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This is a simply tutorial for converting your folder of well used worksheets into something that is a little more “iPad-friendly”. Recently, Adobe released the Adobe Reader application which makes it easy for students to fill out interactive PDFs or your newly spruced worksheets. Once completed the documents can be printed (if you must), emailed, [...]

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The following video explains the concept of ‘workflows’. Due to the limited functionality in some applications it is necessary to use multiple applications to get the desired effect or end result. This professional development session was inspired by a workshop I attended at Slide2Learn 2013 in Perth, Western Australia. Special thanks to Kate Maccoll

Sunday 28 April, 2013

EDU Essentials List

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Over the past year I have developed an Essential Educational Application List. One of the biggest mistakes schools can make with their iPad programmes it to overburden students and staff with a device packed with applications which never get used. This is a bare basics list which will encourage creativity and practical functionality of the [...]

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“Ad astra” is a Latin phrase meaning “to the stars”.  This blog post summarises by student-focused session at Slide2Learn 2013, encouraging a positive view of the tablet for senior students who are particularly reluctant to adopt the technology late in their high school journey.  Ways will be suggested for using ICT to assist students in [...]

Tuesday 23 April, 2013

Technology-enabled Assessments

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The aim of the Tea Road Project was to modify the “pen pal” experience and allow Chinese and Australian students to open a dialogue, thus exposing the students to different cultures through modern mediums.  Students created a podcast in Chinese about their “Life in Australia” and posted it on the Tea Road website for Chinese [...]

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We have been having an on-going debate regarding whether or not YouTube content is regarded as “free-to-air” and if it is legal for Teachers to use show archived YouTube clips for offline playback.  There is heaps of blog articles relating to this but there are few credible sources of information which give you a ‘black [...]

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I was recently asked by a selection of teachers from various disciplines to research which Survey Software would be suitable for educational application in the classroom.  As we are quickly becoming a mobile school, it was a requirement that the survey software be device agnostic  and able to easily export results for school reporting. My [...]

Sunday 29 April, 2012

Storyboarding Podcasts

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Storyboarding is carried out in the pre-production stage when developing a video response.  This process involves making a comic-book like “story sketch” of the video.  If you have a lengthy podcast it can take a long time, but it is essential to work out the logistics of a shot/scene before production takes place.  It helps mostly with [...]

Saturday 31 March, 2012

One ‘Sub’ to rule them all!

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So far we have be using Sub Procedures which have been generated when we double click on a button and an event method is called.  This lesson we are going to create our own “Custom” Sub which will help us make our code more efficient.  If you haven’t already you need to download and run [...]

Friday 30 March, 2012

Many ways to skin a cat!

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Last lesson we looked at using If Statements and Checkboxes to control styles applied to fonts.  Once you successfully ran your program you would had found that there were issues with using the “CheckState.Checked” and “CheckState.Unchecked”.  This lesson we will look at two methods to solve those issues. Remember that with programming there is more [...]

Monday 26 March, 2012

Programming: Classic Controls

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The Checkbox is classic control in Visual Basic 2010.  It allows the user to elect one or more item by checking the checkbox/checkboxes concerned. The check box control displays a check mark when it is selected.  It is commonly used to present a Yes/No or True/False (Boolean) election to the user.  You can use a [...]

Wednesday 21 March, 2012

Programming: Converting Data Types

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Last lesson we played with receiving inputs from a user and then performing a mathematical sum with the value. When you are converting one datatype class to another, you must realise that the result of that conversion could vary depending on the type of conversion that you perform.  For example if you try to convert a Decimal [...]

Tuesday 20 March, 2012

Introduction to Programming

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For Year 10 – Computer Science we just started learning to Visual Basic as a part of the programming course work.  As this is first time many of you have encountered a programming language many of the concepts and terms will be very foreign, but rest assured if you stick with it you will get [...]

Wednesday 07 March, 2012

Evernote Plugin

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Evernote is an awesome tool to keep your class notes.  It allows you to index link, categorise and develop relationships between different topics.  The best thing of all is that you won’t lose your notes so you can search for the correct topics when it comes time to study.  You can also add PDF attachments, [...]

Machine Cycle Processing Information (TinTin)

We have covered the Input, Processing and Output (IPO) procedure for computers and also the basic hardware components and their purpose. We will now look at the CPU Architecture and machine cycle.  The Central Processing Unit (CPU) of a simple computer contains hardware (control unit and arithmetic logic unit) that executes the instructions, as they [...]

