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Fragment – TM351 Services Architected for Online AccessTony Hirst

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:24:51 +0000

When we put together the original  TM351 VM, we wanted a single, self-contained installable environment capable of running all the services required to complete the practical activities defined for the course. We also had a vision that the services should be capable of being accessed remotely. With a bit of luck, we’ll have access to an OU OpenStack […]

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R HTMLWidgets in Jupyter NotebooksTony Hirst

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:17:01 +0000

A quick note for displaying R htmlwidgets in Jupyter notebooks without requiring pandoc – there may be a more native way but this acts as a workaround in the meantime if not: PS and from the other side, using reticulate for Python powered Shiny apps.

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Guacamole and Wine – Running Small Legacy Windows Apps Via a BrowserTony Hirst

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:08:51 +0000

A sketch some time ago of Accessing GUI Apps Via a Browser from a Container Using Guacamole. Today, we’re faced with trying to keep an old, old Windows app: a) running; b) across various platforms for another couple of presentations / another year of a course… So what to do? I had a look at […]

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Scripted Forms MagicTony Hirst

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:41:51 +0000

One of the things I think we could be looking at more in open ed in general, and the OU in particular, are authoring environments that allow educators to create their own interactives. A significant blocker is the skills required to create and deploy such things: activity design in general; front end / UI coding […]

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Datasette ClusterMap Plugin – Querying UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) Food Hygiene Ratings Open DataTony Hirst

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:40:04 +0000

Earlier today, Simon Willison announced a new feature of in the datasette landscape: plugins. I’ve not had a chance to explore how to go about creating them, but I did have a quick play with the first of them – datasette-cluster-map. This looks through the columns of a query results table and displays each row that contains […]

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Creating Simple Interactive Forms Using Python + Markdown Using ScriptedForms + JupyterTony HirstBinder

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:25:05 +0000

Just… wow… Every time I miss attending the OER conf (which is most years, which is stupid because all the best peeps are there) I try to assuage my guilt by tinkering with some OpenLearn stuff. This year, I revisted my OpenLearn XML scraper – first sketch notebook here – scraping the figure data into […]

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Looking for a Found Curriculum: Regulating the Future – AI, Robots and ParliamentTony Hirst

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:49:06 +0000

Several (many?!) years ago I was part of a course team that created a course titled “Robotics and the Meaning of Life” (we had also wanted the strapline “Joy, Fun, Robotics”, but that fell by the wayside when we didn’t secure a home experiment kit for every student). One aim of the course was to […]

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Notes – Detecting Safety Car Laps from F1 Laptime Data, Part 1Tony Hirst

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:36:52 +0000

Looking at some track/lap maps for F1 races, there are several visual cues for when a safety car has been deployed. For example, here’s a chart from the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix showing when a safety car arrived. The bunching of times at the left show that a full safety car is in track, bunching […]

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An Example of Not TeachingTony Hirst

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:01:10 +0000

Revising the TM351 VM, I’ve started looking at not running everything as root, setting up an oustudent user and various service users, or services run as the oustudent user. The key difficulty is trying to give a student enough permissions to run things we need them to run (which may require cerain sudo level privileges). […]

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Generating Text From An R DataFrame using PyTracery, Pandas and ReticulateTony Hirst

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 15:24:50 +0000

In a couple of recent posts (Textualisation With Tracery and Database Reporting 2.0 and More Tinkering With PyTracery) I’ve started exploring various ways of using the pytracery port of the tracery story generation tool to generate variety of texts from Python pandas data frames. For my F1DataJunkie tinkerings I’ve been using R + SQL as […]

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