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British Higher Education

British Higher Education

Decline & Fall

In Feb 2007, a manifesto/biography entitled Decline and Fall of the British University appeared on the internet but its host site disappeared pretty quickly. The Google cache has also expired now.

It was signed by Mark Tarver, who argues that the expansion of student numbers and the increased and payment of tuition fees has led to a reduction in educational quality as ‘hard’ subjects can’t attract the students to warrant the teaching and the funders collude to ensure increasing pass rates, for in the governments case, political gain, and in the student/parent’s case economic gain. It was also blogged by Scatman Dan, on his blog under the same title.

Tarver’s article is back online, probably has been for a while. 17th July 2009

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LAMP & Ubuntu

This should be easier, but I think made harder because I corrupted my Firefox applications helper list, and then chose the wrong way out

My problem, the browser tries to download index.phtml, in retrospect because, I believe that the module wasn’t properly installed into apache. Using Ubuntu 9.04

The Right Way

This page, Apache MySQL PHP at https://help.ubuntu.com/ is the bible.

apt-get install  apache2 php5 php5-mysql libapache2-mod-php5 php5-mysql mysql-server

I am running in a virtual box so I needed to create a /etc/apache2/conf.d/fqdn. There wasn’t one on my system, it needs the line

ServerName localhost

I suspect that fixed it, and that my errors were caused by not initially correctly installing libapache2-mod-php5. I have proved that my install works by using Opera. Now to remove the .phtml line from the firefox browser and make the vm a server.

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Snipsnap, RSS & XML feeds

Snipsnap, RSS & XML feeds

This page was originally entitled “Snipsnap Blog & XML Feeds”. It documented one of the crucial failings in snipsnap, its limited rss feed size of 10 and the blog article naming which means that it considered nearly all the articles to be titled “1”. In 2009, I experimented with using Google reader as a feed aggregator, good choice eh? The final part of this article documented my experiments and gave hints on how to follow me using the google reader feed. This is now no longer available, but neither is snipsnap.

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LLTD on Linux

It seems this is possible, and would be useful for work where all the laptops are Vista machines. This is deprecated, but if you want to see my notes, made in 2009, then read more …

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Perils of Branwen (Downloads)

Perils of Branwen (Downloads)

This is the downloads page. This page was last updated, prior to being copied over to wiki.daveley.info on 11 Nov 2009, I was sent the Russian Translation late in 2010, and posted it to davelevy.info in June 2012. I placed the Russian Translation on this page in June 2013, when I copied the page to this site. This version 3 i.e. snipsnap page was created on 30th December 2007 when I retired content relating to previous versions and also to any development plans.

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Brussels

I have and shall be used to visit Brussels on a regular basis. This page was copied across from the v3 wiki in the early summer of 2013. I had stopped visiting Brussels for business in 2009, but on 4th August 2013, Starwood Hotels spammed me with notice of new and old hotels. I decided to revise the page.  Most of the what I said then is now getting dated. But in 2021, I had cause to look and revise the page again. I might need to go back which I did in the Summer of 2022.

More of my pictures are here….

 

My Brussels Map

This is the Google Map, I have focussed it on the Rond Point Schuman, in the European Quarter.



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Hotels

  • A stayed at the Sofitel in the European Quarter in the noughties, it is  located on the Place Jourdain in the European Quarter, near the Berlaymont and Rond Point Schuman.
  • Carrefour d’Europe, a Best Western near the Gare Centrale. On metro route 1 and the train to Zaventem. I have never stayed here since its always full and I book late.
  • Le Meridien, a Starwood Group hotel, again near the Gare Centrale. Nice but pricey, often full if one books late.

More Hotels

  • I wrote, I should try the Hilton Brussels, while I have a gold card, but never did. Good location, on the edge of the old town near to “Louise” and the “European Quarter”. Its pinned on the Map above.
  • I stayed in the “NH City Centre” once, good restaurant, smallish but adequate room, broadband internet, great views from the room I had, the location needs exploring, but it wasn’t so well located for the business I had.
  • I found this in 2021, Aparthotel Adagio
  • I stayed at the Van Belle in 2022. I liked it’s ambience, the room and the food! The wine menu was a bit limited, but Brussels is a beer city.

