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  1. Acer and their support

    by , 26th February 2009 at 07:17 PM
    Ok - a bit of an odd one here! I wasnt originally going to blog any more today - afterall I have been quite active after a quiet spell!!!

    However, I came across a forum post giving Acer a bit of a bashing - and had to get involved! No - not in that way.... to support them. A few years ago, I never thought I would say that, but hey - they've pulled it off.

    Acer support used to be dire sometimes - but they turned the corner about 3 years ago.

  2. Managing Printers

    by , 26th February 2009 at 01:56 PM
    Ok - standard problem - managing your printers, or more to the point printing wastage!!

    How many times do you go to an IT Room and see a pile of wasted prints. If you are lucky - they might have tried to hide them in the bin - but most of the time they are just scattered all around the printer.

    So - we used to be an RM system (some people will have seen my posts on "How to move away from RM..."), which had a built in Print Credit system. It was ok ...
  3. Sharepoint Extras

    by , 26th February 2009 at 01:25 PM
    Ok - following this mornings post, Ive had a couple of questions about some of the webparts and solutions you can see in the screenies. People have also been asking what others I recommend.

    Here we go, and of course - thanks go out to the people who write these...

    1. My Documents (Salamander)
    2. My Sites (Salamander)
    3. SmartTools (CodePlex)
    - What's New
    - Enhanced Site Actions
    - Copy Paste Action
    - Dock Navigation ...
  4. More about Sharepoint

    by , 26th February 2009 at 09:11 AM
    Thanks to the guys who PM'd me and commented on my last entry about our use of Sharepoint. Yes, I know I didnt post any screenies of it - and I will now be putting that right. There was a method in the madness though - I was in the middle of re-branding. Playing with the Master Pages and CSS to "de-Sharepoint" it a bit is fun! No really... it is!

    Right... down to business, and to answer a few of the questions I have recieved in a general way.

    1. Layout: ...

    Updated 26th February 2009 at 08:41 PM by TheScarfedOne (Making the layout architecture a bit clearer - master/subsite relationship)

    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails How are the rest of your schools connected?-portalzone.jpg   How are the rest of your schools connected?-staffportal.jpg  
  5. Where do we go from here?

    by , 15th February 2009 at 06:55 AM
    To quote some Marillion lyrics from their song 'White Russian'.

    Where do we go from here, where do we go from here

    The more I see, the more I hear, the more I find fewer answers
    I close my mind, I shout it out but you know it's getting harder
    To calm down, to reason out, to come to terms with what it's all about
    I'm uptight, can't sleep at night, I can't pretend everything's all right
    My ideals, my sanity, they seem to be deserting me

    Updated 15th February 2009 at 06:52 PM by Dos_Box (To allow comments!)

  6. Playing with Sharepoint

    by , 9th February 2009 at 09:56 AM
    Ok - for those on the forums that have seen my discussions on Sharepoint, you will know I am a bit of a fan. Alright... more than a fan!

    We started using Sharepoint 3 years ago - and frankly, couldnt live without it. Our basic layout... top level "landing site" for general news, information etc for all users. Below that, Staff, Students and Visitors (we use this for our primary schools - Year 6 coming into Year 7, as well as our MFL links). Inside Staff and Students are ...
  7. Snowfall closes Britain

    by , 3rd February 2009 at 08:58 AM
    Reportedly the coldest weather to hit the Great British Isles in donkey’s years, the country was brought to a stand-still due to adverse conditions. The cold weather front was sent from Russia with love, presumably because they felt sorry for us with the continuing economic crisis we’re facing, and wanted to give us something else to whinge about.

    What I’m talking about readers, is snow. A fellow associate describes this English phenomenon as, "that thing the weather does where ...
  8. At home with Windows 7

    by , 31st January 2009 at 05:39 PM
    After messing with Betas of Vista (urgh..... shudder shudder)... the arrival of the Win7 beta DVD on my desk was put off somewhat.

    Well... after all the reading of the various blogs ( mainly - cheers Paul), I dared to give it a roll. Impressed doesnt even come close... under Vista betas, I was expecting a fight with drivers. Nope - all there! Its quick too - very quick, not just in installation - but full use. In fact, after a week, Im using it as my primary ...
  9. SCCM 2007 - RIS and GPSI on steroids!

    by , 30th January 2009 at 11:15 PM
    Finally got my hands on this new toy! After starting off with USB Network boot pens, some fancy scripts and an XPCD share complete with a shed load of unattend files - moved onto RIS two years back. Its been working really well, but its about time we lost the one remaining Server 2003 box.

    Time to look at alternative ways of getting XP out there, as we arent quite ready for Vista (in fact we will probably skip it in favour of 7).

    So - went on the hunt for setting up ...
  10. New EduGeek stuff

    by , 30th January 2009 at 10:28 PM
    As no one really reads my blog I reckon I can safely drop some hints on forthcoming 'things'.
    We have several apps currently in development which should prove priceless to those doing the standard jobs during the summer, and may save our members at least a day of work. The other is a tie-in with a very successful company (actually, 2 companies!) who will enable us to offer a useful service to our members without stepping on the toes of our sponsors.
    Anyway, vauge hints they are, but ...