Posts Tagged 'technology'



My kinda uninformed stab at predicting Browser Trends

I’ve been developing some stuff for the web lately and right now I feel a bit like this (ok,  it wasn’t really that bad).  Anyways,  it got me thinking about browsers and their trends.  Firefox seems to be picking up.  Apple is putting a lot of effort into Safari.  Google is doing great things with Chrome.  MS has released IE8 which I suppose is kinda in the same league but from what I’ve heard is still losing ground to the others.  So I thought I would check out some of the stats over at Net Applications.  I found it quite intruiging.  So I thought I would go and make some wild predictions. Continue reading ‘My kinda uninformed stab at predicting Browser Trends’

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Stumbling around the Interweb pays off.

I like to spend a lot of time stumbling around the internet.  It is not uncommon for people to associate this activity with slacking off or time wasting.  I however see it as a great source of inspiration and new ideas. It is an important ingredient in leaving average behind and setting great in your sights.  I think you need a certain knack or approach however to be successful at it.

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Essential command line tools – A quick and dirty toolbox

Nowadays it’s all about the GUI.  Many people have never used the command line,  or are fearful of it. It’s that thing that nerds and geeks use isn’t it?  I don’t want to touch that,  it’s way too hard and I’m sure I’ll break something?  And the like.  Can’t you just download me a program that’ll do what I want?

It’s normal behaviour to avoid what we don’t know,  to be fearful of what we don’t understand,  to want to stay within our comfort zone,  to give up control and let someone else do it all for us.  But it needn’t be this way.  I’m going to outline below a small set of commands that will get you well on your way to being more productive in a short period of time.

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Lecture 5, the Web – CSS

This is the second of 3 lectures looking at the web and how it fits into our world.  Last week we looked at HTML,  this week we are looking at Cascading Style Sheets or CSS.   CSS is becoming increasingly important in the development of web pages but can be hard to get your head around at first.  CSS is a major element in achieving the outcome of separating the content from the displaying of the content.

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Effective use of Technology in Education

There are 3 main ways in which technology can be used in education.  One of them is horrible.  One of them is neutral.  One of them is great.  One of them is used extensively.  One of them is increasingly being used.  One of them is not being used enough.  One of them is technology being used to demonstrate an idea.  One of them is using technology as a replacement for pen and paper.  One of them is using technology to create.

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Lecture 4, the Web – HTML

This is the first of 3 lectures looking at the Web and how it fits into our world.   We are starting off by looking at HTML as it is an important technology to understand and be familiar with for an IT professional. It is increasingly being used everywhere.  The ability to write,  manipulate and understand html and it’s philosophy is greatly beneficial.

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Lecture 3, Operating Systems – Process Management

In our previous lecture we looked at how information is stored in a computer system.  This week we are going to finish off our look at operating systems by investigating how information is managed when it is being processed.  This is an area of much interest at the moment as we move into an environment where multiple cores and multiple CPU’s are increasingly common.  This is introducing a whole range of new problems and complexities that we haven’t fully solved yet.  The next few years are going to produce some very exciting new developments.

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