I have an external drive attached to the USB hub on my Thunderbolt Display that I use to clone my laptop's internal drive every night using the schedule feature of SuperDuper!. At the appointed time, SuperDuper! will mount the external drive, clone the internal drive and then unmount the external drive again which is very convenient. However, whenever I plug in my laptop, the drive automatically mo
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Positive Change in Tough Times “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou I’m sure I’m not alone in being in a state of shock by the sudden arrival of Covid-19 back in March. After a few weeks when the initial paralysis had passed, I learned […]
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Student blogger Karolina Frybova tell us about Student Ambassadors, their work at the Uni and what the experience has meant for her. Working as a Student Ambassador for your University is probably the best part-time […]
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Moving away from home for the first time can be an overwhelming experience regardless of where you come from. I’m originally from the Czech Republic, which is situated in central Europe and is a rather small […]
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I’ve often thought of a software application as being like an iceberg. There is information that we know about the iceberg, and much more information that we don’t. Icebergs are floating pieces of ice that have broken off glaciers and can be found floating all over the worlds oceans. Ice and water have similar densities, […]
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Students Union president Meg Price has all the information on the Students Union and the work they do: Hi everyone! Whilst at University you’ll have lots of opportunities to get involved with activities outside of […]
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Debbie Andrews is a mature Business, Economics and Finance student. In this blog she talks about her concerns about retraining, her new found skills and her experiences at the Uni: UCAS define a mature student […]
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I've recently merged a PR by Stephen to rst2df that reformats the entire codebase to align with PEP 8. As rst2pdf is over a decade old, this has resulted in a lot of changes to the files which now have Stephen's name attached. This affects git blame. For example: git blame -L 137,145 rst2pdf/findfonts.py e753c71eb (roberto.alsina 2008-09-05 14:49:24 +0000 137) d56705e4f (roberto.alsina 2009-10-30 1
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Finding Your Way in Uncertain Times “We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty.” Douglas Adams I woke up on a Saturday morning about six weeks ago feeling spaced out and a bit odd. I recognised the feeling as signs of anxiety. I have been lucky in my life and haven’t really suffered from […]
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Business, Economics and Finance student, Debbie Andrews, talks us through her experience of Online Learning Welcome to my second blog, this time I want to share my experiences with online learning here at the university. […]
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Wondering what our societies get up to? Lucy, Chair of Loco Show Co, one of our Musical Theatre Societies, is here to tell you about ‘Students Saving our Theatres” and how they’re working on to […]
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I love sketch-noting, and I enjoy reviewing other people’s sketchnotes as well. I find it a useful way to see how other interpretations of a topic. It’s also useful to see any other ideas that might have been missed. The use of colour and boxes helps separate and group certain ideas together, making it easier […]
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I have some exciting news. Following the success of the lean coffee session, which I scheduled to coincide with Simon Priors QA Babble talk, I have been made a Co-Organizer of the QA Babble meetup. The main leg work is still being done by Matt Drinkwater and Anthony Speed, they are doing a great job […]
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The Six Habits of a Recovering Work-a-holic “When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED.”― Dr. Seuss I’m motivated, I get loads done and am focused, most of the time. Being super busy is always seen as a good thing. But is it? Especially when you realise that you don’t know […]
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I'm in the process of writing a little command line app in Go that uploads images to Flickr. It's called Rodeo and it's working well as a project with which to learn Go in 2020. Rodeo uses ExifTool to interrogate an image file for meta data. ExifTool is wonderful and very comprehensive and with the -j switch can return JSON. Today I want to note down what I learned about dealing with JSON. [crayon-
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The way that the community has adapted to lockdown and social distancing has been remarkable. Learning opportunities lost through the cancellation of meetups and conferences have been replaced by a wide selection of webinars. However, there is something that has been sadly lost during this transition – post-talk discussions. I’ve always believed that the speakers […]
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I only have 1 set of sketch-notes to share this week, but I did give my own talk about getting started with test automation. Unable to sketch-note my own talk, I’ve shared the slides plus a recording instead. In other news, I’ve been wanting to run a lean coffee session so I’ve scheduled one for […]
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Here is are the sketch-notes that I created for webinars that I watched over the last couple of weeks. MOTrix: Accessibility for Beginners with Elizabeth Fiennes From June 2010, for about a year, I was in a wheelchair. About 2 years after that I couldn’t go anywhere without crutches. You don’t realize the issues that […]
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RiskStorming is a collaborative activity that gets the team analysing and discussing the risks that might affect the quality of a product. The team then takes these risks and identify ways to mitigate these risks. With the arrival of the new TestSphere expansion pack, I decided to run by own RiskStorming session on the new […]
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Focus and prioritising your creative goals I have never felt as unsettled and uncertain as now. Over the past month my emotions have been unpredictable, approaching like a wave. One morning, I wake up relaxed and calm without a care in the world. Then, the following day I have feelings of anxiety from a lack […]
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