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  1. I axe you

    by , 30th June 2009 at 04:53 PM
    Playing guitar tonight with some friends in an Open Mic night. Don't really know the songs that well, really hoping I can wing it.

    Big PA system, fully mic'ed up. No room for error. This could go badly wrong.

    Updated 30th June 2009 at 04:55 PM by jinnantonnix

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  2. New blog post

    by , 10th June 2009 at 12:21 AM (Grumbledook's stuff!)
    http://grumbledook.com/2009/06/08/ho...hare-the-pain/

    Must chat with ZH about wordpress integration!
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  3. Desertion

    by , 5th June 2009 at 07:02 PM
    I haven't posted here for a while and there's a good (or bad depending how you look at it) reason.

    I've deserted. I'm expecting Dos_Box to put a bounty out on me and have me shot at dawn

    The blog as been moved and is now in full rant over at...

    http://tmcd35.wordpress.com/

    if anybody is truely interested in my prose - don't blame you, I'm not
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  4. Interface design

    by , 30th May 2009 at 12:21 PM (Wandering lonely as a clown...)
    One of the things that bugs me in education ICT is the massive amount of poorly designed GUIs floating around.

    We've all seen them, pieces of software which are so poorly laid out, or confusing to configure that you want to pull your hair out.

    I'll give an example - TextEase 2000. The interface for dragging and dropping things on to a page is fine. But what about if you want to print, and do something other than the default. The GUI to do that is near impossible to ...
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  5. NetBSD

    by , 23rd May 2009 at 03:16 PM
    I've been playing around with this for a while. I must say as an OS - I like it! It feels somewhat uncomplicated compared to other *nix's.

    Today I'm going for a fresh install of NetBSD 5 and see what I can get out of it. Wish me luck!

    The Platform
    Nice and simple - VMWare Fusion 2.x (whatever the latest is). 1 Core (from a 2.16Ghz Core Duo) and 768mb Ram. Hard Drive is 15Gb pre allocated.

    A word on the hard drive. I've noticed with previous ...

    Updated 25th May 2009 at 04:13 PM by tmcd35

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  6. Jobs for Summer Half Term

    by , 22nd May 2009 at 05:33 PM
    The next installment of my "Jobs for the Holidays" series...

    1. Install WSS3 and MOSS2007 SP2:
    This could be fun! Let hope it dont break any of my highly customised environment!

    2. Install Server 2008 SP2:
    Some fun and games of Server restarting! Its about time we got some updates done...

    3. Rebuild 2 ICT Suites (60 PCs):
    When we did the Print Server update (see earlier blogs) - the HP drivers screwed up a few machines ...
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  7. Forums on Sharepoint

    by , 22nd May 2009 at 05:18 PM
    OK - so Sharepoint has Forums (well, discussion boards as they call them) built in. However, not really as full featured as I would like - or as you would see elsewhere on the Internet.

    So... came across this a while back from Codeplex. Problem... not strictly WSS3/MOSS 2007 compatible. Fair dooooos - thought would leave it alone a bit.

    Most other things on our system are sorted now, so I went back to it. This is what it looks like (attached), and also a link to it... ...

    Updated 23rd May 2009 at 07:36 PM by TheScarfedOne

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  8. Slow day at the office

    by , 22nd May 2009 at 03:56 PM
    A few small jobs to report on, this time nothing Mutliseat related ( ).

    Office XP SP3

    I'm not going to detail the process here since only out of date institutions like ours are still using this and if you really need the instructions are all over the net (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/832671). But, boy what a palaver! I thought I'd have to attach a update or to to the MSI deployment in GPO. Instead I had to unpack the update and tap in a pretty long command ...

    Updated 22nd May 2009 at 05:22 PM by tmcd35

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  9. Comparing Specs

    by , 21st May 2009 at 08:18 PM
    So, I've placed the orders for my two Multiseat systems. Both machines will be self built. I've not ordered TFT's this time as I'm refurbing Lab1 over the summer and some of the old TFT's from their will be used with these two systems.

    Before I give the specs for the two Multiseats, I thought I'd share the specs of the front runner desktop I'm considering for Lab1.

    Room 1 - Desktop
    Acer Veritron L410
    • USFF Chassis
    • AMD Athlon X2 4400 (2.3Ghz Dual
    ...

    Updated 21st May 2009 at 08:24 PM by tmcd35

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  10. Dealing with complicated or uncompiled webparts...

    by , 21st May 2009 at 08:40 AM
    Firstly, thanks to EduTech... we have been working together for a little while on Sharepoint projects. This post is the result of a remote session we did, where I was dealing with some PITA webparts!!!

    Read and enjoy... and beware of the gotchas!

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    Take the scenario - you have a webpart you want to install. You download it, and it is just a .dll and a .webpart. Grrrrr you will think, how the hell do we ...
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