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James Lewis's Discussions

Windows 10 for digital inclusion

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Lewis Sep 24, 2015. 6 Replies

So have some new laptops we bought a month or two ago to lend to learners for job search etc. and am considering the pros and cons of upgrading to Windows 10. As you may know Windows 10 makes it…Continue

Chromebook Management

Started Apr 21, 2015 0 Replies

Anyone on here got any experience of using the management console for using Chromebooks in education? Would be grateful to bend your ear for 5min :-)Continue

Tablet Review - Zoostorm Playtab

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Lewis Nov 21, 2014. 7 Replies

We've bought some Zoostorm Playtab 10inch tablets for £80. MIxed impressions so far. For about another £15 we could have gotten the newer version and got 2GB RAM instead of 1, but a relatively…Continue

Talk Talk digital inclusion

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Lewis Nov 11, 2014. 4 Replies

Surprised no-one has posted this up on digi housing hub yet (apart from the twitter feed), so time to rectify that! Looks potentially a very exciting and useful way of getting more people online (and…Continue

 

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"Not sure if any other Cambridge folks on here, but just in case...…"
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"A very happy Xmas to all on the #digihousing hub :)"
Dec 20, 2016
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Liability for Internet Content

I have come across a number of HAs who are worried to one degree or another about liability for becoming, in effect, an ISP by supplying wifi to tenants. A disclaimer is of course a useful tool, but I'm re-posting an updated and expanded article which is legal guidance to FE/HE establishments, but should generally apply to other organisation types too. Hope it helps with any nervous ICT departments :)…See More
Nov 25, 2016
James Lewis commented on Craig Stephenson's status
"Well I can sort of see the basic logic - a line requires powering and maintaining, whether used for calls or data after all. But the complexity of initial offers versus long term prices just makes it impossible, and the only truly affordable way to…"
Nov 23, 2016
James Lewis replied to Scott Tandy's discussion Cloud based storage
"I'm not honestly sure as I haven't had call to use myself, sorry."
Nov 18, 2016
James Lewis commented on Craig Stephenson's status
"I think free might be stretching it too far. I think there are more practical options - following (and improving on) Ofgem's lead in trying to simplify a market (I can't believe with all the focus on utilities on the tariff practices no…"
Nov 18, 2016
James Lewis replied to Scott Tandy's discussion Cloud based storage
"I imagine your IT dept will have conniptions about the idea! I think we have some paid cloud collaboration service for guarantee of security. Dropbox and Google Drive are a definite no-no."
Oct 27, 2016
James Lewis posted a status
"has anyone used the #digitalinclusion outcomes framework yet? any thoughts? #digihousing"
Sep 27, 2016
James Lewis posted a status
"Useful collection of UK #digitalinclusion stats from OXIS, ONS, Ofcom & others www.gov.uk/performance/digital-engagement #digihousing"
Sep 21, 2016
James Lewis posted a status
"Has anyone used chromebooks on a #digitalinclusion project yet? Views? #digihousing"
Sep 7, 2016
James Lewis replied to Craig Stephenson's discussion Tech4All
"Getting a steady supply of sub-£100 tablets still seems to be like sourcing hen's teeth it seems - can't understand why it's so difficult to crack when there are so many cheap devices out there, but no-one offering anything…"
Sep 6, 2016
James Lewis replied to Craig Stephenson's discussion Tech4All
"All seems to have gone quiet on the entry-level part? Any news? [crosses fingers]"
Sep 1, 2016
James Lewis replied to David Jory's discussion Apps
"Couldn't resist a quick google! Throws up lots of interesting looking paths to explore... https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=package+your+mobile+site+as+an+app"
Aug 18, 2016
James Lewis replied to David Jory's discussion Apps
"These have been apps I've got from the Play Store so I would think it'd be an OK approach for Android - I steer well clear of Apple if I can!   ;) You can get App development Apps that might even allow this sort of approach very…"
Aug 18, 2016
James Lewis replied to David Jory's discussion Apps
"I've noticed a few apps I use (actually should say have used, I've then replaced with a bookmark on my home screen to claw back storage!) are essentially fancy re-directs to the mobile version site anyway, which removes any need for…"
Aug 11, 2016
James Lewis replied to Craig Stephenson's discussion Tech4All
"Good news Craig - do you have an ETA?"
Jul 6, 2016

Profile Information

Name of organisation
CHS People
Type of organisation
Social housing provider
Is your organisation part of the UK online centres network?
Yes
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@jameslewischs
LinkedIn profile
uk.linkedin.com/pub/james-lewis/40/215/773/en

James Lewis's Blog

Liability for Internet Content

Posted on November 25, 2016 at 15:00 0 Comments

I have come across a number of HAs who are worried to one degree or another about liability for becoming, in effect, an ISP by supplying wifi to tenants. A disclaimer is of course a useful tool, but I'm re-posting an updated and expanded article which is legal guidance to FE/HE establishments, but should generally apply to other organisation types too. Hope it helps with any nervous ICT departments :)…



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Thoughts from yesterday's Housemark PIC East discussion on digital inclusion

Posted on May 1, 2015 at 8:54 0 Comments

Thoughts from Housemark East PIC event

 

Discussion seemed to show up a fair level of interest but also concerns about resourcing digital inclusion (as well as some questions about whether HAs should be prioritising it over other areas). For me housing associations are uniquely placed to help with many things other housing, although I recognise others see it differently, but I think digital inclusion for tenants is something that housing associations will have to grapple with,…

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Everything you want to know about £10/mth BT Basic broadband but were afraid to ask

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 11:16 4 Comments

So I thought I would collate everything we know about BT Basic+Broadband so far here to hopefully make it all easier to find:

1. '99%' of people should not have to pay line installation charges for BT Basic even without an existing line (see comments for more info on this)

2. Total cost is £9.95/mth but paid quarterly so some budgeting may be needed for some people (£5.10/mth for landline inc. £1.50 calls, £4.85/mth broadband add-on)

3. Has to be applied for using…

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A "master image" for tablet set-up...

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 13:30 2 Comments

Currently working on a set-up for tablets that allows us to quickly refresh to a known state including additional apps that will be erased by factory reset. If this is of any interest to anyone once I've trailblazed(!), let me know as I will be documenting on the solution I've come up with.

We're lending people laptops or tablets as part of a Big Lottery financial inclusion project, so we want to "pre load" a selection of money saving and monitoring apps they can have a play with (as…

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Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 17:05 on January 5, 2012, Ben Brown said…

Hi James, welcome to the site.  It's still early days, but hope you find stuff of interest here.  Thanks for getting involved so quickly; that's what this is all about... 8-)

At 14:46 on May 30, 2012, Jasper Smith said…

Send me your email address and I'll send you a pdf of the policy. I'm next in the office on Wednesday.

At 12:00 on August 28, 2013, Peter Richardson said…
Hi James. As soon as we have finalised the JD I shall send it across to you. I am not sure I am going to next Digital Strategy meeting but I shall check dates. In mean time feel free to drop me a line and ask any Q's or I can connect you up with one of the staff who is handling all things digital at the moment so you can learn some more about the post.

Peter

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