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    Learn to love resetting passwords - it will take up 80% of your working days from now until you leave.

    Remember - how ever carefully you plan, you've missed something (usually something someone forgot to tell you, or changed at the last second)

    The first time something goes seriously wrong - blame the last guy

    The second time something goes seriously wrong - blame 'the network'/'lack of budget'

    The third time something goes seriously wrong - start job hunting

    Never by surprised by how meny students have suddenly forgotten their passwords or lost their work 10 minutes before the bell

    Laptops are evil, but teachers and pupils seem to love them. This will be the cause of meny headaches

    The caretaker *IS* the most important person in the school

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    Quote Originally Posted by fafster View Post
    Being lazy is a skill. There's nearly always a way to fix a software issue without leaving your chair, meaning you don't waste time and energy on locomotion.
    oh gawd :P Both a good and bad thing, I would be a lot fitter if it wasn't for ultravnc and remote access in general :P

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    Hmmmm, maybe we could set these to Sunscreen by Baz Luhrmann?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gl3nnym View Post
    Google is your friend, use it. Chances are that somebody else has had that problem.
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    Edugeek is your friend, use it. Chances are that somebody else has had that problem.

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    Have a hobby you enjoy that doesn't involve computers at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gl3nnym View Post
    Use dual monitors. You will never go back.
    i actually have gone back to one i always used to have 2 at home now i cba

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    make sure the monitor connected to your server is also connected to the UPS, its very embarassing running around for a torch trying to connect a lead in the dark (only speaking from experience!!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rad View Post
    make sure the monitor connected to your server is also connected to the UPS, its very embarassing running around for a torch trying to connect a lead in the dark (only speaking from experience!!!)
    Anyone else got a red face! Me too. Been there, done that!

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    When ghosting from one disk to another, don't mix up the blank disk for the full disk...

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    GUI is for users, shell is for admins.

    Buy the reception staff choccies/biscuits at the end of term so they'll field the sales calls.

    Even if it's built of solid granite, kids will still find a way to break it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    When ghosting from one disk to another, don't mix up the blank disk for the full disk...
    Been there, done that!

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    The homepage and google are the internet.
    If either isn't available, the internet is down!

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Been there, done that!
    i think everyone has done that at least once thats why i now always fdisk the destination drive and delete all partitions so i cant do that anymore

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    When ghosting from one disk to another, don't mix up the blank disk for the full disk...
    +1 for that. Always good fun ghosting identical disks

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    When a teacher says that they have heard of / seen a fantastic piece of kit / tool / software don't dismiss it since 'you know best', find out where they saw it, try to speak to the school involved and find out about both the technical and educational aspects of it.

    If possible use things like TeachMeets, twitter hashtags and educational social networks to find out about ideas before others in your school do ... that way you can either simply be prepared, or even proactively suggest ideas, with the background so that people can see the benefits of different tools.

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