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    21st November 2014, 12:53 PM
    simpsonj replied to a thread [SIMS] Progress 8 Measure in MIS Systems
    Thanks for the update PhilNeal, we're looking forward to receiving the update from ScoMIS (hopefully over the next week or so). Could we ask...
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    21st November 2014, 12:23 PM
    simpsonj replied to a thread [SIMS] Progress 8 Measure in MIS Systems
    We're looking at this for our internal school analysis but it will also be part of the portfolio for Ofsted.
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    21st November 2014, 11:24 AM
    simpsonj replied to a thread [SIMS] Progress 8 Measure in MIS Systems
    Yes we are asking the questions for the purpose of calculating predicted Attainment 8 scores. I think the critical sentence is "I don't think it...
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    21st November 2014, 10:09 AM
    simpsonj replied to a thread [SIMS] Progress 8 Measure in MIS Systems
    If you round up, look at what happens to the points at the whole level boundary:- An APS of 23.75, would generate a fine level of 3.958. With the...
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    20th November 2014, 04:32 PM
    simpsonj replied to a thread [SIMS] Progress 8 Measure in MIS Systems
    The question was actually based on a value of 26.26, so therefore would you round up or round down?
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    20th November 2014, 02:34 PM
    simpsonj replied to a thread [SIMS] Progress 8 Measure in MIS Systems
    I'm raising another thread from the dead, so apologies. My Data Manager is coming across an issue when calculating Progress 8 (Our Attainment 8...
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    17th November 2014, 01:17 PM
    simpsonj replied to a thread Enforce Google SafeSearch in Windows
    Raising this thread from the dead again... For anyne struggling with this issue, Google has released a Safe Search VIP address which will force...
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    14th November 2014, 11:40 AM
    simpsonj replied to a thread Dragon Age: Inquisition in Gaming
    Definitely, gf already warned I may be unavailable for long periods of time! Dragon Age Keep is brilliant, but damned if I can remember every...
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    12th November 2014, 01:07 PM
    simpsonj replied to a thread So the big question..... in Gaming
    I'm not sure it's the money that I cringe at (though I strongly suspect with the amount of games, consoles and PCs I've bought over the last 20 years...
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Wireless and Power settings

by simpsonj on 8th May 2014 at 03:07 PM
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Wireless has, for the most part, been the bane of my existence as a Network Manager. It's flaky, it's unreliable and it can ruin your otherwise lovely day. Combined with some odd behaviour with Windows 7 and domains, student logins tend to be a bit of a lottery, with around a 1% chance of getting an error "there are no logon servers available..." and another 1% chance of logging in fine, but having no My Documents or Start Menu as they haven't mapped properly

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The User Profile Service failed the logon

by simpsonj on 13th February 2014 at 02:59 PM
If you've worked with Windows 7 for any length of time, you're sure to have come across this error sooner or later. Most of the time it's relatively easy fix involving the registry, which you can find here (this works for Vista, windows 7 and 8:

User Profile Service failed the sign-in - Fix in Windows 8

However this one laptop was not playing ball. I'd ran through all of the above steps, and nothing, no new accounts could be created, the guest account wasn't working

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Server 2012 can really ruin your day

by simpsonj on 24th September 2013 at 12:10 PM
When it announces that it's going to restart in 15 minutes to complete windows updates. at 10:15. And it's the server that hosts the virtual server with SIMS installed.

I had thought I had prevented disaster using this guide:

http://www.redmondpie.com/how-to-sto...rting-your-pc/

and then running gpupdate /force

However, this turned out to be a false hope, as a phone call from reception to tell me that SIMS

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Windows 8, Disk Usage, and the MSI GE60 Laptop

by simpsonj on 25th June 2013 at 01:33 PM
I rarely buy hardware as a complete package, preferring to build my own PCs, however when it comes to Laptops, I felt I ought to play it safe and buy from a brand. I wanted a laptop that was powerful enough to handle the odd game (think UFO: Enemy Unknown rather than Crysis) and wasn't going to break the bank. After much deliberating, I decided on the GE60 by MSI. On paper, it had the right specs, a decent graphics card, fast processor combined with 8GB RAM. The only drawback was the hard drive,

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Disable spell and grammar check for Office 2010

by simpsonj on 10th December 2012 at 11:30 AM
It's that time of the year again when I have to start looking at disabling spell check on Word for various Mock Exams. If only Wordpad had headers and footers, I wouldn't need to go through this every year...

Anyway, having updated to Office 2010 over the summer, my previous group policy objects aren't going to work with Office 2010, so time for a new way of doing things.
First of all, I'll credit the website where I got the info, and feel free to follow them rather than my

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