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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. Kubuntu Files: Audio Woes Ahoy!

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    CAM
    , 4th November 2012 at 09:16 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    I've always had a soft spot for KDE, so when switching to Ubuntu on my primary home machine it was a no brainer to pick Kubuntu 12.10 over it's Unity-packing parent distro. So far the system has set itself up extremely quickly and given virtually no problems at all beyond a mouse cursor that refuses to stick to the style I tell it to, irritating but hardly a deal breaker. Given the last time I installed Ubuntu I was left seekign network drivers and spending hours getting a laptop to even start this ...
  3. Advertisement Wars

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    CAM
    , 18th August 2012 at 11:00 AM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    As a browser nomad, I find it hard to keep up-to-date with extensions and remembering to install even the basics when I jump from one browser to another. In the case of my work computer I have no say in the matter, but at home I have used no less then four different browsers since installing my OS. One extension I have routinely forgotten about is AdBlock, as you can probably tell from previous hilarious failures in targeted advertising.

    Unfortunately the landscape of advertising ...

    Updated 18th August 2012 at 11:03 AM by CAM

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  4. Moving Jobs

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    CAM
    , 3rd May 2012 at 01:50 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    It has taken time for me to post this because I wanted to make sure everything was bedded down, calm and not influenced by the various emotional rollercoasters I have been on over the past week.

    Currently I am a data assistant. At the end of the month I will be a data manager in a new school with a 5k pay rise, a scale going even higher and plenty of responsibility. And my own office. I don't care how small it is, I have my own office.

    Of course, it comes at a cost! ...
  5. Google AdWords

    by
    CAM
    , 18th March 2012 at 12:31 AM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    They can create some interesting results out of the blue.

    Use of domain password (& staff AUP, etc.) ;)-chinese-lady.jpg
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  6. The Google Privacy Scandal And You

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    CAM
    , 1st March 2012 at 08:19 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    There has been some awful news coverage today of the privacy policy updates being carried out by Google. Many people are being misled by the reduction of the 70 seperate policies currently being agreed to down to 1 policy for 1 unified platform. It makes business sense and whilst there are always some concerns when changes are made to any organisation's policy, the storm in a teacup is being made worse by the media again.

    This morning on BBC News, the story broke about Google's changes ...

    Updated 1st March 2012 at 08:23 PM by CAM

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    Rants
  7. BETT 2012

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    CAM
    , 16th January 2012 at 06:54 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Recycling bins filling up, spam folders overflowing. Yes it's that time of year again when you come into work with a bag full of leaflets and find half of them make their way into the bin. BETT 2012 is finished and the dust is settling in the Olympia Exhibition Hall for the last time with BETT 2013 scheduled for the ExCeL Centre instead.

    Click here for pciturs on Google+.

    This year saw the return of the Edugeek stand to provide tech staff with an amusing diversion in ...

    Updated 16th January 2012 at 06:57 PM by CAM

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  8. Roll on Saturday

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    CAM
    , 11th January 2012 at 01:51 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    I will be at BETT 2012 and can't wait for it to come. Partly for "professional development," partly to see you Edugeekers again and partly to restock my desk with a bagful of freebie office supplies.

    My freebie-fu was weak last year. With any luck it has since improved!
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  9. 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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  10. Christmas Cake

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    CAM
    , 22nd December 2011 at 01:39 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Also a shameless plug for my Google+ account.

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/11068277...ts/a5VE8XZRqeB

    Those are my two cats on the cake.
    Tags: cake, cats, christmas
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