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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Simon

The problem with M253 is that no-one else on my team has any understanding of software development. So most of the individual contributions are useless. I know it's the decision making process that counts but most participents simply aren't qualified to make them. This adds to the 'contrived' feel that the course has. It should be a level 3 with a requirement to have completed M256 or M363 first.

Don't get too excited about M362; very dry with limited coding. More like M359 than M257.

Cheers
Andy