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  1. Ongoing Adventures in Macland - New Parallels Update

    by , 10th November 2014 at 11:05 PM
    If you haven't already, I strongly suggest you read my previous blog entries on this subject. This avoids me having to re-hash what I've already said! They are: ...

    Updated 10th November 2014 at 11:19 PM by Norphy

  2. Using IFERROR in Excel to Suppress Errors

    , 10th November 2014 at 02:42 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    I've been using Excel for years but I never knew about this one little formula that can save so much work. My predecessor has been using the ISERROR() function nested inside an IF() function to fill cells that return an error code as blank. This means if you have two columns of data that may not necessarily be filled, you can have a blank cell instead of #DIV/0, etc. A little tweak like this can improve readability quickly so you can quickly spot empty cells or not have to wade through errors if ...

    Updated 10th November 2014 at 02:47 PM by CAM

    Work , Technical
  3. Securing your School with CCTV - A MOBOTIX Approach

    by , 3rd November 2014 at 11:38 AM
    The below is an extract from a forthcoming publication from MOBOTIX. I thought it could be relevant to some EduGeek members and wanted to share it with you all.

    The security of schools, colleges and universities and the safety of staff and students is one of the most important aspects of educational life. However, it is nearly impossible to deliver the necessary proactive approach within a limited budget.

    This short guide provides an overview of the key issues facing ...
  4. Fuming - School Website Company

    by , 28th October 2014 at 03:10 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by jamesb View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bodminman View Post
    I'd love to blurt it out on her but I'd rather not tbh.
    The typo there lends a whole new slant to the discussion...

  5. Outlook 2013, Office365 and winmail.dat attachments

    by , 9th October 2014 at 04:30 PM
    We moved over to Office365 and Office 2013 this summer and all has been good so far.

    One of our governors complained to me recently that important documents sent from the Head and the Bursar were not coming through but just an attachment entitled 'winmail.dat'. Further investigation lead to the fact that she uses an iPad for reading e-mails.

    Further investigation has led to this website: How to stop Office 365 sending those pesky winmail.dat attachments - Dear Geek - it ...
  6. Imaging The Atom and other Mysteries

    by , 26th August 2014 at 01:54 PM (Ramblings from the Restaurant at the Ragged Edge of Reason)
    The new quad core Atom CPUs are great for 1:1 devices, long battery life, support everything and not too expensive, problem is imaging them. The issue with MDT imaging is that they are detected correctly as 64 bit architecture and so copy 64 bit EFI. This should work fine but most of the vendors have crippled the EFI implementations to only support 32 bit EFI. Some tablets support PXE with a USB NIC like the Acer Aspire Switch 10, others like the ASUS T100 don't. Either way if you are trying ...
  7. The Sorry Tale of Intel and the Dodgey Driver

    by , 26th August 2014 at 01:28 PM (Ramblings from the Restaurant at the Ragged Edge of Reason)
    Our tale starts with Windows Multipoint Server 2012 and it's inability to cope with USB3, after being turned away from many a Microsoft door we had enough and gave up on MPS 2012 again. Our lovely new hardware would just have to suffer with MPS 2011.

    MPS 2011 is not easy either with it faining no knowledge of many devices when confronted with their drivers, these however were usually just a case of pointing device manager in the right direction.

    Now onto the topic, ...
  8. Who's on Report Today?

    by , 22nd August 2014 at 04:57 PM (The Progresso Geek)
    As a teacher you may often hear the phrase "Can you sign my report card". However, this is usually at the end of the lesson, but would have been more helpful if mentioned at the start.
    Well here's a Progresso widget that may help teachers know who's actually on report based on the teachers timetable. It will highlight the current lesson too.


    Updated 9th September 2014 at 04:02 PM by ZeroHour

    Widgets , Dashboards
  9. Office 2013 & KMS Activations

    by , 30th July 2014 at 09:16 PM
    This Summer we're rolling out Office 2013 ready for September. We've been using a KMS server like most schools to activate Windows and Office 2010 - these generally have been without issues. With Office 2013 you have to first install the Microsoft Office 2013 Volume License Pack, and this has a nice GUI which has you entering your KMS key for Office 2013 and activating it for you. I did this sometime ago during the various months of testing I've done.

    Like Windows activations, ...
  10. Windows 8.1 & Free2Teach

    by , 21st July 2014 at 01:46 PM
    Just to let you know Windows 8.1 (and probably 8) does not work without some tweaking on Free2Teach networks

    It is due to the Local NTFS Permissions GPO. This needs to be removed to any OU that will have Windows 8 or 8.1 machines in it. I would recommend they are put in their own Organisational Unit and the NTFS Permissions GPO removed from ALL Computers and added to individual OUs and not the Win 8 one.

    The Metro Tiles\Apps rely on specific permissions and the GPO ...
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