SAO Short Course Week 0

I received the email telling me how to log on to the Swinburne Astronomy Online (SAO) short course.

I managed to get onto their oh-so-slow system. They use a package with clunky java applets and ugly frames – very 1990s. I tried to change my password, which can be easily derived if you know my name, but the system would not let me.

Week 0 is for introductions. The system, rather than use a content system like GeekLog or Joomla, uses a third party course system. The chief communications method is via newsgroups (1980s).

Luckily, the software will not be how I judge the course. If, at the end of the six weeks, I manage to learn something new, I will count it as a net gain.

I learned my astronomy from the likes of Asimov, Heinlein and Clarke. You can’t get better teachers, so it will be interesting to see how this goes. 

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  1. Squirrel wrote:

    I can’t understand why people don’t update their sites. If I can’t do something I can always find someone to help me.

    I did the edward gorey quiz and got James the Lye drinker too.

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