Full Circle Podcast Episode 25: The Podcast as a Rolling Release

Full Circle Podcast Episode 25: The Podcast as a Rolling Release


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In this episode, Floss UK Un-conference and Programming in Schools.

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Show Notes

01:30 | WELCOME and INTRO:

03:10 | Since Last Time

  • Les – now convenes Geek up Blackpool – fourth Monday of every month.
    Is also organising Barcamp Blackpool:
    A free ‘unconference’ with no scheduled speakers. Attendees arrive on the day armed with talks and decide which ones they want to go along to! The talks can be on anything, from android application development to learning the British Sign Language to Electronic Organs played by BBC Micros! But don’t worry, you don’t have to do a talk to participate! The event is paid for by lovely sponsors.
    * When: Saturday 15th October 2011
    * Where: Blackpool Pleasure Beach (inside the white Casino Building)
    * Twitter: @bcblackpool
    * Tags: #bcblackpool
    * Google Group: http://groups.google.co.uk/group/bcblackpool
  • Dave: graduation from Reading, moved to Oxford University; introducing people to Ubuntu.
  • Robin: Putting Xfce atop the Ubuntu 11.10 Beta.


  •  Dave: Elmer Perry’s Libre Office – Part 7 on mailmerge p. 16
  • Les, Robin: Ed Hewitt’s review of the Samsung Chromebook p. 41

13.41 | GUEST: Martin Houston for Floss UK Unconference

* When: Saturday 8th October, 9:30am – 5pm.
* Where: Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street
* This is the second FLOSS UK Unconference, and is being held in collaboration with local FLOSS groups.
* Accommodation is available for anyone who wishes to stay overnight

21.52 | NEWS

44.20 | GUEST: Alan O’Donohoe on Programming in Schools

Programming and Open Source in Education

Alan O’Donahoe (blog at teachcomputing.wordpress.com@teknoteacher on twitter, email: alan (at) odonahoe (dot) org (dot) uk)

  • It all started with a talk at Barcamp Media City, Salford. A fictional talk made reality?
  • The fictitious BBC Code Lab (#bbccodelab blew up on Twitter)
  • Code Lab – place for a well trusted institution to play a part in modern IT. Vision and concept for schools IT this decade.
  • Cast your mind back over the BBC Micro project supported through schools and colleges to encourage the uptake of technology.
  • Computing at Schools (supported by Microsoft, Google, CPHC, BCS).
    * The Computing at School Working Group (CAS) is a grass roots organisation that aims to promote the teaching of Computing at school. CAS is a collaborative partner with the BCS through the BCS Academy of Computing, and has formal support from other industry partners.
  • Codemanship – Practitioner Partner Exchange as documented by Jason Gorman.
  • Programming in Scratch. Building-block programming.
    * Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web.
    * As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.
  • Python is being taught for Computing GCSE.

1.11:06 | FEEDBACK

1.21:57: | OUTRO AND WRAP

Midi version of Beny Hill TV theme based on “Yakety Sax” by Boots Randolph.

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  1. We do not need more ITC ,
    ITC is to blame for the lack of real computing skill in class , teachers dont really understand computer let alone teach code like ASM (devpack, ASM One) wich i learned nyself age 12.

    these day it all facebook , teach them Python!

    Tea break ,coff coff, just got the flu..

  2. Regarding Banshee and podcast subscription: I have had problems with subscription of the OGG files and therefore posted a question at askubuntu.com. Please see


    On your www page it is stated that both the MP3 and OGG files are distributed as RSS feeds, but from the answer at askubuntu.com I learned that the feed of OGG files is an Atom feed that is not supported by Banshee.

    Please change the information on your www page and distribute the OGG files as an RSS feed (i.e. not Atom feed)

  3. You were complaining about “not being able to find programs in Unity”. The same programs are there as were in the Gnome 2 version, they are in the same application menus, and they are categorized the same way. There is no need to use the “search” option if you don’t want to, and in fact I rarely do. All that has changed is that the menus look different, with a “flat” layout instead of dropping down. There’s more “bling” to the way the application menus look, but the substance has changed very little.

    I put icons for the programs that I use most often in the launcher bar on the left, which is exactly how I used Gnome 2 (with icons in the top bar). Very little of substance has really changed in that response either.

    The main change has been that instead of a bottom bar, you get the black icon with cross hairs which gives you an overview of the existing windows and which allows you to select the window you want. One really nice thing is that if you open a program, the icon for it appears in the launcher bar, and if you click on the icon, it takes you straight to that program even if it is in another workspace. This is very nice, as I don’t have to go search through the workspaces one by one to find where I had put something.

    I thought the global menu was going to be a problem, but it turns out that for most programs I rarely use the menus anyway. The main exception so far is bookmarks for Firefox, but then I always have the Firefox window at the full height of the screen, so the bookmarks menu isn’t far from where it would be anyway.

    So far as speed is concerned, I have been using Unity 2D on a fairly slow PC (1.8 MHz Sempron without accelerated graphics), and it’s at least as fast as Gnome 2 ever was.

    All in all, I would say that Unity 2D has been a very nice upgrade for me. It runs quickly, most of the basic concepts it uses are the same as in Gnome 2, and the things that it changed are mainly things that never really worked well in Gnome 2.

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