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  1. SIMS.net - read-only access to staff Contract details

    by , 22nd January 2013 at 12:34 PM
    Just leaving this here in case anybody comes up against the same problem in future....

    I wanted to give a member of staff read-only access to Staff Contracts in SIMS.net. (Autumn 2012 release, 7.148)

    None of the built-in groups in System Manager seemed to offer the level of access I wanted, so I created my own.

    I granted the group read-only access to staff details (by selecting "Staff" from the permissions list and clicking "Set View"). ...
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  2. ICT Tip #28 - Pinning Items to the Windows 7 Start Menu

    by , 22nd January 2013 at 11:43 AM
    This being a new blog series I figured I was meant to update on time and stick to my promises for at least another three weeks

    So, following on from last week's introduction and tip on searching the Windows 7 Start Menu, this week is about pinning shortcuts to the Start Menu for quick access: ICT Tip 028 - Pin to Start Menu.doc

    It's quick, it's easy, it's worth showing people. As ever you are free to steal, borrow, adapt and re-use, without attribution, so long as you make no ...

    Updated 6th February 2013 at 12:04 PM by sonofsanta

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  3. Intranet and Extranet SSO and Usability Project - Part 1

    by , 20th January 2013 at 09:02 PM
    Its been a long time since I last wrote about Sharepoint - the platform for our Intranet; but now with the rest of the ongoing projects nearing completion - I've been able to return to this monster of a project.

    Introduction
    So, lets go back to the start and show what the end goal was.

    1. Intranet Portal - containing Departmental, Staff and Student Areas. Department areas would have staff and student storage as well as news, events, discussions, blogs and all ...
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  4. ICT Tips - WinXP & Office2003 round-up

    by , 16th January 2013 at 03:18 PM
    Well that didn't take long. Someone's asked for the XP & 2003 tips before I'd even gotten into work this morning, so here you go: XP2003.zip

    Included in this little zip file are:
    • Locking Your Computer
    • Changing Your Password
    • Zooming
    • Changing Keyboard Layout
    • Internet Explorer Tabs
    • Resizing Pictures in Office (for smaller file sizes)
    • Folders in Outlook


    As before, feel free to steal, remix, adapt & share, so long as you don't start ...

    Updated 6th February 2013 at 12:04 PM by sonofsanta

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  5. ICT Tips - an introduction & first of many free resources

    by , 15th January 2013 at 02:37 PM
    For the past couple of years, barring a hiatus when I was too damned busy getting 2008R2 set up on a Hyper-V cluster with System Center, I've been writing up brief weekly tips and emailing them round to all our staff. Less than a page of A4 (usually), pointing out one small but useful tip for using a computer. It's a friendly way of reminding people we're here and slowly training staff without them realising I'm on a secret campaign to make them all more IT-literate.

    It suddenly struck ...

    Updated 6th February 2013 at 12:04 PM by sonofsanta (link to XP/2003 tips)

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  6. Always two, there are... One master and one apprentice.

    by , 11th January 2013 at 12:57 PM (And so, our story begins...)
    I haven't posted a blog in a while... So, have a short bit of randomness.


    So, a while back, while at a CC3 training doodah, I started talking with one of the techs. Turns out he works at the school near to where I live.

    From what I gathered he was new to tech support, so we swapped details and I said to ask if he wasn't sure about anything* [I think I also mentioned EduGeek as well.]

    Now, I'm getting emails/phone calls every so often asking about ...
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