Changes to eduBuzz Comment Spam Protection

eduBuzz WordPress sites (blogs) are now using a new system for protection against spam comments.

Over recent days increasing numbers of spam comments have been getting through, leading to an excessive number of comment notification emails and spam messages to be dealt with.

This is a relatively common experience with interactive web sites, as the people behind spam comments are always trying to defeat protection systems.

The system now in use provides much more variety in the “captcha” puzzles it presents. This will unfortunately mean that the familiar East Lothian place names are no longer used, but we hope that the new system doesn’t cause too much difficulty.

Your feedback on the new system would be appreciated.

 

Sign-up bug fixed for @www.edubuzz.org email addresses

East Lothian students can now use their @www.edubuzz.org email addresses to create accounts here on WordPress and create their own eduBuzz WordPress blogs.

We recently discovered that attempts to do that were failing. Everything appeared to work properly, but the sign-up confirmation emails never arrived.

The reason for that has now been identified, fixed and successfully tested.

 

 

IT warning to all Primary Teachers – save your work safely before the end of June!

Primary School Server upgrades

This summer, the wide-area network (WAN) that connects East Lothian’s schools together is being upgraded. As part of this work, the primary schools’ servers will need to be completely re-configured. This is a major piece of work, and means that:

 No primary school computers or network resources (e.g. internet access, shared files, printing) will be available for the first two weeks of the holidays (2nd – 13th July).

 ** Email will still be available from home.

 Primary School PC/Laptop changes:

Following this work, every PC and laptop in every primary school will need to have some work done on them to make them work with the new setup. This means all laptops must be left in the school over the holidays so they can be updated.

 All files currently stored on any primary school computer will be PERMANENTLY DELETED

This includes documents, digital photos etc that are stored on your desktop or in the My Documents folder.

 All files that you want to keep must be moved to your server before the holidays – either to your S: drive or your Z: drive.

Terry Brown, ICT Officer has created a great little batch file that copies your favourites to your Z drive. This will be really handy for Primary school teachers to do before the summer. You can find it in the folder :

 My Computer \Education Exchange \ ICT \ Copy Favourites

If you have large amounts of digital video or photos to store, it may be more suitable to store them on an external USB hard disk – your ICT Co-ordinator will be able to advise you. If you are unsure of what this means for you, please phone the IT Service Desk on 01620 827205 for advice and support.