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  1. Tablet computers. An Apology

    by , 18th October 2010 at 09:04 PM
    It's been a while coming this little article, but I have to get it out in the open. I have to apologise for any negative remarks I've ever made about tablet (slate) computers. From Android, to iPads, in fact particularly iPads, I have, over the past few weeks finally 'got it'. I understand now just how good these devices are at doing what they were intended to do, and often, more than they were designed for. And the reason for my negativity, my nay-saying? In one word ignorance. I didn't want them ...
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  2. EEE-PC 701 4G's Back to Xandros for Electronic Registration

    by , 12th October 2010 at 01:05 PM
    We're in our third year of Electronic Registration, and we looked into Registration during assemblies using EEE-PCs. The excellent Asus EEE-PCs 701 4G were the netbook of choice back then. Using the wonders of nLite we created the well documented slim installation of XP so teachers could use SIMS and register their classes during assemblies (and in other locations).

    All has been well until recently, I never like XP running on these devices; it never seem to have any slick-ness which ...
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  3. Unhappy SIMS Server

    by , 6th October 2010 at 02:22 PM
    We've had fun with the SIMS Server over the past couple of weeks. It's been perfectly happy until a Hard Drive failure occured a couple of weeks ago. Not a problem, RAID5 in play so got in touch with HP and a new Hard Drive was dispatched next day, installed and all was well.

    Unfortunately not, somehow a couple of directories had become corrupted which we can only assumed happened when this hard drive failed. Still, managed to recover them with no issues but couldn't delete these ...
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  4. eBay - challange for eLearning pros

    by , 4th October 2010 at 05:22 PM

    1st October eBay announced an agreement to use Joomla to launch a community portal as part of eBay's internal analytics platform. The new community analytics initiative will enable employees to source and analyze massive amounts of data to power ideas and learning across the company.

    My opinion:
    It looks challanging not only for Joomla Community, but for eLearning ...

    Updated 4th October 2010 at 05:29 PM by Erigas

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  5. NotFound - Silverlight's most annoying feature

    by , 29th September 2010 at 09:46 AM (Wandering lonely as a clown...)
    I've posted a new blog post over at my site, detailing how to get a human readable error message out of WCF services in Silverlight. So, instead of being told 'NotFound' for every issue that occurs, you will actually see that you've got permission issues, or missing file issues.

    Linky
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  6. The Open Source Threat

    by , 23rd September 2010 at 12:14 AM (Grumbledook's stuff!)
    I commend Gary Clawson from the North West Grid for Learning for his recent report about how, in these stringent times, the use of Open Source and Open Content can saves schools and LAs significant amounts of money.
    There are a number of good summaries and articles on the report already on the Tinterweb, most of which have many additional constructive comments so rather than re-hash the collective back patting which us going on I will instead talk about a series of points I raised about the ...

    Updated 14th March 2012 at 08:07 AM by GrumbleDook

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  7. The SSD experiment

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    zag
    , 22nd September 2010 at 11:07 AM


    So recently our main ICT suite came up for its 4 year renewal. We use ACER 6410 laptops in there and they have done a good job over the years. Now I like these laptops a lot but they are showing signs of age with 512mb or Ram and slow 5200rpm hard disks. I didn't really want to scrap them as the laptops are working well, they just needed a significant speed boost. The first thing I did was to obviously upgrade ...

    Updated 22nd September 2010 at 11:29 AM by zag

    Tags: performance, ssd
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  8. Microsoft DPM 2010 vs. Symantec Backup Exec 2010

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    zag
    , 13th September 2010 at 02:32 PM
    VS.

    Most IT people will tell you that backing up data is probably the most important part of their job. I've lived through a few disasters in my career and so far, touch wood, i've made it through without loosing any large chunks of data. I've always used backupexec in all my jobs but recently heard about Microsoft Data protection manager 2010. We heavily ...

    Updated 13th September 2010 at 02:51 PM by zag

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  9. The Perils and Pitfalls of being ‘The Block’ to learning & teaching

    by , 13th September 2010 at 10:37 AM (Grumbledook's stuff!)
    Once again I fall into the role of the fervent defender of the blighted IT Support teams in schools. As much as I enjoyed a good argument (oh no you don’t!) there are times when I feel that the word compromise is missing from the vocabulary of some people.

    In a short break from the course I am on at the moment I picked up a tweet to a blog post from our friend Spannerman2.
    It makes for good reading and raises an important points about IT and ICT & Computing as subjects, ...
  10. Pasma Training - Done!

    by , 1st September 2010 at 07:24 PM
    Today was something different; our recent refurbishment and asbestos removal program thats been running for nearly 18 months is finally coming to an end. The last phase being the main hall. Being a Performing Arts College we've had a new acoustic ceiling installed with a new lighting rig put in place, new sound system along with a new projector which has multiple input points around the hall.

    This new rig is some 7 metres up, which obviously will require the stage technician to ...
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