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 I want to focus. Titles are more specific than my initial ideas – I need to refine.
Developing Concurrent Distributed Systems (M362),
IT Systems Planning for Success (TM353) and
Software Engineering (TM354).
Algorithms Data Structures and Computability (M269) as I enjoyed the subject and
Web Technologies (TT284) as I enjoyed mobile application development and gained a distinction.
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 working but shining a torch on it showed the back-light had failed.
According to Acer’s support page, static electricity can build up in their devices. I’m turbo this week so I guess I’ll be taking apart a laptop this weekend to see if I can get lucky and it’s just a capacitor that needs replacing.
Edit: Apparently Cold Cathode Fluorescent (CCFL) back-lights are no longer popular and most screens (including this one) have LED built into the screen. So I’m waiting on a replacement screen.
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, after all it is “the must-have mystery subscription box of geeky goodness, hand-picked and sent straight to your door every month by our passionate team of Geek aficionados.”. One word? Disappointed.
It’s a good sized box and it has a lot of room for activities. I thought it might be missing something. So I’m going to talk about what’s in it in the same vein as it was put together – briefly and with little care.
There’s a tee shirt which I think is meant to be the Vulcan greeting but is a skeletal hand. Halloween related maybe?
Under this underwhelming appetiser we have an Aquaman figure. I’m not big on DC and don’t really get Aquaman anyway but it seems reasonable quality.
We celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25th anniversary with a drawing.
Next some Marvel shoelaces which the rear of the packet proudly announces as an exclusive to Loot Crate (spoiler – it isn’t).
I’m losing interest to even describe stuff now but next is a comic boldly exclaiming “PANDORICA the exclusive prequel to the hit movie!”. I have no idea what movie it’s talking about and can’t be bothered to open it far less take a picture.
This might be an off day for the company but I sure won’t recommend this to anyone.
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.
Two level three modules in one year is much more achievable than you might worry it is.
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 – it’s as if the exam was an afterthought. In all honesty the module can be more accurately assessed using continuos assessment (which it already has). This sort of exam isn’t testing understanding or further reading – simply the ability to memorize small details. As anyone who knows me knows – my memory is bordering on hilarious.
TM354 was much better in what it was testing but again, asks the question why not rely on continuous assessment? Am I likely to remember OCL syntax this time next year? Of course not but I’ll be able to look it up.
Anyway, hopefully I did OK and I’m just left with the Computing and IT Project (TM470). That starts in January and until then I plan on training BJJ, running, reading and watching a bunch of Netflix!
Well I haven’t posted in ages but I’m down to a single TMA and two exams before I start the computing and IT project (TM470).
I’ve got what I think is a sound idea that builds on TT284, M362, TM353 and TM354 so fingers crossed. Its an integrated system developing an Android app, web app and a hardware solution that utilises near field communication (NFC) and is built on a Raspberry Pi B+.
So far my main issue has been getting back on top of Python. I haven’t used it since M269.
Why does Sky One advertising grind my gears? Because it does everything it could to grind my gears.
Set start times in the middle of advert breaks – make sure I turn over for a good few minutes worth. Good damn they’re loud too (here). Next we have the baffling advert for the channel itself the only explanation for which I can see is that someone is reall proud of the logo. Now push the festive special “Fungus the Bogeyman” (which in I hated as a kid) and start the show.
Wrong again, apparently despite all the advertising revenue and my subscription charge the show requires a sponsor. It’s clearly a struggle financially to run one of the biggest channels in the UK.
Finally and most irritatingly just before each break the character from their festive special wanders onto the bottom right of the screen and sneezes their show’s name onto the screen.
There is a place for both targeted and unobtrusive non-targeted advertising. I actually appreciate adverts that are relevant to me.
I’m not Sky’s customer, the advertisers are. I am paying to be the product!
This took me a while to work out, on iTunes 18.104.22.168 (64-bit).
Open iTunes then from the menu iTunes Store→View Account. Once you’ve entered your password your details appear and you can click the “Deauthorise all” button.
Note you can only do this once a year – if you have done it already then the button just isn’t there.
Bought my kid a new 3DS for his birthday, the device is great but the process to transfer between old and new is poorly documented.
The device came with a pre-installed copy of Majora’s Mask. Except, inexplicably, transferring data from an old device wipes the new device rendering the pre-installation pointless as it has to be re-downloaded. The game is tied to the hardware (not the user ID referred to as an NNID) so I’m baffled as to why.
It appears you can only register one device type to an NNID at any one time (one 3DS, one WiiU, etc.). This is alluded to by a statement on Nintendo’s eShop page: “The downloaded game can only be played on the system it is downloaded to”. I can’t see what Nintendo is getting from this, we know the eShop can identify hardware and the NNID so why restrict the download when access control could still be enforced?
The take away from this for anyone upgrading is:
- You don’t lose the game – it needs to be re-downloaded. There is no code – it’s available in the eShop on that device.
- Nintendo expect you to have one and only one 3DS at a time.
On the plus side I now own a 3DS. So that’s nice, although its now sat with a bunch of other stuff I really need to put on eBay but am not quite sure who would want ot buy.