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    Display of Computers not being used

    One of our student helpers has come back from a University and has seen software which displays a list of unoccupied computers in the library and other areas etc.

    I've had a quick look and found this software from a sponsor - has anybody used it- is it anygood?

    I'm going to download the trial and play but wondering if anybody has any expierence of this software?

    Or any software which is similar?

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    What a good idea - hadn't thought of that before. Your link does seem a little pricey, so I'd be interested to hear about experiences too and/or alternatives too.

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    Does anybody here work at a university in portsmouth? As apparently this is uni they looked at!

    I'm going to send them an email to find out.

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    I'd be interested in something like this where the LRB manager could then book the computers at lunch so only the student selected can then use it.

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    webman has an open source system that tracks logins presumably this would be able to show what computers were currently free?

    Ben

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    We are implementing a system to do exactly that at Imperial just now.

    Last edited by somabc; 17th February 2011 at 12:33 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somabc View Post
    We are implementing a system to do exactly that at Imperial just now.
    is it custom made or a company's software?

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    webman has an open source system that tracks logins presumably this would be able to show what computers were currently free?

    Ben
    do you have a link to it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    is it custom made or a company's software?
    It's home brew. The login script writes to a syslog server as a user logs on and I think that data is analysed to see which machines have a user on them. I know it also does more than that but I haven't seen the actual code.

    I think we will eventually go live with a mobile app so people can check for free machines - we have a very lightweight web page at the moment which can show every cluster and the number of free machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srochford View Post
    It's home brew. The login script writes to a syslog server as a user logs on and I think that data is analysed to see which machines have a user on them. I know it also does more than that but I haven't seen the actual code.

    I think we will eventually go live with a mobile app so people can check for free machines - we have a very lightweight web page at the moment which can show every cluster and the number of free machines.
    ahh thats cool - is it something that could be shared?

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    ahh thats cool - is it something that could be shared?
    I've started to look into making one.

    I'll update all when i have had more time to play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post

    I think is going to be a good start - I can then adapt the output forms to how i would like it formatted.

    I will check with Webman that hes happy for me to share the final page but as long as he is I will do.

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    He's released it as open source so you can do what you wish with it under the realms of the licence.

    But I'm sure he won't mind anyway

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    He's released it as open source so you can do what you wish with it under the realms of the licence.

    But I'm sure he won't mind anyway

    Ben
    I know that i more mean distributing extras if others would like it.

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