Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 eLearning Hype Curve Predictions #vmvwiki #vmvdlt

In eLearning what technologies are on the rise and which are heading to mainstream

Sent from my Samsung device

Friday, December 25, 2015

Siri v Cortana v Google: Who's best? #vmvwiki #vmvdlt #vmvmobile

Has voice recognition come of age... ..?
Having lots of fun with ok Google and has become a way to quickly search the Internet on my Samsung S5.
Siri is weird at the moment I. That it wants my iPad to be plugged in before recognising hey Siri

Well worth experimenting with

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Free Programming books (every day) packtpub #vmvwiki #vmvdlt #vmvprog

For "cheap" and "free" programming books you can check out

Every day they have a free book. Its easiest to use google search and enter "packtpub free"

Have a neat Christmas :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

What is Digital Inclusion? #vmvdlt #vmvwiki # #npf14lmd

"While digital divide and digital literacy have entered into common use – and into discussions by policy makers – the term digital inclusion is still quite new. Digital inclusion is a much broader category that addresses the other two. Importantly, “digital inclusion” has been articulated specifically to address issues of opportunity, access, knowledge, and skill at the level of policy."

Monday, November 30, 2015

How Google Maps knows about traffic #vmvwiki

Here's how it works: All iPhones that have Google Maps open and Android phones that have location services turned on send anonymous bits of data back to Google. This allows the company to analyze the total number of cars, and how fast they're going, on a road at any given time.

Sent from my iPad

Friday, November 27, 2015

Li-Fi secure and 100 xs faster than Wi-Fi #vmvwiki #npf14

li-fi (short for light fidelity) offers compelling advantages over wi-fi.

Not only is it is more energy efficient, but it is also capable of up to 10,000 times the bandwidth of wi-fi. Many see li-fi as being complimentary to wi-fi.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

AppCobra - Free App builder #vmvwiki #vmvdlt

AppCobra. Create high quality apps for all devices, including desktops, mobile phones and tablets - no programming required.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Google alert: Deprecating web hosting support in Google Drive #vmvwiki #vmvdlt

Darn.. was a great teaching resource for hosting student web sites.

Beginning August 31, 2015, web hosting in Google Drive for users and developers will be deprecated. Google Apps customers can continue to use this feature for a period of one year until August 31, 2016, when serving content via id will be discontinued.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Educational App Development Toolkit for Teachers and Learners #vmvwiki #vmvdlt #vmvmobile

The Educational App Development Toolkit for Teachers and Learners is designed to introduce the basic and some intermediate concepts of Android app development on the App Inventor (AI2) platform. It provides hands-on activities and tutorials to use the Designer and Blocks Editor components of App Inventor to create apps that can be readily downloaded and used on any Android smartphone or tablet

Sent from my iPad

Friday, November 13, 2015

Andreas Ekström: The moral bias behind your search results#vmvwiki #vmvdlt #vmvresearch

Search engines have become our most trusted sources of information and arbiters of truth. But can we ever get an unbiased search result? Swedish author and journalist Andreas Ekström argues that such a thing is a philosophical impossibility. In this thoughtful talk, he calls on us to strengthen the bonds between technology and the humanities, and he reminds us that behind every algorithm is a set of personal beliefs that no code can ever completely eradicate.

Friday, October 23, 2015

After #MOOCs.. Massive adaptive interactive text (#MAIT) #vmvwiki #vmvdlt

"A MAIT is defined by the following characteristics: Automated, individualized assessments˲ Interactivity ˲ Adaptivity and Modularity."

"MOOCs, which are largely video-based, have translated all of the pedagogical problems with hoarding into an even less personal forum online. In other words, MOOCs have thus far focused on being massive, when they should strive to feel individual"

In a MAIT "when a student suffers a learning breakdown, that student needs immediate help in order to proceed" and "rather than listening to lectures, students will complete assignments from the MAIT, which has already been fine tuned to anticipate countless learning breakdowns."

Compeau, P. & Pevzner, P. A. (2015, September). Life after MOOCs. Communications of the ACM 58, 10, 41-44. DOI=

AirNZ Flight info Google Search #vmvwiki

If you enter the flight details e.g. NZ1234 into Google search it will return the flight details. Even more amazing if you are logged into Google it will indicate you are a passenger!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

#Smartsheet - Project management Real-time Collaboration #vmvwiki

Smartsheet is a online project management tool (includes Gantt charts) enabling teams to mange their project using cloud, collaboration, & mobile technologies.


