Archive for January, 2005

Project planning at Ultralab – using xTime Project

30 January, 2005

One of the projects that I work on involves setting up a website in partnership with the Design Council, as part of their work on the Schools’ Renaissance campaign. The website is a form of questionnaire for which we use the ‘Gearbox’ software developed by Nick and Alex at Ultralab.

The online metric project, as it is being called, is a fairly complex beast and for the first time at Ultralab I have started to use a piece of project planning software called xTime Project.

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Skinning Drupal – changing the colour scheme for your blog with CSS Edit

24 January, 2005

I had a go at changing the look and feel of the blog tonight. I quite liked the original ‘X-template’ look, but wanted to have a go at changing the colours.

The obvious changes were to alter the header images – look in the themes folder and navigate to ‘pushbutton’ and all of the images used in the theme are here. However, much of the drupal site depends on cascading style sheets… and this needs opening in an application such as CSS Edit – there you will see a huge number of items to change, and by working through the source code for the page you will see what class or style is attached to each element. You can then locate that in CSS Edit pretty easily and alter the colour values.

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DVD Editing and Authoring with MyDVDEdit and DVD Studio Pro – targeting the loop point

24 January, 2005

Using DVD Studio Pro 3 from Apple enables us to create some exciting DVDs for Ultralab. An example of this would be the latest SummerSchool DVD which was completed before Christmas and is full of extraordinary examples of young peoples’ creativity.

As good as DVD Studio Pro is, there are some limitations which mean some things can’t be done in the way you want. In order to enhance the work you can do, you need to use an editor which works on the files you create with DVDSP. Such an editor would be MyDVDEdit by Jerome Cabanis. This small app lets you ‘look’ inside the DVD structures and alter the scripting that DVDSP writes for you so that you can make your DVDs even more interactive.

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Harrods customer service part II

23 January, 2005

Last week I returned the DVD that I got from Harrods and left it with a chap called Ben. He assured me he would sort out the problem, but didn’t give me a receipt at all. I was to trust him on his word (and why wouldn’t I? This is Harrods after all…)

On Friday Ben rang me to let me know that the replacement DVD was in stock and that he would be sending it out to me free of charge. If all goes well I should have the DVD by the middle of next week – I’ll wait until Wednesday to see what happens, but I am c

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NPQH Success

12 January, 2005

Good news today – after a long wait and a lot of hard work, my partner, Kara, received a letter from the National College for School Leadership informing her that she has been successful and passed her NPQH!

For those that don’t know, NPQH is the National Professional Qualification for Headship in the UK, and will probably very soon be a mandatory requirement for anyone intending to be a headteacher. Even if you are not, doing the course can help in so many ways if you are working as part of the leadership team in a school. I am thrilled for her!

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