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    OK, Random question :)

    Morning Guys,

    Had a rather random request. I have been asked to sort a wallpaper for the staff desktops that includes a contact list that updates dynamically. It needs to pull its data from a txt or xls file so it can be updated on the fly. Does anyone know of an app that does this or am I going to be telling them 'no'?

    Oh, and lol. They also want it to be "transparant" so they can still see their desktop background

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    You can change your desktop to a webpage, could this be any use??

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    If they're on Vista or Windows seven, there might be a desktop sidebar thingy for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesb View Post
    If they're on Vista or Windows seven, there might be a desktop sidebar thingy for this.
    I was just thinking that ie a widget / gadget or w/e they are called on windows - think yahoo do a similiar thing that you can install - just curious where is the contact information coming from ie there outlook address book or what exactly ?

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    you could use BGinfo to pull the info from a shared file - but it would only update on logout/logoff i think.

    Also that'd be a lot of text strewn over the desktop.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by m1ddy View Post
    I have been asked to sort a wallpaper for the staff desktops that includes a contact list that updates dynamically.
    How dynamically? You could just set everyone's desktop to an image available on a network share somewhere that can be updated via script / manual editing. It wouldn't change on the fly, but it would be easy enough to update day-by-day.

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    We use BGInfo. It can incorporate lots of data from different sources. Using GPPrefs in server 2008 (or 2003) we set command variables which are included in the BGinfo file so we can easily change values on the wallpaper without modifying any files on the server or clients. You just change the variables value in group policy and your done. You can shedule BGInfo to run regularly if you want to but we have it display PC related info on startup and user related info when a user is logged in.

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    I love that word.

    Anyway, could you not just create a page and then have a desktop shortcut on all staff desktops to this page?

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    In xp you could set some sort of web page as the background but then they couldn't set their own background (but a nice "corporate"/school branded wallpaper would look nicer anyway")

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    Quote Originally Posted by HullFC View Post
    We use BGInfo. It can incorporate lots of data from different sources. Using GPPrefs in server 2008 (or 2003) we set command variables which are included in the BGinfo file so we can easily change values on the wallpaper without modifying any files on the server or clients. You just change the variables value in group policy and your done. You can shedule BGInfo to run regularly if you want to but we have it display PC related info on startup and user related info when a user is logged in.

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    Thinking about this more and you will need a multiline value I suppose. You can set it to import the value of a text file. I (personally) would also use GPprefs to deploy the file to stations and then you can just modify it in the one place. This would also ensure it worked for stations that are disconnected such as staff laptops.

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    Sounds like a lot of unneccessary hassle to me!

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    Would this not slow the desktop load down though, the rfact its having to search for information?

    Would the teachers/staff want students to see this when it is displayed on a smartboard/projector?

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    doesn't the wallpaper refresh when you come back from screensaver??

    if your xp couldn't you add a webpage to the desktop by having an 'active desktop'
    go to display properties, desktop, customize desktop, web, and add a shared html or php page containing your xml data.
    this is a way anyway.

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    Would something like the Fuzzy Duck Notepad be of any use?

    http://wareseeker.com/Home-Shell-Des...0.6.zip/204317

    May need some tweaking though. The writer is an edugeek member but has not been around for a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    How dynamically? You could just set everyone's desktop to an image available on a network share somewhere that can be updated via script / manual editing. It wouldn't change on the fly, but it would be easy enough to update day-by-day.

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    Neat Idea but

    stick to simplicity like David suggests I say. I'd have the image locally and the staff logon script overwrite it if its updated.

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