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  1. 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

  2. The SSD experiment

    , 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
  3. Microsoft DPM 2010 vs. Symantec Backup Exec 2010

    , 13th September 2010 at 02:32 PM

    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

  4. The Perils and Pitfalls of being ĎThe Blockí 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 donít!) 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, ...
  5. 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 ...
    Tags: pasma
  6. The Calm Before The Storm

    by , 26th August 2010 at 04:36 PM (Grumbledook's stuff!)
    I canít believe that the summer is drawing to a close already. Exam results have come down and been issued out (congratulations to all who did well and commiserations to those who tried but didnít quite get what they wanted , needed or deserved), some teachers are off on their second holiday and others are back into planning mode.

    Many IT Technicians and Network Managers are now playing summer catch-up. That list of jobs that they had to do at the beginning of the holidays still seems ...
  7. My new look.

    by , 25th August 2010 at 08:58 PM
    Well, it's happened. As I've been getting older I've noticed certain things have been changing in me. It started when I'd have to go into the server room to look to see what version of firmare was installed on a piece of hardware (why some manufacturers don't include this info on the webmin I don't know!), V1, V2 etc.
    I'd leave after several fruitless minuites blaming 'bad lighting' in their, sans the information I required. When reading instructions in low light or with small font sizes ...
  8. A Useful WSUS Script

    by , 17th August 2010 at 10:53 PM
    All my computers on WSUS are currently sitting in Unassigned apart from the Servers which has worked quite well - until now.

    I want to control the Roll Out of XP SP3 to computers so that I can make my way arround them using WSUS without cause people any major problems because someone shuts the computer down, it starts to install and then the computer is needed for the next lesson.

    The Answer I thought - create a sub group of computers!

    One snag - Unassigned ...

    Updated 17th August 2010 at 10:56 PM by Cache

  9. Shrugged off Atlas Shrugged

    by , 26th July 2010 at 02:49 PM
    Well, this book is becoming quite a chore. I was initially drawn to the book because of large number of its quotes sprinkled throughout the net. It seems to be one of those modern classics which everybody should read.

    Perhaps it is, but I find the characters cold and one dimensional. They seem to be a vehicle for Rand's political views, which on the face of it seem to have some merit, but recent events have proven laissez faire market forces immoral and prone to implode. I haven't even ...

    Updated 26th July 2010 at 02:53 PM by jinnantonnix

  10. Windows 7 - First Live Test

    by , 21st July 2010 at 06:37 PM
    Today we did a real world test on our Windows 7 system.

    We've built a ICT Suite that is due to come on-line this September and invited 5 students to come in and try it out. I moved their accounts temporarily into the OUs we have setup for Windows 7 and moved them to the appropriate Security Groups and got them to log in. Sophos was installed and running, along with Impero V3.0.38 and we're still using CSE but not using their Workspace, purely using the CSE System to build and administer ...