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  1. Money in Schools (ICT and generally) aka Vanity Projects

    by , 15th January 2012 at 10:23 AM
    This blog post comes courtesy of a thread elsewhere on Edugeek as well as ideas brought up from one of the schools I support.

    I'll start small. A couple of weeks ago, one of my HT's attended training at a local academy. This academy rolled out iPads for all it's pupils. Naturally he liked the look of this but with a diminutive budget, asked what I could do along the same sort of lines but for half a class.
    The logistics were easy enough, just under £6k buys 16 ipads, a dock/box/sync/charger ...

    by , 13th January 2012 at 11:51 AM (And so, our story begins...)
    Cluster server is go.

    At least premission has been given, and the powers that be think the LAN MMO idea is a good one. [Still trying to find one... here's hoping BETT can help.]

    For those who are curious, for this experiment I will be using:

    10 RM F-series as nodes [Which I can't find full specs for...]

    Some sort of ex-admin Dell as the controller. We've got a couple sitting about.

    Cisco Catalyst 2950 [24 ...

    Updated 13th January 2012 at 03:25 PM by X-13 (Oh, dear God... I can't spell.)

  3. Virtual Insanity: Part One - Lets Get Physical

    by , 12th January 2012 at 04:17 PM
    This is the start of a lot of writing, because if I put it down in words, it'll make me believe that I'm in control and I know what I'm doing. I promise you, I'm not and I don't. Most of this will be disjointed sentences adapted from my hasty notes and vague memories, but some of it might prove useful, or at least entertaining. I'm writing it mostly because I enjoy writing and I need to practice more, and I'm cross-posting to my actual blog because I really should put some content there.

    Updated 24th January 2012 at 01:41 PM by sonofsanta (Tweak of title)

  4. Roll on Saturday

    , 11th January 2012 at 01:51 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    I will be at BETT 2012 and can't wait for it to come. Partly for "professional development," partly to see you Edugeekers again and partly to restock my desk with a bagful of freebie office supplies.

    My freebie-fu was weak last year. With any luck it has since improved!
  5. Hmmm, let me think about that... .

    by , 11th January 2012 at 01:00 PM (And so, our story begins...)
    3 blog posts in as many days... 2 in one day? WHAT SORCERY IS THIS!

    Attachment 12669
    [Wow... that's smaller than I thought it'd be... Click to embiggen.]

    Neg rep because you dislike Reddit?

    Or you're one of THOSE 4channers who think Reddit is the cancer of the internet?

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, a reaction image if worth at least 500 emotions.

    Just because something is from reddit/tumblr/4chan/wherever ...

    Updated 11th January 2012 at 01:37 PM by X-13

    Random ramblings
  6. 10 node cluster server.

    by , 11th January 2012 at 11:41 AM (And so, our story begins...)
    I'm thinking of making one at work.

    Think of it as CPD, if you like.

    We have 10 old RM computers [F-series] just sitting there gathering dust.

    We also have 4 switches sitting around, plus a lot of various cables.

    Our head would probably let me do it... But, I can't think of a use for it...

    Updated 13th January 2012 at 11:55 AM by X-13

  7. What a waste of time...

    by , 9th January 2012 at 09:25 AM (And so, our story begins...)
    I can't believe I just spent over half an hour changing my desktop wallpaper...

    I had the wallpaper on a USB... It just wouldn't display properly.

    Set it to "tiled", works fine.
    "Center"... Still good.

    Stretch? nope.

    The colour borks and it becomes worthless.

    This is what the wallpaper looks like, for those that are interested.

    [NOTE - not the actual one that borked. This one borks differently.]
  8. How to - System Centre Configuration Manager - Part 1 (Pre-req's)

    by , 8th January 2012 at 05:10 PM
    Ive had a lot of contact from people asking about installing System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) – having all sorts of issues with it. Normally – this install and config to the basics of doing a build and capture, through to the end game of it deploying your network clients for you!

    Im not going to cover AD or DHCP – other than saying have 2 accounts setup ready to use, something like SCCMAdmin and SCCMClient. Make sure that you arent running SCCM on the same server as DHCP; ...
  9. System Centre Operations Manager 2007 on Server 2008 R2 with SQL Cluster 2008 R2

    by , 8th January 2012 at 02:18 PM
    Ok – so, most of you know I love System Centre products – and after getting SCCM (System Centre Configuration Manger) setup nicely (I will blog on this, as lots of people seem to have a problem getting this up and running in less than a day) – it was time to play with its partner in crime SCOM (System Centre Operations Manager).

    What exactly is Operations Manager? Well, it revolves around an agent on the computer to be monitored. The agent watches that computer, ...
  10. Using Dates in SIMS Reporting

    , 4th January 2012 at 06:12 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    When you output dates in SIMS with the Reporting tool, the results will come out as text and cannot be converted into a proper date with the number format window. This is a fix used in the SIMS Standard Portrait template to prevent Excel from throwing a fit and entering the data incorrectly. You can modify the template and remove the fix but that is best left to advanced users, there is a simpler option.

    Let's take a date in the format "1 March 2012" in cell C2. You can use the DATEVALUE ...
    Work , SIMS , Technical , Office