Digi Domi

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Trello!

Trello is a useful and powerful tool for many things including tracking and organisation of tasks.

Generally speaking in Trello you have boards, lists and cards. Boards will be associated with a particular project or concept, for example, ‘My Work’. Within the board, you will have many lists such as ‘Pending Work’, ‘Work in Progress’ and ‘Completed Work’. These lists are then comprised of individual cards; normally these are tasks. Below is an example of a ‘To Do’ style board – this is not a dictation of exactly how you should use Trello, but an illustration of one possible way:

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You’ll notice in this example that each of the cards contain other annotations:

  • The coloured bars are labels – which can be used to easily denote a service or other association between cards.
  • The little bubble indicated the number of comments on the card – these are a nice way of adding notes to a task.
  • The tick box indicates there is a checklist and displayed how many items are checked – this can be helpful for breaking down a task into sub-parts

It is also possible to add members to a task, associating the task with a particular person, to add attachments and a due date; which can be a useful way of sticking to a deadline or just organising your time.

There is also much more that Trello can do and it would be advisable to visit their website, they even have a dedicated inspiration section.

Domi’s Tips

How you choose to use Trello is up to you and entirely personal choice. I like to use boards in Trello in different ways of varying purposes, but my predominant board setup is:

  •  1 list of tasks that need to be done.
  • 1 for tasks in progress.
  • 1 for tasks that have been completed (this will be periodically archived).

I have boards to keep track of my personal to-dos, work to-dos, DIY planning, keeping track of blog ideas and tattoo ideas.

If you’d like to try Trello then it’s free so please enjoy.

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Social Media addiction, from Newsnight

A colleague shared this segment from Monday’s Newsnight, about potential social media addiction. I watching it and was pleasantly surprised to find a fairly well rounded, reasonable and well balanced piece about addiction. It was not the usual millennial bashing or scaremongering nonsense you get from many media outlets.

I would recommend giving it a viewing for yourselves:

Newsnight: Social Media Addiction

http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b04004mw/?t=29m46s

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Tampons for men.

Tesco recently announced that they would be rolling out new advertising screens at the tills in their petrol stations. These new screens will include cameras with facial recognition technology to target adverts. Tesco claim these adverts will be targets on the base of gender and age, although I do have to question how you can target an add in such way without risking being insensitive. What if you target advert for baby care products to a woman in her early thirties (a common age for mothers of young babies) who is infertile? The firm has also admitted that it can make mistakes in identifying someones gender, so for example if a man has long hair he could be identified by the software as female. Might this lead to tampon adverts being targeted at male surfers and bikers?

Although Tesco insists none of the information gained by the new screens will be stored, it is hard to imagine that they wouldn’t use the data to tailor products sold in store. I also can see a future when they combine this information with tracking of your Club card. This would enable the supermarket conglomerate, and anyone else they share the information with to know all of your buying patterns and movements. Admittedly a lot of this information already exists, and it might be a bit late to get up in arms about it. Therefore I find myself asking the question, is the addition of facial recognition software a step too far or an inevitable progress?

Read the original BBC News article for more background information.

 

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Terms of Service; Didn’t Read

At the E-Assessment Scotland TeachMeet I gave a short presentation on T&Cs for social media and posed the question; whose responsibility is it to check these when using a site in an educational context?

After this I started to think how nice it would be if someone could go through all the popular social web services and break down the Ts&Cs, maybe even given them ratings, to make it easier to digest. Although this was a brilliant idea, and those I discussed it with agreed, it was clear it would be a lot of work and so I logged it in the nice idea but not realistic section of my brain. Well, today I find out that someone else has had the same idea, and the resources/ will power to make it a reality!

Terms of Service; Didn’t Read does exactly what I had imaged a good site would, it gives you a rating system from A – E and pulls out the good and bad aspects of Tc&Cs such as; whether you own copyright, can you delete your account, are their Ts&Cs likely to change. Not only this but there is also a web-browser plugin so you can get the information when you need it, without having to open up another tab/ window!

