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The new University search system

During the week beginning 17 December 2018, the University search system will be replaced. The current search system, Google Search Appliance (GSA), will no longer work after 31 December 2018 as Google no longer provide support for this. Instead, we will launch a new system called Funnelback provided by a company called Squiz. The Funnelback…

6 December 2018Technology

5 of the best international calling and texting apps

Ring, ring. Remember these things? You probably don’t since they were so last century. Smartphones have completely revolutionised the way we communicate with one another over the past decade, subsequently rendering cord-tethered landlines a thing of the past — for better or worse.

31 January 2017Articles and resources Technology

Why we have code standards and style guides

Code standards and code style guides are like two sides of the same coin. They essentially tell programmers in a team, or across a larger organisation, how to best write their code. Code standards are the rules and conventions at a high level, whereas code style guides are specific to a particular coding language. We have…

1 December 2016Resource archive Technology

Which technology is being used to access the University website?

Understanding which technology is being used to access the University website is very important as we need to ensure an optimum experience for as many users as possible.

14 October 2016Technology

Google tag manager introduction

I first heard about Google Tag Manager at IWMW when Martin Hawksey gave a  workshop on Google Analytics.  Since then I have been experimenting with Google Tag Manager to see how we can use it to track specific events on a web page. For example, tracking the number of clicks on a tab or link.…

8 September 2016Technology

Singing the praises of Opera’s new privacy features

Singing the praises of Opera’s new privacy features I have long been a fan of everyone’s favourite “other other other browser”, as The Register put it this week, Opera. Opera uses the same rendering engine as Google Chrome, which means that webpages work just as well in Opera as they do in Google. Opera really deserves…

20 May 2016Technology

The new BBC micro:bit computer

One million school children in the UK will soon be receiving their own computer without having to pay a single penny. The BBC, in collaboration with 29 partner organisations, has recently begun the delivery of its new microcomputer, the BBC micro:bit, a pocket-sized computer which will be given to every school child in year 7…

4 May 2016Technology

Sleep and technology

Technology can be good for our sleep and bad for our sleep, but how can it be both at the same time? How is technology bad for our sleep? WebMD explains why using phones before or in bed is bad: Our brains: “As your brain revs up, its electrical activity increases and neurons start to…

5 April 2016Technology

No more IE bug hacks

No more IE bug hacks Last week I was speaking to a joint class of management and computer science students about our experiences of working with web standards through the years. Someone asked me what difference Microsoft’s retirement of older browsers (IE 7 to IE 10) has made to our workflow. It has made a lot of difference:…

28 March 2016Technology

Our future with gadgets and technology

Let’s think about the future, and specifically about connected devices. Say you have a smart coffee maker – it’s tied into your alarm clock and knows to make your coffee just how you like it for when you get downstairs. It’s smart enough to know that you didn’t get enough sleep because you were up…

25 March 2016Technology