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    The USB Emergency Launch Device - Eureka Moment

    Well I was at the conference thingy recently and we had these USB thingies to give away and I said - oh not them again - they look nice but what do they do.

    And people said - plug it in and find out.

    So I did -and I pressed the button - and it launched Edugeek on my computer

    (I thought it would just light up pretty!)

    And then I thought - what I want is the same thing but to bring up my simple web-based helpdesk when my teachers have a problem and then they can just type it in the fault straight away!

    And then, someone said the people that made them were 2 stands away

    Worth the train fare alone

    Once they get in touch with me I'll let you know how much they are in small quants

    regards

    Simon

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    lol sweet

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    I will never forget the look on the guy at USB Company's face when you marched over swinging it by your side. Fantastic.

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    Sounds a good idea - my only question is will the teachers still be too lazy to press the button?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylv3r View Post
    Sounds a good idea - my only question is will the teachers still be too lazy to press the button?
    I'd put money on the answer to that being "yes".

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    What I would say is that yes this is a great idea BUT......

    Given the number of USB items plugged into a teachers PC these days and given that you only have 3.3 milliamps of power available will the laucnh button fire.

    Also if you can get them to hit a button can they not hit a shortcut?

    What happens when the novelty wears off will they still use it?

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    That's easily solved.

    Mark it "DO NOT TOUCH".

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    What I would say is that yes this is a great idea BUT....
    As a fellow helpdesk software developer () I thought you'd be the 1st one on board!

    Look - they didn't fill in the book so I wrote my web helpdesk (obviously a very simple one).

    Then, they didn't click on the icon - so I made it email me and turned up 30 mins later to show it worked.

    So they started using it again and then got used to it and stopped again.

    I need another gimmick to let me help them!

    I'm planning on sticking it to the front of their monitors and then if a I come in and they say oh - I forgot to tell you the printer jammed 10 mins after you left last week - at that point I'll give up!

    regards

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    at that point I'll give up!
    I'll meet you on the edge

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    They are good but dont work on the mac so i have never used mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    They are good but dont work on the mac so i have never used mine
    It should with a little work, apparently OS X maps simmilar key types together so if you use a windows keyboard (like the EG button shows up as) it will map it to the command key Command key - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia so to make it work you need to make a new keyboard shortcut for command + R which opens up the equivilent of a run box in OSX. This way when you hit the key it will work in the same way on your mac that it does on a windows pc.

    There is also this application kodachi 6 • 14: fKeys that lets you remap keys on a external keyboard so you could remap windows + R to whatever the equilivlent mac combination is and so not need to setup the shortcut.

    This same set of ideas applies to all non-windows OSs, adding a keyboard shortcut should make it work for most of them.

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    Does the same apply to the very first ones

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylv3r View Post
    Sounds a good idea - my only question is will the teachers still be too lazy to press the button?
    WHat us teachers will probably do is sent a kid out to find the technician to come and press the button for us :-)

    GJE

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Does the same apply to the very first ones
    Should do, as far as I can tell they all work in the same way. I have one that was generously sent to me from after the last conference and it works in that way so I am reasonably certain that they all should.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi View Post

    And then, someone said the people that made them were 2 stands away

    regards

    Simon
    Do you know the name of the company? I have one from BETT and our ops team like the idea of them for giving out at seminars.

    Thanks,

    Andrew

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