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Everyone who uses a computer to save or store files will at some time or another experience that heart stopping moment when they realise their files are lost.  Don’t let those files be lost forever.  It’s plain and simple: if you use a computer, you need to backup your data.  It’s not a question of [...]

Sunday 04 March, 2012

Disaster Aftermath: System Recovery

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After disaster strikes, you will be left to pick-up the pieces and recover what is left of your digital data.  Depending on the extent of the damage you will need to restore your system and get back to work as quickly as possible.  In order to do this there are physical and virtual preventative measures [...]

Thursday 23 February, 2012

Ride the Bus!

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Within computer hardware architecture, a bus is a sub-system or channel which allows transfer of data between components inside a computer circuitry,or between computers via network interfaces. A computer processes and stores data as a series of electric bits.  These bits transfer internally within the circuitry of the computer along electrical channels.  Each channel, called a [...]

Monday 20 February, 2012

Memory Hierarchy

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The term memory hierarchy is used in computing theory when discussing performance issues in computer architectural design and lower level programming constructs such as locality references.  A ‘memory hierarchy’ in computer storage distinguishes each level in the hierarchy by response time.  Since response time, complexity, and capacity are related, the levels may also be distinguished [...]

Monday 20 February, 2012

Purpose of Components

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The following blog entry extends the human body metaphor to show how the different components process different types of information. A computer is compose of at least six components, and each has a specific purpose. The main components are the motherboard, processor, memory, storage (hard drive), sound card and video card. Short Term Memory - The Read-Only [...]

Monday 20 February, 2012

Physiology of Computers

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Computers are complex machines built upon some very basic principals, but to begin to understand computers, you must first know the basic parts of the computer.  An easy way to remember what the purpose of each computer hardware component is to think of them as a part of the body.  Whilst this metaphor is widely [...]

Sunday 29 January, 2012

Character Reference

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Template to assist in designing a character. Download: Character – Planning Character

Saturday 05 November, 2011

Kinect for Windows, SDK Beta 2 Released

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Microsoft have finally come to their senses and decided to make it offical, Kinect for Windows will be released for both a commercial and private market. First off, this includes the Kinect SDK Beta v.2, witch has already been released. This include’s hundreds of new bug fixes, more features for the SDK and should also [...]

Wednesday 02 November, 2011

A New Template

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Welcome to a new view for the Teachbook blog; Now with nice images and some styling that will please your eyes. Go scroll through the categories, and look through the navagation to find other articles and wiki pages related to your question. If you find anything that does not work, or something that you think [...]

CSS3 Navigation

This tutorial walks you through creating a curved navigation bar with a gradient using CSS3.  The tutorial uses 100% stylesheets and no additional images to achieve the effect.  This tutorial does not cover the creation of the actual drop down menu. Create a new HTML document Create a new HTML5 document with two elements <header> [...]

Wednesday 28 September, 2011

CSS3: iPad Orientation

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With a well constructed fluid layout (dynamically expandable) it wouldn’t generally need to make the distinction of different stylesheets … but it works. The HTML solution is very simple and is shown here: <link rel=”stylesheet” media=”all and (orientation:portrait)” href=”portrait.css”> <link rel=”stylesheet” media=”all and (orientation:landscape)” href=”landscape.css”> This will allow you to have varying layout dependent on [...]

Wednesday 28 September, 2011

CSS3: Resolution Dependent Layouts

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One of the fantastic features of CSS3 (in-conjunction with HTML5) is the ability to create resolution dependent layouts.  This being where you can assign a stylesheet to a browser dependent on its maximum horizontal resolution.  There is a W3C standard way of declaring them.  One way is to test the “device-width”, like this: <link rel=”stylesheet” media=”screen [...]

Saturday 24 September, 2011

Gears of War 3 – Game Review

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Now Teachbook may be a blog for Computer Science and Applied Information Technology; but why not mix it up a bit? Here is my game review for the new Gears of War 3. I have been only playing this third-person shooter for about four hours, but it has already dawned to me as one of [...]

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With the release of Google Wallet this week it has sparked a range of questions in class regarding Near-Field Communication (NFC) and the risks associated with performing everyday transactions using a mobile device. Cutting edge wireless technologies… NFC isn’t really a new or necessarily cutting edge technology.  It is essentially the same short-range wireless technology [...]

