Blogging, and other tools generally…

I’ve started looking through various bookmarked pages; an interesting co-incidence that when I thought I’d try to look at a range of aspects of Blogging in HE, I found that WordPress now offers the ability to use an online creator at WordPress.com to write for a self hosted blog. Not sure I’d bother in the future, but useful to test it now!

So, blogging. Where do I start? Well, where did I start? August 2004; that was just before we started teaching a unit that was going to require students to blog, so I thought I’d better have a go myself. I wasn’t entirely sure, as I’ve never been a great writer, but I got going. Over the years my blogging has waxed and waned, I’ve taken to twitter , then as we started to move students at Portsmouth into Google Apps for Education, so Google+  seemed more relevant. (This is a general one, I lost the Portsmouth one when I left). There were other tools in between times, many of which stopped offering freely hosted services (anyone else used to use Elgg?), or didn’t work for long enough to really get students to use them (Google Wave anyone?)

Today, there are so many different options – recently, I’ve had Known mentioned to me; what I’d not realised is that it’s developed by Ben Werdmuller – who’d co-founded Elgg (which I’d liked a lot at the time).

I’ve just read another story covering the changes in tools used – other than Facebook, I’d say I’ve tried most of those, either for myself, or with students. Some I’ve stuck to, some I’ve drifted from. When I left Portsmouth, I realised the problems with having material tied up in a particular domain. Moving this blog was easy – WordPress makes it so. Extracting all my contacts from Google Apps far less so. I created a “takeout” – but it’s not going to be easy to get it all back into my current account. I am starting to do it manually. Guess this is where it all adds up to a PLE. (Or, given that these are mostly things designed to work with others, a PLN).

[Oh, and not sure I’d bother using WordPress.com to create posts in the future, though it is a very clean looking interface]

 

… and Google+

I’d read that it’s possible to move from one G+ account to another; however, it seems that it’s far more difficult than it appears (mostly because Google have removed the tool they used to offer.

At present, all I can do is to use the vcf cards from the Google Takeout (which are handily grouped into circles. However, as far as I can tell, adding them to my contacts list on Google doesn’t add them to a circle, merely adds the to the list of people from which I can choose to follow. That said, Google are updating the contacts list (and mine’s in a pretty good muddle!) so perhaps time to have a sort out.

Better batteries?

Hope these don’t cost too much more than existing ones & more to the point, don’t take too long to arrive! [Oh, and don’t take inordinately long to recharge when they need it!]

But, perhaps Samsung should go on the list of next possible phones 🙂

Originally shared by +Ronald Buelow



New Technology Can Make Batteries Safer & Last Indefinitely | Androidheadlines.com
In what could become one of the most important breakthroughs in battery technology in recent times, Samsung Electronics and Massachusetts Institute of Tech

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I feel very old now

I remember the first time round for BBC computers!

Originally shared by +Steve Fisher



BBC – BBC and partners unveil the landmark BBC micro:bit – Media Centre
The BBC and partners today unveiled the BBC micro:bit – a pocket-sized, codeable computer that allows children to get creative with technology. In the BBC’s most ambitious education initiative for 30 years, up to 1 million devices will be given to every 11 or 12 year-old child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK, for free.

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Easy Formatting in G+?

I’ve used the editor from http://www.paulspoerry.com/code/post-editor-for-google-plus/ for a while, though it only works if you’re a Chrome user, (for some reason, it doesn’t always show for me – sometimes I have to click a * to trigger it into action, but that could be me) however, I’ve just seen http://www.thepluseditor.com/ as well – which works on other (all?) browsers – but involves cutting & pasting from it to G+



Post Editor for Google+: simple formatting assistance for Google+

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Phorm returns?

No, not http://www.phorm.com/ but https://www.getphorm.com/ – (make sure you scroll down the page to see what it does)
It looks fascinating (though wonder how well it really works) – however, could the name put people off??
[Or do few others than me remember the BT/Phorm issue??]



I just ordered the world’s first morphing touch screen keyboard & case.
For a limited time get yours for $50 off retail

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Spectrum on the Raspberry Pi?

I was just thinking about getting the #Spectrum emulator going on my #raspberrypi (I have B, B+ & 2). I found http://www.raspberrypi.org/fuse-a-zx-spectrum-emulator-running-on-raspberry-pi/, as well as a reference to http://www.raspberrypi.org/raspbian-chameleon-remix/



Fuze – a ZX Spectrum emulator running on Raspberry Pi | Raspberry Pi
At the celebrations for the BBC Micro’s 30th birthday on Sunday (more on that to come, when the organisers’ videos are available), we met the rather excellent Andy Taylor. Andy volunteers for the UK Computer Museum, and had been working on getting their Raspberry Pi software ready to exhibit at …

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