Assistant Director of IT Development – University of Kent

I have a new job. Following interviews on the 24th I was fortunate enough to be selected for the new role of Assistant Director of IT Development in Information Services at the University of Kent. This is the first stage of some restructuring for IS. I’m looking forward to working with everyone that will part…

Mittuniversitetet

Just back from a quick trip to Mid Sweden University (or Mittuniversitetet). We were at the Östersund campus which is a little further north than the two other campuses, Härnösand and Sundsvall. Östersund is described as ‘the number one winter city’ and it was certainly picturesque – covered in snow and fairly chilly outside. Yesterday…

New host

I *think* I’ve just finished transferring this blog from my own hosted version to the WordPress.com one. The aim being to not have to update the code anymore – it was boring and I’m a bit lazy! The main difference is the template, since WordPress.com didn’t have the one I was using. I suppose I…

We're making some important changes to your account

From Capital One: Dear Mr Wilcox In recent months, there has been a steady worsening of the economic environment making it necessary for us to review our customer’s accounts. As part of this review we’ve taken the difficult decision to increase some of our rates. Is it just me or is that a bit of…

The internet – costing or saving the planet?

This article…  Schwarzenegger’s ebook plans are not a greener option California’s plans to drop traditional textbooks in favour of online material will no doubt spare a few trees – but Arnie should be choosing the greenest option by rolling out dedicated e-reader devices at the same time, says Duncan Graham-Rowe via Schwarzenegger’s ebook plans are…

Living in the cloud

Since I got this netbook I’ve been trying to live life more in the cloud. Now that I have Windows 7 RC on it, I think I need to stay there so that I don’t lose too much if/when I need to re-install. First off a few weeks ago I started getting our data backed…

Installing Windows 7 on my Samsung NC10 Netbook

Here are the steps I took. 1. Ask via Twitter whether or not this would be a good idea! Ben was kind enough to suggest that he would willingly let me try first… He was also kind enough  to point me at this helpful starting point 2. Step 1: formatting Couldn’t find a USB stick…

BBC Today: Professor Hans Rosling

Beautiful statistics on the Today programme… Professor Hans Rosling has been credited by Microsoft’s Bill Gates as one of his inspirations to give so much to charity – the reason? Beautiful graphs. Mr Rosling makes animated graphs, like the above graph comparing the UK and China over the last 200 years, for his non-profit organisation…

Global warming causes 300,000 deaths a year

Guardian article with a striking statistic… of the 12 countries considered least at risk, including Britain, all but one are industrially developed. Together they have made nearly $72bn available to adapt themselves to climate change but have pledged only $400m to help poor countries. “This is less than one state in Germany is spending on…

Chair of Governors

Just a short post to mark a significant day for me. I’ve been a parent governor at my daughter’s school for about a year. So far it’s been an interesting challenge, albeit fairly demanding in terms of time and commitment. However, it is about to become significantly more demanding… Earlier tonight, I was elected Chair…

I've been podcasted (nearly)

JISC came to see us at lunchtime today. David Flanders (and journalist Basheera Khan) paid a visit in order to present the List8D team with their winning cheque. We had a nice lunch (with pop), a photo op, and two podcasts were recorded: one of me, John Sotillo and Keith Mander, and the other was…