Category Archives: General

Spam Stats

On almost a daily basis we get reports of users who’ve found an email detailing a vast inheritance from distant wealthy uncle in Nigeria or a parcel which they didn’t order but is waiting for them; readily accessible with just … Continue reading

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Core Services Update

Well it’s almost November and the blog has been a bit quiet recently! It’s also been a while since I put something up so I thought I’d give you a brief update on what we’ve been doing recently and what … Continue reading

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SunRay Update 7

Although the Java menu seemed like a good option, when we ran the figures, it seemed the overhead really was a little excessive when one considers that no extra functionality was provided; only some smoother edges. These figures were taken … Continue reading

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SunRay Update 6

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The core of the new sunray release was to ensure the sunray server software were setup in an optimal manner. Moving onto new and powerful servers, with a fresh … Continue reading

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SunRay Update 5

With the new release of the menu, the requirement specification needed functionality in place which would allow administration of the sunray users from the web management interface. We have several types of user each requiring a custom Windows kiosk session. … Continue reading

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SunRay Update 4

The inevitable question is how. Essentially creating two text fields is no huge task, however when one considers all the minor trends and habits users acquire, several considerations needed to be made – these will be considered later. I will … Continue reading

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Sunray Update 3

Each PC (including TFT monitor) consumes 105 W. Each sunray (including TFT monitor) consumes 41 W. Each sunray server consumes 242 W. Thus on a bases of 500 sunray DTU’s = 20500 W. Compared to 500 individual PC’s using a … Continue reading

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Sunray Update 2

What is new? • A new streamlined menu; users can now input username and password on initial screen. • Improved performance of system, meaning everything should run smoother. • Sessions will now be managed more efficiently. If there is ever … Continue reading

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SunRay Update 1

We are pleased to announce the deployment of our new and improved sunray service. As the first anniversary of our original sunray installation approaches, I have recently been investigating, developing, improving and fixing our current setup. With 360 sunray devices … Continue reading

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Elonex Update

A few people have shown repeated interest in the Elonex laptops I blogged about earlier on in the year. I’m dissapointed to say that today I cancelled my order and requested a refund. Despite placing a deposit on two Elonex … Continue reading

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Sustainable IT in Universities and Colleges

Sustainable IT is a subject that is going to be more and more important for all Higher Education institutions. I must admit I didn’t realise how important Sustainable IT was until I attended an energy efficiency workshop at Cardiff University. … Continue reading

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Core Services: One year on

The Core Services team was formed in June 2007, which makes the team one year old! It doesn’t seem like a year since my first blog post. The past year has been really interesting and challenging, and in all honesty … Continue reading

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Well Hi!

Firstly let me introduce myself I’m David McCallum (not the actor in NCIS!) and I’m part of the Core Services Team. Recently I’ve been involved in a new printing system pilot in the Faculty of Health Building. What is interesting … Continue reading

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VMWare 2008

“In a world of dreams, we are but Gods limited by imagination”. As technology evolves, concepts change and users adapt. We find ourselves challenging our systems to do more and more with less and less. In an effort to minimise … Continue reading

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GO – How was it for you?

In the second week of January we will have to review the success/failure of the changes I talked about in my post on Keeping GO going. The load balancing software is still on evaluation and the Core Services Team will … Continue reading

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