Thursday, 21 August 2014

How-to: Use 1 and 1 Website Analysis


How-to: Use 1and1 Website AnalysisIf you host your website with UK outfit 1and1, you'll find some tools in the back-end, one of which is a little Mickey Mouse Website Analysis tool. In theory you can point it at anything, but I suspect it's geared toward sites hosted by 1and1.

The initial scan of the site's meta-data prompted some interesting questions, particularly if you're thinking of search engine optimisation.  

'Title (If you've added a title for your website, how many words and characters did you use?)
Your website has a title with 18 characters and 2 words. You should use between 30-66 characters and 5-10 words.'

So that's where Google, Microsoft and IBM have been going wrong all these years... Seriously, though, Microsoft now has a pithy title 'Microsoft - Devices and Services.' Done and out. Amazon, on the other hand, goes the whole hog 'Amazon - Low prices in electronics, books, sports equipment and more.'

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Opinion: The Dark Side of Social Media Settings Part II [Guest Post]


The Dark Side of Social Media Settings by Paul LevyArticle originally  appeared as; The Dark Side of Social Media Settings on Digital Inferno by Paul Levy, founder of CATS3000 and Rational Madness.

No one claims to understand the majority of settings available to them on the social media platforms they use.

What’s the solution? In platform induction, start with the settings. Training in becoming familiar with the role, risks and language of settings should be taught in interesting ways. Cyber security and social media “gardening” can be engaging. Settings is a key social media skill and should be recognised in appraisal and reward systems. We should value the role and importance of setting our social media garden mindfully and skilfully. Often the senior managers are the worst exemplars. Lead from the top, blah, blah.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Opinion: The Dark Side of Social Media Settings Part I [Guest Post]


The Dark Side of Social Media Settings by Paul LevyArticle originally appeared as The Dark Side of Social Media Settings on Digital Inferno by Paul Levy, founder of CATS3000 and Rational Madness.

I’ve just carried out a non-scientific poll of a dozen friends and professional colleagues. Not one claims to understand the majority of settings available to them on the social media platforms they use.

 Big deal? Well, let’s see if there is a deal to worry about…

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Humour: iPad fitting experience


iPad fitting experience - Clarks
iPad fitting experience - signage at Clarks Village, Street, Somerset

The cyborgs are here, and they're powered by Apple. Question is where are they having the iPAD fitted?!?! RC

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

How-to: Design for Dyslexia Part II


Dyslexia is a medical condition affecting the perception and decoding of symbols including text and digits, making reading, writing and spelling difficult. In Part I, we looked at some of the issues around web use by dyslexics and other reading-impaired conditions, and some means to circumvent them.

In this instalment, we'll go on to looking at reading-impaired design and what we can do to make the on-line lives of those with difficulties easier.

Research from the British Dyslexia association suggests that pastel backgrounds, increased line-spacing, font choice and paragraph justification all have an effect. Their guidelines suggest:

Sunday, 3 August 2014

How-to: Delivering a New Blended Learning Programme [Guest Post]


KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Original uploader was Cmh via Wikimedia CommonsOriginally posted as Delivering a New Blended Learning Programme’ at Speaking Well In Public‬’s Facebook page.

A corporate learning and development consultant’s approach, from first thoughts to first pass.

Planning
The client gives their initial vision for the learning and development needed, detailing what they want to achieve, their budget and timescales.

I deliver an initial response with my educational approach, covering what I propose to do, costs and how long it’s likely to take.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

News: Full Circle Magazine Issue 87 has arrived


Ladies and gentlemen, Full Circle Magazine Issue 87 has arrived!

This month:
  • Command & Conquer
  • How-To : Python, LibreOffice, and GRUB2.
  • Graphics : Inkscape.
  • Book Review: Puppet
  • Security – TrueCrypt Alternatives
  • CryptoCurrency: Dualminer and dual-cgminer
  • Arduino
plus: Q&A, Linux Labs, Ubuntu Games, and Ubuntu Women.

Download Full Circle issue 87: English edition as .PDF file or EPUB