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Applications to install on a new mac

When my MacBook hard disc died, one of the problems was identifying which applications I had actually lost. Now that I’m looking forward to my iMac delivery, I decided to take stock.

The excellent ‘stacks’ feature in Leopard provides a really intuitive way of seeing a single folder. I took a screenshot of this, then using preview was able to annotate it and provide a simple ‘tick list’ of applications which I need to install.

Here’s the result (click to embiggen).

So a bit of downloading to do. I could be smart, and start to pre-download the software now and put them on a pen drive.

Of course, I should have been smarter when I downloaded these over the last few weeks, and stored them somewhere special


T320 Briefing

Saturday saw me back down at Milton Keynes for a briefing for the new course T320 – Ebusiness technologies: foundations and practice.

This is brand new to the OU, and a brand new area too.  The course is separated into four modules, and there’s clearly a steep learning curve for the students, and at least in the first presentation, for the tutors and course team too.

One thing that was clear is that there’s a lot of practical experiments in the course, using quite a complex package.  There are some good tutorials, including some video demonstrations, but the package used (Eclipse, though a couple of different flavours are used in the course), is not the most intuitive.  As we went through the demonstrations yesterday my confidence went from ‘that’s easy’, through ‘that’s challenging’, to ‘that’s difficult’, to ‘what the heck!’.

As soon as parallels is delivered (see yesterday’s post) I’ll be trying to install the package on my laptop and getting to grips with the software.

But this aside, I can see that it’s going to be a really interesting course, both for tutor and student.  The first presentation is intense, delivered over just six months rather than the usual nine month presentation, but I’m sure I will cope, I’m not studying anything at the moment, so have the time to dedicate to this.

Meanwhile, my exisitng T324 students are working hard towards their first TMA.  It’s still a little way off, but I’m sure that the students are all working hard towards it.