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  1. john's Avatar
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    The crowds at Silverstone are amazingly huge and I do think you are right some of the biggest in the world for F1 as I recall Sky saying that today in the build up show.

    I have been twice and both times have been fairly lucky with the traffic, however the last 2 years have been either baking hot or damp and sunny. I park on the grass carparks usually and they are damp but as has bee said they are farmers fields I would expect it to be bad if it rained like it has there is just too many people who have no idea of reality or how life works.

    I think the Silverstone team and those in surrounding villages who have put peoples tents up in gardens and given drives for parking for those stuck etc... deserve a medal and true credit to them they are worth it .

    It has been a bad year for them, they won't deny that, they will be back next year with lessons learnt from this I am sure of that and I hope that me and other geeks are there next year, this year there was just thescalfedone there.
  2. GrumbleDook's Avatar
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    The Right to Work and the right to take appropriate action to safe guard that right is part of international law and for very good reason.

    Yes, it can be abused ... in the same way employers can abuse how they treat employees too.

    Most unions will prefer to sit round the table to do deals rather than go down the strike route. Some will be more militant and take aggressive action but too many unions know that this is double-edged sword. It can the tactic that forces change of mind, whether political, ethical or economic ... or it can end up forcing even worse conditions. The risk of further tightening of laws are industrial disputes means that unions tend to get more success when sat round the table and coming up with compromises and everyone hoping that all parties keep their promises.

    But what happens when those promises are broken? Do you arrange another deal and hope that this time people will keep their word?

    Of course ... you then get some groups that are opportunistic and will use things like summer sporting events to justify more money for the same work! For me, they get little sympathy really ...
  3. TheScarfedOne's Avatar
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    Hmmm... on 64 bit - I believe it will check just the 64 bit folder. You may have to use the two direct references rather than variables.
  4. synaesthesia's Avatar
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    Just to add to the above, I also believe Silverstone gets the largest crowd of any world circuit - that's something I've heard a few times but can't find anything decent to back that up.
  5. X-13's Avatar
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    I know I need to force myself to do work and stop putting it off... It's just the fact that I want to do the coding, but I have to spend way more time than I planned to getting resources sorted.

    [Resources = animations, backgrounds, objects, characters, etc]
  6. sonofsanta's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13
    Not that much progress, to be honest...

    I've been trying to sort out our upgrade plan for the school's computers and playing [and finishing] Skyward Sword...


    I suddenly realised just how much work this is going to be...
    I know that feeling. So much work at the moment to try and get Windows 7 ready (including SCCM for FEP and new print servers and testing all the software and setting up all the 2k8R2 servers and blah blah blah) and it gets to the end of an evening and I sit down and think... meh.

    But I suspect that if I never get used to just getting on every day, no matter how busy I've been and how tired I am, I will forever have that excuse and never finish anything. Even if it's just half an hour a day, the habit of doing something every day has got to be better than perpetual procrastination.
  7. X-13's Avatar
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    Not that much progress, to be honest...

    I've been trying to sort out our upgrade plan for the school's computers and playing [and finishing] Skyward Sword...


    I suddenly realised just how much work this is going to be...
  8. Hacksawbob's Avatar
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    Philips are offering a similar product one of my schools will probably be going down this route....
  9. sonofsanta's Avatar
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    So, er, any progress then, or has real life bogged you down? (speaking from familiarity there atm)
  10. RabbieBurns's Avatar
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    Ive got SCOM set up and the agent deployed to a couple of servers..

    Is there any chance you could do a follow up post as to how I actually use SCOM please
  11. RabbieBurns's Avatar
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    Does entering %ProgramFiles%\ in the client software inventory look in both the Program files and Program files (x6) folders on a 64bit install?
  12. Hacksawbob's Avatar
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    Hinthanks for your input, The reflection cn be an issue depending on the orientation to the classroom, this needs to be considered if the opposite wall is full of glass. I still think a screen of some sort is a better replacement for a projector. If you can do without the direct touch interface and a wireless mouse/tablet then all the better, get a big led telly and kit out 5classrooms for the price of one.
  13. westleya's Avatar
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    We had one of these in for a test and it worked well...BUT...the screen is so reflective it's distracting. In fact, I you can see how reflective they are from the pics in this blog.

    Installed in our staffroom, we could see the windows, trees and buildings outside and everyone IN the staffroom behind you. And shutting blinds defeats the object of these in the first place.

    Projector screens are matt and don't suffer from this.
  14. LeightonJames's Avatar
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    One of my schools has 13 of these installed as part of their new build. They plumped for the more expensive option of 72" screens with built in PC's. Each PC has a Blu-Ray drive built in too. OVERKILL for a Primary School!! I was not part of the decision but ho hum!

    Anyways back on track - In my opinion, these machines are nothing to shout about. Sure technologically they are good but in terms of longevity they suck. They have been installed just under a year, already we have had one screen that has been replaced entirely and then had the touch surface replaced, Another one has been taken away on express repair (2 weeks ago) for a faulty backlight.

    I'm not that impressed with them to be honest. I certainly don't expect equipment like this to fail so often and as such it has put me off them.

