Monday, May 08, 2006

An alternative to wind up computers, or are they taking the piss

I have for a long time wanted a computer (and mobile phone etc) that did not require constant re-charging as the battery got flat. Given that perpetual motion seems to be off the cards (I blame the second law of thermodynamics personally) there is a need for an alternative. Solar energy is a problem with PCs, as when they are in use most of the visible area is either screen or keyboard. Windup computers are quite hard work, so this may be the solution.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Portales en la educaciĆ³n superior: conceptos y modelos

My first paper in a foreign language. The paper I wrote for the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education: Portals in higher education: concepts & models available at has now been translated into Spanish (and the abstract into Catalan as well). It available from I am not able to comment on the translation. 1