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[13 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
Coding for Kids

On Wednesday evening 12 October 2011 I was at the head office of The Guardian for the inaugural meeting of a new movement called Coding for Kids and the atmosphere was alive with anticipation!
Around 45 people had gathered to explore what we can do to promote the idea of “computer programming” (to use old fashioned 1970s terminology) or “coding” as we call it nowadays (that is to say writing lines of computer code). A handful of software developers were there, a handful of teachers, and ex-teachers, a few kids, some …

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[19 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

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Technology Thursday
I have three retail copies of MS Office. I then went and bought a fourth PC for work and thought “do I want to be forever buying MS stuff?” The answer to that was “no” and so at the beginning of 2009 I switched to Open Office.Org (OOO).
So at work, we now have 4 PCs running OOO and at home (where there are also 4 PCs) we are …

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[23 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

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Friday Feedback
There’s an interesting report on CNET this week which says the clever marketing people at Microsoft will blame the public if Windows7 goes wrong. And that’s because it was “the public” and not Microsoft who “designed” Windows7.
The thing that interested most was below that report, there’s a comment about the Windows7 upgrade debacle:
“I started an upgrade from the retail disk purchased today. It’s a Windows 7 Ultimate upgrade …

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[20 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

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Tuesday Financial Focus
Two days to go, and Windows 7 will become widely available. If you want to wait another 8 months, Google’s Chrome OS will also be on the market. Apparently, it’s already here as a Beta if you want to try it out!
Oddly, the download page says “Chrome OS is not related to Google. Service provided by SUSE Studio”. Anyway, I have downloaded a copy and will have …

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[2 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

Technology Thursday

It’s already available to download, but that has not stopped the good people at Firefox from staging a Firefox 3.5 launch party on Monday 6 July 2009 – in a pub near Liverpool Street Station. I became a Firefox convert about 18 months ago and these days find it very odd when I have to use IE7 on somebody else’s computer.

Do you remember the Microsoft adverts on the Tube a couple of years ago, telling us that if we didn’t upgrade our version of Office, that we were all …

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[30 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

Lifestyle Saturday
I have heard it said, though I remember not where, that we can leave nothing behind when we die, other than our glorious monuments to our lives. And if you think back over past centuries, a clear pattern emerges as to who had the most glorious monuments and where the wealth was to be found.
In early history it was the Egyptians. And the monuments they left behind, the pyramids, still stand to this day as testimony to their one time greatness. Then it was the Church, and their collection …

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[15 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

Apple has shops, and according to news reports Microsoft will have them too! Except in Japan, Dell has no shops. I’ve been to them in Akihabara and Fukuoka. Now I discover that you can buy Dells from stock on Ebuyer. But not with XP. I have been exploring the cross platform option. I have looked at Apple, Windows and Linux. I need something functional and dependable, and that means that I am handcuffed to Microsoft – and Windows XP. My new laptop with Vista was sold on Ebay within weeks!
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