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    Any software to do this..

    Can anyone help me with this one?

    I want a program that runs on startup fills the screen and cant be exited until certain conditions are met.

    We have a problem with students not returning their library books. We have been restricting internet access(allowed white list) for students with very overdue books and this has resulted in books being returned. It is the only thing that has worked.

    The trouble is this works fine for most things but when they have to do independent research it comes unstuck as they cannot access most of the sites as they are not in the white list. So we have been asked to stop restricting internet access for overdue books.

    I am reluctant to remove the only thing that works so I want to put something else in place. After they log on I want them to have to type something like "I really must get around to returning my overdue library books as soon as possible" before they get access to the computer.

    So anybody know of an app that will do this or feel like writing me one?



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    Needs to run on Windows XP (would be nice if it worked on Vista/Win 7 as well)

    Will need to run from a network location so we can put it in a logon script

    Not be exit-able until the correct text has been entered.

    should allow incorrect text to be typed but not accepted as a valid answer.

    should not quit with alt+f4 or any other combination of keys

    should not be able to be minimised or moved out of the way.

    What they have to type should be editable so we can set different messages.

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    In a way that is what we have already done by restricting their internet but not having full internet access is impairing their results and we cant have that.

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    set up a marquee screensaver to run straight after login with the text set to the message and a password of the text you want them to type to unlock the screen?

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    How about AUP informant with a message about books displaying each time they logon? Could become annoying enough to make them return the books.

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    It might be possible with the use of VBscript and scheduled tasks to get a popup message to appear every 5 minutes or something, that would probably start to irritate them enough to return the books.

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    I've got a hta file that runs full screen with a nice message that auto closes after a set time. Can't be closed via alt-f4. Only way round is that ctrl-esc / windows key still invoke the start menu.

    Can make it available if you like?

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    Can AUP informant not dispay different aup's depending on groups they belong to? just create an overdue group and assign a specific aup to that for it to display.

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYSMAN_MK View Post
    I've got a hta file that runs full screen with a nice message that auto closes after a set time. Can't be closed via alt-f4. Only way round is that ctrl-esc / windows key still invoke the start menu.

    Can make it available if you like?
    I would be interested in that

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    I would slow down their Internet access, if you have the option to do that. Depends on your proxy server but I've done something similar with squid.

    Also, block Facebook, etc for those users? I bet they talk about "research" but they really mean check their social networking sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m0nty View Post
    I would slow down their Internet access, if you have the option to do that. Depends on your proxy server but I've done something similar with squid.

    Also, block Facebook, etc for those users? I bet they talk about "research" but they really mean check their social networking sites.
    I imagine these are already blocked at LA level. How about setting their homepage to something uncool? Barbie is a personal favourite for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    I imagine these are already blocked at LA level. How about setting their homepage to something uncool? Barbie is a personal favourite for that.
    I admire the cut of your gib :-) I suppose also Bee Gees wallpaper (set via GPO) or something might get the message across.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m0nty View Post
    I admire the cut of your gib :-) I suppose also Bee Gees wallpaper (set via GPO) or something might get the message across.
    Or Jedward.

    Boom tish!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    Or Jedward.

    Boom tish!
    I was gonna say:



    Just how much of that could you take?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    I imagine these are already blocked at LA level. How about setting their homepage to something uncool? Barbie is a personal favourite for that.
    We already set their webpage to a page telling they have overdue library books. i want to force them to have to type something inconvenient every time they want to use a machine. Facebook etc is already blocked but blocking websites is not the answer as it impairs independent research, but then so does having a library without its books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    We already set their webpage to a page telling they have overdue library books. i want to force them to have to type something inconvenient every time they want to use a machine. Facebook etc is already blocked but blocking websites is not the answer as it impairs independent research, but then so does having a library without its books.
    Jedward it is then.

    Problem solved.

    On a more serious note, I'd definately look at AUP informant. It has so many uses other than displaying AUP's. You can get notices out about special days, such as charity days, etc.

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