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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. Keyboard Cleaning

    , 22nd April 2011 at 01:53 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 ...
  2. Breaking In - Literally

    , 10th April 2011 at 02:05 AM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    A program called Breaking In is being launched in America and it is the IT world's equivalent of CSI. the show follows a fictional IT team breaking into museums, nicking cars and doing other things that real security researchers likely don't do as part of their day to day affairs. The producers even created a Flash game for people to play around in and supposedly "hack" by guessing a password.

    Unfortunately for the show's marketing team, one user responded to the Naked Security blog post ...

    Updated 10th April 2011 at 02:30 AM by CAM

    Technical , Amusement
  3. SMS: Scammers Messaging Service

    , 21st March 2011 at 07:20 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Mobile devices are gradually becoming more popular targets for scammers and are crossing over into the realm of traditional Internet scams. Social engineering plays a big part in scamming mobile phones, with a popular tactic being to ring a number, hang up immediately and leave an entry in the missed calls list that will redirect a curious owner to a premium rate number and a hold jingle. They rely on the "Hmm who just rang me?" effect to trick consumers into dialling the number and don't ...

    Updated 21st March 2011 at 07:23 PM by CAM

  4. Facebook: Sure You Are Secure?

    , 18th March 2011 at 01:02 AM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Facebook profiles have become a bit of a commodity these days for crooks looking to cash in on unsuspecting members of the public. From spam messages to social engineering scams, the holy grail for any attacker is open access to a person's profile. From here, they can capture details about a person's private life along with their family, friends, business contacts and everything they require to pull the perfect scam.

    On the same note I paid a visit to the Apple Store in London today ...

    Updated 18th March 2011 at 01:06 AM by CAM

  5. That Dreaded Feeling

    , 16th March 2011 at 02:18 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    It happens to everyone sooner or later. You get to work with the nagging feeling that you are missing something. Something important, all the way until you pull in to the car park at work.

    And realise you have forgotten your wallet.

    I have a supply of coffee at my desk, no problem. But lunch may be a problem unless...

    15 minutes later after heading off on my break, I have a pound coin in my hand scavenged from my car ashtray. Will it be enough? Where ...
    Tags: doh, lucky, pound, sush
    Work , Amusement
  6. Internet Explorer 9 and You (Tube)

    , 2nd March 2011 at 11:31 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    I am currently testing out Internet Explorer 9 64-bit on a copy of Windows 7 Home. Very smart looking, I like the Facebook web slice and the browser seems fast. Visiting YouTube however was less then enthralling as it starts demanding me to install Flash.

    But wait, doesn't IE9 support HTML5 meaning Flash isn't required for YouTube? Correct, but it takes an extra step to get it to work courtesy of YouTube putting obstacles in the way.

    To enable the YouTube HTML5 player ...
  7. Off to Reading!

    , 22nd February 2011 at 05:39 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Soon! I'll be heading off tomorrow, time to get packing I guess. Should get my gadgets charged just in-case, and find the charger for my netbook. Those universal ones are useless.

    Hmmm, DSi with Advance Wars will keep me occupied on the train. If my next blog post is from Wales you will know I missed my stop because of it.

    Geeky T-Shirt, got plenty. Which one to pick!

    Have I forgotten something? Oh yes, a pen and notepad so I actually remember what was ...
  8. Bored kids III

    , 20th February 2011 at 12:12 AM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Following on from the previous posts in this series, I am continuing to find weird things in the school library. The kids appear to be slowly building a menagerie of animals created from bits and bobs found round the school during after hours study, though I'm not sure what they made this out of.

    Do you Moodle?-dsc00246.jpg

    And what is with the words kraken along the top?

    Me and my library co-worker think it may be a cake decoration but we didn't want ...
    Tags: bored kids
  9. CMD - What Is Wrong?

    , 7th February 2011 at 09:03 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    A little game for you. Exceptionally geeky folks may get this immediately (or even know already what this post will be about). What is wrong with this picture?

    How much do you earn and in what post?-cmd_dir_example.png

    I'll let you look at that for a minute. See anything?

    OK? Done.

    Note the command itself:
    dir "windows/logs"
    I had no idea until today that, if you include the full path in double quotes, Windows will happily accept ...
  10. OK I Have To Admit Some Mistakes

    , 4th February 2011 at 12:38 AM (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 ...
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