Operation: Debian

Tuesday, 05 July 2011 by

Like most technologies, operating systems – the software that runs on computers and allows everything else to work – keeps on changing fast. Most of us will have heard of Microsoft Windows, Mac OS or even Linux. However, the old dominance of these familiar operating systems is changing. Cloud computing is being touted as the

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China Strikes

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 by

China is undergoing a period of rapid industrialisation and growth, having recently become the second largest economy in the world. This has led to strains in industrial relations. With China’s strict controls on the free press and trade unions, and the sheer size of the country and population, it’s been difficult to get a clear

Climbing frame website launched

Thursday, 19 August 2010 by

Union Learning Reps (ULR) play an increasingly important role in the workplace, and a new tool has been launched to help them – the web based Climbing Frame. This website combines learning content with a mechanism to manage the progress of learners. The system replaces a previous version that had to be installed on individual

Gathering around the ‘Hearth’

Wednesday, 07 July 2010 by

The NUT used to communicate with lay officers across England and Wales via post and phone. The Union saw how this could be improved by utilising technology to do things more quickly, cheaply and effectively. The result is ‘Hearth’, an online community and resource centre that has transformed communication between the union, its officers, staff

The Prospect library

Sunday, 21 February 2010 by

When Unions first started using the web, documents such as magazines, newsletters and circulars were loaded onto Union websites, usually on an ad hoc basis. In addition, there was a centralised system for storing items like publications, circulars and minutes. Intranets were yet another repository. This expansion has caused problems. Some collections would be the

Union Island closes down

Sunday, 14 February 2010 by

This week Union Island closed down. If you’re wondering what Union Island was, it existed in the online virtual world called Second Life. Despite the mainstream media preoccupation with virtual weddings and real life divorces, Second Life is big business. Its economy grew by 65% in 2009, to a total of $567 million. Second Life

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Welcome to my blog

Saturday, 13 February 2010 by

Welcome to my new blog and my new website. I have just finished setting up this site, which I built using the Joomla!content management system and open source technologies like PHP and MySQL. This website hosts my blog. I’m using this blog to discuss the latest developments in the world of websites, information architecture, usability and

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