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Imvoto gets going

I’m really excited to be part of the Imvoto team, which is getting on with the task of improving the classroom experience. We will be rolling out an extended trial soon… watch this space!

IdeaTransform selects Imvoto amongst the prizes

Ruth recently participated in the IdeaTransform event at the Cambridge Judge Business School, a “boot camp” in which folks get together on Friday to pitch business ideas and take them forward over the weekend. Ruth selected the Imvoto team because of a good match of needs and the simple yet brilliant idea behind the pitch: using smartphones in the classroom to implement hard parts of Assessment for Learning.

Drupal module linktags to create consistent web links

Recently I have been working on a new website for a client who needed to display both internal and external URLs in a specific way, and also distinguish between, for example, a link to a webform and a link to a procedure. I realized that the majority of my problem would be fixed by a BBCode style “tag” which could be translated into appropriate markup by a filter. Thus the linktags module was born.

Tip: Rasterising Adobe Illustrator vector drawings

One of the things I do occasionally is make maps and similar drawings, and not infrequently these have to be saved as a bitmap file, although I create them as vectors. One of the irritating things about Illustrator is its poor handling of large pixel images, even on export, and so the largest vector plots I do (32k points square) won’t render.

Backups: Tapes or Hard Disks?

If you do more with your PC than view things obtained from Steam or iTunes, it is important that you keep them safe somehow.

Why Create Websites with Drupal?

Back in the day”, you might say, “I created my site with Vi and was proud of it”. Well, I did. Can’t say I was proud, as such, just that the technology of the day was such that Vi was a perfectly usable tool (for those who knew how to use it) to build websites in. These days, I believe we have largely moved beyond hand-crafted web pages.

The Windows Recycle Bin

Things you delete using Windows Explorer (the normal My Computer window, a File open or File Save dialog, etc) on a local disk drive (and some but not all other programs) are not actually deleted but moved to a hidden directory on the same disk. The Recycle bin icon displays the contents of the folder for items you have deleted (note: if there is another account on the machine, and they delete things, those aren’t visible in your bin).
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