratio studiorum” of the Jesuits. It is cheerful, [...]


Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Paul Graham quoted on Daring Fireball in a wonderfully named article Point, Counterpoint: Mac OS X Is Great for Fortysomething Unix Hackers – the title being very close to home.

“In 1994 my friend Koling wanted to talk to his girlfriend in Taiwan, and to save long-distance bills he wrote some software that would convert sound [...]

Lunar orbiter images

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

xephem CD-Roms arrived from US today, about a week after I ordered the package.
The second disc makes the entire Lunar Orbiter photograph collection available to xephem
Click on a lunar disc (viewable up to x6 scale) and bring up the feature name
Apple-click to bring up a dialog box with information
Click a button in the information dialog [...]

Enchanted learning

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

Enchanted Learning is a Web site with a large number of simple resources produced by a teacher(?). A colleague uses this Web site for quick lesson ideas when covering absence in the SLDD section, and she really appreciated the resources on offer. The site asked for a small donation to cover the costs of running [...]

Google bodmas

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

The first few sites that come up when you google bodmas are

Clearly time for a well thought out information page on the mnemonic acronym with examples, history and a few games. Watch this space…

Flat world

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

“In his new book, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century, Thomas Friedman suggests that because of the universal availability of communications and information processing sciences, the entire global community is now spanned by common technological skills and organizational methods.”

– Alan Miller

Translation If we are going to continue [...]

Strayhorn runs bodmas

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

The bodmas site is now being run through WordPress 1.5 with a few additions…

Default Kubrick theme has been munged to remove images and to present post text as right ragged instead of justified
The Kubrick theme uses excerpts to generate archive and category pages – I have changed this to full post content
The Custom Query String [...]


Friday, April 15th, 2005

Xephem is a Unix/Mac OS X based sky chart and ephemeris program. The program costs $80 for a precompiled version on CD-Rs or by download along with a huge set of catalogues and the Lunar Orbiter images. An identical version is available for download only at $60. This is a 1 Gb download spread over [...]

Blog upgraded to Strayhorn

Sunday, April 3rd, 2005

This blog is now running on Wordpress strayhorn using a theme munged from the WordPress classic. Ultimately, I’ll be running the whole site from this blog.

The upgrade was as simple as suggested. Nice one chaps.


Thursday, March 17th, 2005

Dissertation without tears

Sunday, February 20th, 2005

“The formula for writing Essays is rather loose. It was invented by Michel Montaign in the sixteenth century. It was a variation on the sermon. A sermon is traditionally appended to an opening biblical text which it refers, or at least alludes to, the holiday when the sermon was delivered. It is a fantasy or [...]

Open quals

Friday, February 18th, 2005

Brian Harvey

Thursday, November 25th, 2004

Brian Harvey has a nice simple home page. He gives out a free book on programming in LOGO - Computer Science Logo Style based on his work in releasing the open source Berkley Logo interpreter. Berkley Logo was started as a student project.

Brian is also quite rare among north americans in having an interest in [...]

Study skills for science students

Sunday, November 21st, 2004

Martin Greenhow’s Study Skills Online page has a lot of information for science oriented students following Undergraduate degrees. You can download the lot as a Word 6 file but the resulting 34 pages of dense text is a little daunting. Better to link into a page now and again from the online version.

Martin has a [...]

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 [...]

More test

Sunday, November 7th, 2004

This is the paragraph or two that runs ‘above the fold’ with perhaps just a sentence now and again to set the scene.

Science for Monks

Sunday, October 31st, 2004

The Science for Monks Web site is about science and Maths training for Bhuddist monks. The five teachers involved found teaching the workshops a challenge. Stamatis Vokos has described a session in some detail.

A secondary agenda is about keeping the Tibetan language current by developing a scientific vocabulary. This unusual Web page came from one [...]

Moodle 1.35 uses a lot of php memory

Sunday, October 17th, 2004

Moodle 1.35 asks for more than 8 Mb of RAM from the php process when installing all modules
The workround is to delete modules and then continue to install
Set up the admin account and added a thumbnail (at last) which displayed properly
Got Internal Server Error on index.php
So back to Moodle 1.41 (which is on the main [...]

Black square problem

Saturday, October 16th, 2004

Moodle 1.4.1 has apparently a problem with saving a blank config.php file and not displaying profile images on some combinations of Apache, PHP and MySQL (including the bodmas server apparently)
Trying a download of Moodle 1.3.5 – older release
C’est la Vie
Enough of v 1.4.1 is working to evaluate the pedagogy and see how usable the teacher [...]

Moodle is installed

Saturday, October 16th, 2004

Seems to be working OK
14 Mb of the 25 Mb of script files are actually language packs. Missed most of them out.
Only problem so far is that I can’t get the thumbnails to display properly in the user profile – probably an image processing module missing on the bodmas server
Once files uploaded, and the database [...]

Moodle upload

Saturday, October 16th, 2004

25Mb of scripts to upload
College connection is a bit lumpy
WS-FTP LE complains now and again so have to upload folder by folder
lang and mods are big folders

Blog templates changed

Friday, October 15th, 2004

hacked WordPress templates to match the very plain style used in the rest of the site
not xhtml compliant and currently no DTD specified
removed the comments link
removed all the trackback gubbins

Installing Moodle

Tuesday, October 12th, 2004

Moved to server space that should allow Moodle install
24 Mb of php files in the Moodle folder so will upload from fast connection at college
Control panel not usable thru’ firewall so will have to configure from home

A lot of gateway timeouts

Tuesday, October 12th, 2004

More than I have had recently
Control panel won’t get thru’ firewall – funny ports
Time delay on scripts

First it wasn’t and now it is

Tuesday, October 12th, 2004

Got internal server errors on first uploading this
Now working
What gives?

Hello world!

Tuesday, October 12th, 2004

Welcome to WordPress. This is the first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!