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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 skepto-atheists, who so pride ourselves […]

New Year, New Me?

Hello 2013, you snuck up on me a bit there. 2012 has been a bit of a busy year and has ended rather earlier than I thought. Still, here we are in a brand new year. I had loads going on in 2012, although my (irregular, rare) readers wouldn’t know it due to the paucity […]

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 […]

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 finding it a bit tough […]

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 he couldn’t (or wouldn’t) provide […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 marking points for this assignment. […]

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 managed to get this one […]

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