Wednesday 21 September, 2011

Distributed vs. Centralised Databases

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Fore-thought Here is a little article to bridge the gap between topics and create some sort of logic to the workflow. Previously we were developing GUI Applications, we then looked at the Modelling, Development and Management of Databases, last lesson we attempted to connect our databases using Visual Basic to our GUI Applications (school security [...]

Tuesday 20 September, 2011

The Magical World of Aircraft

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I love planes. Part One. So in this blog post, I will be taking my very short experience in Aviation and comparing it to today’s technology filled Aviation industry and comparing both of them together. First, let’s put these two into perspective. Currently I fly (with an instructor) a Cessna 152 that was invented in [...]

Tuesday 20 September, 2011

Let’s get Blogging!


Hello Everyone! So I have noticed that there has not been that many blog post’s submitted on the Teachbook Blog for quite some time! Let me remind you that it is part of the Computer Science / Applied Info Tech course and your end mark is affected by it! So get blogging! ~Damian

Monday 12 September, 2011

HTML5: What’s New!


Whilst a lot is the same there are a couple of new tags that are making their debut in HTML5.  This article will explain some of the more prominent ones that you will no doubt encounter. <header> If you were previously in the habit of using <div id=”header”> in your sites, this new <header> tag will be [...]

Monday 12 September, 2011

HTML5: The Basic Semantic Structure


The idea with the release of HTML5 was to stop versioning HTML so that backwards compatibility is easier.  An example if a browser doesn’t recognise a tag it will simply use the tags which it does understand.  I’m not sure if this will work on not but at least W3C is trying to be progressive…. [...]

Sunday 11 September, 2011

HTML5 Forms: New Elements


The following are the new elements which are applicable to building forms in HTML5. If you haven’t already please also read the following blog articles related to HTML 5 forms: HTML5 Forms: Attributes HTML5 Forms: Input Types These are the new elements for HTML5 Forms: datalist – Contains a number of <option> elements with values [...]

Sunday 11 September, 2011

HTML5 Forms: Attributes


Top complement the new input types, there are a number of new attributes. If you didn’t read about the new input types available in HTML5 check out “HTML5 Forms: Input Types“.  These new attributes are handy for actions web developers often need. autocomplete – An option to turn off automatic form completion of values for [...]

Sunday 11 September, 2011

HTML5 Forms: Input Types


This blog entry covers some of the new input types which are available in HTML5.  There are still various incompatibility issues with web browsers (i.e. HTML5 is not supported yet).  If there are any issues with incompatibility the web browser will just default back to the regular <input type=”text”> element.  The web browser will not [...]

Thursday 28 July, 2011

(Google+) A First Look


Google over the last few months and years, has been creating something that can compete with Facebook. Last year, they tried this with Google Wave only to end in utter failure. Now with Google+, Google could now become a very big contender. The service launched on June 28, 2011 in an invite only state. High [...]

Thursday 21 July, 2011

html5 and css3


I was look around on the net for some html5 code samples and i came along this site it looks good not that far in to it have a look at see what if was about. It not just on html5 there css3, JavaScript, Ajax and more. just have a look and see if it helps [...]


And….. the 3rd and final Sub Module for converting Binary using the ‘Alternative Subtraction Method’. Public Sub Method3(ByVal num1 As Integer) ‘ ############################################# ‘ METHOD #3 – Alternative Subtraction Method ‘ ############################################# Dim A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, T1, T2, T3, T4, T5, T6, [...]

Binary Method 2

Below is the sub module solution for converting Decimal to Binary using the Division Method.  As with the other method please post any ways you think the code could be improved. ‘ ############################## ‘ METHOD #1 – Division Method ‘ ############################## Public Sub Method1(ByVal num1 As Integer) ‘declare variables Dim working As String = String.Empty [...]

Binary Method 2

In class yesterday we were set the task of creating a program which can convert decimal numbers to binary.  The program must use modules and demonstrate all three conversion methods outlined by the Curriculum Council Specification Guide.  The idea of this activity is for students to recognise decimal, binary (and eventually) hexadecimal numbers and be [...]

Saturday 18 June, 2011

Mental Robot Hand!


Monday 06 June, 2011

Like the blog on Facebook!


