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Temporary ICT Training Pods

I’ve been looking heavily into Windows Multipoint Server recently and today used it in a new configuration.

I needed to supply a couple of computers temporarily for the day to facilitiate some training so I used my test MPS 2011 machine which is an old 64Bit Amd powered HP desktop and an Axel M80 WMS thin client.

One desktop was provided by a direct connection to the MPS itself and the other was via the M80 connected to the MPS using a small 8 port hub the beauty of the M80 RDP clients is that they could be anywhere I was just using it locally as it was what was available.

This gave me the ability to rapidly setup a couple of temporary machines.

In the future this idea could be used coupled with some of the USB access devices which are available in order to rapidly deploy a pod of 4 – 6 computers.

2 cool Joomla extensions

Recently I wanted to add additional functionality to the school website.

I wanted to be able to embed a flash video into an article and I wanted staff to be able upload documents.

The embedding of video was acheived using the AllVideos plugin from Joomlaworks this makes it so simple to embed media into your article, the media you wish to show can be local to your webserver or from a remote one and includes all popular video sharing websites i.e youtube

Secondly I wanted staff to be able to upload and categorize policy documents and such like well naturally there was only one contender for this job and that was DocMan

The installation and set up was a breeze so go check them out.

ESET Nod32 Licence File

I recently bought a network licence for Nod32 as our previous agreement was coming to an end.

ESET emailed me my username and password and attached my licence key to the email, unfortunately for me and ironically the Microsoft [email protected] service removed the attachment as it “may pose a security threat”

A nice man at ESET talked me through how to download the licence key from their servers, why they couldn’t include this information as a fallback in their initial email I do not know.

Anyway to download your licence key should you need it use the following url:

https://shop.eset.co.uk/licence/file/your_password/your_username.lic

Nagios toner check scripts

A couple of toner check scripts for Nagios I’ve been using

check_hp2600

k5440_english

The hp2600 script is a php one so make sure you rename it to be .php and the k5440 one is a perl script so rename it with .pl

The HP 2600 check came from Nagios Exchange allthough I can’t find an authors name to credit it.

The Konica 5440DL check was created by the great Tom Newton of Smoothwall and myself.

The Konica check works only on english language printers and checks to make sure it’s english before it will work, I think.

McDonalds Customer Service Fail

I visited the McDonalds drive thru at Hardwick Kings Lynn saturday evening about 9.30.

At the order box I asked for a vanilla milkshake for my wife and was about to order a strawberry one for myself when I was told that they only had bannana and chocolate available. So I ordered 2 bannana and asked for a discount as they didn’t have what I actually wanted, the order box told me I’d have to ask the manager at the next window.

So I drove to the payment window as was told it would be “£2.78” I asked about the discount and someone else went and asked the manager returning to tell me that the manager had said no to the discount request.

I then asked how to complain about this poor customer service to which the smirking McDonalds employee replied “I don’t know”, I then asked him to find out for me to which his response was “Well it’s not my problem”. Talk about red rag to a bull I then strongly informed him that as he worked for McDonalds it was his problem so find out for me.

At this point the manager was then called and asked me what the problem was and I explained as above and said that one of his members of staff standing behind the counter, smirking and telling me it wasn’t his problem was abysmal customer services.

The manager asked me to go to the next window and they would sort out the 2 milkshakes as I hadn’t yet paid I took this to be a gesture of goodwill on his part by letting them have the shakes complimentary but no I get to the next window to be told “Oh I thought you had paid allready”, so I replied “Let’s forget it” and I drove off.