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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. A few updates

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    CAM
    , 16th April 2013 at 01:51 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Quite a bit has happened since November...

    First off my Kubuntu install fell apart after most of my games library was locked out regardless of WINE. The titles that did work with WINE were too big a pain to get working again and I just wanted my incredible gaming rig back! Since my Windows 7 CD Key was coming up invalid, I found myself forced to install Windows 8 and after an initial "I hate Metro" period it proved to be quite a usable OS...if you throw Metro out the window. ...

    Updated 16th April 2013 at 01:52 PM by CAM

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  2. Using Dates in SIMS Reporting

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    CAM
    , 4th January 2012 at 06:12 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    When you output dates in SIMS with the Reporting tool, the results will come out as text and cannot be converted into a proper date with the number format window. This is a fix used in the SIMS Standard Portrait template to prevent Excel from throwing a fit and entering the data incorrectly. You can modify the template and remove the fix but that is best left to advanced users, there is a simpler option.

    Let's take a date in the format "1 March 2012" in cell C2. You can ...
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  3. OK I Have To Admit Some Mistakes

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    CAM
    , 3rd February 2011 at 11:38 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    And I made a biggy!

    This year we decided to set up SIMS Learning Gateway to comply with the 2010 Online Reporting requirements. These required us to provide a means of serving school reports to parents online for which Learning Gateway does perfectly. But as we roll into the close of the written reports cycle, there are lessons to learn.

    First off I overestimated how much Assessment Manager can cope with. Figuring staff were used to it for single grades, it is terrible ...
  4. Cursed Tick Grids

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    CAM
    , 12th July 2010 at 01:29 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    A while ago, I recall Angry Technician discussing how he had a chronic case of "The Ear," an ability to walk past any machine, stop and instinctively know something is wrong and require fixing.

    I had such an episode today dealing with tick grids for the end of year process in SIMS. I believe they call it curriculum assignment but after a while, hours of ticking boxes against a list causes the brain to melt slightly and simplify the entire system down to "Tick Grids." ...

    Updated 12th July 2010 at 01:33 PM by CAM

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  5. The Answer Is 1

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    CAM
    , 26th May 2010 at 01:39 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Back in the days of limited memory and general user-unfriendliness, cryptic error messsages were common place and understandable only by the computing elite. As time moved on, error messages became friendlier and geared towards the user by hiding the cryptic error codes and debug information. Microsoft even announced this as a key design concept of Windows 7 compared to earlier versions.

    However, some software manufacturers have other ideas, especially with SIMS (connection error ...

    Updated 15th July 2010 at 01:03 PM by CAM

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  6. Double Update Whammy

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    CAM
    , 28th April 2010 at 01:37 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Today looked set to be another normal day, camped at my desk with a cup of coffee and tinkering with the homebrew system to set up school reports. As it stands, my heart sank when I fired up SIMS and an update appeared (also interfering with my project monitoring the SIMS server through MMC). At the same time, the webmail system was upgraded by external providers to a new one. We knew it was going to happen but not when. Today just got interesting.

    Fortunately training the Admin staff ...
  7. When Undo Fails...

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    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

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