  • 30 day trial (enough for some students to use on an academic project)

  • $10 per month for individual.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Crackdown: Amazon Sues to Stop Phony Product Reviews #vmvwiki

Crackdown: Amazon Sues to Stop Phony Product Reviews - The New York Times

Oct 2015:

  • A lawsuit in which Amazon accuses more than 1,000 people of offering to post bogus glowing write-ups for as little as $5 apiece might give you pause

  • About 45 percent of consumers consider product reviews when weighing an online purchase, according to Forrester Research. Two-thirds of shoppers trust consumer opinions online, according to research by Nielsen.

  • For example, a half-star increase in a restaurant's online rating can increase the likelihood of securing, say, a 7 p.m. booking by 15 to 20 percent, said Jenny Sussin, a director at Gartner Research. So a restaurateur might be tempted to pay $250 for 50 positive reviews online in the hopes of raising that rating.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Apple iOS 9 increased security 6 digit pin #vmvwiki

Just factory reset my iPhone to get it ready to send away for camera repair. Now requires a 6 digit pin

Changing back to a 4 digit one didn't appear (as suggested in the article below) but may have missed this.

Get ready to memorize a new 6 digit PIN when iOS 9 comes out | Cult of Mac

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Friday, October 16, 2015 EBook publishing is shutting down #vmvwiki EBook publishing platform closing down. Allowed authors to target multiple platforms and work via Google drive.

Sent from my Samsung device

Friday, October 9, 2015

2105 CITRENZ Posters from EIT

Nine Posters from my students were presented at the 2015 CITRENZ  Conference in Queenstown. Poster papers can be found in the online Proceedings at

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Congratulations to

  1. [Research in IT] Protecting private data in telecommunications by increasing data security and privacy in New Zealand
    Vaidyanathan Balasubramanian, & Michael Verhaart 145

  2. [BCS Internship] Educational Development Centre Internship 2015
    Charlene Bannister, Stephanie Day, & Michael Verhaart 147

  3. [Research in IT] Business Process Management (BPM): Analysis of effectiveness in organizations and efficiency in integration with service management
    Raveesh Baskaran, & Michael Verhaart 150

  4. [Digital Learning Technology] Learning Health and Safety Requirements for KSLG Volunteers
    Andrew Hull, & Michael Verhaart 169

  5. [Digital Learning Technology] Gel Polish Nail Training
    Sharon James, & Michael Verhaart 171

  6. [Research in IT] Current smartphone’s security issues and its impact on society
    Er. Kamal Jyoti, & Michael Verhaart 175

  7. [Research in IT] Factors influencing cloud enterprises resource planning system adoption in New Zealand small and medium enterprises
    Arun Krishnan, & Michael Verhaart 178

  8. [Research in IT] Importance of Business Analyst in ICT projects in New Zealand
    Desmond .A. Rodrigues, & Michael Verhaart 184

  9. [Research in IT] SME Technology Spotlight: Capturing G-Readiness and sustainability innovation in NZ’s powerhouse
    Dee Verhaart, & Michael Verhaart 192

Thursday, October 8, 2015

My own social media : Joke #vmvwiki

I haven't got a computer, but I was told about Facebook and Twitter and am trying to make friends outside Facebook and Twitter while applying the same principles.

Every day, I walk down the street and tell passers by what I have eaten, how I feel, what I have done the night before and what I will do fort he rest of the day. I give them pictures of my wife, my daughter, my dog and me gardening and on holiday, spending time by the pool. I also listen to their conversations, tell them I "like" them and give them my opinion on every subject that interests me... whether it interests them or not.

And it works. I already have four people following me: two police officers, a social worker, and a psychiatrist.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

$1 billion Evernote tumbles #vmvwiki

The inside story of how $1 billion Evernote went from Silicon Valley darling to deep trouble | Business Insider

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Harvey Norman computer glitch #vmvwiki

$4000 lounge suite for $100 ... Computer price glitch live for about 8 hrs from midnight. Do customers have a legal contract or can a computer error be grounds for an invalid contract? Harvey Norman also advertising a "massive sale" at the same time.

Sent from my iPad

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

#SilverStripe free open source CMS Framework #vmvwiki #vmviwd

"SilverStripe is a free and open source Content Management System (CMS) and Framework for creating and maintaining websites and web applications. It provides an out of the box web-based administration panel that enables users to make modifications to parts of the website, which includes a WYSIWYG website editor."

