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  1. Customising Sharepoint

    by , 10th March 2009 at 11:13 PM
    Firstly, thanks to all the people who have contacted me after my last posts on Sharepoint. I was expecting "some" interest - but have had a bit more than I bargained for!!

    Anyway - as there is such a desire for more info on it, and getting it set up in Schools, I thought I would try to put pointers out there on the way we have done things here.

    So - first question, yes we use MOSS on top of WSS. WSS is free, MOSS is not. However, it depends what you want ...
  2. Windows 7: The Media Center Experiment

    by , 3rd March 2009 at 12:45 AM (Ramblings from the Restaurant at the Ragged Edge of Reason)

    In one of my previous blogs I outlined the state and form of the new digital TV offering in New Zealand alnog with some of the trials that I had with the included software. To summarize, the use of the h.264 codec for NZ DVB-T posed numerous issues with both software and hardware. Vistas media center would not find a single digital ...

    Updated 3rd March 2009 at 12:48 AM by SYNACK

  3. Trends and predictions

    , 28th February 2009 at 08:06 PM (Technology Enables Learning. What a Concept!)
    I've been thinking about where ICT in the classroom is headed, the speed at which technology is entering classrooms and the speed at which teachers are keeping up.

    The equation doesn't balance.

    Laptops, PDA, iPods, Smart Boards... all connected with WiFi networks. So there's your "21st century classroom"

    Now, mix in some tweens, teens and sugar + a teacher with very little training & PD.

    I keep hearing this term, "clasroom ...
  4. Acer and their support

    by , 26th February 2009 at 08:17 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.

  5. Managing Printers

    by , 26th February 2009 at 02:56 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 ...
  6. Sharepoint Extras

    by , 26th February 2009 at 02:25 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 ...
  7. More about Sharepoint

    by , 26th February 2009 at 10:11 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 09:41 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  
  8. Where do we go from here?

    by , 15th February 2009 at 07:55 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 07:52 PM by Dos_Box (To allow comments!)

  9. Playing with Sharepoint

    by , 9th February 2009 at 10:56 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 ...
  10. Snowfall closes Britain

    by , 3rd February 2009 at 09:58 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 ...