Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Windows 7 Ultimate and other Microsoft software for Students (Top Tip)


This is a bold move as I have not tried it yet but I was looking at an IEEE student membership today as rates have dropped to half price (which is currently $12.50/£10). The IEEE is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and they aim to advance technology through engineering. They are responsible for things like Firewire and 802.11a/b/g/n (wireless communications standards) and a whole host more, see their website for more info.

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Whilst looking at there student memberships I noticed that they give you access to the MSDN academic alliance suite of free software, which currently includes a huge amount of top of the range of development tools but also operating systems such as XP, Vista, and Windows 7 Ultimate RC. This software is free through MSDNAA so once you are a member of the IEEE you should have access to a fully licensed copy of Windows 7 Ultimate plus whatever else interests you from the suite of products available.

Looking at the terms you need to be studying 50% of a full time academic qualification undergraduate or graduate which is relevant to IEEE. 60 points per year counts as your 50% of full time and hopefully a BSc in computing is relevant. I fully plan to join this in the coming days as Windows 7 releases RTM on August 6th 2009 and should be available on MSDN shortly after.

I'll let you know how I get on.

Monday, 20 July 2009

M256 TMA02, M253 Milestone 1 and MobileMe

I received my results to M256 TMA02 last week, fairly delayed due to my Tutors apparent ill health. I scored 85% which I am fairly pleased with, the con is that TMA 03 is due in just under two weeks so no respite at all.

We recently submitted Milestone 1 for M253 and are awaiting the outcome. I am tending to agree with the course reviews in the sense that we are required to put a fairly large amount of time towards what is essentially a 10 point course. Our team took it all a bit easy so we had a bit of a rush towards the deadline, all was o.k. though and we managed to get our work submitted. Looking at the initial feedback from our tutor we seem to have been a bit off track for the team submission so I am not sure how the marks will come in, I'll be pleased with a pass to be honest.

With M257 finished I'm definitely missing the coding element of a computing degree and I am looking forward to getting tucked into M362 concurrent distributed systems and other level three courses in January. It's strange how you always look forward to your next course?!

I've just started a trial of Apple's MobileMe service to sync my PC, Mac and IPhone. The software seems good and I am really enjoying the benefits of Push E-mail. I'm just a little unsure about paying £59 a year for services you can essentially get for free from the likes of google (with the exception of push notifications). I am hoping to make use of the hosting services and photo sharing services though and give the suite a real test. It's also good to have my OU Calendars sync'd using the iCal link at the bottom of each course calendar. This means I shall never miss a tutorial again!

p.s. Looking at ebay there are subscriptions available for a more reasonable £42.00.