Jul 9

Knowledge, Understanding and Complex Reasoning

Category: education,thoughts

One of the concepts that has perhaps stuck with me most from high school is the differential between knowledge, understanding and complex reasoning. It is perhaps the piece that stood out for me from high school maths and it really was the composition of the exam. However I feel it’s a valuable distinction to make and helps guide that learning process. Essentially the three form a pyramid with knowledge on the bottom, understanding in the middle and complex reasoning forming the capstone. The exams were functionally composed of these three sections: knowledge, understanding and complex reasoning. Each tested different aspects of learning the topic and appeared proportionally to where they existed on the pyramid.
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Mar 17

Adventures with NAB Internet Banking

For the most part I’m usually happy with NAB Internet Banking. They have a reasonably nice web interface and it also scales down reasonably well onto a mobile device. Functionality wise it has a lot of capabilities including some I wished Wells Fargo had (international transfer being the primary one) and I’m yet to find myself wanting from it. However there are some quirks and it seems just recently, I hit all of them.
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Jan 20

iBooks Author Licensing

Today Apple announced their plan on changing the way the textbook industry works. To achieve this they’ve released a new tool called “iBooks Author” which provides a WYSIWYG interface to building ePUB files. Essentially the rub is that while you can use it to build content and you can give it away for free in any of the formats you want, if you want to sell it you have to use the iBookstore. But let’s take a look back at the product for a second.
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Nov 25

Copy as DBUnit bundle for Sequel Pro

Category: Uncategorized

The other day I created a bundle for Sequel Pro that exports a series of rows in DB Unit format compatible with PHPUnit. This means that creating test data can be easy when you have existing data. Sequel Pro is a great extensible MySQL tool for Mac OS X and this bundle makes use of one of those extension points.
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Aug 5

A tale of two experiences: Dealing with Telstra customer support

Once upon a time I was a happy Telstra customer. I had switched to Telstra from Optus after the release of the iPhone4 having realised that I was paying Optus the same amount of money as Telstra was charging to effectively get the same level of service, perhaps even a little less from Optus than what Telstra offered.
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Jul 22

Getting your Huawei modem working with Mac OS X Mountain Lion and Lion

You know the part before the upgrade where they tell you to check all of your applications before you upgrade? Well, last night I decided that it would be a great idea to upgrade my Mac from Snow Leopard to Lion. Turns out that perhaps wasn’t so great an idea after all when my Huawei USB 3G modem dongle decided that it wasn’t going to work since it wasn’t relevant for the new 64-bit only kernel. Oops, I should have checked first. But it isn’t a complete disaster!

Update: This appears to also work with Mountain Lion as well according to some comments at the bottom. It may not work for everyone but it does appear to work for some.
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Jul 2

A few months with Titanium Appcelerator

Category: mobile

For the last few months as a part of my university studies I have been writing up some course materials for a mobile device workshop. The document that I ended up writing for that grew much more than what I expected (over 100 pages) and barely scratches the surface of the topic. However this is more a review of Titanium Appcelerator.
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Jun 19

iOS, web apps, native and back again

At Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) in 2007, Steve Jobs came on stage to announce a launch date for the very first iPhone and to announce how developers would build applications for the iPhone. His announcement was that his suggested way of developing for the iPhone was to write web apps (it is a couple of minutes in). So what was the reaction to that?
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Feb 1

Month in review: January

January for me was an interesting and varied month. Here is a quick look back at what I got up to in the month.
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Feb 1

Today: 01-FEB-2011: Android unable to operate in enterprise?

Today was the nail in the coffin of the Samsung Galaxy S that I use at work to do Android based testing of the library’s future work in the mobile area. The device is a stock device running Android 2.1 (Samsung’s updater app cowardly refuses to upgrade it to 2.2 for some reason) however as the device is for testing and since it has WiFi built in I’ve decided to use that. It isn’t connected to the cellular data network (or even have a SIM card) and this has lead to some interesting problems.
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