Author Archives: Dougie

What a weight off my shoulders!

  I haven’t posted in a long time. I’ve been busy with the final part of my Open University studies – TM470 (The Computing and IT Project). But I submitted it in the early hours of this morning! My project … Continue reading

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Final push

TM470 Tutor Marked Assessment results are out. With 73, 75 and 81% there is weighting to consider – 5% for the first and 10% for the others. That gives a total score of 19.25%. The pass mark is 40%, with … Continue reading

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Making time

I picked up Happiness by design, The Organised Mind, Birth of a Theorem, and Periodic Tales a few months ago. To make time I have started getting up an hour earlier. For the most part its been great (with the exception of … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on Wireless charging

I bought an Anker PowerPort Qi 10 inductive charger from Amazon (£13.99). I’ve seen a few people online complaining that it isn’t “wireless charging” because it’s still “plugged in” – a farcical complaint akin to suggesting that the device draw … Continue reading

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Where to start

Like many students I imagine, I’d no idea where to start with my final project. Having read the preparatory material I had some idea of what was expected but didn’t understand how to write a proposal. The book How to … Continue reading

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Tutor allocation

The university allocated my tutor this weekend. Seems quite real now – going to be busy for the next six months!

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Student deregistration

An oversubscribed TM470 has seen the Open University de-register students. It seems the University was unable to recruit enough tutors. I was fortunate to secure a place but can only imagine the frustration of those who didn’t. I would make … Continue reading

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Secure Android Development, project preparation, a cold and a new year

It’s been a mixed start to the new year. Watching what I eat for the rest of January, damn you Christmas. Back at work after three weeks off, achieved nothing and left by eleven. My ego got the better of … Continue reading

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Feedback

I got an email from the TM470 Chair this evening: I would like to remind you that in order for us to allocate you a tutor you need to complete the Project Registration Form, a link to which can be found … Continue reading

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[Insert project title here]

An Android fitness tracker application. Feedback from the preparation forum was positive, there is enough scope to expand or contract the project as needed. Importantly, it is “substantially within the sphere of information technology”. Taking approaches from IT Systems Planning for … Continue reading

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