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  1. A few updates

    , 16th April 2013 at 01:51 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Quite a bit has happened since November...

    First off my Kubuntu install fell apart after most of my games library was locked out regardless of WINE. The titles that did work with WINE were too big a pain to get working again and I just wanted my incredible gaming rig back! Since my Windows 7 CD Key was coming up invalid, I found myself forced to install Windows 8 and after an initial "I hate Metro" period it proved to be quite a usable OS...if you throw Metro out the window. ...

    Updated 16th April 2013 at 01:52 PM by CAM

  2. SSRS + Widgets = Dynamic Desktop

    by , 14th April 2013 at 09:00 AM (The Progresso Geek)
    After 2 days of training in SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) I have now written my first report.
    I wanted it to be useful but also to keep it simple what with it being my first venture into SSRS. As any of you who work with school's MIS databases will know the many different types of data that is recorded, so I decided to go for a report based on learner data.
    Also, I love the fact that you can place these reports within a widget on a users desktop. So as soon as a user logs on, ...

    Updated 19th March 2014 at 05:30 AM by ProgressoGeek

  3. High praise for Sophos technical support

    by , 13th April 2013 at 06:17 AM (Speckytecky's Blog)
    Yesterday was the day we planned to upgrade our Sophos Enterprise Management Console from version 5.0 to version 5.2. Initially things went ok but then the upgrade failed because a component was missing from the database. Ten out of ten to Sophos support in particular Michael Garewal who spent 3 hours online with me fixing this problem. That really is excellence in Support that would be unbeaten anywhere in my opinion. Thanks Sophos and Michael. I'm one happy Sophos customer.
  4. Ofice 365 teacher/pupil policy

    by , 10th April 2013 at 09:44 AM
    we have succesfully used Office 365 from the beginning with all our staff. well used and everyone is happy. I want to add pupils to this, but there is concern about students seeing staff emails on list, spam and all other naughties that can previal. Any experience of this out there I'd like to hear from you ? One suggestion was to use a separate domain for the students and use two Office365 accounts. Can this be done as anyone tried this ?
  5. Easter...

    , 28th March 2013 at 10:38 AM
    So Easter is nearly here for us in Schools. Today at 3.30pm I will be loading my car with boxes and boxes of GCSE and A-Level work to mark over the Easter holidays. What can I say - fun, fun, fun!

    I have been busy in Year 10 lessons preparing my students for an exam on 6th June - Cambridge Nationals in ICT. The unit of study is Computer Systems and does involve, very much the use of computer systems and the more technical aspects of the subject - networks, hardware, etc. The ...
  6. Adventures in Macland... my experiences with ConfigMgr 2012 and Macs Part 1

    by , 22nd March 2013 at 06:12 PM
    I've mentioned on the forums a few times that we're in the planning stages of implementing System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1. I'm now at the end of the planning stage and am moving towards implementation.

    During the planning stages, we have been evaluating the Mac component of the product. My colleague @Roberto has written a little about it on his blog at It's Always My Problem. You should go read it. Go ahead, I'll wait.

    Have you ...
  7. ICT Tip #36 - Aero Shake

    by , 19th March 2013 at 03:18 PM
    Our staff loved this one. Personally I've never used the gesture much - too much in the habit of Win+D then Alt+Tab - but people were at first disbelieving and then endlessly amused. Says something about school staff that, perhaps.

    So for the entertainment and delight of your peers, here's ICT Tip 036 - Aero Shake.doc

    Any monetary tips you get from people, let me know and I'll pass you my PayPal details. Not that you should be charging money for these anyway, of course - ...
  8. Review: Parotec InSync Apple Ipad charging and synchronising case.

    by , 15th March 2013 at 02:10 PM (Bob's Blog)
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    One of the schools I am working at ordered one of these about six months ago. It was bought through an Apple reseller along with a number of Ipads (15). The cost of the device was not cheap! So lets see what you get for your money. There are 16 slots for ipads and one larger slot for a laptop, 16 short charge/synch cables, an internal 240V socket for the laptop charger and an external 240V supply socket.

    The external case appears to be made ...

    Updated 15th March 2013 at 02:12 PM by Hacksawbob

  9. Virtual Insanity: Part Three - A Quick Catch Up

    by , 12th March 2013 at 02:54 PM
    This draft has been sitting here for ten months now. I very much doubt anyone who was following along before still gives a monkey's. However, I'm sick of EduGeek prompting me to carry on with this draft, so I'm going to write this introduction then just publish the bloody thing

    I think the advice below is all still sound. It looks right, but the work was a year ago. I've done a lot in that year so have completely forgotten everything I did with the servers.

    ~~wibbly ...
  10. ICT Tip #35 - Show the Desktop

    by , 12th March 2013 at 02:50 PM
    Dead easy one this one. It got frustrating watching people minimise every window in sight when I asked them to go to a shortcut on the desktop, so I went off and wrote up ICT Tip 035 - Show the Desktop.doc

    Do what you will with it, so long as you make no profit (unless you make some and send it all to me, that's fine )
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