Hey guys! We all know what Facebook is (unless you have been living under a very well shielded rock for the past few years). If you would like to ‘like’ the blog and get up-to-date information, click the link! ~ Damian. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Teachbook/155219997861788 <– Here http://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/plugins/like-box/


Now that Sony’s PlayStation Network is back online again, analysts are beginning to assess the real-world cost of the network breach and shutdown of the giant gaming establisment. Even as recently as this past week. Sony was still having trouble with the PlayStation Network, taking down its password resetting facility because of another Sony oversight: [...]

Monday 06 June, 2011

iPhone 4GS or 5?


So as we know already, Apple always like releasing something from the same product line every year. For example, last year the iPhone 3GS was upgraded to the iPhone 4. So the spectliaction is pointing to another new iPhone, but this time instead of going from the 4 to the 4GS, everyone beleves that we [...]

Monday 23 May, 2011

Autodesk 3ds Max


Autodesk 3ds Max software provide powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, rendering, and compositing tools that enable artists and designers to more quickly ramp up for production. The two versions share core technology and features, but offer differentiated experiences and specialized toolsets for game developers, visual effects artists, and graphic designers on the one hand, and architects, [...]

Monday 23 May, 2011

Unreal Development Kit


What is it? UDK is Unreal Engine 3 – a complete professional development framework. All the tools you need to create great games, advanced visualizations and detailed 3D simulations on the PC and iOS. The best tools in the industry are in your hands. Who’s it for? Anyone. Everyone. You. Unreal Engine 3 has been used [...]

Monday 23 May, 2011

Dual-Core Android Smartphone



The social network Facebook is the most common form of blogging. Its also the most annoying. Some people post a status every 5-10 minutes, I wont name names but you all knwo who I mean. People post everything imaginable. Ranging from what they did today all the way to how their current relationship is going. Accepting friend requests is like subscribing to [...]


Blogging. It’s something a large proportion of us all do. It gives us (and any others who may read it) a source of news, entertainment, or general rantings. Blogs of today originated from online diaries, but to todays crowd, they now act as more of source of current events. For those who do not use [...]

Friday 20 May, 2011

Nokia X7-00


Have you been wondering what Nokia plans to do between now and whenever it launches its first Windows Phone handset? We have, too. It turns out it’s business as usual for the number one smartphone manufacturer, with today’s announcement of two new Symbian-powered phones, one of which is the X7. But this isn’t Symbian as [...]


Well I like Xbox’s, so please expect a bias blog post here… Along with Sony’s great TV range and their gaming console; this was always going to happen. They have combined a good gaming console into one of there best new TV’s, allowing for full HD viewing of you most watched programs and instant switching [...]

Friday 20 May, 2011

web accessibility


1                    What is Web Accessibility? Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web. 2                    Why is so important? It is essential that the Web be accessible in order to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with disabilitiesProvide [...]


If you couldn’t capture the title, this has to do with the differrent ways of accessing the Internet (Preferably not 4Chan) and the duties required to provide a sustainable system. Web accessibility is ensuring that Articles, Media, etc. on the Web, are able to be viewed and understood under different circumstances. These circumstances can relate [...]

Friday 20 May, 2011

iiNET – BoB’s Big Brother


BoB. It’s so cool they spelt it’s name wrong at birth. (Broadband in a box > >). But the old BoB many of us have is made in America from a well known company. Because of this there has been many problems. From day one iiNET said it would make it’s own router and hardware [...]


The internet has been created for every single person on earth, no matter how different. Some people can’t listen to speach, or read the text on a website; but companys and websites are trying there best to make it better for those with a disabilitiy. Because of this, when a website is being created special [...]


A recent article posted on Mashable (prob. a week ago now) looked at the Apple iPad trial in schools and whether iPad’s and in deed students are ready. http://mashable.com/2011/05/16/tablets-education/ The following topics are covered: Tablets are the Best Way to Show Textbooks Classrooms Are Ready for Tablets Tablets Fit Students’ Lifestyles Tablets have the Students [...]

Thursday 19 May, 2011

The Interwebs – Usage :)


The Internet (Also called the Interwebs). It’s a beautiful world. Full of infomation, publications, games, YouTube, Facebook and other less-inviting aspects*. Every single day there is something new on the internet, not to mention every second. It’s been looked at as a huge help for people at work, allowing them to colaberate with others around [...]


