When will NSW DEC take school technology support seriously? 3

When will NSW DEC take school technology support seriously?
This is going to be a loaded question for many, and one that I admit upfront has a certain amount of self interest. But I’m not the party most affected by the currently woeful state of technology support in NSW public schools — that honour goes to teachers. It’s true that the department was thrown ...

My new writing tool — Das Keyboard Professional Model S for Mac

My new writing tool -- Das Keyboard Professional Model S for Mac
I only ordered this on Monday night, after months of deliberation and attempts to try one out in person. But with seeming no chance, I had to rely on reviews and recommendations online, and they were entirely unanimous. So today, several days earlier than I expected, I got this: It’s the Das Keyboard Professional Model ...

The Hold Steady live… at home!

The Hold Steady at Hill Country BBQ — from Flickr user wfuv, used under Creative Commons license. Taking a short time out now to watch a surprising live opportunity… The Hold Steady live on Yahoo Screen. Usually these things aren’t at the right time, or I’m at work, but let’s just say things lined up ...

My recent weekend project: Raspberry Pi Volumio music machine 5

Over a couple of weekends just before our holiday I dived into a mod project I’d been wanting to try for a while. Using a Raspberry Pi unit I built a radio/music machine to use in the kitchen for home, building it into a 1940s radio case that I found at a local secondhand store ...

Big news for the month

Big news for the month
I realised I actually didn’t post about this… so many things happening, so many things going on, some good, some not so good. But earlier this month there was this announcement:     Walkley Grants for Innovation in Journalism: Inaugural Winners Stephen Turner, “Youth Bytes” Youth Bytes will be an online hub for student news ...

Happy birthday to me and other great news 2

Happy birthday to me and other great news
I wouldn’t typically put it as openly as the above, but hey, it’s my birthday, that’s nice, and I finally seem to have learned in recent years that you don’t get anything unless you put yourself out there a bit and let people know what is what 🙂 So, it’s another birthday, with of course ...

“New ” gaming journalism and the C64

Been thinking about this on and off for a long time, but it’s really come to mind this morning as I listened and interacted with another Digital Writer’s Festival panel, this time on games journalism. I put in a few questions and I learned a lot, but it got me thinking again about for me ...

Broadband and dead leaders

News today dominated by Margaret Thatcher’s death and the competing broadband plans in the news. Needless to say, I found the coalition plan to be underwhelming at best and a joke at worst, and of course was more disgusted by the general state of the mainstream news coverage of the announcement. It wasn’t really bias, ...

Watching good old things

Watched Return of the Jedi with (mostly) Alex this afternoon. Will and Lachie drop in and out for it, but it’s Alex that really loves this stuff. He’s there for every bit of action, every explosion and every exciting battle. Let’s just say it “moves” him! He really loves to be scared, loves to be ...

Winners and losers

This whole drugs in sport thing just got a little more nuts, with the Cronulla Sharks suspending their coach and sacking four officials, two days before their first game. No idea if player suspensions will follow, but it seems likely. I didn’t make the Google Teacher Academy cut at all, and neither did most people ...
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