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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Greebo, Apr 14, 2004.

  1. Greebo

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    Hi peeps
    I liked what I saw whilst wandering so I thought I'd join. I'll put the kettle on as long as someone gets some biscuits :wink:
     
  2. nugget
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    Hi Greebo, welcome to the forums. Make yourself at home and chats are thursday nights. Oh, chokkie biscuits ok with you? :lol:
     
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  3. SimonV

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    Welcome to the forums Greebo, glad you could make it and hope you stick around for a while.
     
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  4. mattwest

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    Hi Greebo, nice to have you here!

    Make yourself at home....

    Any biscuits involving chocolate or caramel will do the trick!

    :D

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  5. Phil
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    Welcome to CF Greebo. Mines tea, milk with no sugar thanks :-) Pull up a pew and tell us a bit about yourself over a brew. Are you working in IT ? studying any certs at the moment ?
     
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    Hi Greebo. Welcome. Tell us a little bit about yourself. We'd like to get to know you a bit. Also, please feel free to wander about the various forums and post in areas of interest. :)
     
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  7. Greebo

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    Cheers for the welcome peeps :)
    Well I am about 4 weeks from finishing HND in computing and got myself a new job about 6 weeks ago working in a school as an ICT Technician and I LOVE it :P The Network manager went off sick after my first week (didn't think I was THAT bad to work with :roll: :wink: ) and he hasn't been back since! Hoping to eventually get his job when I know more :)

    Anything else :?: :lol:
     
  8. SimonV

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    Thats just how I got my Job :D What school do you work for Greebo. I'm currently working for a medium size secondary school in Derbyshire and enjoying the 2 weeks off for easter.
     
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    Hi Greebo - a warm welcome to our place :D

    That sure was a lucky break into IT employment - here's hoping you share some of that with us too....
     
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    I work at a medium size school in N. Lincs. Not a great deal of computers there atm (about 150ish) but they have just turned the lecture theatre into a computer room and have added 12 computers to the library :)

    Dunno about a lucky break getting the job. I just oozed enthusiasm as this is what I've been working for. I was up against 5 blokes. We had a practical test and 3 of the blokes didn't spot that there wasn't ANY memory in the machine :eek: :lol: I work term time only which is great as I don't have to worry about getting anyone to look after my daughter so things couldn't be better :D

    For the first time in my life, I actually ENJOY going to work :D
     
  11. SimonV

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    I must admit working in a school it great, I'm home for 5 which used to never heppen when I working in the private sector. I only work term time so get plenty of time to do the small things in life that I never had the time for before and the people are great.

    What sort of kit are you supporting? Do you run any RM equipment :( :?:
     
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  12. Greebo

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    Well, as you can imagine, its all new to me. Running 2000 server and XP is on all the school machines (kids). Although I don't know a great deal yet (as when you start working in the field is when the learning starts) I think it has been badly set up :?

    They are using RM Filtering but the little darlings have figured out a way around it :cracking for if they unplug/ plug the N/W cable it bypasses the filtering :blink
    I have had support in since the N/W manager went off sick but they STILL haven't figured out a way to resolve the issue (and I just KNOW there is a way)!!!!!

    I'm a mature student at College and we can't access bugger all :roll: Yet the kids at school can do what they like!!!!!!

    Come on then. How do I stop them? Also chat rooms is a MAJOR bug bear of mine. Got loads of gripes but I really want to be able to screw thier access down tighter and keep the undesireable OUT of the SCHOOL.

    What they access at home is thier parents concern but at the school, well thats another ball game!!!!!
     
  13. SimonV

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    I'm undergoing the same sort of thing at our school, but as I've only been part time until the beginning of this month its been a slow process.

    One way I have found to stop chat-room access it to add the site URL to the exceptions for do not use proxy for this address in the proxy settings of Internet explorer. But this assumes your using a proxy to get your Internet access in the first place.

    We do have all the desktops locked down so the kids cant mess with "anything" and we also remove the flash/shockwave plug-in using a little batch script at login so they cant play flash/shockwave games.

    I've not really used the RM filtering as I me and RM don't have a good working relationship (I hate the stuff :evil: ) and the filtering service provided by our ISP (EMBC) is hopeless :roll:

    I have been looking into some really good filtering tools but until now I've not had much of a say in what we spend the money on.

    Exactly :D
     
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  14. mattwest

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    I was a network manager for a large school for 3 and a half years so i know exactly where your both coming from.

    God did (and still do i expect!!) RM suck... i'd never buy anything from them if i had a choice.

    Our 2mb lease line was through them tho (not my choice) and we had RM Filtering software.

    I'm sure there were options to turn off EXE downloads, Porn sites, Violence sites, even all web based e-mail.

    As for chat sites you can setup search filtering so they cannot search (using google etc) for anything contain words such as *chat*, *chatting* etc this wont stop them if they know the URL but really annoys them :D )

    Also you could setup up site filtering for any sites containing the same words, but then this might stop legitmate sites.

    Another good way is word of mouth. If a teacher see students chatting get them to let you know what the site was so you can ban it, or use a proxy server and search the logs to see what has been visited.

    I'm afraid your never win completely, but you can try!!

    Just my 2 cents from the old days....!

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  15. Greebo

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    The most confusing aspect tho is that the sites have been blocked :?
     
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    Whats RM???????

    Have you tried Microsofts ISA server, I use it at home and you can block anything from URL's (good for banned sites), IP ranges (good for MSN messenger), any port you care to mention and you can allow inconing but no outgoing and vice versa if you so wanted (if you install it as integrated) you can applie curtain rules to individual users and groups all just ban them all together.
     
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  17. SimonV

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    http://www.rm.com/

    They supply schools with computer solutions! Well they try, but not at our school. :box2
     
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  18. mattwest

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    They try.... and fail (and then somehow manage to fail some more!)

    But SimonV and I arent bitter :wink: :)

    "Once bitten, twice shy!"

    Matt
     
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  19. AJ

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    Just to add my belated greetings as I've been on my hols.

    I'm glad to see that there are some RM fans out there LOL. I believe I have expressed some views on this company before, so I shall say no more on the matter.
     
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  20. AJ

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    We are buying quite a few of the"All in One" pc's from RM due to limited desk space.

    Haven't had too many break downs (yet). No really they are very well put together and the kids like to use them (Well they would cause the other machines are slower).

    They can be a bit on the pricey side though and we have had delivery problems. Well that's RM for you.
     
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