Tag Archive | Cottingham

Giving Blood

Today I gave blood for the first time. I was originally intending to just go into Cottingham to pick up a few bits and pieces to make myself some dinner tonight, but when I saw the “Please Give Blood” vans, I felt I should do my bit, especially as I have been intending to pretty much since I turned 18 last July.

The process of registering to give blood was simple and only took about 5 minutes, and included basic personal information including name, age and address as well as some medical history. When I went to return my form to the nurse I was asked if I had eaten in the past two hours, I hadn’t, so I was asked to go and buy a Sandwich and Crisps from the Sainsbury’s from across the road. I didn’t have a problem with this 😉

Once I had eaten, and read what seemed like dozens of leaflets about blood and its medicinal uses whilst waiting for my turn I was shown to a private cubicle to talk about my medical history and to have my blood tested for Iron levels. This was done using a quick prick to the finger and a special solution in which an Iron-full drop of blood drops within 15 seconds. My drop of blood dropped to the bottom of the solution almost instantly, so it seems I have a lot of Iron in my system. :P. Because I’d put on my form that I have had previous “Heart issues”, an innocent heart murmur when I was a child, a more experienced nurse had to sign off my forms.

Once all the formalities of signing forms and talking about medical history were over I was asked to read yet more leaflets, this time on what to do after my blood had been taken, including advice to exercises to quickly get blood flowing around my body and what to do if I experienced any head aches or light headedness. I was then shown to a bed where they took 3 viles and a pint of my blood.

Afterwards I was given a biscuit and allowed to leave. Apparently my blood could be used to save someone’s life in as little as 48 hours, which is an interesting and exciting idea.

The point of this blog post is to try to get some other students giving blood. I didn’t see a single person my age throughout the entire process, which is a bit sad as we’re at the age where our blood regenerates the quickest so we’re in theory the best candidates to give! So go sign up today.

Danny.

Fire Alarm!

Unfortunately this post starts with another rant about the bloody Railway Crossing in Cottingham which today decided to come down right in front of my morning bus to uni for about 6 minutes for a train with approximately 10 people on to go past.

Once I’d finally got to uni my 9:15 lecture was about Professional Conduct as an employee in the Information Technology Sector, most of it is common sense, like have a contract and stick to it and don’t do things which could be considered as illegal misuse of computers.After enduring that for an hour I had two hours to fill with eating in the Student Union and talking to Sean and Rob. Half way through this however the large magnet powered doors all shut, red lights started flashing and the fire alarm came on. This resulted in the entire SU being evacuated — you can see people leaving in the feature picture.

My next lecture was Computer Systems Operating Systems and was all about Memory Management which is a ridiculously complex process by which the OS allocated memory resources to individual processes and then feeds the addresses of the memory locations containing said processes to the processor. There are several methods which we have to learn about.

After that lecture I made my way to Cottingham to write angry letters to Student Finance, buy (extortionately priced)  envelope and stamps to send said angry letters and complete some OS homework as well as talk to Jess and eat Dinner.

My angry letter to Student Finance England - Hand Written!

My angry letter to Student Finance England - Hand Written!

That pretty much concludes my day

Thanks for Reading,
Danny

IT, Professionalism, Operating Systems & Annoyances

(After only 7 minutes waiting at the Cottingham railway crossing “A Wild Train Appears…!” )

Today has been a good day on the whole, It started with our first ever Information Technology and Professionalism lecture in The Wilberforce building — the one that doesn’t look like a boat. The basic overview of the IT part of the course involves;

  • Word Processing Skills
  • Spreadsheet Skills
  • Database Skills
  • Enterprise Computing
  • Information (Management, Systems and the Internet)
  • Understanding the costs to business / business use of IT
Furthermore the professionalism side of the course covers;
  • The Concept of professionalism
  • Professional Ethics and good practice
  • The Law and Computing
  • Technical Writing Skills

It looks to be an interesting course, and I am looking especially forward to the group work in semester two, which involes creating a database running on a Microsoft SQL Server back-end and presenting a Powerpoint presentation to the year.

After this I grabbed a Bacon and Sausage sandwich from the Student Union and checked my emails… which brings me to my first annoyance of the day. Student Finance England have managed to cock up my student loan, by attempting to give me a Maintenance loan I neither want nor need and not paying my university — which I both want and need. This all stems from literally months of mis-communication on their behalf. I’ve never heard a good word said about the company.

