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  1. VOIP'd up!

    by , 26th January 2012 at 04:37 PM
    Monday was the big day for us this week; we've switched over on Friday afternoon to our new fully IP based system consisting of a Splicecom Maximiser 5100 Call Server supporting 118 phones. So far, so good with it all appearing to be working well and recieved well by all staff.

    It has however been a long time in planning; with support from the community on here as a whole I felt it only right to detail my experience over the last few months.

    I've been fortunate that ...

    Updated 9th February 2012 at 09:37 AM by FragglePete

  2. In other news...

    by , 25th January 2012 at 08:52 AM (And so, our story begins...)
    Hey look. A blog post that isn't Project Borg related.

    It's pony related. [Among other things] [[censored] ponies... how do they work?]

    I'm sitting around herping, derping and generally searching things on the interweb when our Head of Math asks me about my desktop wallpaper.

    So far, it's been described as bambi, "that white guy with blue hair and the dog in the collar"[?]... no-one had actually asked what it was.

    So I told him. ...
    Random ramblings
  3. Virtual Insanity: Part Two - Opening Windows

    by , 24th January 2012 at 03:57 PM
    Hello again! This is the continuing travel log of my attempts to build a new virtual infrastructure, so if you've not read part one, this might seem very specific and strange. I'm not claiming to write The Guide here, I'm just jotting down my experiences as I go in the hopes it helps someone (and possibly future me if I go through this again. Hello future me! How're the flying cars?)

    I'm still optimistically cross-posting this to my actual blog as well in the hopes that I actually ...
  4. Hmmm...

    by , 24th January 2012 at 09:40 AM (And so, our story begins...)
    It seems the project will have to be on hold for a bit while I sort out documentation.

    Everything I have references software that doesn't work. [and things like chkconfig... which I can't use.]

    I'm going to find alternatives and start again from scratch.

    This time using Ubuntu 11.10 [Server]. If it works... Which it didn't an hour ago.

    Hopefully, it will have all the necessary software installed.

    Updated 25th January 2012 at 11:04 AM by X-13

    Tags: project borg
  5. How To Guide: Deploy VNC via Group Policy

    by , 23rd January 2012 at 10:19 PM
    I originally posted this in the forums, but i think it fits here better.

    I have had a few people ask how to deploy VNC via group policy. If you have a large network where you want to install VNC on a large amount of computers this would be an ideal solution.

    For this guide i used TightVNC - the website is here:

    I decide to go for TightVNC becuase

    • Easy to use
    • Free
    • Ability to hide the icon in the system tray
    • Built in
  6. Darwin Awards

    by , 21st January 2012 at 07:42 PM
    Ok... so a departure from my normal belongings - but a bit of idle (well maybe not) fun and games...

    Read, and enjoy the underbelly of society!

    The DARWIN Awards!

    It's with great pleasure that I's that time again. The Darwin Awards are out! These Annual Honors are given to the persons who did the human gene pool the biggest service by killing themselves in the most extraordinarily stupid way.

    You may recall that last year's ...
    Tags: fun stuff
  7. This isn't a blog post...

    by , 19th January 2012 at 01:12 PM (And so, our story begins...)'s a BLARGH post.

    All I have to say is "SCREW YOU, DEBIAN 6.0.3!!"

    I spent this morning setting up/configuring the cluster controller [or the "head node" as my documentation calls it].

    I wired it up, without any network connection as I'm not at that stage yet.

    Stuck in the Debian disk, boots fine.
    Using it as a live disk, works fine.
    Install OS... Nope.

    For some reason it doesn't want ...

    Updated 25th January 2012 at 11:04 AM by X-13

  8. How to - System Centre Configuration Manager - Part 4 (Task Sequences and OSs)

    by , 18th January 2012 at 11:57 AM
    This post is going to seem very odd - as it is Part 4 of a series, where Ive only published Part 1 so far! Bear with me, there is a reason...

    A lot of my blogs recently have covered areas I get asked about a lot - and this one came up today!

    Take the scenario, you are sending out your OS Builds to Machines, and also you are letting staff choose from your catalog of software to install themselves.

    Problem - your OS install also shows in the list, so technically ...
    Tags: sccm
  9. BETT Show - The Summary

    by , 18th January 2012 at 10:23 AM (Grumbledook's stuff!)
    It may seem a little strange to write a summary without having written the other posts … but best to keep things short and sweet.

    There will be more posts, but rather than the initial splurge of activity post-BETT I thought I would share ideas, opinions, what I saw, conversations I had, etc … but over a longer period … and it also means that I have the benefit of looking at blog posts from others too … and this year there are a plethora of posts!

    I am pretty sure I ...
  10. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.

    by , 18th January 2012 at 08:33 AM (And so, our story begins...)
    Update time.

    And a small update at that.

    Yesterday was spent upgrading the nodes and the controller, I've doubled the RAM so it now stands at 1GB RAM per node, and 4GB RAM on the controller.

    Everything else is standard.

    As the test, I'm thinking of possibly installing Quake and seeing how it runs. Lag, FPS [frames per second... not first person shooter.], graphics quality, etc.

    First it'd be installed on ...

    Updated 18th January 2012 at 10:18 AM by X-13 (Added team pose and fixed some spelling.)

    Tags: project borg