The Metro

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Wikipesia says, “MoBIB is the STIB/MIVB smart card, introduced in 2007. It uses contactless technology based on the Calypso system originally developed for Paris and is in some ways similar e.g. to the London’s Oyster card. All Metro stations, buses and trams have MoBIB readers. Passengers can purchase monthly passes, yearly passes, 1 and 10-trip tickets and daily and 3-day passes. These can be bought over the Internet, but require customers to have a smart card reader. GO vending machines accept coins, local and international chip and PIN credit and debit cards. ”

Here is the metro ticketing site.

Getting there

  1. Looks like Eurostar is the way to go these days. Eurostar to Brussels is now Fab, centre to centre, so saves the journey in from the Airport in Brussels, and in London if not travelling via LCY. They run a frequent users club, Club Eurostar although it requires a lot of journeys to get access to the Bar. The Brussels waiting room is a bit meh! The London waiting room can get crowded. Get Euros from the Post Office, the machines and kiosk in London are very expensive.
  2. Now we need to count our days in the Schengen Area, it’s for the whole area not by each member state.

CV19

Today it seems that there are no extra documentation needs to travel to Belgium.

Things to do

  • You can visit the European Parliament building.
  • The pictures in the Musee des Belle Artes.
  • The awesome Grand Place
  • The Winterfest in St. Catherine’s.
  • What trip advisor say!

 

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NWN Henchmen

While playing the official campaign I got fed up with the henchman’s poor behaviour in combat and started to research what can be done. I started a thread at rpgdungeon.net which discusses improving henchpersons. I write a bit about henchmen in my NWN Playing a Paladin article, which was my first, but for the later games, it’s mainly here.  Also Wikipedia had a very comprehensive article on the henchmen.

This page talks about the AI mods, Sharwyn, Mischa Waymeet & Dorna Trapspringer and the last battle in the Official/Original Campaign.

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Tagging Engines

While http://delicious.com/ is a fantastic social bookmarking site, its not easy to implement inside a firewall, which needs to be done if the URL list to be tagged is an intranet resource.

Open Source alternatives

Here’s some alternatives,

which needs from

  • Glassfish

Installing Scuttle

  1. Download WAMP – this works pretty much out of the box, only problem is if IIS is already running in which case you need to either let Apache use another port, or turn it off. Use phpmyadmin to create a new database and a user with rights to use the new database. Its best to sue the same name as the O/S user, document the password.
  2. Download Scuttle – this is a zip file and I had problems with Windows Vista as it has problems dealing with the file hierarchy names. You can download your favourite evaluation version of a tool, or I downloaded cygwin which since I used it to run the .sql file, I found useful and there is no problem with license and uncompress | tar -x works fine.
  3. Download Cygwin – Not exactly mandatory, but I prefer it, every windows systems should have one.
B$ export PATH=${WAMPHOME}/bin/mysql/mysql${VERSION}/bin:${PATH}
B$ cd ${WAMPHOME}/www/${scuttlehome}
B$ mysql -P$DBPASSWD < tables.sql

Configure PHP as a database client. Copy all the scuttle files to an appropriate location with the web server’s public file system. ${ROOT}/scuttle is good, but I don’t use it. Copy config.inc.php.example to config.inc.php, and amend the user, password and database values to the ones you have used and set. Add the line

error_reporting(E_ERROR);

to this file, otherwise you get a bunch of forward compatibility warnings.

That’s enough I’ll write up my usability tests another day, I expect to repeat some of these notes on the project’s sourceforge pages. but didn’t!

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Dell Dimension 5150c

Dell Dimension 5150c

This was originally entitled “Our New XP Box”. I changed the title when I copied the snip across to WordPress in July 2013. I marked the snip as deprecated in June 2019, added a picture to remind me. Here are my notes; the tags give a pretty good idea of what I needed to write about. This was an XP system and I wrote about external devices, anti-virus, fax and video capture.

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Snipsnap Problems

Snipsnap Problems

This was copied across from the snipsnap bliki on 26th July. It’s all a bit redundant now, but it might be useful for others. This was a pagfe that documented my work in building the configuration and in some places represented a work in progress. In some cases, the resolution is not documented and in others I failed to resolve it. I eventually gave up on snipsnap. Hope this page helps someone!