The non-technical technocratic elite

The anger in this post is targeted primarily at myself but fuelled by finding out some of the best people that could examin my thesis are apparently not experts because they don’t hold a PhD. Understanding technology My PhD thesis, now thankfully nearing its completion, casts a large net in its literature review stage. One…

Exam Results

I am struggling to write my thesis conclusions, so I wrote something semi-related to help: I’m confused about the exam results and all this talk of magic algorithms. There are a lot of experts saying it is ‘bad’. What exactly is the thing that we are talking about that is ‘bad’? What are we actually…

Unity: Taking the correct resolution screenshots for Appstore connect

Taking the correct size of app image for Apples App Store Connect is a pain when using Unity. There are some pretty good tools for creating simulation iPhones and iPads in OS X, but Unity requires you to build the project with slightly different settings – and due to a bug in Unity it does…

WTF is Learning Technology?

One of my job titles is Lector in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL). I struggle with this title, I don’t think I’ve ever actually been told what TEL is, I assume it is similar, or the same as wider HE community would call a “Learning Technologist”, but I don’t know what that is either.  Increasingly I…

Installing R scripting Extension in Knime

Setting up R for use in Knime is pretty easy, the biggest issue is usually forgetting to install the Rserve package, or not realising that you need additional tools to compile Rserve from Source as Knime suggests you do, chances are you are getting the error: ERROR: configuration failed for package ‘Rserve’ .  First, you…

Extracting data from fandom

I have not had much time to ‘techy things’ due to writing up a thesis, finding myself this week with a few hours on a train try something new. I decided , wanted to look at some data tools and techniques that had been on my radar for a little while. I began by poking…

Models

A few years ago I worked on the website for a department that specialised in data standards. The majority of the website had been coded before I had taken up the job, it was written in PHP and did all sorts of clever things for the time, it aggregated blogs, took event bookings, stored project…

Pre rendered backgrounds and outsourcing processing power

My notes from a round table meeting about social media strategy in the University turned into this. These are my own experiences before all the comments tell me about 7th Guest and Myst or the fact Commodore did CD based stuff well before Sony. In 1997 the Sony PlayStation was already 2 years old in…

The blog posts I didn’t write in 2017

My laptop is full of text documents for blog posts I started writing on the train and didn’t finish because I chickened out or didn’t have enough time. Instead of the ‘new year, new me’ post I’m going to do a quick run through of the posts where I couldn’t quite make myself coherant enough…

Out on the road today

I have been writing a lot about ‘openness’ recently. I am struggling with what it means to be an open academic and while my posts are confusing they help me think and even more importantly I get feedback and comments. I think one of the main things I end up talking about with people who…