Monthly Archives: August 2011
I was reading the following article on TechCrunch http://techcrunch.com/2011/08/22/codecademy-surges-to-200000-users-2-1-million-lessons-completed-in-72-hours/
I have been looking at tools to assess the quality of potential new employees so this caught my eye although not suitable for me I think it is a great idea. It has foursquare type achievement badges so you can get “social” and learn with your friends.
It clearly is getting popular with TechCrunch reporting 2.1 million lessons completed in 72 hours and with a recent investment of $4 million.
I am intrigued to see what their business model going forward will be, it looks like they are going for the freemium model with the current offering being free and maybe charging for specific lessons. If they want to do more advanced assessments to screen more experienced developers that would be great.
A great example of the great services support available on Windows Phone 7 instead of emailing pictures to myself I can upload to SkyDrive 🙂
I also found a neat feature that automatically uploads your pictures to SkyDrive. I will now have all my pictures backed up to the web in case I lose my phone and can easily share them.
I can’t wait for Mango and the next generation of Windows Phones 🙂
Figures yesterday revealed the worst service for overcrowding is the 6.37am Reading to London Paddington where 610 standard class passengers squeeze into three carriages meant to hold 304.
And on the evening return trip at 6.45pm, 588 commuters cram into the train.
I do not yet see improvements to these services despite the risk to passengers’ safety and rising ticket prices.
- more trains at peak times and longer platforms
- the Reading to Waterloo line becoming “high speed”
- there is no penalty for the train companies for overcrowding, how about free tickets if the train is full and you are standing?
- In First Great Western’s case we have older trains too when is their rolling stock going to be changed- in the summer it is also very uncomfortable with no or poorly performing AC.
UPDATE: We also have the recent annoucement that train fares are going to rise by 8% too 😦 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14543709
Ten most crowded trains in London and the south-east
06.30 Bristol Temple Meads- Paddington
07.28 Bourne End-Paddington
Continuing my hunt for interesting uses of QR codes I came across First Great Western using them in Reading Station to allow you to get pocket timetables for your mobile phone. Very nice 🙂
I also noticed a QR code on a food programme on BBC1 which takes you to the ingredients for the recipe that had just been cooked up.
QR codes are clearly beginning to creep into our world slowly.
The search continues…
QR codes are a great idea and they appear to be growing in popularity in the UK. You can scan a QR code using your mobile and this will take you to a webpage chosen by the creator of the code.
Wikipedia defines a QR code as:
A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a specific matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) that is readable by dedicated QR readers, smartphones, and to a less common extent, computers with webcams. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded may be text, URL, or other data.
I have been QR code spotting and yesterday I noticed that Betfair are placing QR codes on two beach volleyball players at the Olympic Test event. The QR code below takes the user to a registration page to join Betfair, offering consumers a free bet.
Related to this I found this great doodle 🙂
Cartoon: Not What We Meant by ‘Mobile’