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100 Grades Per Minute

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

  1. HP Deskjet D2600

    , 21st December 2011 at 09:58 AM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    This has to be the most obnoxious printer I have used lately (with the exception of our new Ricoh at work but that's a photocopier and sits top of the evil hardware food chain automatically).

    I can't think of any printer that will jam it's print jobs, make you so frustrated that you turn it off....then print what you wanted to when you turn it back on a week later. And it still refuses to print what you want to print even if you power cycle it.

    This printer isn't just failing, ...

    Updated 21st December 2011 at 10:08 AM by CAM

  2. Where is the Snow?

    , 9th December 2011 at 08:35 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    For the past few years we have had some terrible snowfalls. For the most part it is further north this year with the south being mostly unaffected. Forecasts show a brief minor risk of snow flanked either side with rain and rather mild temperatures nearer Christmas.

    So where is this snow? Seems to be plenty of gimmicks being punted by the advertisers.

    I know people who have gone out buying snow shoe grips, snow chains, all sorts of stuff that you should use abroad in ...
  3. So...A Sales Call?

    , 5th December 2011 at 06:26 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    The home phone rings right before a nice cup of coffee and interrupting a typical British chat about the weather.

    "Hello, I'm calling from Scottish power. Is Mrs X in?"

    " this is a relative, she isn't here. Is this a sales call?"

    "No, a sales call would be if I was offering the beast deal for your electricity or gas."

    What a weird thing to say. Maybe this is a genuine call for said relative. I decide ...

    Updated 5th December 2011 at 06:28 PM by CAM

  4. EcoSplash / ShowerSaint

    , 5th November 2011 at 12:35 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Just had this rubbish through the door in postcard format:

    Your request for an EcoSplash has been received. (No, We never sent a request!)

    If you don't require it contact us on... (Stop there. We didn't order one so no!)

    You will need to give us your address so that we can remove your details (And confirm I am an idiot? No thanks!)

    For more information visit... (Doesn't even appear in Google searches and the WHOIS points to a marketing

    Updated 9th December 2011 at 08:27 PM by CAM

  5. iHate Work? iFired!

    , 3rd November 2011 at 01:30 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Well, no, I am not fired but this poor Apple employee was for making comments about his employer on Facebook.

    It shows that you need to be careful what you say these days. All too often I see comments on Twitter or Facebook about people hating their job and often they don't realise, if I can see the comment so can their boss. What makes this case more chilling is the post in question had privacy settings applied so the poster thought it was safe, but a colleague on the access list ...
  6. Eurogamer Expo: A Glimpse of Tomorrow?

    , 26th September 2011 at 01:18 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    My Saturday was spent attending the Eurogamer Expo at Earl's Court, London. This trade show was a chance for members of the public and video games industry to show off their future releases and next-gen technology. And it is brimming with technology.

    One of the most popular stands was the OnLive service. Recently launched in the UK, the service jumps aboard the cloud bandwagon and tries to offer gamers the chance to stream titles online using a PC or a micro-console. This small box ...

    Updated 26th September 2011 at 01:21 PM by CAM

  7. EduGeek Conference - A Quick Summary

    , 4th June 2011 at 09:23 AM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Another year has been and gone for the EduGeek Conference. Set every year near Preston in the Summer Half-Term, education professionals from around the country came to mingle, share ideas and listen to the talks put on by suppliers and fellow professionals. Here is a quick recap:

    (Please note these are personal opinions of the talks!)

    Data Protection: Dos_Box's brother, known on here as Drummer Boy, gave a good talk about the data protection act regarding the myths ...
  8. Malware - How It Works

    , 20th May 2011 at 06:58 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    With the recent spotlight on malware and computer security I want to share some of the tricks I have discovered whilst reading up on it. And yes, some of these can affect multiple platforms (Windows/OSX/etc).

    Google Image Poisoning: The act of using Google Image Search to trick users into visiting infected pages. Images related to popular topics on Twitter or the news are pushed high up the ranks of searches relating to that topic. Victims search for said topic in their droves, click ...
  9. Pardon My Massive Orange...

    , 16th May 2011 at 01:34 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    After acquiring a new HTC Wildfire S and trying to sign up (still unsuccesfully) to the My Orange site, I was greeted with this Captcha:

    Server Recommendation Please-massive-tooders.jpg

    Not even Google knows what a tooder is, why they are massive or why there are more then one so I guess you will need to use your own imagination.
  10. Keyboard Cleaning

    , 22nd April 2011 at 12:53 AM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    As much as I hate Dell's hardware, PSU's in particular, I can't fault their peripherals. My monitor is still soldiering on after nearly 5-6 years of service and the keyboard has taken such a battering that the WASD keys are faded to the point of blankness. That's what gaming does to keyboards, punishes them. WASD in particular.

    So what awaits me when I pop the keys off one by one to see what half a decade of non-cleaning will reveal?

    Event Log Every 5 Mins in Windows 2k Server-dell-keyboard-gross.jpg ...
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