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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve21 View Post
    When I said support, I was more referring to "subscription" based programs. aka expecting updates/new features/amg it broke, etc etc
    I get the impression that's why so many companies are suddenly keen on software-as-a-service / "cloud" systems - now your customer has to pay a yearly subscription or the application stops working...

    Also anyone else with ideas (even weird/wacky ones)
    A decent VM management system built on the idea of mirrored storage rather than a central SAN device. Would also provide drop-in server-based applications - click a button and the system would assign a VM some resources, download some code and instansiate a VM for you. Installing server-based applications suddenly gets very easy.

    To go on top of the above: a Samba-based general file storage appliance.

    Also as above, a more specialised image / video storage appliance. File-based deduplication of images, web-based editing of video.

    A Samba-based print management system. PyKota on top of Samba is pretty much there already, but with a bit of tinkering could be set up as a snazzy pull-printing system perfect for schools. If you do all printing via GhostScript then you can integrate it with VLEs like Moodle, offering "printing "straight to a teacher's homework-marking folder with no actual paper used. Add a handy teacher marking utility for tablets and you've got a package you can sell in to schools - free software, paid-for support and hardware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    HTML5 is probably the most futureproof but for the timebeing is not very presentproof
    Now's probably the time to get the hang of a Javascript library or two, probably starting with JQuery. It abstracts the differences between browsers away (pretty much), letting you just get on and write stuff. Saying that, if anyone has any experience of using JQuery to animate layers of an SVG image directly in an image without it messing up and doing a translation as well as a rotation, please get in touch...

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    i have a requirement for a SIMs-esque (but greatly simplified) database system! let me know if you feel like building it, would save me much time and anger, my coding is not exactly top notch! was thinking of doing it as SQL/PHP so that it can be web accessible too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbutcher View Post
    i have a requirement for a SIMs-esque (but greatly simplified) database system! let me know if you feel like building it, would save me much time and anger, my coding is not exactly top notch! was thinking of doing it as SQL/PHP so that it can be web accessible too.
    Out of my head, please. :|

    This is what I've been planning out in my free time at the moment, reason being that I hate installing the SIMS client all around the school and then dealing with client-side updates all the time. If everything was accessible by pointing your browser at the server, life would be much simpler.

    My only issue is only having a very basic understanding of PHP, which is causing very slow progress on the project; I'm still having to learn things whilst planning out bits and pieces.

    Sorry for being somewhat off-topic in your thread, Steve21. >.>

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    Saying that, if anyone has any experience of using JQuery to animate layers of an SVG image directly in an image without it messing up and doing a translation as well as a rotation, please get in touch...
    Would Sencha Animator or Firmin.js be suitable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbutcher View Post
    i have a requirement for a SIMs-esque (but greatly simplified) database system! let me know if you feel like building it, would save me much time and anger, my coding is not exactly top notch! was thinking of doing it as SQL/PHP so that it can be web accessible too.
    If you are planning on using PHP and you want a single sign on look into SSPI.
    You'll need to add the LDAP module as well for further security.

    what you thinking of doing? I might be able to help and chip in at times :-)

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    I've got an idea: Create a chess engine that uses all the computers in the school :-)
    I'm sure there's open source ones out there like Crafty which will help start you off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHeaton View Post
    reason being that I hate installing the SIMS client all around the school and then dealing with client-side updates all the time.
    SIMS works perfectly on a Terminal Services / Remote Desktop Services server, if that's any help. If you're planning to start yet another SIMS replacement then please don't, go and contribute to an existing open source one instead - ScholarPack is probaly your best bet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    SIMS works perfectly on a Terminal Services / Remote Desktop Services server, if that's any help. If you're planning to start yet another SIMS replacement then please don't, go and contribute to an existing open source one instead - ScholarPack is probaly your best bet.
    Now that does look interesting. Thank you for that.

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    A Windows equivalent to Soulver would be pretty cool. There isn't anything quite like it.

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    How about a 'replacement' for RM CC4!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bodminman View Post
    How about a 'replacement' for RM CC4!
    RM CC5?



    Thanks all, Got a good few ideas to play with :P Now just to do some coding I guess!

    Thanks again,
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    Had another idea. It would be nice if there was something to stop the kids logging onto more than one machine. I think LimitLogon is going and i cant find anything else free to do this

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Had another idea. It would be nice if there was something to stop the kids logging onto more than one machine. I think LimitLogon is going and i cant find anything else free to do this
    Isn't there GPO to do that? Or am I imagining I read that somewhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve21 View Post
    Isn't there GPO to do that? Or am I imagining I read that somewhere

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    Nope i dont think there is

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