Thursday, June 28, 2018

Key Transformative Books in My Life

These books represent important life changes in my thinking, being or doing.
They are listed roughly in the order in which I read them - earliest first (1973).
Many of these books correspond to half a shelf of closely related titles in my library of 700 non-fiction.

Roger's bookshelf: key-books


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Friday, January 13, 2017

Droning On - Part 1: Introduction

I'm going to learn how to use a drone - and blog about my journey.

Immersive and interactive media are raising user expectations for a richer and more meaningful visual experience. Images and videos taken with drones are part of this change.

I've just taken delivery of a DJI Mavic Pro drone - or RPA (remotely piloted aircraft).

CASA released updated guidelines for the recreational use of drones/RPAs in Australia late last year.

Just before Christmas Flight safety Australia published Dirty Dozen: 12 ways your drone can land you in trouble so it's not just a matter of unpacking a drone and taking to the skies.

The DJI Mavic Pro at 1.6kg  is classed by CASA as a 'very small RPA (100g - 2kg).
CASA has an eLearning module for the 'sport, recreational or educational' use of 'very small RPAs/drones.

CASA eLearning Module

Now it was time to read the DJI Mavic Pro documentation and unpack the drone.

The DJI Mavic website has a collection of promotional and tutorial videos which were very useful while reading the user manual and unpacking the drone.

Once propellers had been attached  (matching propellers to the correct motor - white circle marks) and the remote controller prepared to was time to charge the batteries.

Attaching propellers and charging batteries
There was plenty of time for more reading and videos while the devices were charging.

Social Technologies Data Flow - Photos and Graphics

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Photos and graphics is the final topic in this series of data flow / systems diagrams for our Department of Education social technologies services.

Photos and graphics are captured or designed from a wide variety of sources using many devices.

Editing is done through the Adobe Creative Suite for desktop and mobile - plus a wide range of other apps - increasingly on mobile devices.

Photos and graphics are processed, tagged, checked for permission to publish and licensed using the AusGOAL Creative Commons copyright licencing framework.

It is hoped that AI deep learning technology will take over some of the burden of tagging and searching thousands of images in our libraries over the next couple of years (eg automatic image tagging in iPhotos, flickr, Facebook, Google images which has developed rapidly since 2015).

Photos and graphics are published in both traditional media and social media.

Dropbox is frequently used to move digital assets between apps and devices. An increasing number of images are taken and edited on mobile devices and shared to social media.

Different photo libraries are maintained in Adobe Creative Cloud, Dropbox, flickr and Google photos for different purposes and audiences.

Interactive panorama require specialist software and hosting.




This post is part 6 of a series illustrating Data Flow for some Department social technologies:
  1. Social Technologies Data Flow - Facebook
  2. Social Technologies Data Flow - Instagram and Twitter
  3. Social Technologies Data Flow - Google+
  4. Social Technologies Data Flow - Video
  5. Social Technologies Data Flow - Mobile Apps
  6. Social Technologies Data Flow - Photos/Graphics


Monday, January 9, 2017

Social Technologies Data Flow - Mobile Apps

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Most mobile app production is as an HTML5 'web-app'.

iSpring is used as a 'rapid development tool' to output HTML5 from PowerPoint. HTML5 files are hosted at SiteGround and are accessible from all mobile devices. Apps can also be a accessed via the iSpring native mobile app and for off-line viewing.

A WordPress Native app plugin has also been used and in some cases HTML5 files are produced by external contractors.

There is some use of Schoolzine for online newsletters which may be accessed directly or via the Schoolzine native mobile app.



This post is part 5 of a series illustrating Data Flow for some Department social technologies:
  1. Social Technologies Data Flow - Facebook
  2. Social Technologies Data Flow - Instagram and Twitter
  3. Social Technologies Data Flow - Google+
  4. Social Technologies Data Flow - Video
  5. Social Technologies Data Flow - Mobile Apps
  6. Social Technologies Data Flow - Photos/Graphics

Sunday, January 8, 2017

One Drive ate up my NBN allowance

A few days ago I got a message from my telco (Telstra) that I had exceeded my 500GB monthly NBN allowance - not something I ever expected to happen. 

Several hours later my learning can be summarised as follows:
  • Pay attention to notices from my telco - I got an 85% warning a few days earlier
  • Having your NBN speed lowered to 256kbps focusses the mind
  • My telco has very useful NBN analytics
  • Windows 10 has a useful Data Usage tab
  • One Drive needs to be carefully configured
  • My telco has much improved customer service
  • I probably don't need a 500GB monthly data allowance - it was a special NBN deal  :-)
The following NBN data usage analytics from my telco clearly showed a dramatic change on 20 Dec 2016 and that uploads were the principal problem.
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Consulting Google I learned that Windows 10 Settings --> Data Usage can be very helpful.
Windows desktop data usage for the last 30 days was 397GB!



Usage details for the last 30 days on my Windows desktop led to:


A similar situation was found on my Windows 10 laptop.
I use Dropbox extensively and hardly use One Drive at all - or so I thought...

My response - possibly an over-reaction - was to unlink One Drive for home and work and not use it again until it behaves itself.

My telco generously allows 3 monthly allowance resets a year so once I had found the problem I initiated one. I was also able to use fast call back (no phone queues) to cancel my data usage inquiry after logging the issue with tech support. I got a call back in 2 mins - exceptional service.

I have no idea what happened on 20 December to trigger the poor One Drive behaviour but it won't impact my NBN allowance again  :-)

As you can see all back to normal now:

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