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  1. 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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  2. 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 ...
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  3. 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 ...
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  4. 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

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  5. 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

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  6. 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 ...
  7. [SIMS] Pupil ID cards

    by , 20th July 2010 at 02:31 PM (Wandering lonely as a clown...)
    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    A quick update to this. I have now created an ID creation utility which uses a couple of reports in SIMS.net (pre-admissions and on roll), exports some XML files and then uses these to create an ID (with the template for the ID being fixed with a bmp file as the background).

    It also keeps track of when an ID was printed (so, if you're doing 700 of them and only get 200 done in a day, you can see where you're up to).

    It is set up to work with our Magicard Tempo printer,
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  8. Sandwiches

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    , 15th July 2010 at 01:11 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    To my local newsagent, please correctly label your sandwiches. When I buy a tuna and sweetcorn sandwich I expect tuna and sweetcorn as a filling, not for half the tuna to be replaced with shredded cabbage. If the sandwich was labelled "Tuna and Cabbage with Occasional Flecks of Sweetcorn" I would have left it on the shelf.

    And thus, a rants category is born on the blog.
  9. Using the DigiBlue camera in Linux

    by , 14th July 2010 at 12:06 PM (Wandering lonely as a clown...)
    I've just posted a new article about how to get the DigiBlue camera to work for stop motion animation in Ubuntu Linux.

    As the DigiBlue cameras are very Windows oriented, I decided to try and get one to work in a similar fashion in Ubuntu. Sadly, the process isn't quite as fluid but it is a lot more flexible as there are a plethora of software packages available for stop motion editing and video editing, some being ultra-simple (Luciole), others being more complex (Cinelerra).
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    Updated 14th July 2010 at 01:15 PM by localzuk

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  10. And you are calling me....why?

    by , 13th July 2010 at 02:15 PM
    I got a phone call from a PR agency this morning. We usually get a few of these a week, often via email. Apparently he was looking fro Russ as he'd spoken to him at BETT, so I let him know that Russ was not here, and I was. He then began giving me the 'sell', askign who represented us etc. After a few mins I had to pop the question.

    'Do you know who we are?'

    'No'

    Do you know what we do?'

    'No'

    'Do you know why we don't need ...
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