By ‘eck, I got a degree after all

Yesterday had one of my life’s sweetest moments – my final Open University module result came in. I passed M359 relational databases and completed all 360 credits for my BSc (Hons) in Computing and Systems Practice. I have been awarded a 2:2, which I am immensely proud of. This has been a long time coming.…… Continue reading By ‘eck, I got a degree after all

BBC News – Tal Fortgang not sorry for being white and privileged

Princeton University freshman Tal Fortgang has been told repeatedly to “check his privilege” – to be aware of how his socio-economic and cultural background shapes his views – and he’s not happy about it.”The phrase,” he writes, “handed down by my moral superiors, descends recklessly, like an Obama-sanctioned drone, and aims laser-like at my pinkish-peach…… Continue reading BBC News – Tal Fortgang not sorry for being white and privileged

Is The Cloud Too Expensive?

One of my current Open University modules (M362 – Developing Concurrent Distributing Systems) discusses “The Cloud” quite a bit, especially the Amazon solution. It is supposed to be cheaper and more scaleable than creating your own infrastructure. Well, it seems that a few years down the line this may no longer be true, at least…… Continue reading Is The Cloud Too Expensive?

T306: Block 4

This block has been a real struggle. It’s not that the subject material was particularly hard, it’s just that my poor old brain has been unable to cope with such a packed few months. I finished M257 – exam done, just awaiting my final mark at the beginning of August – I’ve taken on extra…… Continue reading T306: Block 4

T306 Block 3: Activity 2

Select one of the organizations that you identified in Activity 1. For that organization: (a)   describe your main relationships within the organization; I’m going to choose my band for this as I think this is likely to be the source of my project for T306. Principally, I’m friends with the people at band. They’re not…… Continue reading T306 Block 3: Activity 2

T306 Block 3: Activity 1

List all the organizations of which you consider yourself a part. Well, I have a full-time job and so I’m a member of my work organisation. I could probably break that into two organisations or more; the wider company organisation (over 80,000 people worldwide) and my local project organisation, plus there’s also the UK-centric part…… Continue reading T306 Block 3: Activity 1