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  1. Smart Board S340

    by , 20th January 2011 at 02:31 PM

    I bought, and, unwisely, didn't check carefully at the time of purchase, a portable SmartBoard S340-1286 from someone on EBay.

    When I eventually got round to looking at the thing some months (yes, I know...) later, it turned out to be missing the power supply and also a lead which would have a USB plug on one end (to connect to computer) and a plug a bit like a network plug on the other. Dealers tell me that spares are no longer available for this board and I wondered ...
  2. If you work in IT you must ....

    by , 19th January 2011 at 03:16 PM
    ... know everything there is to know about every electrical appliance there is, has ever been and will ever be. A knowledge of computers enables you to communicate with washing machines, the hoover, an old VCR machine or a DVD recorder.

    Sadly that’s not I how roll. I played with computers when I was young. My career drifted along until I joined the IT department. I stayed there because I got on with my line manager, he offered to train me up. I enjoyed the work, I enjoyed the pay ...
    Tags: first post, moan
  3. Bored Kids II

    , 19th January 2011 at 01:46 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Some may remember my previous post about what bored kids do with their time afterschool. Recently, the cousin to the confectionary based caterpillar turned up. I present to you, the Tiny Paper Snail.

    A few suggestions on how to proceed.-happysnail.jpg

    Only school kids can take something so simple and make you go awww.
  4. Outsourcing and BSF project - lessons learnt

    by , 16th January 2011 at 05:09 PM
    Dear All

    I have attached a paper I wrote a while ago on the effectiveness of a BSF project. I know BSF is dead but it does highlight some issues relating to IT outsourcing and other school IT issues. I have taken out some sections as they are either not relevant or may be a little too contentious. Perhaps the conclusions (Section 3) might be the most useful.

    Dave O

    Updated 19th January 2011 at 08:58 PM by Dave_O

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  5. Building a NAS Box - My DIY Hassle Free Experience

    by , 12th January 2011 at 10:36 AM
    A while back we realised that our tape backup system was not going to last forever so we decided to look into alternatives.

    A NAS box is one solution and can be put together fairly cheaply if required so I decided to see if I could build a simple unit and perform a backup using symantec backup exec. We also wanted to snapshot our Xen server for safety.

    Here is the documentation of a hassle free experience with NAS and FreeNAS:

    Server Specification ...
    Tags: backup, budget, nas
  6. Windows 7 Accusing Us of Illegal Software

    by , 5th January 2011 at 02:36 PM
    We've come back this term with a whole load of machines complaining that Windows 7 is not genuine. How nice; after all the money we spend with Microsoft and the various backflips we have to do to get our KMS server working correctly we're being accused of running illegal software!

    It would turn out that during the Xmas break I created a new Prism Package which was the new SIMS Update installation. Rather than let SIMS update itself this time round (because it doesn't always work), ...
  7. time and date

    by , 2nd January 2011 at 02:45 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by pacisalbert View Post
    problem cannot adjust even administrator account
  8. Garfield Theory Of Users

    by , 22nd December 2010 at 09:09 AM
    I have a theory that we can categorise how comfortable our users are with IT based on the characters out of the Garfield show. Do not worry I am not saying that all your users eat lasagna all day (but that maybe the case I wouldn’t know). Lets take each main character from the show Read More At My Main Blog Here

    Updated 25th December 2010 at 10:40 PM by russdev

  9. Implementing a 1 to 1 Laptop Scheme

    by , 16th December 2010 at 03:08 AM
    click here for original blog link

    There are many ways to implement a successful 1:1 laptop scheme, below is a list of areas to consider. Each school, college, educational establishment will have its own factors, special areas to consider, below is my list of things to consider.

    After the list below, I have included a paragraph of information related to my own specific experience of implementing a very successful Apple Macbook Pro 1:1 scheme. It should also be noted ...
  10. Five Jobs You Can Do At Christmas

    by , 15th December 2010 at 10:02 PM
    Holidays for IT support in education are usually full of server and system upgrades as the staff and students are not in and this enables us to take the system down. However at Christmas we get one or two days at the most. This is due to the bank holidays and IT support staff, heaven forbid, wanting to spend time with their families.

    Take these few days to do the few little jobs that you have been meaning to get sorted. Below are some suggestions to help you on your way (of course ...

    Updated 16th December 2010 at 12:20 PM by russdev