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  1. Off to the 'Real World'

    by , 16th March 2011 at 09:22 AM
    Well I've landed my self a new job out in the private sector starting on Monday. If working in schools has tought me anything it's that things are almost not what they appear to be, and that stupidity if often the cause of many issues. I'm hoping that this new post will be slightly less of the stupid and allow me to get down to some productive rather than fire fighting work.

    I've been hanging around here since my first mentor introduced edugeek to me way back in 2007 (ok not that ...
  2. Operating Systems

    by , 14th March 2011 at 02:37 PM
    Hi today I've decided to post about Operating systems today as it does kind of follow on from my last post. Once you have your PC built, you will need an operating system the most popular is Microsoft Windows. There are multiple versions listed below,

    These are the earliest versions of the Operating System.

    Windows 1.0 - Released 1985. Known as MS-DOS Executive, it also came with Calculator, Calendar, Cardfile, Clipboard viewer, Clock, Control Panel, Notepad, Paint, ...
  3. Windows 7 SP1 Fails to Install (and causes a Blue Screen system halt)

    by , 10th March 2011 at 08:42 PM
    Microsoft Recently released a Service Pack for Windows 7 and it has worked fine until it has been made available via WSUS/Windows Updates for Automatic Install. It has been known to cause a few problems where the system has halted upon startup with a Fatal Error as shown below:

    Fatal Error C0000034 applying update operation (Update 282 of 103814)

    Many people have turned to re-building the system but there is a fix to getting the system back up and running and it is ...
    Tags: windows 7
  4. The quality of this netbook really does speak for itself.

    by , 9th March 2011 at 03:08 AM
    Asus Eee PC 1201N (BLACK)

    What can one say, the ASUS EEE PC 1201N is usually a fantastic little net book also it looks great too. I received mine in the post today. It feels really good made and (sorry to get girly here) it's seriously cute!
    The screen resolution is brill. Initial create was fast and launching my software via USB appeared to be quick too. I ran a burn in tool as well as other ...
  5. Getting a list of tables in an Access database (C#)

    by , 4th March 2011 at 11:13 AM
    Posting this code so that I can remember it/ and in case anyone else finds it useful.

    First open the database
    string constr = @"Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data source=database.mdb";
    OleDbConnection con = new OleDbConnection(constr);
    con.GetSchema() will return a list of collections in the database.

    CollectionName        NumberOfRestrictions NumberOfIdentifierParts
    --------------------- --------------------
  6. Internet Explorer 9 and You (Tube)

    , 2nd March 2011 at 10:31 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    I am currently testing out Internet Explorer 9 64-bit on a copy of Windows 7 Home. Very smart looking, I like the Facebook web slice and the browser seems fast. Visiting YouTube however was less then enthralling as it starts demanding me to install Flash.

    But wait, doesn't IE9 support HTML5 meaning Flash isn't required for YouTube? Correct, but it takes an extra step to get it to work courtesy of YouTube putting obstacles in the way.

    To enable the YouTube HTML5 player ...
  7. It must be time to renew our domain name....

    by , 2nd March 2011 at 06:23 AM
    ...And how do I know this? Simple, because the wonderful people at the Domain Renewal Group send me a reminder that I should. As they do every year. All I have to do is fill out the form they send through the post and hey presto they've taken our domain for 5 times the price of our current tag holder. the Domain Renewal Group are (almost) a scam. They send out an official looking invoice inviting you to renew your tag and make it look like they are the official holder of it hoping people will be ...
  8. Fine Grained Password Policies

    by , 27th February 2011 at 10:51 PM
    Ok, something we are just about to implement - Password Policies for Staff. However, I hear you cry, you can only have one policy per domain - the "Default Domain Policy GPO". Yes - pre Server 2008 that is true...

    With Windows Server 2008 you will now be able to define different password account lockout policies within the same domain. Previously this was not possible and this was also one of the reasons many of our customers implemented multiple domains in their forest. ...
  9. Windows 7 Updates which break things...

    by , 24th February 2011 at 03:05 PM
    OK - I know SP1 is now out - but in case you havent applied it yet, and arent going too - watch out for these two...

    Note - These are supposed to be rolled into SP1, supposed to be!

    Issue 1: If your Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 stops responding at the “Please wait” screen before you are requested to press Ctrl+ALT+DEL.

    Lets say you try to start a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

    However, the operating ...
  10. Spring Cleaning your AD

    by , 24th February 2011 at 01:35 PM
    That time of year again (well - for us anyway), after doing a load of machine rebuilds - and name changes etc - your AD may look a bit cluttered. Even more so as we moved from using RIS (groan - old tech alert) to SCCM...

    So - rather than resurrect some old threads, here is a collection of highly useful powershell scripts to hunt out those old computers and remove them or move them to another OU so you can spot them all together.

    Credit to original posters: Boz_l and ...