From the start of the interwebs, people have been opening up their lives for the world to see. In the early days when the first blogs on the internet were created, they were usaly in a diary format; being very simple and easy to use only containing a few images and text. Over the years, blogs have [...]

Monday 16 May, 2011

Eduwise Pc


The Eduwise Pc by Intel is $400, although titled as a “Pc” it is in fact a laptop. It is cheap and simple alternative for those with a lack of money and resourses. These people with lack of money, education and resources compared to those who can afford and are able to fully understand and work technology are the people who make up the digital divide. The Eduwise Pc [...]

Monday 16 May, 2011

Eduwise Pc


Eduwise Pc is a personal mobile computer which is used for the learning enviroment for teachers and also students around the world. The ‘project’ is aimed at spreading the latest technology and trains students and teachers in what they call a ‘real sense’. The ‘Eduwise Pc’ is well priced at $400, and it includes features such [...]


http://www.tech-news.com/imagesap/xo-1pc.jpg While the main priority to people of developing countries is generally to provide the big 3 – Water, Food and Shelter, The ICT community is also helping provide another important resource: Technology. The use of technology to developing nations helps further their economy by shifting up the global status, while also improving morale. The [...]

Monday 16 May, 2011

Ipad 2


  It’s 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter, so it feels even more comfortable in your hands. Two powerful cores in one A5 chip mean iPad can do twice the work at once. With up to nine times the graphics performance, game play on iPad is even smoother and more realistic. And [...]

Monday 16 May, 2011

AMD Geode & The Digital Divide


AMD and Intel alike have started to work on improving the Digital Divide over the world by intergrating older styled technology into computers that can cost less then $100 dollors Australian. By using CPU’s created in the 90′s, the companys can offer these processors for a very little price tag, and even offer some for [...]

Monday 16 May, 2011

What is Software Piracy?


Unlike other things you purchase, the software applications and fonts you buy don’t belong to you. Instead, you become a licensed user – you purchase the right to use the software on a single computer, but you can’t put copies on other machines or pass that software along to colleagues. Software piracy is the illegal [...]

Friday 13 May, 2011

Digital Divide


The above video is about the adoption of technology in Uganda, peoples attitudes towards technology and the Digital Divide. The above video is about the Rasberry Pi micro computer which has recently been developed

Friday 06 May, 2011

Intel Tri Gate 22nm Technology


Intel Tri Gate 22nm Technology First benchmarking test with Intel’s new Technology


Apple has just won a patent, which I totally saw coming a mile away, that seemingly allows for their semi-ubiquitous 30-pin connector to support “DisplayPort (dual lane)”, which sounds a lot like the Thunderbolt standard so recently added to the Apple stable. Their is a patent that shows a step in this direction: further coalescing different [...]

Tuesday 12 April, 2011

eBook’s – The New Book


Wow that title makes this story sound really intresting. Sadly, book’s are not as interesting as they used to be, but Apple, Amazon and other companies are bringing it back into style by making the book become something digital. So iPad’s, iPhones and Kindles have been around for a few years now. You can buy [...]

Wednesday 30 March, 2011

iOS 5 – A new beginning?


According to two “solid sources” for TechCruch, Apple’s forthcoming iOS 5 software may bring with it a major revamp of the operating system built around the cloud, but we’ll have to wait for a fall release to enjoy its new features. A fall release would break the pattern of previous iOS releases, which have typically been [...]

Wednesday 30 March, 2011

Plane Finder – The Legal Way


The wonders of the intrenet! Each and every day, we discover new websites that do so much more then we ever expected. A brand new company has taken a great idea, and turned it into something that can become very popular. Todays new aircraft have a AIS or ADS-B transceiver for the airline to track and [...]

Saturday 19 March, 2011

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play


First unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona, Spain, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play features a “4″ multitouch display, a touch-sensitive joystick, a D-pad and four of the PlayStation’s famous control buttons; triangle, square, circle and X.  PlayStation games on the XPERIA Play will be downloaded through the ‘PlayStation Suite’, an [...]

Saturday 19 March, 2011

Will the Xphone be real?


We know that the PSP Phone aka the Xperia Play is real, as confirmed by an official Sony and Android commercial at the beginning of this week, but what about Xbox? The gaming platform is integrated into Windows Phone 7 as Xbox Live, but we’re lacking a genuine gaming phone with Xbox features, unless you [...]

