Monthly Archives: August 2010

Shift Happens : UK Original

Good illustration of the challenges and opportunities we face…

A little more on Jolicloud…

So, I’ve been using Jolicloud on a USB stick for a couple of weeks now; I wouldn’t say in anger, but that’s mainly ‘cos I’m not an angry person. I’ve been using it primarily to demonstrate the concept of a slim web focussed OS that is totally portable. So far it runs up nicely on all 7 of the different desktops, laptops and Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPC) that I have tried. No driver probs to note thus far. I’m yet to have a go at setting to read only… I’m using Dropbox and ZumoDrive for online synchronised storage – also good so far. One massive boon is that Jolicloud fully synchronises your desktop with an identical online version; all web apps, favourites and other useful personal settings are also replicated. So, if I mislay my USB stick, or cant use it with a device, I can still work. The only things missing in the online version of my desktop are local drives and legacy apps – locally installed apps. But hey, this is just motivation to use online storage and web apps. The whole point!

Another yay for Jolicloud. Very keen to see where Chrome OS goes now.

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Jolicloud Vs Google Chrome OS

I have been eagerly awaiting the Google Chrome Operating System Release Candidate since it was announced on the 7th July 2009. ¬†Over a year on and where are we Google? There is talk that the OS will only be available to work with specific devices. This would be a real blow and kind of distracts from the device agnostic nirvana that I’m seeking…

So, I was very interested to stumble across Jolicloud – a ‘cloud’ OS that has been making waves – or letting the sunshine through – with what seems to be a direct competitor to Chrome OS.

On the face of it there seems to be very little to distinguish the two OS’. They are both optimised for web use and target the netbook or lower spec devices; low power, 10″ screens, moderate graphics, high portability, etc. Both OS’ are based upon Linux and thus wide open to the Open Source developer community. Continuing this story of ‘twin peeps’ further similarities are:

  • Both work with web apps;
  • Both get updates and bug fixes on boot;
  • File storage is mostly in the cloud;
  • Both are based around the web browser – in fact Jolicloud’s default browser is Google Chrome and it will have full Google WebStore app running functionality!

However, there is one clear advantage in that Jolicloud has a ready to go, easy to install, flash drive configuration! Will Chrome OS give us this independence?

Cool video from Google

This video nicely sums up where the desktop is going…

A colleague and I have some ideas about how this could be taken to the next level to further reduce support and¬†maintenance… I’ll post soon.

About F2MKE

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My name is Michael Pickett and I have worked in the ICT industry since 1997.  I have a broad ICT knowledge having been lucky enough to have experience in both private and public sectors in roles ranging from service desk and engineer, to web developer and technical architect. I have managed teams including specialists and been responsible for delivering major projects, some of which impact upon approximately 130,000 end users. The main thrust of my current role is technical strategy working in the education sector.

Michael Pickett

Michael Pickett

The purpose of the F2MKE –¬†Future2: Mission Knowledge Economy ‚Äď website and supporting blog is to share my current experience and ideas about the delivery of ‚ÄúInvisible ICT in Learning‚ÄĚ. Can ICT really become the 5th Utility (along with water, electricity, gas, and telephone)? ¬†ICT can certainly transform learning and deliver great efficiencies. But it has to be industrial strength and sustainable. If the electricity or water supply fails at school then the likelihood is that the school will have to close until fixed. This is fast becoming the same in the event of a school‚Äôs ICT breakdown.

Quick¬†Disclaimer ūüėȬ†The views and ideas published on this website are my own, or those of fellow bloggers and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer.

SIF Case Studies and Presentations

If you are interested in increasing efficiency, saving time, improving data security and of course a better ICT experience for all, then check out the case studies and presentations below…

Solving data issues with SIF.  Examples of SIF in Norfolk, Warwickshire and South West Grid for Learning.  (Double sided A4)

Norfolk County Council – 20 January 2010.¬† Norfolk’s Proof of Concept (PoC). (Double sided A4)¬† Presentations from the SIF Association UK’s quarterly conferences.

Okay, so I’m interested in SIF… What should I do next?

You should seriously consider becoming a SIF Association UK member. The following highlights just some of the benefits of joining: SIF Association UK sees continued growth.

Introducing the Systems Interoperability Framework (SIF)

The Systems Interoperability Framework (SIF) is an international open standard that enables near real-time sharing of information between resources.

Because SIF is an open standard, any services using it can share information without the need for any bespoke integration.

The benefits are many…

  • Information about me is kept safe;
  • I‚Äôm more likely to access the valuable resources available to me;
  • The resources I use can be personalised;
  • Pluggable ‚Äď all my systems, applications and resources work together;
  • Time is saved with information added once and reused many times;
  • Errors are reduced ‚Äď information is reused many times and any changes are made only once then shared as relevant;
  • Near-time information sharing ‚Äď I can update information once and it is shared in near-time with all of the relevant subscribing services;
  • Information sharing is controlled and secure;
  • √Čducation sans Fronti√®res!

Welcome to F2MKE!

The purpose of the F2MKE –¬†Future2: Motivating the Knowledge Economy¬†– website and supporting blog is to share my current experience and ideas about the delivery of “Invisible ICT in Learning”. Can ICT really become the 5th Utility (along with water, electricity, gas, and telephone)?