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100 Grades Per Minute

The professional blog of a Data and SIMS.net Administrator in a single-sex faith school. Contains the odd rant and bad geek joke.

  1. How to remove Conficker (AKA Downadup and Kido)

    by
    CAM
    , 2nd December 2009 at 06:34 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Following on from my post earlier, I am publishing a quick guide to removing this nasty virus. Hopefully it will let you clear it from your network a bit quicker then we have.

    First of all, you need to shut your network down. This is important because Conficker spreads from computer to computer regardless of them being patched against it. We found lots of systems that were patched but still infected after the virus propagated over the network, only a few systems that didnít belong ...
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    Work , Technical
  2. Conficker

    by
    CAM
    , 2nd December 2009 at 01:59 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    I recovered from the flu! Then after catching up following a weeks quarantine Conficker came to play.

    On the Friday, the network came down.
    By the following Thursday, core services were restored. So about a week.

    Still a few bits left but now I am back to another week of catching up as our reports couldn't be filled in or analysed by admin staff. On the plus side, I could tinker with Remote Desktop to monitor the servers and had lots of experience cleaning up ...
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    Work
  3. Working From Home 2

    by
    CAM
    , 5th November 2009 at 11:56 AM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Yesterday went well. Our reports for Year 8 were successfully set up on our online homebrew system after bouncing instructions back and forth over EMail and playing with the system itself through it's control panel. Between me and my line manager, we actually pushed the reporting ahead of schedule on top of other tasks sent to me. Though I did discover if I did go into work, I'd have spent most of my day sleeping at my desk given the big energy slumps I was suffering from.

    Roll on ...

    Updated 5th November 2009 at 12:00 PM by CAM

    Tags: swine flu
    Categories
    Work
  4. Working from Home

    by
    CAM
    , 4th November 2009 at 09:51 AM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Due to being unable to set foot outside of my house thanks to a knee-jerk reaction by the NHS (oh no, blanket diagnosis of swine flu!) I am being forced to work from home.

    So far so good. I'm staying in touch with my manager via EMail and able to handle jobs on our two online systems of Fronter and the homebrew reporting system. I'm still able to respond rapidly to some tickets and have pushed out at least one instant resolution this morning.

    Just in-case, I am using ...

    Updated 5th November 2009 at 12:00 PM by CAM

    Categories
    Work , SIMS
  5. JVC Everio Cameras and .MOD Files

    by
    CAM
    , 27th October 2009 at 09:28 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    4 months ago, I purchased a JVC Everio camcorder. I was hoping to film my trips to London but after running some test footage, I discovered it didn't work. The software was terrible and it stored files in .MOD format. Good if you have the cash to splash for Adobe Premiere, bad if your forced to use Windows Movie Maker.

    Fast forward to today. Then, I used Windows XP. Now I use Windows 7 and the Live version of Movie Maker. Not only did Windows 7 pick up my camera with no drivers required, ...

    Updated 5th November 2009 at 12:02 PM by CAM

    Categories
    Technical
  6. Cold Mornings Are Coming!

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    CAM
    , 19th October 2009 at 09:21 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    And in celebration of this an order was given from the top to not use any heating in the school for some reason. Everyone was freezing cold but we dilgently followed the order as obeyed. No heating on in our department!

    We used the air-con instead. Bliss!

    Updated 5th November 2009 at 12:03 PM by CAM

    Categories
    Work , Amusement
  7. When Undo Fails...

    by
    CAM
    , 5th October 2009 at 01:20 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    ...it fails dramatically. Such as not actually being an undo button but a "Too lazy to close and re-open the Marksheet Template without saving so here is a button to do it for you" button.

    Said button is mistakenly pressed after spending over half an hour assembling columns with great patience in Assessment Manager on the pretence that it will undo only one action. Instead it rolls back to when I last saved, which was over half an hour ago. It took so long as the Marksheet ...

    Updated 15th July 2010 at 01:04 PM by CAM

    Categories
    Work , SIMS , Rants
  8. The Big Reinstall Part 1: World of Warcraft

    by
    CAM
    , 1st September 2009 at 10:30 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    With the release of Windows 7 it is time to start grabbing your Windows 7 ISO's, furiously burn them to a disk and install a new copy of Windows 7. Any gaming rig will have Gigabytes of programs to copy over though if the file transfers fail. The Big Reinstall helps you transfer those programs to quickly get back to your online fragfests.

    So let's start with the biggest player on the market at the moment, World of Warcraft.

    Before starting it is recommended to backup ...

    Updated 5th November 2009 at 12:04 PM by CAM

    Categories
    Technical , WoW
  9. HP-dam

    by
    CAM
    , 14th May 2009 at 06:38 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    There is no better way to end a day at work then spending a bit of afterwork (unpaid) time getting a printer to demand more cheese to print.

    PJLTalk is your cheesy friend for this.

    Note that this doesn't affect the printer's operation or stop it printing.

    Updated 5th November 2009 at 12:05 PM by CAM

    Categories
    Work , Amusement
  10. Fronter

    by
    CAM
    , 13th May 2009 at 10:07 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    You know, I am slowly warming up to Fronter. Regardless of the trouble suffered by LGfL during the start of this academic year with their login system, it is very good when it works.

    I have been getting to grips with making pages, using tools and generally spicing things up as practice. I've seen productive (and not so productive) student message board posts, taught teachers how to use RSS feeds and promoted special events with the News tool.

    By digging into the tools ...

    Updated 5th November 2009 at 12:06 PM by CAM

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    Work , Fronter
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