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Geekery M362 Open University

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

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Open University T214 T306

Shut up and listen

I read Freethought Blogs quite a bit and came across this excellent post by Paul Fidalgo: We do not like to be told we are being jerks. We do not like to be told we are being demeaning, or belittling, or discriminatory, or bigoted, even if by accident. Particularly we

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Open University T306

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

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M257 Open University T306

Too much study, not enough time

I never went to university after my A-levels, unlike most of my friends, so I have no idea how much stress is involved with doing a proper degree. However, I can say from experience that doing a part-time degree with the Open University can be an immensely stressful experience. I’m

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Open University T306

T306 Block 3: Activity 3

For the organization that you used in Activity 2, what are the changes in its environment that it can tolerate, i.e. for which it is viable? One thing that has affected our band is the current economic situation. We used to have a sponsor but business became more difficult and

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Open University T306

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

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Open University T306

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

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Open University T306

T306 Block 2: result

I’m not entirely sure how I managed it but I achieved a somewhat miraculous 93% for TMA02, an enormous improvement on the 70% I got for TMA01. I would have been happy with another 70% but it looks like I happened to hit on quite a few more of the

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M257 Open University T306

T306 Block 2: TMA02

I’m not entirely sure how I managed it but I actually submitted TMA02 on time. Well, it was 9 minutes past the official entry time but within the 12 hours leeway they give us, so I’m called that “on time”. I was over two weeks late submitting TMA01 and only

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