Used in the NZ Government Common Web Platform ( ) a feature-rich content management system (CMS), hosting, back up, disaster recovery, an online code repository, Service Desk, cofunded development pool and proactive patching to keep the website secure.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Another #Spark venture - Broadband Smart home security system #Morepork #vmvwiki

Monitor and control your home from your smartphone.

"Know if the alarm has been triggered. See how the builders are getting on with your new deck. Even check up on the teens when you're away from home. Set alerts for the event you want to know about."

Starter Kit (Hardware - cameras etc) (2015, Sept) $999
Plans (approx) #$30/mth or $50/mth monitored by external security firm.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Dark web is going mainstream #vmvwiki

  • Surface web:  any webpages that typical search engines can access and index

  • Deep Web: anything that a search engine cannot access (require a password to access)

  • Dark web: small portion of the Deep Web that is intentionally hidden and inaccessible through standard web browsers. Use the anonymity software Tor (The onion router) accesses Tor hidden services that have the url extension ".onion".

(Anticounterfeiting on the Dark Web, 2015)

Dark web:

Home to a freewheeling collection of sites for everything from anonymous activism to illicit activities.

  1. Jamie Bartlett reports from the dark net. Check out his Ted talk ... Click on interactive transcript to read rather than watch video.

2. On Wikipedia:


Anticounterfeiting on the Dark Web (2015, Apr 13) International Trademark Association. Retrieved from

The World’s Best Demotivational Posters #vmvwiki

Not my usual stuff... but may put things into perspective.

Despair, Inc. - Demotivators®, The World’s Best Demotivational Posters

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Disk Space Analysers SpaceSniffer, WinDirStat #vmvwiki #vmvhw


Is a freeWare (donations are welcome) and portable tool application that lets you understand how folders and files are structured on your disks. By using a Treemap visualization layout, you have immediate perception of where big folders and files are placed on your devices.


WinDirStat is an open source disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for various versions of Microsoft Windows

BTW JJ (Hardware/Software guru ) prefers SpaceSniffer

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Myo - Gesture control Armband #vmvwiki

Take control of video and music playback, fly drones, deliver presentations, play games, and much more. Myo is a gesture control armband that works out of the box with Mac, Windows PC, iOS, and Android devices.

Why I don't use the library? #vmvwiki #vmvresearch

A presentation summary (not an academic research article). Describes  a framework to be used by post-graduate students in their initial engagement with the literature, and speculates on the role of the librarian or information specialist in a technology-rich environment.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Ashley Madison docs 33m cust accounts 36m emails #vmvwiki

More than 33 million accounts and 36 million email addresses were included in the cache, making it one of the largest leaks of customer data in history.

For a New Zealand perspective (and a map)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

#Ionic: Advanced HTML5 Hybrid Mobile App Framework #vmvwiki

Create open source front-end Software Development Kit (SDK) for developing amazing mobile apps with web technologies.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Two Apple Mac viruses found #vmvwiki

Two Mac viruses strike at the heart of the platform's secure image. ‘Thunderstrike 2’, a worm which moves from Macbook to Macbook using hardware, joins privilege escalation bug seen in the wild for the first time

One exploit allows a malicious program that gains access to a Mac to run as though it is the administrator of the computer – a vulnerability known as “privilege escalation”.
The second about to be revealed to researchers at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. It uses a bundle of weaknesses in the firmware of a computer, the embedded operating system which runs the lowest-level functions such as fans, power supply units, and USB ports, and lets the researchers overwrite that software with their own code, and five of these six weaknesses are present on Macs as well as PCs.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Aquila Facebook's Internet Drone Set For Flight Testing #vmvwiki

Facebook looks to getting Internet to the 10% without internet infrastructure. Solar powered 42m wide unmanned plane (flying wing) and lighter than a Prius running Internet from Sky... Communicating over 10Gb and connecting an array of planes via lasers.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Google plus... On its way out #vmvwiki

Facebook triumphs as Google bids adieu to its social network ‘Plus’

Google is bidding adieu to Google Plus, an awkwardly named social network that the American search engine had launched four years ago hoping it would become a serious rival to Facebook.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Why you should be an e-resident of Estonia #vmvwiki

From summer 2015, you can go to the nearest Estonian embassy and apply for e-residency.
The most advanced digital society in the world is a former Soviet Republic on the edge of the Baltic Sea. And by handing over €50 and a ­photograph, allowing my fingerprints to be taken and waiting a few weeks while my ­credentials were verified, I have been issued with an identity card, a cryptographic key and a PIN code to access its national systems.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

