Monday, 12 August 2013

Holiday over

So, that's me back at work today after a very relaxing 6 weeks off. I've been extremely quiet, in fact non-existent, on the blog front during this time.

I was however pretty active during my time off. I spent a week on Ibiza, which was very nice. It was the first time I had visited Ibiza and also the first time abroad with my two year old little girl. We all had a fab time, did a spot of sight-seeing, some sunbathing and ate lots of nice food. The weather was just perfect - not too hot.

After coming home we visited lots of nice places around Scotland: Oban, St Andrews, Stirling and spent time at my sister in-law's new house in Killearn. Whilst doing all this I managed to complete TMA4 and put a whole new roof on my shed. I got my mark back for TMA3, which I was extremely happy with, finally putting the ghosts of TMA2 to bed.

In the last couple of weeks I carried out a full upgrade of the college Moodle system to version 2.5. This is always a pest of a job, however this time around I also managed to optimise the MySQL database, install and config a PHP cache accelerator and do some work on the theme CSS. It's all looking pretty good so far.

After 10 years, the domain name davidmcdade dot com became available, so I snapped it up. I'm probably going to install Wordpress and use it for blogging. I need to figure out how to migrate the posts from this blog to the new one. Among my first posts I am going to create a comprehensive guide to the Moodle upgrade process I have just been through.

It's EMA time also, I can't believe how quickly this course has gone. I've been in a bit of a quandary the past week or so about my subject matter for the EMA, I was originally going to go with MOOCs, however I have chose Badges as it's an area that I am very interested in, I am going to blog my processes in the completion, just hope I can find some good research material!