Saturday 05 March, 2011

New Functionality: Print Friendly


New Functionality has just been installed which allows you to Print, Email or Save a PDF of a particular page or blog post. As well as the ability to Print you can also remove sections of text, headers, images and YouTube Videos so that you don’t waste paper or colour. The print friendly button appears [...]


Since the iPad 2 has a pair of cameras, Apple is porting iMovie to the iPad. The popular movie editing software debuted over 10 years ago on the Mac and brought it iPhone with limited capability last year. While even some professional movie makers used it, the small interface make it challenging to edit complex [...]

Thursday 03 March, 2011

Netgear DGN1000 Modem


The Netgear N15 Wireless Modem Router DGN1000 is a simple ADSL+2 modem/router with an 802.11n wireless access point. it also has four 10/100 Eternet ports, a built in firewall, parental filters and the Netgear N150 Wireless Modem Router DGN1000 even has physical bottons for controlling the state of the wireless network. It isnt a fully blown [...]

Thursday 03 March, 2011

Intel Solid State Hard Drives


Intel Solid State Drives represent a revolutionary breakthrough that delievers a giant leap in storage performance. Intel Solid State Drivers are designed to satisfy the most demanding gamers, media creators, and technology enthusiasts. These new drives bring a high level of performance and reliability to notebook abd desktop computer storage, at a fraction of the [...]

Monday 28 February, 2011

Billion BiPac 7800N


Connections: The 7800N sits above the norm by offering gigabit Ethernet ports and interestingly, a WAN port. Unlike many consumer routers, Billion has chosen not to include USB ports for print sharing or storage — perhaps because usually they are rife with compatibility problems and cause more frustration than joy. Performance: After analysing the spectrum [...]

Monday 28 February, 2011

D-Link DSL-2740B


D-Link DSL-2740 has been around in some shape or form since 2006 now, and it shows in the design, this is one box you’ll want to hide away in a dark corner. The 2470B amounts to a middle of the road effort from D-Link. It’s not missing any features, but it doesn’t do much above [...]

Monday 28 February, 2011

BELKIN PLAYMAX MODEM ROUTER


Speed Double your performance and bandwidth with Dual-Band N technology. Simultaneous networks eliminate interference and optimize media-intensive applications like videos and gaming, with speeds of up to 300 Mbps. Modem supports ADSL 2+ connection. Security WPS/WPA2 encryption standards and preset security settings get you up and running safely. One-touch Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) securely connects [...]


You have seen the ads, people singing over this box called BoB. He stands for broadband in a box somehow and the people at iiNET think it is the best thing to ever happen to Australian internet before the NBN. BoB combines the modem, routor and also voip modem in one that allows acceess to [...]

Monday 28 February, 2011

Microsoft – The New Logo’s


So a few days ago, several, if not hundereds of images and video’s poped up all over the internet after Microsoft had a internal, closed conference. The companys  ‘new logo design concept’ along with there brand new slogan “Be What’s New” have been revealed and leaked. Now other then this weird-ish slogan these new logo’s seem simple, too simple [...]

Saturday 26 February, 2011

Revision of Course Topics


I have just implemented some new functionality into the Teachbook Blog site. This functionality will allow us to develop revision quizzes based on the topics that have been covered. Each quiz will generate 10 random multiple choice questions from the database of questions, this means that each quiz won’t be too long. Every time you [...]

Saturday 26 February, 2011

Microsoft Silverlight


Silverlight is a powerful development platform for creating rich media applications and business applications for the Web, Desktop and mobile devices. Silverlight is basically a free plug in powered by the .NET framework that is compatible  across mulitple browsers, devices and operating systems to bring a new level of interactivity wherever the web works. With [...]

Friday 25 February, 2011

Google Docs: Google Cloud Connect


Thursday was a very busy day in the internet world.  As well as the release of new Apple products and releasing of Intel’s new hardware, Google has announced the release of their new Google Cloud Connect technology for Google Docs. I do lots of research publications with my Dad who lives and works in the [...]

Friday 25 February, 2011

Thunderbolt (a.k.a Light Peak) Explained


Following on from the previous post about Intel’s light peak (thanks Ricardo). http://blog.teachbook.com.au/index.php/2011/02/intel-light-peak/ Thunderbolt is the new technology that Apple has integrated into its new Macbook Pro line.  This is the same technology referenced in Ricardo’s article and was formally called Light Peak.  This technology was developed by Intel and collaborated on by Apple in [...]

