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  1. 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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  2. 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 ...
  3. 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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  4. 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    I'm not going to detail the process here since only out of date institutions like ours are still using this and if you really need the instructions are all over the net ( But, boy what a palaver!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

  5. 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

  6. 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!


    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 ...
  7. Multiseat Computing

    by , 19th May 2009 at 10:33 PM

    Every geek has an area of computing that 'does it' for them. For some it's programming and the beauty in finding the most efficient algorithm to a particular problem. For others it's the use of a particular operating system and the challenge of optimising it to a particular solution. For me it's virtualisation.

    Virtualisation in itself is nothing new. The basics of the idea date back to early Mainframes with tens ...
  8. Microsoft Licensing

    by , 16th May 2009 at 01:05 PM (Wandering lonely as a clown...)
    I thought that now would be a good time to put a post about licensing Microsoft software in schools. Considering many schools are approaching the end of their Schools Agreement, and with Becta's advice stating that the subscription based model involves over the top buy-out costs, and due to that involves vendor lock-in. Becta Publication

    Combine that with the fact that Becta referred the whole issue to the Office of Fair Trading.

    So, my trail started by compiling some ...
  9. Projects - A new begining

    by , 16th May 2009 at 07:51 AM
    I've been meaning to start a (semi-)regular blog for quiet a while. The problem is having something of interest, at least to myself, to blog about.

    Well as it turns out I have several projects on the go. Some are in a very embryonic stage, others are nearing completion.

    I thought I'd start with a list of projects under way and then over the next how ever many blogs tackle each subject as the mood takes me and the projects progress.

    Goodbye WinSuite ...

    Updated 16th May 2009 at 07:54 AM by tmcd35

  10. HP-dam

    , 14th May 2009 at 06:38 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    There is no better way to end a day at work then spending a bit of afterwork (unpaid) time getting a printer to demand more cheese to print.

    PJLTalk is your cheesy friend for this.

    Note that this doesn't affect the printer's operation or stop it printing.

    Updated 5th November 2009 at 12:05 PM by CAM

    Work , Amusement