Lego Puppy

On Wednesday the 12th in the afternoon, Aeron, Jacob and I were given the task to build a Lego puppy with Jason. Jason had the Lego kit on loan to the centre and he had built a mechanical Rubic cube solver.

For the building the puppy we were given online instructions that we had to follow in order to build the Lego puppy.

The instructions were easy to follow for the build, so we managed to complete it in less than 2 hours.

Programming the puppy was fairly easy; when we installed it for the first time the program didn’t want to work so we delete it and reinstalled it with auto run, as that would allow us to properly see if the program would work, which it did.

The puppy would do multiple things such as; eat the bone, bark, sit, pee and sleep. The bone we built was colour coded so whatever colour you put under the sensor, the dog would do a certain action after eating it.

Jason recorded a video of the puppy and sent me it, though I haven’t uploaded it because I have nowhere to publish it. Mark has been asked to put the video on the Swansea ITeC facebook.

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Developing Own Skills – Repairing iPads

I first watched some videos of other people fixing iPads to get a rough idea of what to do and to familiarise myself with the inside components of an iPad. I then gained some information from my supervisor who has fixed some iPads in the past. He demonstrated how he does certain parts of the fix as well as giving me some general advice.

I made some mistakes on my first attempt, such as using too much heat on parts of the iPad which are more fragile, so my supervisor analysed the iPad I had used and gave me guidance on what I was doing wrong and how to correct it. I improved greatly on my second attempt and even more so on my third attempt.

The fixes were needed as we had a very low stock of remaining unbroken iPads available (which we regularly give out to members of staff). We have multiple broken iPads available so to fix as many of them as possible would be greatly beneficial to prevent us from running out of iPads in the near future.

I still need to improve in my efficiency of fixing them to allow me to work at a faster pace (the main part I need to become faster at is managing the cables in a way so the new screen will correctly fit into place). In the future, I would like to attempt fixes on mini iPads and then possibly on to even more smaller objects such as smartphones.

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Pcounting set-up/monitoring.

Recently the site I work at had a new print server installed along with every printer being replaced. During this process I have learnt many skills which I will discuss now.

With the assistance of the printer manufacturers engineer, I am now at the stage where i can manage the print server of the site comfortably. To get to this stage took a few days of training and trying out things. On the print server we use software called “Pcounter”. This is a fantastic bit of software that allows for a high level of customisation regarding how you want the printers to print. In this i can spec who see’s what print ques. Who can fain access to the printer. How many copies of an item can be printed in a particular place before being moved to a different printer etc. There are endless possibilities.

The purpose behind setting up a new server was due to the old one running for a very long time anyway, and it coinciding with funds regarding a whole new printer hardware upgrade. The old machines and server still worked effectively, but as the finances were there to upgrade, it was decided that an upgrade now was the best way to future proof our infrastructure. The added benefit of the old one still working meant that during this process, the amount of down time was purely how long it took to physically swap the new/old machines. Once they were in place and assigned a fixed IP, service was resumed.

The long term plan from now onwards is to monitor the spec of the system newly set in place, and make adjustments accordingly. These can be found by interacting with the users and what can be seen on other sites (info from engineers that have seen deifferent set-ups) For example, the large production line level printer in reprographics has been set as to only allow 5 users to log in, It is possible in time that this  will need to change, maybe remove some / add others etc. Along with access permissions, I will monitor how a printer works in terms of que. The “follow-me” que is set to pause the print after the pcounter pop-up. The purpose of this pause is to ensure it does not print anywhere on site. To resume the print, the user must log-on and force it out, making for better security when it comes to confidential documents. It may be decided that this que should be assigned to a specific printer and directly print, meaning I would have to change it. As a final example, it is possible that i could restrict certain jobs by filters (Cost / size / spec i.e colour), and assign them to sectors. So if a user had a black and white print that costs over 300credits, it automatically gets assigned to the reprographics printer/s. These will all have to be monitored to ensure how the system runs, to get the best out of the users, machines, and end product. Additionally I have also been given a contact number in which i can participate in dial-in session with the company’s engineer, to discuss advanced training/guidance if needed.

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About Myself

Hi there my name is Aeron, I am 18 years of age, I have 2 brothers and 1 sister who drive me crazy nearly everyday also my parents drive me crazy. I also have a number of pets, I have 3 chickens, 4 gerbils, and a tankful of fish which to be honest I can’t count because they are all over the place.

My hobbies are to draw, play on the PS4, go out with my family and friends, go out on long trips on my long-board, going on holidays to different places, design things on the computer or laptop.

In about 5 years from now I don’t know where I will see myself. I would like to see myself as a IT Graphic Designer also Animation Designer. I am a student at the ITec trainee-ship centre for a couple of weeks. After I have completed my work at ITec I will be going to Tycoch college in September. I have been to Tycoch for 2 years but I will be going back soon and will be doing a different course. My last course was BTEC IT Lv1, I have passed the course but I wouldn’t be able to get onto Lv2 because the Welsh Bacc was holding me back from progressing onto it.

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A little bit about me

Hello my name is Emma and I am a student at itec, I am going to tell you a little bit about me and what am I looking forward to while i’m here.

I am looking forward to the next couple of weeks because I can develop more ict skills and also find out a lot more, my interest wasn’t always ict, my last interest was dj ing it still is but I  have always wanted to do something with ict, I hope that ict can help me more on my interest with dj ing.

For the past 2 years I took ict in school and I enjoyed it so much, I learned a lot that I never really knew before. I  learned a little bit of everything like spreadsheets, the acts, the best one that I  really enjoyed was making my own website and a movie about a festival.

Hopefully when I go to college I will know a lot more about ict and hopefully the ict skills with help me with my interest. The college I will be going to is Ty coch college because I found that course more suitable for me.

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Blog on Swansea City F.C.

My project is about Swansea City football club and their history, covering the years 1912- 2017, the software I used was Prezi.

This was my first time using Prezi so I struggled at first to get used to using it but eventually I was able to without anyone helping me with it.

The font I used in this project was raleway and I had to use the A+ and A- sine to increase and reduce font sizes. This was because it didn’t give me I choice of what font sizes to chose from.

I got the information for the project from I also went on google maps got an image of the map and got the link and got an image showing the location of the Liberty Stadium in Swansea. I also added an image of when Swansea City first started as football players.

The things I did well at was finding a appropriate image of Swansea City football club, add information about their ups and downs, different positions in the leagues and what they have achieved over the years.

Project planner: I had to change the date of when I had to finish a few times because the project took longer than expected to get finished.

What I found difficult whilst doing this project was getting used to the Prezi software and how to use it to add

  • Place information into position
  • Add more info and shapes to the timeline

I could improve my project by adding a video of the players and the stadium only they were copyrighted and I couldn’t use them.

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Review of my targets

I am working to improve my business admin skill at the centre and on work placement at Spraytech in Port Talbot. I go to Spraytech every Tuesdays and Wednesdays every week. In my calendar I set tasks to be completed at different times on the days I am in the centre to help me focus on what I need to do.

I have targets to achieve and they are to: Continue reading

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