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  1. CAM's Avatar
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    We use a sort of code. The year they started then a unique ID followed bytheir first and last names mangled up and swapped. It all goes through the borough's EMail system to hide the fact they are a school pupil.

    As an example, your name of Grumble Dook would be 095433doogru on our EMail system. No-one has any idea what the string means or if they are talking to a male or female, adult or pupil. Or even if they go to a school.
  2. Killian's Avatar
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    Good point I'm pretty sure some of the students here can email outside of the the school but maybe I'm wrong.

    I keep meaning to speak to our Network Manager to get limits on the amount they can send to as the spam is getting ridiculous now so will check that at the same time.

    The only other thing that would concern me is webmail access. Once you know someone's names their passwords tend to be either left as a default, the word 'password' or their favourite football teams. That's probably more of a job for password complexity settings though I suppose.
  3. localzuk's Avatar
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    Killian - I thought schools should be implementing walled garden based email systems? ie. the pupils can only email, and be emailed by, a select set of addresses? Ours can only email each other, and people on our staff email domain. So getting their username/name would be useless still.
  4. Killian's Avatar
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    I'd hardly say they can do nothing with it; once you know a name and the general naming convention for user IDs you can pretty much get almost unfiltered access to a child via the email system (providing they avoid tags/keywords for filtering systems).

    I wouldn't know what the solution would be though. The students here are constantly forgetting passwords so how they'd cope with 'numbers' is beyond me. Still; it's a valid point and worth discussing, surely there is a better system out their that is kid friendly.
  5. localzuk's Avatar
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    Sorry but this is a bizarre thing to discuss. What does it matter if someone gets a name? A name is a name! You can't do anything with it! Name and age? What does that give? Nothing.

    Pupils have difficulty remembering how to spell their own names in our year 5, then we have all 4 years who continually forget their passwords. You really think they're capable of remembering numbers? You seem to be working from a secondary school age group perspective.

    Kids don't get issued with ID cards. Why would they? They'd just lose the damned things!

    I simply don't understand the fear of someone knowing a child's name and age. There is nothing you can do with it!
  6. sparkeh's Avatar
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    Wow thanks for that!
    Two of my schools have these cameras and its been a nightmare.
    Good to know that there's hope when we move to Windows 7.
  7. sparkeh's Avatar
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    The list is: Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse Dune.

    I feel obliged to finish a series once I start it and it was a real chore by the end. Such a shame as Dune is fantastic.

    Oh and there are some prequels written by his son but I didn't go near those.
  8. jinnantonnix's Avatar
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    Just the first one.
    I understand that some of the sequels are awful.
    Which one should I read next?
  9. sparkeh's Avatar
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    Do you mean you finished the first book or the whole series?

    And I agree Dune is great but I feel the quality of the series declines.
  10. epsicot's Avatar
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    Just can't type '@'
  11. Alis_Klar's Avatar
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    spotted a typo
    in line 10 it should read "format fs=NTFS"
  12. cookie_monster's Avatar
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    Ahh lucky you I didn't manage to get out to Darwin, I really wanted to go but ended up stuck in a Cyclone on Carins instead.
    I had an excellent time in New Zealand expecialy the south island, if you go you've got to get down to Queenstown and Milford. Soooo jealous
  13. RabbieBurns's Avatar
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    Here on just a 1 year working holiday visa, going to extend it another year, and hopefully in the meantime find a company that will sponsor me to enable me to stay here permanently.

    I spent a year here between school and Uni, so have travelled pretty much all over already.. Just Perth and Darwin I need to get to.

    Wouldnt mind getting accross to New Zealand at some point too.
  14. cookie_monster's Avatar
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    Are you living in Oz or traveling?
  15. ahuxham's Avatar
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    I wish a software system was developed that would monitor an applications installed, and usage there after, I mean there are installation monitors to create packages, but nothing to follow it on from there, to monitor calls to folders, files and the likes and than create an export of the complete software package onto a new system.

    Would make life such a breeze, if changing a PC, you don't need to reinstall, you just backup the program and move it onto a new machines.
  16. CAM's Avatar
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    Good guide and very useful. Same method I used today.

    Quick warning though, BOOTSECT requires Administrator priviledges and will fail if you open the Command Prompt normally in Windows Vista (or Windows XP as a limited user). Users need to do the BOOTSECT portion of the guide using a Command Prompt opened by right clicking it in the Start Menu and choosing Run As Administrator. Otherwise it just says "Cannot trace a path to disk. Access Denied."

    This bit confused the hell out of me until I tried a command prompt with Administrator permissions and my problems were fixed.

    You can also jsut copy the files to a USB stick and run Setup while logged into Windows Vista if you want to cheat a bit. It copies enough files to C:\ to boot to Windows Setup to finish the job.
  17. EduTech's Avatar
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    Ah so that explains why you were not answering my phones calls and text messages ;-) you can have a break you know matey! i have some news for you lol!! yes it is to do with SharePoint hehe! its all good fun mate!
  18. TheScarfedOne's Avatar
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    @cookie_monster... think you are right, but even with the specify the username/password route - the same thing happens.

    Real pain, and took a while to find out what caused it.
  19. cookie_monster's Avatar
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    Hahaha i've just spent ages trying to fix this and found the same KB to sort it, I thought i'd post my findings here but had a quick search and bang someone has already come accross the issue.

    It's odd as we don't have any clients or servers running less than XP SP2/2003 SP2 can anyone tell me why we need to allow a policy that puts back the encryption to NT4 levels.

    I think it must be something to do with the "DoOldStyleDomainJoin = yes" setting.
  20. ZeroHour's Avatar
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    Thanks for this, very useful to know.