Lion King

January 19, 2010

WYSIWYG vs Text editing

Perhaps this post required a bit more explanation.   Below is what you lot come up with when given free range on a blog post.   I was showing the wordpress interface in this lesson as it is an excellent real life example of both a WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) and a text editing web publishing tool.   You can use either (depending on how good your HTML is).

To recap:

  • Text editors require lots of skill and knowledge (to write code)
  • Making a page in a text editor doesn’t always come out how you thought
  • Text editors don’t require fancy (power hungry) software
  • WYSIWYG editors are easy to use and don’t need much training
  • Scar is bad.

Be prepared.

Our teeth and ambitions are bared.



Networking + the pain of a NAB

September 10, 2009

We have now finished all of the networking topic and set a date for the first NAB (22nd of September) once I remembered Monday 21st was a holiday. So, just in case you missed it yesterday these are the topics in the NAB:

  • Data representation
  • Computer Structure
  • Peripherals
  • Computer networks
  • Computer Software (we haven’t done this yet)

Have a read through the slide below about peer to peer networks, it is one of the harder parts of the networking topic….


And here is a slamball poster.

slamball poster

Bitmapped graphics flowgram

April 5, 2009

Bitmapped graphics flowgram

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February 26, 2009

I don’t seem to be able to manage more than one post a month at the moment, last month I at lesat had the excuse of an inspection. HMIE are keen on blogs and online learning platforms it seems 🙂

So I have missed too many lessons to summarise them in the normal way here, but they are all on Studywiz, click the picture below to get there.


Also, I have been playing with Flowgram and came up with this so far (it is a work in progress) so now you can have me narrate the slides while you revise! I am sure this is what you have all been secretly waiting for…..

Audio data

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Capturing a digital image

January 19, 2009

Today we went through everything that happens when you take a digital picture (on a phone, camera, web cam etc).  We started by having a look two people  that came up with the all important device, a CCD (charge-coupled device, see wikipedia here for a good explanation).  You don’t need to remember who invented it, but you do need to know what a CCD does.  Hopefully the slide below goes some way to explaining that.


Authoring Software v.s. Presentation software

January 8, 2009



Today we tried to look at some examples of multimedia appplications created using authoring software.    Unfortunately they seemed to be a bit much for the network connection in school but you could have a look now if you are so inclined.  They were catapults, car maintenance, and furniture assembly.  The point about of all of them was that they are on the whole more complicated pieces of multimedia than you could create using presentation software (like Powerpoint).   


These are the notes from today.


Back to blogging…

January 7, 2009

This is my first post in ages, but I have to post as today I forced all of the higher class to set up their own blogs and write something about what we have been doing.  Which is …. multimedia

We had a quick look today at the difference between using a WYSIWYG editor and a text editor to make multimedia applications.   The reason the class created blogs was to try and demonstrate that WYSIWYG editors are easy to use and don’t require any prior knowledge of code, unlike typing in HTML into a text editor.  I am hoping the blogs will come in useful elsewhere too though….

Here are the notes the class received today.


Also, I had to clear up the fact that a common design process used for multimedia applications is known as a storyboard (a graphical representation of the layout of a multimedia application showing navigational links), as demonstrated here by this not particularly helpful, yogi bear episode storyboard.


SVG – Scalable Vector Graphics

April 8, 2008

Today we had a (limited) look at Scalable vector graphics. These share the same properties as all vector graphics; they are made up of descriptions of the shapes in them rather than pixels, they are resolution independent (they do not pixellise when zoomed in), they allow editing of individual objects etc etc. They are particularly used on the web for reasons best shown by the diagram below (from an excellent Wikipedia page about SVG)

The main idea is that you should have an understanding of how something like the text below, turns into the two shapes below it…..

  <rect x="80" y="60" width="250" height="250" rx="20"
fill="red" stroke="black" stroke-width="2px" />

<rect x="140" y="120" width="250" height="250" rx="40"
fill="blue" fill-opacity="0.7" stroke="black" stroke-width="2px" />

Here are my notes from today:

The Prelim.

February 27, 2008


Sorry there have not been many posts for a while, but then there have not been many Higher Computing lessons for a while. The prelim was yesterday morning and is now in the process of being marked.

If you took advantage of the chat room support the night before you would have realised that calculation questions would be important (along with a lot of other topics!).

If you want extra practice try this question:

A stereo audio file has been recorded at CD quality and is 3 minutes 12 seconds long. It is to be stored on a solid state flash drive. How much space will it take up in an uncompressed format?

Answers as comments please…..

RIFF files

February 7, 2008

Yet another acronym! Just one more to go along with PAM, PCM, ADPCM, MP3…..

This one (Resource Interchange File Format orRIFF) is a container file i.e. contains more than one type of data.

It is was created by Microsoft and IBM (according to Wikipedia anyway) as a multimedia content file. The header (first section) of the file determines what kind of data is in it. The picture below explains it better than I can.


Here is the slide from todays lesson: