e-Textbooks

A quick note on e-textbooks following up on a tweet this morning. Site: http://www.kno.com/homeOnly available to students with a .edu account at the moment (I think that was how Facebook got started). A simple sell: lighter, cheaper, and even easier. Cheesy videos on their homepage… More about them on this AllThingsD article: Kno Taking Electronic…

What happens when Google starts offering degree courses?

Google are getting into selling music: BBC News – Google unveils Android-based online music store, which will presumably, over time, start to threaten the dominance of Apple and iTunes. It will be interesting to watch how this market develops… Arguably Apple’s renaissance owes much to the iPod, iTunes, and the associated stash of credit card details that Apple…

The Wonderful World of HTML5

      A picture is worth a thousand words…   Via: HTMLGoodies HTML5 Development Center via The Wonderful World of HTML5.

Does ‘uni app’ usage spike in the evening?

Analysis from Flurry suggests that mobile app usage is active all day, and spikes in ‘prime time’ – i.e. between 7pm and 11pm. How does this affect students? Many universities have created or purchased a ‘uni app’ which provides portal-like information and links. It’s not clear to me whether these apps actually provide long-term benefit to students…

BBC Online showing they’re good at change

When the BBC changes its homepage its likely that quite a few people will notice: they have over 9 million unique browser views per week. So they do it carefully… with a lot of explanation and a beta launch. In the blog they talk about enabling serendipitous discovery, with a link to a talk from…

Data visualisation as a storytelling medium

Visualisation has been around for ages – we all learnt how to do pie charts at school for example… but the current trend of making data open – led largely by the public sector – with large data sets becoming available, combined with the emergence of free and easy to use technical tools, are creating…

Should you use (sometimes) use Comic Sans?

Fabulous piece in the SitePoint Design View newsletter today. Comic Sans is the font that we all hate – right? And yet it won’t die. No school web site or newsletter is fit for purpose without it. It’s used a lot by a lot of people in a lot of places. I trained (years ago)…

Always wear clean underwear in public…

From our fridge. (no idea how it got there…. Mrs. W?) Always wear clean underwear in public, especially when working under your vehicle. From the Daily News comes this story of a Stockton-on-Tees couple who drove their car to ASDA, only to have their car break down in the car park. The man told his…

Dear Auditors, I present: Charlie Brooker

Want to read this article? Then enter your password via Charlie Brooker | Want to read this article? Then enter your password | Comment is free | The Guardian. Forgotten your password? That’ll be the 58th one you’ve not remembered this year, then. In days of yore, we’re told, people had less leisure time because…

Web Sequence Diagrams

Have been following up a tweet from fooflington… yes it does seem rather cool. With <I’m no expert> applied, I’ve been playing too… Here’s the text that generated it: user->form: provides feedback activate form form->form: validate form–>user: request amends alt if ‘content’ selected form->dept: email dept note right of dept left with dept to sort…