After spending what seems like an hour trying to get through and solve the issue it was time for our second Computer Systems lecture, this time it was on the operating systems side of the topic and gave us a very interesting insight into what Operating Systems do and it was asked of us to make our own definition of an operating system by mixing the best parts of 5 definitions shown to us. I came up with;

An operating system is a software interface between hardware and the user; it is responsible for the management and coordination of activities and the sharing of the resources of a computer (such as memory, CPU time, disk space and input/output devices). It acts as a host for computing applications.

After the lecture finished I went to catch the bus back to my flat at The Lawns which brings me to my second (joke of an) annoyance. Cottingham Village Railway Crossing. I swear to god it always closes when I’m either on the way to or on the way back from Uni! Lol.

Anyway, thats all for now,

Danny

Spiders, Sunday & Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Review

HTC 7 Mozart Mango

Spiders

Last night as I mentioned in my previous post I went to spiders with the Rock Society of the Hull University Union and Jess. It was totally different to any club or venue I’ve been to before. Its essentially a big house and garden in the middle of an industrial estate with 3 rooms, each dedicated to a different genre of rock, our favourite of which was the 60’s-80’s room which played classic bands such as Madness, The Selecter and The Ramones. We were also happy with the great variety of cheap drinks available — notably a special called The JUGular — a 6 drink jug containing two shots of your choice, two liquors and loads of soft drink — in our case Coke! It was so tasty, but also incredibly alcoholic! Yum.

Today

Today I spent most of my time in Cottingham and Hull City Centre — with Jess — finding a reasonably priced place we could both eat which with her being vegetarian that was somewhat difficult. Eventually we settled on a small pub which offered a Sunday Roast Carvery for me and a Veggie burger for her. After that we spent a lot of time enjoying the compact, yet full city centre in hull which offers many shops, resturants and facilities. After only being here a week I can safely say Hull doesn’t deserve the reputation it gets, its an enjoyable place to live with great night life, friendly locals and a buzzing atmosphere. Unfortunately Jess also left tonight at 6:30 after a fun filled weekend of clubbing and student life! Fortunately ill be able to see her soon when she comes back to see the amazing Specials in just under two weeks!

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango running on the HTC 7 Mozart

As I posted yesterday I bought a HTC 7 Mozart, originally running Windows Phone 7, on O2 as part of a 24 month contract. Since then I have upgraded the phone to Windows Phone 7.5 using the slightly hacky method documented on WinRumours. The update has bought a lot of functionality that was missing from the original 7.0 release of the OS. Most notably custom ringtone support and multi-tasking, all of which are very well explained and reviewed on Ars Technica, so I wont delve into those so much — however I would like to bring to peoples attention some of the lesser of the 500 updates which I feel have a great impact!

Messaging Improvements

The first thing I noticed when changing from 7.0 to 7.5 was perhaps one of the smallest changes to the OS — Emotions in text messages, whereas before the operating literally showed a string of symbols such as “:-)” if you selected a smiley face from the emotions keyboard it now shows some cool, single colour mango styled faces or icons depending on what you typed. Here is a collation of all the emotions produced by 1800PocketPC;

Windows Phone 7 Mango Text Emotions

Windows Phone 7 Mango Text Emotions

Another small but notable improvement was the fact that the phone now uses two different tones of your accent colour to differentiate between incoming and outgoing messages, rather than just using left and right. This is excellent UI design and makes reading texts a much more enjoyable experiance.

Other Aesthetic Changes

Another small aesthetic change is the improvement of the XBOX Live logo, which is now a lot more suited to the Metro Design the OS uses, before it felt ugly and out of place, but now it feels like a 1st rate application on the device. Yet another UI design change I like is the fact that Internet Explorers UI is now all at the bottom of the screen, rather than the top — this allows for a larger viewing area and in my opinion looks better. (IE also went from being based off of IE6/7 to IE9, a massive HTML5 powered difference 😉

Overall Feeling

Windows Phone 7.5 feels complete. In a nutshell it is what 7.0 should have been and is easily my favourite Phone OS due to its simple yet pretty look, mass of features and future potential (due to hopefully an influx of customers when Nokia release their device, and therefore an Influx of money hungry developers). I would definately recommend this OS to anyone — from tech savvy to totally technophobic — because it is simple enough for normal use (internet browsing, sending texts, making calls) but also extremely flexible for those who want a little more from their mobile device.

Thanks for Reading
Danny