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Ramblings from the Restaurant at the Ragged Edge of Reason

  1. Imaging The Atom and other Mysteries

    by , 26th August 2014 at 12:54 PM (Ramblings from the Restaurant at the Ragged Edge of Reason)
    The new quad core Atom CPUs are great for 1:1 devices, long battery life, support everything and not too expensive, problem is imaging them. The issue with MDT imaging is that they are detected correctly as 64 bit architecture and so copy 64 bit EFI. This should work fine but most of the vendors have crippled the EFI implementations to only support 32 bit EFI. Some tablets support PXE with a USB NIC like the Acer Aspire Switch 10, others like the ASUS T100 don't. Either way if you are trying ...
  2. The Sorry Tale of Intel and the Dodgey Driver

    by , 26th August 2014 at 12:28 PM (Ramblings from the Restaurant at the Ragged Edge of Reason)
    Our tale starts with Windows Multipoint Server 2012 and it's inability to cope with USB3, after being turned away from many a Microsoft door we had enough and gave up on MPS 2012 again. Our lovely new hardware would just have to suffer with MPS 2011.

    MPS 2011 is not easy either with it faining no knowledge of many devices when confronted with their drivers, these however were usually just a case of pointing device manager in the right direction.

    Now onto the topic, ...
  3. It's Not a Typewriter (Office 2007/2010)

    by , 29th June 2010 at 07:06 PM (Ramblings from the Restaurant at the Ragged Edge of Reason)
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ID:	7599The two latest versions of Office handle paragraph breaks differently to Office 2003 and this seems to cause negative reactions from some users. Lately I have been exposed to a group of people who were new to the Office 2007/2010 way of spacing text and have discovered that they dislike the default settings.

    I think that the issue is not so much based on usability but more based on inertia with regards to previously learnt behaviour. The standard behaviour ...
  4. Office 2010 Road Warrior Event at Papakura Normal School (Part 2 of 2)

    by , 26th June 2010 at 06:51 PM (Ramblings from the Restaurant at the Ragged Edge of Reason)
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    Excel
    Excel is the flagship product for the 64 bit line of Office applications, as Excel itself now has no row limit on documents it is only limited by the memory available on your computer. Excel is in fact the only program that Microsoft recommends from their 64 bit offering for users working with large worksheets of millions of rows (note: this was not from the presentation but a recommendation taken from several different Microsoft presentations). ...
  5. Office 2010 Road Warrior Event at Papakura Normal School (Part 1 of 2)

    by , 26th June 2010 at 06:50 PM (Ramblings from the Restaurant at the Ragged Edge of Reason)
    The Road Warrior event at Papakura Normal was well attended attracting at least twenty participants from five separate schools to hear about the new features and improvements available in Office 2010. Part one of this blog entry contains the writeup on general features, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Publisher. The second part contains information on Excel, Office extentions like Ribbon Hero and PowerPivot along with a small amount on SharePoint, Live@Edu and Expression Encoder.

    I arrived ...
  6. My Brain Transplant - of a Brother HL-2040

    by , 26th April 2010 at 09:28 PM (Ramblings from the Restaurant at the Ragged Edge of Reason)
    My opinion of Brother printers is well known to my employers and to anyone who has read more than a few of my forum posts so todays weird task was rather strange.

    At one site we have many Brother HL-20X0x series printers which routinely work fine, fine being a loose definition of cheap and only likely to jam once or twice a day. They also have a nasty little habit of burning out or cooking their paper sensor, oddly the newer ones more so than the originals.

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    Updated 26th April 2010 at 09:37 PM by SYNACK

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  7. edIT Roadshow 2010 - Auckland

    by , 21st April 2010 at 02:02 PM (Ramblings from the Restaurant at the Ragged Edge of Reason)
    Today I attended the first edIT roadshow in Auckland, it was held at the Ellerslie Event Centre which pleasantly had lots of parking available and because of its scheduled start time did not involve an extra hour of wadeing through traffic to get to.

    13:30 - Registration
    Arriving in plenty of time I wandered up to the second floor and was presented with a 'goodie bag' containing a lanyard, several flyers for the featured products and some free stuff including a micro mouse from ...

    Updated 21st April 2010 at 03:16 PM by SYNACK

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  8. Windows 7: The Media Center Experiment

    by , 2nd March 2009 at 11:45 PM (Ramblings from the Restaurant at the Ragged Edge of Reason)
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    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 2nd March 2009 at 11:48 PM by SYNACK

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  9. Freeview DVB-T in New Zealand

    by , 10th January 2009 at 08:41 AM (Ramblings from the Restaurant at the Ragged Edge of Reason)
    New Zealand has finally (early 2008) released digital terrestrial broadcasting for most of the free-to-air channels.


    Strangely given the usual technology lag the providers chose to implement this new service in the H.264/AAC format rather than the more established MPEG2 format used by almost all other countries. This has both its advantages and disadvantages, the decreased bandwidth ...
  10. Weapons of War: the Dust Bunny Epidemic

    by , 10th June 2008 at 02:09 PM (Ramblings from the Restaurant at the Ragged Edge of Reason)
    Dust Bunnies, my own private war, a war waged unseen by the staff or pupils of the school. Vastly outnumbered I am left to wage war on these often unseen and unnoticed foes. They seem native so the school, appearing from out of nowhere and colonizing the cooling components of computers and switches throughout the site. Once there they breed, quietly waiting and building up their number biding their time waiting for the opportunity to rise up against us.

    The Costs:
    The ...
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