Yesterday was my first day working from home in my new office (corner of dining table). As someone living with insulin-dependent diabetes I have an increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus and according to current government guidance should be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures, including significantly limiting face-to-face interaction with friends and family […]

I’ve been a technologist for more than 20 years now. Although my brain is definitely slower to pick up new technologies now the one thing I do bring to my role is experience.  Most often that not, I’ve seen a similar tool or a similar issue or a similar time.  …

Illustration of a birds on a branch being coloured in with pencils.

Reading Time: 1 minuteThis short video from the ALT Annual Conference 2019 highlights a series of playful OER-focused workshops that encourage students to creatively engage with the University of Edinburgh’s vast image collections and generate new adu…

  Learn has been hosted in the cloud since July last year, one of the main reasons for moving to the cloud hosted solution was to allow us to take more frequent upgrades as the cloud hosted solution allows us to upgrade without any downtime. We have had a few smaller releases fixing bugs over […]

Following on from last week’s post discussing the management of courses in Learn’s data retention policy we wanted to explain a little more about what will happen with user accounts. This part of the policy is based around the existing account expiry policy at the University, the link to this policy is at the foot […]

Usually when I blog I try to think of a funky title to depict me brian dump however today I am feeling less imaginative so the title reflects the blog. It’s about the OnTask pilot 2020 @ the University of Edinburgh. If you want to hear someone rant about big data and prediction please flick […]

As part of the project to move Learn to the Cloud last year we looked at implementing a data retention policy on Learn. This has been an interesting piece of work comprising a lot of initial research and understanding of the data held on Learn and our responsibilities with it. Karen Howie drafted a Data […]

Hello, I have attended the PHPcon Poland 2019 conference in Szczyrk. This is sa mall but beautiful surrounded by mountains. The scenery was perfect. The conference had a lot of good presentations but I selected those: Strict programming in PHP How your PHP application can get hacked, and how to prevent that from happening? Event […]

From the photo, it may look like I have just returned from PHP Brazil. But alas, I was actually attending ScotlandPHP in Edinburgh. They didn’t have any ScotlandPHP elephants, but did have a few PHP Brazil elephants – bit random – so I picked up one of those instead. Maybe next year. Despite missing out […]

Prediction is a word that I am starting to see and hear a lot more recently. It not new, my fitness tracker predicts my steps each day and my expected sleep patterns, my smart lights predict when I will be home and my smart thermostat also likes to know when I am home ensuring I […]

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