I'm spending some time reviewing digital services at another University which has meant I've been there for 4 days this month. Always interesting to, to cast an eye over another places services. I can make suggestions, but they are of course only my personal opinions - and I learn a lot from them too.
I've also taken a few days leave. I had a bit of a significant birthday last Saturday - I know, difficult to believe isn't it :-) and had hinted quite heavily that I didn't want to spend it in Sheffield. So, I spent it in Venice instead. Which was rather nice. Nice of the Venetians to open Carnival on my birthday as well.
Other things over the past week include further work on our planning statement, a meeting with a colleague as part of the Campus mentoring programme , and a review of a major incindent we suffered last week when we lost our internet connection for several hours due to two separate cable issues from our internet supplier. I was away from Sheffield at another University when it happened, and couldn't understand why I couldn't connect to our roaming wireless service, Eduroam. I rebooted my iPad, turned wifi off and on again, blamed the other institution.... Until I remembered how Eduroam works - it has to authenticate back at your home instittiton, which of course was unreachable... Another service we need to add to things we lose when our Janet link goes. We're seriously considering how we can mitigate against these failures. We always thought that two links gave us enough redundancy, but now we're not that sure.
So, I'll leave you with a short video of the opening of Carnival - quite spectacular.