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“Khite” from the East

“Khite”, in Arabic, or “Threading”, as it is known in English, has been used by women across the East to control unwanted facial hair or to create that extra special eyebrow definition. After 1,000s of years Western salons are only just catching up; but threading is now in high demand as the alternative to brow waxing – being gentler on…

Go-ahead for 860 new special needs assistants

“SNAs act in a care and support role in classrooms, assisting students with special needs and disabilities to function in a mainstream school environment. Their role is not officially an educational one, although in practice many SNAs assist pupils with educational difficulties. Today’s move will bring the annual budget for SNAs to €425 million. The total budget for special education…

Wily Werewolf

October 22nd sees the release of the latest edition of Ubuntu – version 15.10 “Wily Werewolf”. It doesn’t promise anything especially exciting but it’s always good fun to struggle through the upgrade or download the latest ISO to make virtual machines or bootable USBs and be first to review it in action. www.ubuntu.com

Windows Slideshow

Marking the 20th birthday of Windows 95 on the 31st of September, the BBC revisit their 2009 slideshow of Windows through the ages. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8316268.stm We’ve been using all of them in virtual machines in System Software class. I’m still not quite sure if anyone actually ever used Windows 1, but Windows 3.1 was as normal as you could get on…

Explore Programming

Maybe the only way to know if you’re going to enjoy learning programming or not is to try it. You don’t have to do a lot – take a short dip into some of the free tutorials available online and if you come away feeling that you want to learn more then you might just have what it takes. We…

Code::Blocks

Free and open-source, available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, Code::Blocks is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for programming in C++ and others. Download from codeblocks.org. Installation tutorial available from NewBoston.com.

North Korean Intranet

“Not much is known about North Korea’s intranet — the Internet-like system that links up libraries, universities and other organizations throughout the country but goes no further than the country’s borders. Few foreigners get a chance to access it and delve into the websites and services it offers, but thanks to sharp-eyed Aram Pan and his DPRK360 Facebook page, we now know…

New Smartphone App

Mallow College is launching its new smartphone and tablet app today. So it’s not Flappy Birds and it won’t boil the kettle, but it’s a very handy dashboard for instant access to our latest prospectus and College information, applying online, staff and student email and resources, all our social media links and resources, quick contact links to phone and email…

College Computer Audit 2015

The hard-work of our Computing Level 5 students interning here for their work-experience is coming to fruition and all our computers are getting properly labelled (the first person to pick at or scribble on a label will be court-martialled).

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