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  1. SYNACK's Avatar
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    Just read this on Slashdot Why businesses move to the cloud: They hate IT | ITworld

    The cloud is a tool so that those who don't actually fully know what they are doing can avoid those that do and make decisions (bad or otherwise). The cloud is Apple for admins, a box of crayons for those that can't work a pen.
  2. Mr.Ben's Avatar
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    We have just done the same, and decided that it was time to move away from the DigiBlue Cameras. We bought Zu3d (£350 for a small network licence) and 10 webcams. The software is much better than the Digital Blue Software, and it does not need expensive propriatory cameras to work either.
    Updated 16th June 2011 at 02:47 PM by Mr.Ben
  3. JamesG's Avatar
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    Replacement Cameras are not really needed, our school found a way around it without having to buy a whole new kit

    You can still access the camera video files by doing the below instructions. It basicly turns the camera into a external HDD so you can access the files you want.

    * Switch on the Camera when itís not connected to the PC



    * Hold down the Resolution button on the camera.



    * Plug in the camera while still holding the Resolution button.



    * You will notice a new drive mounted in your 'Computer' folder called 'Removable Disk'.



    * Double-click to open it, then open the 'DCIM' folder > '100MEDIA' folder.



    * You can now drag the movies out of that folder and into any location you wish, double click the files individually to view them.
  4. GrumbleDook's Avatar
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    The important thing is not that you think out loud ... but that you think ... and your worries are expressed carefully, considerately and with a decent amount of understanding of the impact that things can have when they go wrong. Keep thinking ...

    I might have to sort out another DPA chat at a #NetworkNorthants meeting again. I'll have a dig around for a speaker of the quality of @Drummer_Boy
  5. Fatmas's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by kzaidi
    Was the Processor (P4) powerful enough to handle the data transfers? FreeNAS also has other features, such has the uPNP, DLNA stuff, where you able to play with those or other features?
    I found it to be ok at transferring data. We copied all the teacher's user areas to it and it was slightly quicker than the tape backup. I don't know whether it's being used anymore as I left the school back in April, but it was a great proof of concept and worked very well.


    I didn't have too much of a play with those features as initially, I just wanted to get it working.

    Yes if you have a good HDD and a decent NIC / network infrastructure, that would make more of a difference than a quick CPU.
  6. Gibbo's Avatar
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    I would have thought it would be. The "crunch points" would be good HDDs and NICs.
  7. kzaidi's Avatar
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    Was the Processor (P4) powerful enough to handle the data transfers? FreeNAS also has other features, such has the uPNP, DLNA stuff, where you able to play with those or other features?
  8. synaesthesia's Avatar
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    Indeed, it's that reliance.
    And as for installing a 2nd line - for anything that's properly useable for that backup, the cost in doing so will instantly wipe out any financial benefits, surely?
    I will stress it appears it's the reliance thing I'm more concerned about, very much along the lines of what you're saying znova. I'm of very similar status, I'm by no means an expert but always keep my ears open for anything that may make our lives easier/better - our being us as technical staff, the schools, staff and pupils. I will absolutely not be happy with anything that comprimises a pupil's education because, along with data protection, that is the most important part of our jobs. Without the pupils, we have no reason to exist in our current state.

    Of course there are benefits, and much of the average techie's job is to weigh up all the pros and cons of everything we do. And those pros and cons will differ for all establishments. I'm also a firm believer that the "one size fits all" ideas are not viable solutions, because it means there are schools and establishments having to comprimise just to conform. I already dislike the one size fits all curriculum but that is something entirely out of my remit or control. Thankfully computers are easier to bunch into categories than people!

    Don't take any of this to heart by the way, for anyone that may take offence at it. I tend to "think out loud" in blogs, that's what I really think it's for. Opinions are opinions of course, and I am very happy to stand corrected!
  9. znova's Avatar
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    Hello,

    interesting post. I've just done a fair amount of research into cloud apps though I am by no means an expert. Cloud seems to divide people into 2 camps like Marmite - you either love it or hate it. I used to be in the former but now I hover around the middle.

    A few points: security seems to be the biggest issue why people are reluctant to take up cloud based apps. However, I would argue that being ISO27001 certified means your security is probably tighter than your average network. But you are absolutely correct, you are still responsible for the data, and most cloud-provider contracts are VERY vague and non-negotiable for all but the largest organisations.

    The second issue is money. Cloud providers generally attract clients with low monthly rates. However, it's like the difference between renting and buying your own house. In the long run (and for some apps less than 2 years) it's cheaper to buy and install in-house.

    I would say at the moment cloud has its uses - but I would stear away from anything cloud-based that is paid for or "business-critical". MIS in the cloud as you said just isn't sustainable with the current infrastructure. However, Google docs etc. could give Microsoft a run for their money.

    I am actually going to be involved in a school cloud project (moving to Google docs, Gmail etc) so I am not really anti-cloud. As I said, as long as it's free, non business-critical and doesn't involve sensitive data(DPA), why not. Obviously the school network infrastructure and broadband connection has to support it!
  10. zag's Avatar
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    Why not get a 2nd Broadband line?

    We have a VDSL backup here and it takes 20 seconds to swap over the gateway if the main one goes down.
  11. jdoyle's Avatar
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    I've put a link to the conference webpage on the staff section of our intranet.
  12. CAM's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Helen_Clough
    Sounds good, might have to attend this one.
    It's been and gone but is held around the same time each year. Come to the 2012 conference!
  13. Helen_Clough's Avatar
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    Sounds good, might have to attend this one.
  14. neilenormal's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by stuartridout
    Hi Neilenormal. What kind of wage do they get?
    We employed them on the NJC scales used by local authorities, and the grade was set by a role matching exercise. They were employed on a term time only basis so the annual salary was pro rata'd down accordingly. Most of them said it was OK, and provided a means of paying the rent and some "beer money" on top!!
  15. stuartridout's Avatar
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    Hi Neilenormal. What kind of wage do they get?
  16. ChrisH's Avatar
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    For Windows 7 I just made a copy of the simsperm script and then did a search and replace on program files to program files (x86) seems to work fine. This is assuming your Windows 7 folders are installing into the x86 folder.
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    Thanks for the suggestion Neilenormal - we do use gap students and that was one path I was considering. I'm sure that grounding would be invaluable so long as they could handle the 'non-glamour' and graft of doing basic IT support.... Hence I started thinking of apprenticeships. But, yes, with the right person that would be ideal too.
  18. neilenormal's Avatar
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    I had a regular supply of one year students from the local University, who were doing a course that required them to spend the third year of their 4 year course in Industry. We had some excellent people who all aspired to working for the big boys in IT but soon found that the grounding that working in a school gave them proved invaluable to their future careers. I suggest you contact the nearest University to your School and see what they do?
  19. zag's Avatar
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    Just to update this the 98% cpu and high memory usage were due to the sharepoint timer service. I think it was indexing the search of the site every 15mins causing the slow downs.

    Turning it off has fixed this and doesn't seem to have effected sharepoint features at all but I will keep an eye on it.
  20. vikpaw's Avatar
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    If you post in that thread, they can test for you...