Author Archives: Dougie

Unexpected footnotes

I am reading “Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class” by Owen Jones. Borrowed from my local library, a previous borrower has made their own addendum. It reads “keep them out of mischief“. There are lots of these. Some reinforce … Continue reading

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Infinity Crate (November)

November’s Infinity Crate arrived this morning. It’s the best of the monthly subscription boxes I’ve received.   Captain America t-shirt is a nice design. War Machine Pop to go with the other Marvel. The Walking Dead cushion cover is a … Continue reading

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Install Android Studio on Ubuntu

Android Studio is a great development environment and is available on Ubuntu. I’m using Ubuntu Mate 16.10 “Yakkety Yak”.   First install a Java Development Kit (JDK). OpenJDK is pre-installed or you can use Oracle Java 8 (there is a … Continue reading

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Retro fun with the Nintendo Classic Mini

The Nintendo Classic Mini is available, at £49, mine arrived Thursday. A well thought out, well made, fun device. Straight forward setup – plug in and select a language. Only one controller but it comes with HDMI and a USB. … Continue reading

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Looking at previous titles

A list of successful project titles from 2013 provides a good idea of expectations. After TM354 it comes as no surprise that specific and measurable are watchwords. There is no shortage of development projects – several using Android. This is where … Continue reading

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TM470

After a false start when The Open University opened the TM470 module site, we got back on track on Wednesday. Although the module doesn’t start until February, I need to decide a project to assign a tutor.   I read … Continue reading

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Acer V3-112P static issues

My little Acer V3-112P laptop has been round the world with me but recently developed a fault. It started making a ticking noise (like a capacitor discharging) when it was charging with the lid shut. Unfortunately then the screen stopped … Continue reading

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Get your disappointment on with MyGeekBox

Update: it seems My Geek Box read this review focusing on “I thought something might be missing“. So thanks for missing the point, pestering me on Twitter and generally wasting my time. With some excitement I received the latest My Geek Box, … Continue reading

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Results

So the OU posted the results for it’s June exams a week or so early (I got grade 2 in both TM353 and TM354). It leaves TM470 (The Computing and IT Project) to complete the BSc (Hons) Computing and IT. … Continue reading

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Exam time again!

I did the TM353 and TM354 exams this week. The former was a nightmare memory test of trivia and the latter a lot clearer. TM353 is typical of a number of exams I have sat with the Open University – … Continue reading

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