Re: Tech enthusiast, not necessarily IT.
You could always use Skype for desktop, if you want it on your desktop, instead of Skype for TIFKAM, which is for when you don't...
7 posts • joined 24 Jan 2008
Here's all the Scout activity badges and their requirements:
For those no doubt looking for the IT badge it's staged, and those are here:
Remember the staged badges are staged and can be started in Beavers, so they start off very simplistic. It's pretty out of date in places, but there's nothing to stop you teaching them more than is on the requirements list.
Follow the links around and you can see the Core badges as well as those for the other sections. The biggest problem is not so much the badges, but finding people willing to offer up the time, expertise and facilities to do the more technical badges.
If you enjoyed the Scouts, or are just curious being a helper or leader is incredibly rewarding and not to mention enjoyable. You don't have to turn up every week, and you don't have to be a leader if you don't want to, or can't spare the time. If you have something you can teach, they'll work around you to get something organised, even if it's just a few evenings teaching basic coding.
This is probably not their fault per se, we had endless trouble with later versions of Adobe Reader as well as Flash ignoring the no-autoupdate flag Adobe provide to avoid this. Unfortunately you only find out that it's broken when the next patch comes out and everyone complains that it's asking them to update but they can't.
You can test the patch for longer, but Flash 0 day exploits are not exactly uncommon, so you want it out among the users quickly. You don't want the auto-upgrade to work because you want to test it first against your critical systems.
Java is another one like this, where I used to work had a lot of broadcast kit, if you didn't have the exact version of Java the box expected you couldn't configure it. You want to push the latest version, but you need to test it against your systems first.
You can of course run multiple versions of Java on the same box quite well, but sometimes a new Java install will break the old ones and you have to reinstall them all in the right order.
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