DDoS attacks on the rise in New Zealand #vmvwiki

​There is a strong growth in the average size of DDoS attacks, from both a bits-per-second and packets-per-second perspective, according to Arbor Networks’ Q2, 2015 global DDoS attack data. Average attack size for New Zealand increased significantly to 1.1Gbps/241.95Kpps in Q2 from 430.84Mbps/55.39Kpps in Q1. The majority of attacks in New Zealand were very short-lived, and approximately 97% were less than one hour. The top three sources for attacks on New Zealand in Q2 were China 6%, US 6% and NZ 1%.

See for what's happening right now !

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Web design is dead #vmvwiki

Web design is (finally!) dying of irrelevance. Web pages themselves are no longer the center of the Internet experience, which is why designers need to move on to the next challenges — products and ecosystems — if they want to stay relevant.

CrunchIt! — Online quantitative Statistics Tool #vmvwiki #vmvresearch

An online Quantitative analysis tool associated with
McCabe, G.P., Craig, B.A., & Moore, D.S. (2012) Introduction to the Practice of Statistics. 7th ed.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

#Bluetooth framework for teaching #vmvwiki #vmvhw

This post will be a record of things I discover while trying to set up a Bluetooth framework for teaching (so this post will actually be more like a wiki and change!)

1. Speakers.

2. Mouse.

Configuration issues

Problem: Device disconnects

It appears that by default Windows power saving kills a USB device. The mouse connected would die and not reconnect. To disable this you need to

  1. go to Start > type in "Device Manager" >

  2. Expand Bluetooth Radios >

  3. Right click on Generic Bluetooth Adaptor + Properties, and

  4. uncheck "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power"


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

July 1, NZ Harmful Digital Comm Bill now law #vmvwiki

On July 1 2015, the controversial Harmful Digital Communications Bill passed into law. This law now introduces a range of measures that are designed to increase online safety. It also however increases the obligations on a number of different parties, and that's what this post is about.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

XKeyscore (2013): NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet' #vmvwiki

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet' | US news | The Guardian

A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Packt Publishing | Free book on Mediawiki #wikieducator #vmvwiki

Packt publishing has a range of commercial books available. Each day they have a free book (if you wait until the ad banner cycles click when it gets to free book)

For example todays book (30/6/2015) is Mediawiki 1.1 Beginners guide

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Gartner: Hype in 2015 around the Internet of Things & wearables #vmvwiki

Expectations regarding the Internet of Things and wearables are currently particularly high, according to Gartner’s report, but shows already disillusionment regarding Big Data. Gamification and Augmented Reality already is approaching the bottom, which is almost reached by cloud computing and NFC now, however, most likely expected to quickly reach the "Plateau of Productivity". It goes up on issues such as Virtual Reality and In-Memory Analytics, while 3D printing for companies is already approaching the plateau.

Sent from my iPad

Google Video Quality Report for your area #vmvwiki #vmvhw

You can see the video streaming quality results from Youtube for your area and see how it varies between your providers (link at bottom right).

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Googles Project Soli finger motion radar #vmvwiki #vmvhw

Google’s Project Soli has invented a new interaction sensor using radar technology that can capture motions of your fingers at up to 10,000 frames per second.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Long and Short of Domain names #vmvwiki

A very short domain name with a big price tag... http://Z.COM ? "Japanese Internet Services Provider, GMO Internet Acquires for JPY800 million"

and the world’s longest domain name is 63 characters

with Google Buying The Shortest Domain Name In Cyberspace - http://G.CN

Thanks to Andrew P, 2015

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Twitter is ditching the 140 character count to compete with WhatsApp #vmvwiki

Twitter has upped the character limit in Direct Messages to 1,000.But unless they change the hash tag filtering rules it is pretty much useless for classroom use (I have gone from almost a full class using twitter to less than 5% this year).

Saturday, May 30, 2015

What is USB isochronous data transfer? #vmvwiki #vmvhw

Have been trying to connect a web cam via an enhanced USB cable, but the audio is not very clear. Some discussion with JJ revealed that USB has different ways it transfers data.
isochronous is one way, and looks like my enhanced cable does not support this (I tried a non enhanced one and the audio was heaps better)
Check out  for more info on USB.
Our next solution is to try and use a
Webcam>USB-Ethernet Adaptor>Ethernetcable>USB-Ethernet Adaptor>PC
Apparently this will allow up to 100m extension which should be enough for my classroom web cam.
Next stop is to find a pair of inexpensive USB-Ethernet adaptors !

