Monday, 22 July 2019

DRM: still defective by design

Image: Microsoft e-book store on Edge Microsoft announced in April that it was closing the Microsoft Store’s e-books section. The short-lived foray into e-books began in 2017 as part of the Windows 10 Creators Update. With the closure of the store, Microsoft also set a date this month (July) by which it would remove all purchased books from the libraries of those who bought them. The how and the why? Digital Rights Management – DRM.

Saturday, 11 May 2019

And we're back!

Image: Ubuntu 19.04 desktop As previously observed, employment has its downsides. It tends to take over your life to the exclusion of all those other things you'd rather do instead, like writing a blog, making movies and hitting people with swords (hey, everyone needs a hobby).

So it is that, temperamentally unsuited to being employed as I am, I find myself with a bit of time on my hands again.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Opinion: the push to crowd-funding

Yesterday I attended a crowdfunding workshop staged by two local authorities in conjunction with a crowdfunding platform which they had chosen to partner for local projects.

I say 'attended' because I actually left at half time. I say 'left', I actually slid out through the fire exit...

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Web project part VII - Success

Image: OCRA winners at SWYG 2017 photo - PPA-UK
What makes a project a success? Just 'getting it done' isn't enough. Did you plot the success criteria on the time / cost / quality triangle; how close did you get? What does the wider world make of it? And what about the client?

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Web project Part VI - Content Management Challenges

Image: OCRA web site activities booking page
Our 'simple' small charity web project went through a number of issues - changing web host, developing the sites in the portfolio, agreeing scope, working to a non-existent budget...

In the later stages, it was a series of content management challenges that proved most difficult.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Web project Part V - Technical architecture

Image: OCRA web site technical architecture Having talked about the start-up, development and delivery of our small charity web project, it's probably worth mentioning what we mean by 'standard architecture and plug-ins.' So here's the run-down of what we used.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Web project part IV - Systems development and delivery

Image: OCRA website home - Summer 2018 Our small charity web project (Part I) got to the stage where we signed off the initial Proposal of Work (Part II) so we progress to the the systems development phase and planning for delivery.