I’ve only had time to look at this fairly briefly but so far I am very impressed. The only downside seems to be that I can’t take credit for it in any way!

Here is how it works through the plugin:

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A future of eye-gouging

Firstly let me apologise for the recent spate of posts, I know it is bad form for a blogger to post so frequently if they can’t keep it up, and I do not mean to overload my readers with posts, but this is a reactionary piece and so it would loose impact if I waited.

Thanks to a tweet from a former colleague this article from The Inquirer* about a Seattle bar pre-emptively banning Google Glass from its premisses, on the grounds of privacy, was brought to my attention. I don’t want to go into whether that is right or wrong, although there are genuine concerns, exemplified in this YouTube parody: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UjcqCx1Bvg

What I want to talk about is how such concerns could be dealt with in the future.

There is genuine reason for a company to be concerned about people taking photographs or videos using something like Google Glass, particularly in establishments that currently do not permit recording equipment of any kind (although there is a whole other set of problems with the fact they allow smart phones, which have this capability but you can’t realistically have a rule that says ‘no phone allowed’ for a nightclub, stadium or similar social venue). Places such as strip clubs certainly have privacy, security and commercial reasons to prevent customers from recording their employees at work. At the moment that would be relatively easy to enforce, as the design of Google Glass is distinctive. Similarly many places enforce dress codes, and  a ban on Google Glass just becomes an extension of that, with a privacy clause as well.

But what about the future? Undoubtedly either Google, or another company that releases a similar product will eventually make such devices look more and more like regular glasses. At this time how do you enforce a ban? If you ban anyone wearing glasses you are not only going to create outrage, you will also attract lawsuits for discrimination, and there is a good chance you’ll loose. So you have to allow people who need glasses for sight into your venue, in this case do you give everyone entering an eye test? Or perhaps people just have to carry around a card or wear medic alert jewellery, certified by an optician, that states they need glasses for sight. In that case do you create an underground world of counterfeit medic alert jewellery or sight cards? Perhaps worse people deliberately start gouging, or in some other way attempt to damage, their eyes in order to require glasses. It becomes an almost impossible area to fairly enforce. Even more so when, as I predict, this technology is eventually condensed into a contact lens. Then it is impossible to tell who is using it and who is not.

The only hope at the moment is that the devices are voice command driven, and so if one of your employees or a customer notices and reports someone repeatedly saying ‘take a picture’ or ‘record video’ then you can eject them from the venue. Again that isn’t easy to police (in large and/ or noisy venues you might not be able to hear clearly) and only works as long as the systems are voice command driven. If they become driven by eye movement based commands or brain waves (sounds futuristic, but I give it a maximum of 20 years) then game over for enforcing any sort of policy without simultaneously preaching civil liberties and human rights.

ADDITION: It suddenly occurred to me, forget commercial venues, what about education? How do you stop students cheating by Googling something in an exam when such devices can’t be told apart from glasses for sight? Perhaps at this stage we have to consider what it is we are testing, and whether fact based knowledge is as relevant in such a society and in fact perhaps we need to test learning skills, such as critical reflection instead.

*Link to Inquirer article http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2253751/google-glass-is-banned-in-seattle-bar-months-before-launch

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Touchable 3D

Research is currently taking place to develop touchable 3D.

This is something I personally find very exciting, although the commercial availability of such technologies is most likely years off.

Check out this video:

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Domesday

I was looking at the technology section of the BBC News site when I saw this story.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16053184

Not only was I fascinated because it is about touch screen technology, the 1980s and a museum exhibition, but also because I thought the technology looked familiar.

After watching the video on the page I am fairly sure that the touchscreen they are using is Microsoft Surface technology, using the Samsung SUR40 hardware (a super duper screen made for the project so it is MUCH strong than your home television).

This got me excited, because I think that Microsoft surface is some really clever kit, and it is always great to see it being used in reality.

If you want to find out more about Microsoft Surafce then please look at their website: http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en/us/default.aspx

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