Free Memory testing software MemTest86 #vmvwiki #vmvhw

You can use PassMark's memory diagnostic tool to test your PC's memory to diagnose or prevent problems can cause freezes and crashes. IT boots from a CD or USB drive and runs tests looking for faults. The latest version of the program, which has been around for over 20 years, adds support for DDR4 memory and a new benchmarking feature that displays results on a graph.


Friday, May 29, 2015

Kiwis as guinea pigs | The Economist #vmvwiki

In digital businesses, tests are performed on New Zealanders. Their country is proving the perfect location for software firms, social networks and app developers discreetly to try out and refine their products.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

2015. Australia records 6% of global ransomware detections #vmvwiki

Australia records 6 per cent of global ransomware detections - CIO
Healthcare saw massive malware attacks, as well as iOS devices, Adobe software users and retail point-of-sale (PoS) systems.

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Effective Educational Practice – Iowa uni CELT #vmvdlt #vmvwiki

Effective educational practices provide a framework for successful teaching and learning. A number of national organizations focus on researching these practices across a range of higher education institutions and recent results from this research is included

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Facebook introduces Legacy Contract for when a user dies #vmvwiki

Facebook introduces Legacy Contract features to access a person's account after he or she dies - National - NZ Herald News

John Hattie's Eight Mind Frames For Teachers #vmvwiki #vmvdlt #vmvlearn

In Visible Learning for Teachers (p. 159 ff) John Hattie claims that “the major argument in this book underlying powerful impacts in our schools relates to how we think! It is a set of mind frames that underpin our every action and decision in a school.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

WordPress Powers 79% Of Websites In 2015 #vmvwiki #vmvdlt

WordPress has truly come of age as a content management tool with 79% of websites powered by it.

Resources on Blogs as Digital Portfolios #vmvdlt

A Blog/Portfolio (perhaps a “blogfolio”), is great for learning purposes because it gives the creator of the space an opportunity to showcase learning while building a digital footprint that will be beneficial long after their time in schools.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Google Forms to create auto correcting quizzes #vmvdlt

there is an Add-on available to Google Sheets, Flubaroo, which allows Google Forms to write the answers directly to Google Sheets and it is through Google Sheets that an auto correct will occur.

Sent from my iPad

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Responsive Web Design Tester - Chrome extension #vmvwiki

Test your mobile site on mobile devices. This extension reflects both the size and the browser of the mobile device.

Responsive Web Design - Learn to Code Advanced HTML & CSS (media attribute) #vmvwiki

Responsive web design is the practice of building a website suitable to work on every device and every screen size, no matter how large or small, mobile or desktop.

And with Google search checking this is becoming an important part of any web developers toolkit.

Use CSS media queries for responsiveness #vmvwiki

Media queries are simple filters that can be applied to CSS styles. They make it easy to change styles based on the characteristics of the device rendering the content, including the display type, width, height, orientation and even resolution.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

California's multi-million $ MOOC online education flop #vmvdlt

California’s multi-million dollar online education flop is another blow for MOOCs

The University of California spent $7 million to set up its Online Instruction Pilot Project at a time when the state was cutting higher-education funding.

- The Hechinger Report.

$1.5 billion..LinkedIn + #vmvwiki #vmvdlt

LinkedIn to Acquire’s high-quality content provides opportunity for members to easily gain the professional skills they need to get hired and advance their careers.

LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD), the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 300 million members worldwide, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire, a leading online learning company teaching business, technology and creative skills to help people achieve their professional goals.

The transaction is valued at approximately $1.5 billion

US schools seek refund over $1.3bn iPad project #vmvwiki #vmvdlt

Schools in Los Angeles are seeking compensation from Apple over a $1.3bn (£870m) iPad-based education project that has gone awry.
They have sent letters to Apple and its project partners seeking refunds.
The project began in 2013 and aimed to give iPads and other computers to about 650,000 students.
It hit problems when students were able to bypass security systems on the tablets and because the computer-based curriculum was incomplete.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Rufus - Create bootable USB drives #vmvwiki

Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.

It can be especially useful for cases where:

you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)
you need to work on a system that doesn't have an OS installed
you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
you want to run a low-level utility


  1. If you have an iso image just go to the lower part of rufus and select the iso, it will automagically set up the correct attributes in the boxes above.

