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General EduGeek News/Announcements Thread, April 1st Competition in EduGeek Stuff; Originally Posted by TechMonkey We've used a perl script to write messages to the printer LCD screens. We are just ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TechMonkey View Post
    We've used a perl script to write messages to the printer LCD screens.

    We are just trying to think of a message for the office printer to really freak them out.
    make it choose random quotes every 5 seconds or so from a long list of quotes in a text file so it looks like the printer is trying to communicate with them ?

    Short of that just make it come up with the message

    I am over heating turn me off , NOW !!

    like every 20 seconds or so

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    Volunteers Needed

    We need volunteers to help look after April.


    April, the first donkey Devizes School has ever adopted needs student's and staff to look after her during school holidays and weekends. She is being donated to the school from the Trowbridge donkey sanctuary. She has a lovely temperament, loves children and attention.

    Don't be fooled into thinking that this is an easy job. It will take lots of work and dedication from the lucky people chosen.
    If you can help please contact -
    Mr long JRL or Mr Herring CEH as soon as possible

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    I was going to post earlier, but the internet waa down:

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    An issue close to all our hearts, given the April 1st treatment by El Reg.

    Teacher's head explodes due to Wi-Fi, mobe radiation | The Register

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    I like what YouTube have done. All the featured videos link to Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up.

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    Not really technology as such I don't think but it is somewhat related.

    World of Warcraft: The Molten Core
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    Very Important Information

    From: Paul Reisenfern, Director
    Office of Health and Safety, Computer Division

    To: All Computer Users

    Date: 1 April 2008

    As a result of recent studies carried out in cooperation with the National Science Foundation, we at OH&S have decided to ask for the cooperation of computer users throughout the world to assist us in alleviating two combined problems: a potential deterioration of the shells housing computer monitors and, while less immediate, a shortage of luminous electrons.
    To explain how these problems arise, a bit of background is in order. Basically a monitor operates like a television screen. One or more "electron guns" fire luminous electrons toward the face of the display.

    When these electrons hit, they release energy and illuminate a tiny spot on the screen, called a pixel. On average, each computer display requires approximately 500,000 pixels to compose an image; rather like the dots of ink that compose a photograph in the newspaper. Electromagnets control the path of these electron beams in the monitor, moving them around so that the entire face of the display screen is reached. These images are refreshed approximate 30 to 45 times per second which means that your monitor is consuming approximately 1 Billion (1,000,000,000) luminous electrons per minute.

    Because the majority of these electrons are converted into lumens (light) which, eventually, returns to the universal etheric field, these luminous electrons are not actually consumed but are continuously recycled.
    However, due to imperfections in the fabrication process, not all of the electrons actually reach the face of the display screen. Most of those that don't are deflected on their way through one of several "masks" inside the monitor, which are used to improve image sharpness. According to the OH&S study, these deflected luminous electrons accumulate inside the monitor and, over extended periods of time, can substantially weaken the structural integrity of the plastic monitor housing.

    As for the eventual exhaustion of luminous electrons, while there is no evidence of any immediate lack of luminous electrons, the increasing world-wide dependence on computers and, therefore, on computer monitors does suggest that such the eventual depletion of such particles could, in time, become a critical international concern. While, at the present, early studies seem to indicate that particle depletion will not reach critical levels for several centuries, if nothing else, our past history of ecological deterioration and species loss suggests that early efforts directed toward conservation would not be inappropriate.

    This brings us to the matter of cleaning up. The OH&S study has developed a protocol for safe cleaning of accumulated luminous electrons and their restoration to the universal etheric field. The necessary steps are quite easily accomplished as detailed following:

    1. Turn the computer off and disconnect the monitor from the power source (that is: unplug it)

    2. Start at the upper front portion of one side of the monitor. Using a gentle motion, repeatedly tap the side of the monitor, starting at the top and progressing toward the bottom. This should free any accumulated electrons, which will fall harmlessly to the bottom of the plastic housing.

    3. Repeat step 2 for the opposite side of the monitor.

    4. After thoroughly dislodging the accumulated luminous electrons, use a common vacuum cleaner (a hose and wand type) and apply the vacuum nozzle to the holes along the side of the case. This will vacuum out the accumulated luminous electron particles and, as a secondary benefit, will also help renew the vacuum in your vacuum tube (CRT) display.

    5. At night, if possible, remove the dust bag from the vacuum cleaner and, taking the bag outside, scatter the accumulated luminous electrons to release them for return to the etheric field.

    Note: laptop and portable computers and those using LCD monitors on desktop computer do not need to comply with this cleaning process. The technology used in LCD screens is quite different and is not vulnerable to deflected electron buildup.

    According to our studies at OH&S, this process should be repeated every spring at around this time. Don't worry about remembering to do so, though – we'll forward these instructions to you again, next year, on or about April 1st.

    Thank you for your cooperation,

    Paul Reisenfern, Director
    Office of Health and Safety, Computer Division.

    P.S. Have a happy April 1st (a.k.a., the Feast of All Fools; a.k.a. April Fool’s Day)

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    Sony Working On PS3 Without Blu-Ray Drive

    This article title might as well read "Sony Working On PS3 Without Support for PS3 Games" :P

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