Friday 25 February, 2011

Possible Apple Store Refresh Today?


Looks like the Apple store are updating there line of products! Over the last few weeks a lot of news (that you should already know, if you don’t live under a rock) about the Macbook Pro’s being updated look to be correct. With possible moves from Nivida to ATI graphics, to actual confirmed details that [...]

Thursday 24 February, 2011

Future of Wireless Networks


Here is a great article to start of our merge into Networking for next week. http://mashable.com/2011/02/23/future-home-networking-tips/ Netgear employee David Henry talks about consumer demands for prioritising bandwidths, media streaming and faster transfer.  The recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) showed that all devices are now being connected to the internet, be it a TV, Blu-ray play, [...]

Thursday 24 February, 2011

WordPress 3.1 – Update on its way!


Mashable has just reported the arrival of WordPress 3.1 update! http://mashable.com/2011/02/23/wordpress-3-1/ Whilst I haven’t had a chance to update this particular blog yet you can expect it very soon.  The new features include customisable Administration menu and blog types which will allow you to post galleries and various other styled blogs entries.

Wednesday 23 February, 2011

Top 5 Gaming Keyboards of 2010


#1  Logitech G19 Large color LCD supports digital photos and video playback; included software development kit opens LCD up to homebrew and community-made apps; 16 million color options for backlit keys; built-in USB 2.0 ports; improved macro recording capabilities with support for five simultaneous key presses. Price: $399.00   #2  Razer Tarantula Razer brings all [...]

Wednesday 23 February, 2011

The National Broadband Network


The national broadband network (or NBN for short) is the next best things for all gamers, nerds and people who use the internet in Australia! The NBN is designed to bring fibre to the premises, basicly meaning that eventualy, they will get a fibre optic cable and either above or below ground attach it to [...]

Wednesday 23 February, 2011

Apple Event Announced – 2nd March 2011


Apple is holding an event in San Francisco on March 2, and many feel the company is getting ready to unveil the newest version of the highly successful iPad – Mashable.com has just posted. http://mashable.com/2011/02/22/apple-event-ipad-2/ There are also lots of rumour surrounding the release of the new Macbook Pro which is also due for release [...]

Wednesday 23 February, 2011

Alienware m15X Review


Following the redesign of the m17X gaming notebook, alienware went and gave the m15x the same extreme make over as they did to the m17x, its the newest 15 inch notebook today. Not only does this notebook have the smae extreme looks like the m17x like the menacing grill and backlit keyboard but the new [...]

Wednesday 23 February, 2011

Intel “Light Peak”


Light Peak is a new high-speed optical cable technology designed to connect to your electronic devices to each other. Light Peak delivers high bandwidth starting at 10Gb/s with the potential ability to scale to 100Gb/s over the next decade. At 10Gb/s you can transfer a full length Blu-Ray movie in less then 30 seconds. Optical [...]

Monday 21 February, 2011

Google Docs Viewer… updated!


If you don’t use Gmail or Google Chrome you may not be aware of Google Docs. Google docs basically allows you to view and in some cases edit multiple forms of documents. The system also allows you to manage documents with simple document management system functionality. A recent article by Mashable.com references the official Google [...]

Monday 21 February, 2011

Who do you follow?


I dont know if any of you use Twitter at all.. however one person that I follow is Vivek Wadhwa (@vwadhwa) he is an academic and Senior Research Assistant at Harvard Law School and often writes for TechCrunch. Although he is very critical of Google his articles do raise some very good points. In a [...]

Monday 21 February, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Review


The Samsung S Galaxy could definitely do with a sprinkling of individuality, espicially for customers looking for a variable iPhone alternative, not an iPhone look a like. But its flaws are mostly skin deep and once you immerse yourself in the class leading 4- inch screen you would forgot all about the flaws. The Android [...]

Monday 21 February, 2011

Game Design – Minecraft


Several games studios latley have tried to find a sweet spot for user’s to bring there own passion and ideas into that game. Other then Call of Duty, there are many new games around that have been created by one or two people that have no story-line at all, but is as large as other games [...]

Monday 21 February, 2011

Flash Memory


A computer chip which is read only memory (ROM),  which retains its data when the power is turned off and that can be electronically erased and reprogrammed without being removed from the circuit board. Many modem and PC’s have their BIOS stored on flash memory chip so that it can be easily updated if necessary, and [...]