I’ve just noticed that the SEGfL link for the Island Schools’ Internet connections is now back up and running again. Let’s hope it stays fixed! Comments Off on Fixed

It looks like the schools on the Island are going to be without Internet for a third day – unless BT fix things overnight. Apparently there’s an power-related issue at County Hall – schools are able to reach as far as there, but no further.

I imagine that there’s a lot of email building up – 69 schools, and although staff were on-site on Monday I doubt everyone checked their email before the connections went down mid-morning. Let’s hope RM’s servers hold it for a sensible amount of time! (Actually, anyone using RM’s Easymail service is unaffected, since they can carry on accessing it via either their schools specific address, or the more general http://www.learningalive.co.uk/EasymailForm.html )

Why is it that technology usually works fine when you’re ahead of schedule and could actually afford to wait for something to be fixed, but if you’re up against a deadline, anything that can fail, will? Due to my being ill last week, our latest school network project was in danger of over-running. We’ve brought it back under control, but halfway through the day, the Internet connection for all the schools on the Island went down. This mean that most of the tweaks and adjustments we had left (such as printer drivers, SMARTBoard software updates, a few software activations etc.) can’t be completed until at least tomorrow – which is when the students are back.

Still, the fact that it has affected all schools, and possibly the council as well should mean that BT fix it fairly promptly. Hmm… perhaps I’m not quite as recovered as I thought…

In an effort to post more -I’m not going to call it a New Year’s resolution, since that would be the quickest way to make it fail- I’ve added WordBook to both steve-c.co.uk and my Facebook page. It’s a surprisingly painless experience, and although it’s rather lacking in configuration options does appear to do the job.