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Katharine Berry

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« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2007, 09:35:05 AM »
School filters are more annoying if you have work on, for example, "Nazi treatment of homosexuals." Given that both "Nazi" and "Homosexual" are blocked words.

Also annoying is the block of pages like http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Great_Expectations/Chapter_XXXIX. Because it has XXX in the URL. This can be avoided by going to http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Great_Expectations/Chapter_X%58XIX, but the point remains that the blocks are useless.

I could rant at length about how useless and/or annoying the filters are, but I won't. (This page on my blog apparently scores about 600 on whatever filtering categories they use, and is thus blocked. Anything with the word "proxy" in it is blocked too. So this thread is now blocked. :p)

And the MGers are busily murdering AjaxLife in order to use SL from work. Naughty people. <.< >.>
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« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2007, 09:41:40 AM »
I'm of the view that aside from the obvious things that need filtering, schools should allow us the freedom to decide what we want to go on, and establish our own rules. I was doing a project on cocaine sniffing for my CREST award recently, and I couldn't get any information at all, because "cocaine" is a blocked word (which is rather silly seeing as 'drugs' is a biology topic in year 11...)

Haha, it's not just us that want to be able to use SL when we shouldn't then lol
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« Reply #17 on: July 17, 2007, 09:45:21 AM »
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And the MGers are busily murdering AjaxLife in order to use SL from work. Naughty people. <.< >.>

Of course you wouldn't catch any of us doing a thing like that ...   ::)

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« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2007, 09:47:58 AM »
Hi Katherine

Welcome to the schommunity - plenty of interesting folk and usually a good range of interesting conversations going on - and i'm sure there will be a lot of people wanting to find out a lot more about AjaxLife, scripting and better linking.......

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« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2007, 09:50:25 AM »
I think the new Head of IT at my school has largely realised that the current system (block anything you don't like) isn't working. For example, apparently the entirety of Flickr is "Pornography - Adult" (Does that mean there's a "Pornography - Child" category too?).

As such, he apparently intends to stop blocking everything excessively, instead only blocking the obvious ones, and working on a system of trust. To be honest, I've always found it slightly odd that they discourage you from doing work during lunch break, then set up a couple hundred computers with rules saying you may only use them to work at lunch break. The net result of this is that nobody using them is working (busy playing games), and people who want/need to work can't use them. I'm somewhere in the middle - I do web development on them. :P

I'm on the committee-without-a-decided-name (since we never manage to reach that part of the agenda) that's supposed to work on dragging the school into the present. So hopefully something might come of all this talk. I doubt it though.

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« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2007, 10:53:38 AM »
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I'm on the committee-without-a-decided-name (since we never manage to reach that part of the agenda) that's supposed to work on dragging the school into the present. So hopefully something might come of all this talk. I doubt it though.

lol I know what you mean about never reaching that part of the agenda!

Have you heard of ESSA - the English Secondary Students' Association (a union for students in English Secondary Schools) - they are trying to get students' voices heard on issues like this ....

schome - which is what this website (and our work in Schome Park) is meant to be all about - is trying to design a totally new education system for the 21st Century (not starting from school - cos we think there are so many aspects of that which are problematic that it would be more productive to start from scratch ..)

Check out the Schome page in the wiki for an overview of schome and the Schome & Second Life page to find out why on earth we are using Second Life within schome ...

In the meantime - madness rules ...

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« Reply #21 on: July 17, 2007, 11:06:33 AM »
ESSA

Bah...looks like I missed that boat during my secondary school years...
I'll make an application for my old school to join, anyway.
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« Reply #22 on: July 17, 2007, 06:11:10 PM »
guess whats in my school concil manifesto next year.....

Its really annoying when the stupid kids stand for a lagh ge in and then never turn up to the meetings  >:(.

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« Reply #23 on: July 19, 2007, 10:15:29 AM »
we are more loopy then fruit, it seems!

Anyway, your browser seems quite interesting,, Miss Berry. do tell us more...
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« Reply #24 on: July 23, 2007, 10:47:00 AM »
I think the new Head of IT at my school has largely realised that the current system (block anything you don't like) isn't working. For example, apparently the entirety of Flickr is "Pornography - Adult" (Does that mean there's a "Pornography - Child" category too?).

As such, he apparently intends to stop blocking everything excessively, instead only blocking the obvious ones, and working on a system of trust. To be honest, I've always found it slightly odd that they discourage you from doing work during lunch break, then set up a couple hundred computers with rules saying you may only use them to work at lunch break. The net result of this is that nobody using them is working (busy playing games), and people who want/need to work can't use them. I'm somewhere in the middle - I do web development on them. :P

I'm on the committee-without-a-decided-name (since we never manage to reach that part of the agenda) that's supposed to work on dragging the school into the present. So hopefully something might come of all this talk. I doubt it though.

Yes, I think blocking is ridiculous.

The internet was firing on all cylinders when my kids were 11+ and we had permanent internet at home. I told them they could look at anything they liked on the internet, but that if they ever saw any child pornography, they should tell me immediately so that we could alert the police since it is despicable for children to be exploited and drawn into such things. They did the usual Google searches (the early ones for "pawn" were quite amusing) but very soon got tired of it.

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« Reply #25 on: July 23, 2007, 10:54:45 AM »
As for AjaxLife, my original interest in developing it was SL access from school during lunch time.

Hi Katherine

I run two OS/X machines, one the fastest PowerPC dual-processor versions Apple made, which already has an apache server running, and a new iMac dual 2.35GHz machine, both with 3GB of RAM.  I'd like to run Ajax on them to try it out (rather than impacting on your server).  We might also try it out internal to the OU. Is your Ajax server available as an easy install option (i.e. binaries)?  I could probably try compiling up from the code, but I'm not all that confident with such things.

Martin

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« Reply #26 on: July 23, 2007, 12:04:49 PM »
You have to have Mono installed to use it. You can then download the server binaries and run them as follows:
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mono AjaxLife.exe --root https://secure.katharineberry.co.uk/ajaxlife/(Or http:// if you don't want certificate warnings - either works)

If you don't want to use my server for the static parts either, you can download the client part of the SVN tree, stick that on a webserver, and point the 'root' parameter there instead. Note that it should support PHP (although those parts are fairly non-vital)

I warn you, however, that I won't vouch for it not blowing up and stuff. It says that in the license. In capital letters.

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« Reply #27 on: July 23, 2007, 12:06:56 PM »

I warn you, however, that I won't vouch for it not blowing up and stuff. It says that in the license. In capital letters.

Thanks Kath,  I am used to blowing things up!!!! first step, mono installation...

Martin

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« Reply #28 on: July 29, 2007, 05:31:12 PM »
Hiya Katharine, we met briefly in-world the other day? Thought you were Katharine Schomer.

All the staff seem to be praising you, look forward to speaking/seeing/working with you more in the future :)

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