    One other major gripe I have with them is the way they have been designed. There are 2 Infra-Red emitters in the top corners of the screen. In between these emitters are the cameras which monitor the infra red. Around the bezel of the screen is a reflective strip which bounces the Infra-red all over the display surface. The issue here is that dirt builds up on the screen causing the infra-red beams to be broken thus causing the camera to pick up the break and interpret it as a touch. VERY POOR design if you ask me.

    I wouldn't really recommend these as an option in a primary school.
    Updated 2nd July 2012 at 04:22 PM by LeightonJames
  15. RTFM's Avatar
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    Let me check this Monday / Tuesday as I'm positive I remember testing the new model LCD's in W7 and starting with my finger in the middle of the screen and the mouse pointer being with me and as I ran my finger up the screen the mouse pointer got further and further away.

    Will test it start of the week and come back to you

    It may be worth noting also regarding sound through HDMI that I had to make a bios change to allow the machines we have to play sound out the HDMI. I can't remember exactly where it was off the top of my head but if it doesn't work for you worth checking your bios
  16. Hacksawbob's Avatar
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    Thanks for your comments, I am intrigued by the screen-res comment, I have always take it to be a linear X Y grid with no variability centre to border. If you have a recomended screen res to try that works best for you, please share it so I can see if it makes a difference. I have tried a 25 point calibration and not found it to improve reliability.
  17. RTFM's Avatar
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    The weight will vary from size to size, we now have 7 of them within our school and a 55" screen is 59kg. We also have 3 of them in the primary we support, 2 wall mounted and one on a movable trolley with the 'up and down' feature for the little children.

    With the newer models of the CleverLCD (we have 3 of the old models and 5 of the new models) the speakers are inbuilt and they have HDMI connection so you can run sound through this and you dont need a 3.5mm jack, on the old models they had DVI but no HDMI and the speakers were a seperate purchase and were screwed into the bottom. You can tell the difference as the new ones have beveled corners, the old model was a lot more square.

    With the new models you dont have to install a driver, they are plug and play in Windows 7. From memory they also dont need calibrating.

    The main issue with the 55" screen we have found is when using programmes like Excel in class rooms which you would consider more than average in size. The cells are just too small to see from the backs and corners of rooms. With this in mind you need a bigger screen which means more weight and more money, just something to consider (whilst pinch to zoom works on the CleverLCD's in Office 2010 it isnt ideal and is restrictive teaching wise).

    Another issue which has been raised with us regarding the CleverLCD's is a lack of a freeze frame option like projectors have. I've spoken to the CleverLCD manager at Sahara and this isn't something they will be implementing until the end of 2013, so he said.

    We purchased our screens and had them installed by @Millgate in Sheffield and have been happy with them but I don't personally think they are an automatic replacement for projectors and interactive boards just yet.

    Oh, one more consideration, will the teacher truely make use of the interactiveness the screen provides or are they going to use it like a big TV? If the answer to that is 'probably not' then why not just buy a big TV? It's something we've considered for going forward, main issue being if the teacher moves on / out of the room and a more proactive teacher comes in..........problem!

    Lynx has some nice features but is far from the complete package, the integration with google earth etc is nice though.


    EDIT: just watched your video on calibrating, if you go to settings and change calibration to 25 points it will be more accurate, this may help with some of the issues you have had

    EDIT: just watched your 'fine control' video for resizing the text box, I believe that your screen res will affect your accuracy towards the top and bottom of the screen in Windows 7, if it isnt right the accuracy will be fine in the middle and way off to the top and bottom, as seems to be the case on your video.
    Updated 29th June 2012 at 10:06 AM by RTFM
  18. Hacksawbob's Avatar
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    Yes around £3K April, although the prices are falling so they should be cheaper now. Weigh that up against a full projector and smart board install, which has some in built obsolescence with the traditional projector lasting around 3-5years and then requiring a bulb a replacement. In my experience the schools haven't budgeted for bulb replacementwhich leaves the teacher struggling on with the classroom either in virtual darkness or pupil's squinting to see a faint projected image coming from something with the output of a gloworms armpit! With LED/Laser projectors coming onto the market it will be interesting to see whether these provide the longevity that they promise at a price schools can afford.

    The real question is whether this direct contact interactivity is worth the extra cost? The primary function is to display information to a group, this can be achieved at a fraction of he cost with a standard TV with an HDMI/vga input retailing for around the £4-500 mark for something decent with excellent viewing angles and probably less reflection, and lower running costs (LED screen) A wireless mouse or wireless slate could provide the pupil interactivity (and keep Ofsted happy!) all for under a grand.
    Updated 28th June 2012 at 03:55 PM by Hacksawbob
  19. januttall's Avatar
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    finally. the website files from the old host have been emailed through to me in a zip file. total size 5.2 MB
  20. X-13's Avatar
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    How does the cost compare?

    It's all well and good saying these screens are better, but if they're too expensive I doubt a lot of places could afford them.

    I know we probably couldn't. [I saw one priced at nearly £3000. I don't know if this is cheap or expensive.]

    Given the choice between upgrading desktops and installing a gimmick, I think I'd upgrade the desktops...
    Updated 28th June 2012 at 11:03 AM by X-13
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