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04/09/2010

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B00mtastikā„¢

[this is good] So this was slightly amusing to me as I got the email about the closure. I was just wondering as to where the students will head to after this, as I'm also sure that not only our class was using Vox, but all other mobile classes using other devices such as Nokia 5800 and the N97 for the architecture and design classes. As for the developer keys? Meh. I'm doing Android. I'm happy. For now that is. Until I get my Android device. I've done a PHPBB3 before on my own site. Fairly simple to use and control, and we can control what we want our profiles and sites to look like. AND it'll be more reliable knowing that its not going to close down at any given moment. :PI wonder what will all those poor students do now...

SxFlare

[this is good] I found this amusing as well... but what really crossed my mind was, which groups (at least in our class) really used Vox?I've found email easier (with a bit of Skype/MSN), not so much bloat either from those alternatives either. Although, Skype is questionable.

Those developer keys seem to take a long time to process, hard to hold your breathe much longer for it.A forums would actually have been nicer to use, opposed to a blog. Moodle was completely new but showed a sort of forums system.

Amrit

[] At least one group that I know of (Beats one) has been semi-actively collaborating via Vox, even if only as a novelty, but you are right, I believe most people will be taking advantage of instant communication services such as MSN Messenger. I think the main purpose (if not purely for Thoms Pedagogical studies benefit - not that that's a bad thing) was to get us into the habit of keeping a record of progress. This could possibly be at our advantage in cases where say someone stole your source code and tried to make money off it and you had to prove it was yours (OK I made that up, but it might be the reason right?) More believable, perhaps in situations where you could not directly speak with the client (maybe there are many people involved) on a regular basis, you could at least provide them access to your blog as means to stay up to date on the project.As for developer collaboration, personally I feel it would be more beneficial for us to have our own forum where we can all post our own little solutions to problems, request help, ask random questions etc. That way at least all questions and answers would be recorded in the one place (within our own board) and easy to search up rather than frantically looking through everyone's blogs. You could also sign up to an RSS feed or simply subscribe to a particular thread from each group if you just wanted to stay in touch with everyone's progress. It's a clean, simple and easy solution and we can easily use it to create our own little key-less developer community. Then again, it's only a group of three and thus far our group has been perfectly fine with instant-chat communication - we are all primarily students who tend to be free at the same times, multiple times during the day.

thomcochrane

[this is good] As you have obviously heard - Vox, our preferred free Blog/eportfolio
site is closing down on 30 September. You will need to choose an option
to move and export your Vox blogs to either: Typepad, Wordpress or
Posterous (there is no simple export to Blogger or other Blog hosts
beyond these three). The import to Typepad is quick and simple, the
Wordpress and Posterous import can take several hours.

So - which to choose?
Well there's really not a lot of difference between Typepad and
Wordpress anymore, and your choice either way will be fine, however I'll
outline what I see as the key differences (PS, I have, and still use:
Blogger since 2004, Wordpress since 2006, and Vox since 2007,
effectively keeping three copies of blog posts and tweaking each site
for different audiences).

Unfortunately none of the current free options provide the range
of functionality that made Vox so useful for collaborative student
projects, however this can be achieved by using a 'bricolage' of tools -
i.e. Typepad or Wordpress for student blogs, turning on the Auto Tweet
option for posts in Typepad Wordpress for creating community and
social networking, using RSS subscriptions to follow activity (e.g.
using Google Reader), and using Flickr or Picasaweb for hosting and
presenting images, and Google Docs for collaborative documents.

Both Typepad and Wordpress feature the ability to create static pages
associated with your main blog, and their themes are more customisable
than Vox with both offering add-on free widgets. They are both also more
iPhone/iPad friendly than Vox, and provide limited free blog-view
statistics options.


1. Typepad:http://thomcochrane.typepad.com/

The Typepad import is the easiest.
Typepad includes a 'follow' option that is similar to Vox's
'neighbourhood' feature for building online community.
Only the Typepad 'Micro' option is free - however the import from Vox
feature appears to give free users more feature access than standard
Typepad Micro, and is add-free.
Typepad's more powerful customisation and community tools are paid
upgrades.
There are several iPhone/mobile editing apps available for Typepad
blogs, but no free iPad editor yet.
The paid Typepad options offer more flexibility than Wordpress.http://www.typepad.com/features/the-right-choice/

Mobile version: http://itypepad.com
Also support for email upload and blogging

2. Wordpress:
http://thomcochrane.wordpress.com/
Wordpress offers more customisation for free than Typepad,
although media hosting for free is limited, including no video (you can
still embed YouTube etc in posts for free) - paid upgrades provide video
hosting and larger media allowances on Wordpress.
There are a couple of free iPad Wordpress Blog editing apps available.
Wordpress uses custom embed code for externally hosted media - that can
take getting used to.
http://en.wordpress.com/products/

Mobile version: http://m.wordpress.com
Also support for email upload and blogging

So depending on what is most important to you you can choose either Typepad or Wordpress and have made a good choice!

The simplest option in my opinion is Typepad Micro.

Hope this helps.

Thom.

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