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  1. Next Gen Consoles, Corporations and Consumerism

    by , 11th June 2013 at 08:53 PM
    Firstly, I should make it clear that this isn't a "pro PC" "anti Console" or other sort of platform bias. I've been doing a fair bit of investigation and prodding around with information from before and during E3 whilst I help look after someone's PR for it.

    What does someone want in a console?
    Get home from school/work/the pub and you want to relax.
    Feet up on the sofa.
    Controller in hand.
    Unwind with game of choice.
    That game ...
  2. Server 2012. A non-technical review.

    by , 24th October 2012 at 06:08 PM
    A non technical review of a server OS, you say?

    How so?

    Let's start simple.
    This thing is rapid. Even on a hard drive, it's lovely and quick. But that's where my joy ends.

    Yes, it's a server OS. But PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me change the colours to something that don't make me think I'm using a Tomy My First Server.

    I'll say that again. It's a server OS. So why am I hovering over nothing to bring up menus of nothingness in an entirely ...
  3. 3 weeks with a new system. Oh, and DFS.

    by , 25th September 2012 at 06:40 PM
    Well, what a busy time. First week was quiet. Second week when people noticed things were not where the thought/used to be, thing's got rather busier!

    The little niggles aren't anything that would interest anyone. We've worked through a fair amount of software deployments, and I'm really pleased with SCCM - deployments aren't quite as easy perhaps as RM systems but they're so much better. And so far *all* of the packages created for RM systems just work when imported as applications ...
  4. First Day Back.

    by , 5th September 2012 at 06:59 PM
    Wowsers. Sitting here now glad today is over in a sense.
    It's not been a bad day - users thoughts seem largely positive or non-existent. NM made it very clear at a training day session that we've got a whole new network built from the ground up and there *will* be glitches, there *will* be niggles and there certainly will be missing bits of software. As and when you find those bits of software that used to be buried away deep in the depths of the old system, give us a couple of weeks to get ...
  5. End of Summer - Progress Report

    by , 31st August 2012 at 07:46 PM
    So, it's the last Friday of Summer and our task is far from complete.

    Not sure why - bad planning, bad luck, best intentions etc. It'd certainly have been easier if we were allowed to stay for full days but on the other hand I think all of us were appreciative of half days when it was nice out!

    We were severely held back by an email hack; we believed at first it was easy passwords but further probing of the staff involved showed this wasn't the case. That was about ...
  6. Week 2 of our new network migration

    by , 1st August 2012 at 08:45 PM
    And things are looking surprisingly well. Few stumbling blocks but nothing to write home about.

    First week was always going to be a bit iffy as there were still a lot of staff in. But a great opportunity to build the majority of the ICT suites and break the back of the heavy moving.
    But why, why oh why did we have to do that in the one week it's constantly 30ºC?

    Despite the email updates and reminders to staff we still had one member of SLT complain when I ...
  7. So, the upgrade and migration begins.

    by , 20th July 2012 at 08:00 PM
    Didn't get a lot done today, and probably not as much as I'd have liked yesterday with it being the end of term but mostly because some esteemed colleagues were leaving (some of their own accord, some not so much). It's hard watching people that were so obviously well respected and regarded by staff and students alike being pushed out especially when those people have made your own arrival into a new place of work so much easier by offering a listening ear or making you laugh. So the last couple ...
  8. British Grand Prix 2012. A lesson in not being a moron.

    by , 7th July 2012 at 01:02 PM
    Right, I've had it. I've had it up to my eyeballs with the media and countless thousands of moronic sheep whining about the Grand Prix currently.
    "OMG we can't get in!" "We can't park" and "It's ALL SILVERSTONE'S FAULT".

    Why do people get a bit annoyed (understandable tbh) then after seeing someone else's annoyance, automatically attach to their state of mind and change from a sensible human being into a mindless moronic sheep. Sheeple.
  9. Striking.

    by , 25th June 2012 at 06:56 PM
    The question is thus.

    You may not hold a person against their will. You may certainly not hold a person against their will to make demands of another.
    Therefore why on earth is it legal to hold the general public hostage to "make a point" to your employer?

    And stop that comment you've already started typing.
    I am simply trying to understand one simple thing about striking unions, and yes this is regarding HMRC today. I'm no politician so excuse ...
  10. What a few weeks!

    by , 8th June 2012 at 10:51 PM
    It's been a mixed bag, in the last month or so. Started off with a week off - fantastic BT managed to completely murder a phone line install which should have taken 10 minutes. ISP (Sky) were quite good to be honest, considering they were the man in the middle between me and Openreach they handled it quite well. I hope they kick BT's backside because Openreach really is laughable.
    So, back to school and the proper good gubbins has arrived for the first of two new servers - shiney new Intel ...
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