The Weekly - RIP Ceefax: 1974 - 2012

By Harry Clark, Posted 5 years ago

 

Phew, what a week it’s been, full of exciting new Cyber-Duck projects including plenty of celebrations in the office with two birthdays and a party to celebrate our 10th client launch of the year. It has also been a week to fondly remember Ceefax, BBC’s teletext service that saw its last day on 18th April 2012.

Digital Shoreditch

Digital Shoreditch is one of the leading digital and tech events in the UK and we are proud to be sending Matt Gibson, Production Director at Cyber-Duck, along to give a speech about ‘Adaptive Web Design’. This is something that Cyber-Duck is extremely familiar with, having taken advantage of the benefits that Adaptive Web Design offers in a number of recent projects such as our recent launch for the Liberty Wealth Management website.  This also follows on from our popular Digital Pond event on Adaptive Web Design which we hosted back in early March with a variety of industry leading guest speakers including our Digital Shoreditch superstar, Matt Gibson. If you would like to show your support for Cyber-Duck and the event itself, be sure to register for a ticket and come on down to enjoy the fun and games!

Celebrations

We have enjoyed a number of celebrations this week at Cyber-Duck, as we congratulate two members of our team on their birthdays. Technical Lead Gareth Drew and our PHP developer Maxime Gaudron have both added another notch to their years… sorry guys, but I’m afraid it’s all downhill from here! The whole Cyber-Duck team also visited the Battle Axes traditional pub in Elstree this week to celebrate 10 client launches in 2012, as well as Matt Gibson's  fifth anniversary at the company. Matt has been instrumental in the development of Cyber-Duck helping to shape the Award Winning Digital Agency we are all proud to work for. We think that definitely deserves an authentic wild boar burger and a pint of real English ale!

Ducks at The Battle Axe

Industry News 

In industry news, it was a sad day for Ceefax as the service shuts down for good, closing the curtain on an era before the internet and modern methods of obtaining information. Launched in 1974, Ceefax was a teletext service operated by the BBC which ran pages of news, TV schedules and even simple games through your television. It’s not all bad news though. With the switchover to digital, it means that the radio frequencies utilised by analogue transmissions will be open for companies to start developing a super fast 4G mobile network, something that the UK has been lagging behind in recent years.

This week also saw the launch of a new scheme  named Code Club, which is a new charity that aims to inspire children to learn to code. They want to change children’s attitudes to coding and make it fun (I know I know, it’s already fun for us geeks), with a goal of having a coding club for kids aged 10-11 in 25% of schools by 2014. With this high reaching goal, they need all the help they can get, so visit their site and show your support by volunteering to teach or offering a monetary donation.

That’s all for this week, but make sure to come and read our weekly articles, filled with Cyber-Duck and industry news, published every Friday.

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