  2. If you have an OS iso you can get you computer to come up with the bootable usb drive if you tap the F12 key on startup - its too late if the Windows start screen appears!. (often F8 is for BIOS, F9 for Windows recovery but you may need to play around on startup to figure out which is which)


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Fools: Pac-Man On Google Maps #vmvwiki #vmvdlt

Go to Google Maps, find yourself an area with lots of roads (New York City will do nicely), and click the big Pac-Man icon on the bottom left, like so: Napier/Taradale will not work so Google Maps will let you choose another cosmopolitan location (using the “I feel lucky” option).

Friday, March 27, 2015

Get an Earth Pro now free #vmvwiki #vmvdlt

What is Google Earth Pro?

For info on how to get free access

(If you do not have a key, use your email address and the key GEPFREE to sign in.)

Monday, March 23, 2015

“Your Product is a Piece of Sh#t”: Using customer feedback #vmvwiki

The point here is that negative customer feedback is always painful but, when used right, it can be an invaluable asset in business.

Sent from my iPad

Google 25 principles of mobile site design #vmvwiki

Consumers increasingly rely on the mobile web to research and make purchases, which makes it more important than ever for companies to have an effective mobile presence. But what makes a good mobile site? Google established 25 principles of mobile site design to help companies build mobile sites that delight customers and drive conversions.

Friday, March 20, 2015

MIT BLOSSOMS | open Math&Science video lessons #vmvwiki #vmvdlt

MIT BLOSSOMS (Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies) is an international, collaborative open education project that provides a series of freely available interactive lessons for high school math and science classes presented in a widely accessible video format.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Panda antivirus mistakenly flags itself as malware, bricks PCs #vmvwiki

An update to a number of Panda antivirus programs Wednesday mistakenly flagged core files as malware, putting them in quarantine. In doing so, the antivirus system ceased working.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Your powers of observation #vmvwiki

Watch This Ad Carefully, and You'll Be Transfixed by the Car Sitting Quietly on a Street , very clever ad by AIS London and MindsEye director Luke Bellis.

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An Introduction to Instructional Design - #vmvdlt

An Introduction to Instructional Design - E-Learning Heroes
Fundamentally, you can think of ID as the process of taking information and framing it in a way that makes it interesting and easy for learners to understand.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Model for Digital Technologies education in NZ schools #vmvdlt

IITP are calling for a new Learning Area in NZ Secondary Schools; encompassing Digital Technologies at NCEA level, and Computational Thinking and Digital Literacy at the primary and lower secondary levels (or more accurately, a continuum from one to the other). This would see Digital sitting alongside Maths, Science, English etc as a core area, with each of the DT strands, or possibly a reduced subset, a subject in their own right.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Learn to Code Advanced HTML & CSS #vmvwiki

Learn to Code Advanced HTML & CSS takes a deeper look at front-end design and development. Studying modern front-end development, this guide teaches the latest for any designer looking to round out their front-end skills.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Facebook photo of cake gets baker $168K in damages #vmvwiki

Hawke's Bay woman, who iced a cake with derogatory comments about her former employer, has won her claim that her privacy was breached when the company took an image of the cake from her Facebook page and used it to harm her employment opportunities.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

​How HTTP/2 will speed up your web browsing | ZDNet #vmvwiki

After more than two years of consideration, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has finally approved HTTP/2. HTTP/2 is made up of two specifications: The new protocol itself, and HPACK, which provides header compression for HTTP/2. This revised protocol "will help provide faster user experience for browsing, reduce the amount of bandwidth required, and make the use of secure connections easier".

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Monday, January 12, 2015

The Myth of the Tech Whiz Who Quits College to Start a Company #vmvwiki

There are three common myths about tech founders: they are extremely young, they are technically trained, and they’ve often graduated from a prominent local university.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Checking Domain Name System status #vmvwiki

Domain Name System (or Service or Server)

is a hierarchical distributed naming system for computers, services, or any resource connected to the Internet or a private network. It associates various information with domain names assigned to each of the participating entities.It is most commonly know as an Internet service that translates domain names into IP addresses.

Domain Name System. (2014, December 23). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

DNS Propagation Checker lets you instantly perform a DNS lookup to check a domain names current IP address and DNS record information against multiple name servers located in different parts of the world.

This allows you to check the current state of DNS propagation after having made changes to your domains records.

For example: