Centos 7 and Packet Tracer 7.11

adami/ July 23, 2018/ Networks and Security/ 0 comments

The University of Bolton has been a Cisco Academy since 2006 and we have put loads of Computer Networks and Security students through their CCNA. This year we thought we would make life more difficult for ourselves… We have decided to upgrade our Networking lab (C2-017) to a Linux lab. It will help with a number of modules next year.

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Notable women in computing project

adami/ March 8, 2018/ Women/ 0 comments

A topic of discussion at the WCIT awards ceremony on the 22nd of February was the lack of women entering the profession. According to the Guardian in 2017 only 16% of those applying to study Computer Science and related degrees are women. There are women in computing, indeed there are many notable women in computer but few have heard of

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Congratulations Gareth Weston on winning a WCIT Outstanding Student award

adami/ February 26, 2018/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

The School of Creative Technologies would like to congratulate our student Gareth Weston on winning an Outstanding Information Technology Student Award from the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. Gareth was among five winners of the award in a ceremony held at the historic 19th century Armourers’ Hall in the City of London on Wednesday 22nd February. Gareth is a final

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Boosting I/O for HDD

adami/ December 19, 2017/ Cloud Computing, Networks and Security/ 0 comments

There’s an interesting article in The Register about Seagate developing hard disks with two independent sets of read/write heads. When you think about it, this is long overdue. Currently an eight-platter drive will have sixteen read-write heads. They all move in concert so that reading from a particular location means that all the heads are positioned over the same track waiting

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Which Programming Languages do we teach at Bolton?

Andrew Parker/ September 1, 2017/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Many students ask how we decide which programming languages to use in our teaching at the University of Bolton. On the Software Engineering degree we have to make decisions about which programming languages to teach. The main purpose of a programming language is to be a tool to produce applications and as such the language takes second place to the

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The importance of column data types

Andrew Parker/ August 18, 2017/ Software Engineering/ 1 comments

When I deliver my basic database design lecture I always emphasize the importance of considering the appropriate data type for a column. This is a big decision that can be extremely difficult to change at a later date as this article shows


adami/ August 14, 2017/ Networks and Security/ 0 comments

Cornwall is home to several important network resources for the United Kingdom. For a good part of the 19th and 20th centuries the tiny village of Porthcurno near Land’s End was a hub of the international communications system. This lovely sandy beach once had fourteen major underwater telegraph cables landing on it and linking up to the telegraph station just

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Drinking the Kool-Aid

adami/ July 22, 2017/ Cloud Computing, Networks and Security/ 0 comments

Our American friends have a lovely expression: “Drinking the Kool-Aid”. If you’re not American (and most of us aren’t) this isn’t always easy to understand. Kool-Aid is a relatively cheap powdered soft drink. The phrase refers to the 1978 Jonestown deaths of followers of the People’s Temple in a murder/suicide where the drink was mixed with poison. Drinking the Kool-Aid

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GNU Terry Pratchett

adami/ July 13, 2017/ Just for fun/ 1 comments

Like many people we were saddened to learn of the death of Sir Terry Pratchett back in 2015. His novel Going Postal includes the quote “A man is not dead while his name is still spoken”. To that end the Internet is paying its own tribute to the late Sir Terry by including a special HTTP header: X-Clacks-Overhead “GNU Terry Pratchett”

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Voice… The Final Frontier?

adami/ July 11, 2017/ Cloud Computing, Disciplines, Networks and Security, Software Engineering, Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Do you feel awkward talking to the computer? How about in front of other people? Voice control is in its infancy really. Speech recognition is getting better. By utilising cloud-based services the big players are able to parse speech and recognise what is being said very well. Certainly your mobile can understand phrases like “navigate to work” or “call Aunt

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