16 June 2009

Back to Basics

Over the last week or so quite a lot has happened in the world of Search and while change is good, ‘u turns’ are another thing. The rate of change can be daunting, occasionally you will just be getting your head around a concept and bang, it no longer works or it has been superseded. Anyway, as much as new …

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12 June 2009

Google – Testing, testing 1,2,3

As a regular user of most of Google’s online services (with the exception of AdWords ;-), I often find myself thinking about the huge technical challenges they must face whilst developing their online services. Recently however my attention has been turning to how Google test their products and in particular their flagship product “Google Search”. Over the course of the …

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12 June 2009

CSR Project 2009 – Day 4

And so we come to Tamar’s final day of the 2009’s community project at Oak Lodge school. With the school’s art exhibition scheduled that very evening, the pressure was on to get our projects complete and clearing away the mess we had created, ready for the evening’s visitors. The main tasks of the day were to complete the ampitheatre… …hang …

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12 June 2009

Tamar TLC – Gugulethu Day 4

Our final day at the school was mainly occupied by tying up some loose ends and saying farewell to the students and teachers. We furnished the ‘outside classroom’ with a bed of tires for climbing about on, that can also double up us seating in front of the blackboard we installed on the wall. We also installed the cross beam …

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10 June 2009

CSR Project 2009 – Day 3

For once Tamar was most definitely lost for words.   Split into 3 groups, we were given practical, interactive lessons that ran sequentially through this morning on the basics of British sign language (BSL).    Led by one teacher with the able and enthusiastic support of two oak lodge students, the rules were clear… Don’t talk, stay attentive and follow …

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10 June 2009

Oak Lodge – Day 3

  ‘Frustration, content, calm, and surprise’ are emotions that shape our every day. But seeing and experiencing these through the eyes of extraordinary children aged 11 to 19 years, all of whom have one thing in common, deafness, and like me, I know that you would be truly humbled and delighted!   At Oak Lodge School in Balham, I have had the privilege …

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10 June 2009

Tamar TLC – Gugulethu round 3, Day 3

Day 3 of Tamar Cape Town’s project at Vuyani and once again the sun rose over the industrious painters and diggers who finished off the bookshelves and outdoor classroom in record time. First up was the shade cloth over the outdoor classroom area, while a very long assembly line of bookshelves was set up, with everyone enthusiastically painting in the …

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10 June 2009

Oak Lodge – Day 2

There is a real sense of enjoyment from Team Tamar at the end of day 2 as all our Oak Lodge projects start to take shape – see Aaron’s blog today for all the details on the vegetable garden, fish pond, outdoor classroom and more. The staff and students have again welcomed us into their school and shown a massive interest …

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10 June 2009

Technology Acronyms

We have all been there.  You are in a meeting with a large number of people, when someone starts ratling off acronyms one after another like they are going out of fashion.  Before you even have a chance to ask what the first one means they are on to their fourth, and you end up feeling like the conversation needs …

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9 June 2009

CSR Project 2009 – Day 2

There was a lot of activity around the school today and all the projects are progressing well.  Despite the grey skies overhead, the rain has stayed away, and with the kids getting involved everyone is feeling really upbeat.  The status of our projects around the school are as follows: Jungle Gym The remaining uprights for the jungle gym were cemented …

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