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Computer systems (servers) in a computer room will usually be bolted into a rack (cabinet). A computer system in a rack is referred to as rack mounted. Racks will usually include cable management features.

Rack mountable servers can be purchased which include a mounting plate at the front for installing the server into a rack (computer cabinet).

Risks, Assumptions, Issues, Dependencies. A RAID log records these and allows someone to track, mitigate and resolve them.

Raspberry Pi is a computer on a motherboard designed to get people interested in the electronics of computing, and create a whole new generation of hobbyist.

The Pi is relatively inexpensive (but is also slow), and can be used for a variety of purposes. Perhaps its best feature is the inclusion of a HDMI port. The Pi can run Linux making it versatile and can even be used as a media centre.

It's not really for the faint hearted and would please people who like to tinker. Not those who want something which works straight away, out of the box.

Don't forget that if you buy a Raspberry Pi, you will also likely need a power supply, SIM card and video cables (e.g. SCART or HDMI).

A real time activity takes place at the time rather than later.

e-Mail is not usually real time because there's normally a delay between messages, however, a telephone conversation is real time. Instant messaging is often somewhere in between depending on how responsive each party is.

Real-time reporting needs immediate access to up-to-the minute data. Near real-time may take snapshots of the data, e.g. each hour, so as not to overload the data source. Real-time reporting will often need extra controls to be in place and may therefore cost more and take longer to implement, but this is often outweighted by the benefit of the information not being out of date.

With strategy games, real-time games allow both (or all) players to make moves at the same time. As opposed to turn-based games where players need to wait for their turn.

The webBRIEFCASE Toolkit is real-time. When you request a page, the data from that page is what data was available at the time. There is no snaphot. If one person adds an organisation, and within a second, another person shows the organisations table - they will see the newly added organisation.

All activities should be in your activity list and should be allocated time slots accordingly.

1-2-1 with line manager - fortnightly
1-2-1 with innovation manager(s) - weekly or daily
1-2-1 with subordinates - daily or weekly as required (set targets)
1-2-1 with business partners - fortnightly or monthly
Activity list - daily
Clear down inbox - daily
Risks, Assumptions, Issues, Dependencies (RAID) log
Release plan / roadmap
Project activities
Business as usual activities

A key measure of the feasibility of an activity (e.g. project) is the return on investment. For the money invested in the activity (not forgetting wages) - how much income will be expected? If the ROI is negative or too low, consider other benefits.

The PRINCE2 project management methodology defines a risk as follows:

A risk is an uncertain event or set of events that, should it occur, will have an effect on the achievement of objectives. It consists of a combination of the probability of a perceived threat (negative impact) or opportunity (favourable impact) occuring, and the magnitude of its impact on objectives.

Add a risk to the Risks Table here.

See: Return on Investment

A router is a networking device which transports data from one network (LAN) to another. Most routers will also include a dial-up mechanism, e.g. an ADSL router will dial-up the Internet through a telephone line. Routers often include features such as firewall, network switch, DHCP (IP address allocation), local DNS resolution features (change a web address into an IP address) and WiFi base station. ADSL routers are usually supplied by Internet Service Providers (ISP) when you subscribe to the Internet connectivity service. You can sometimes replace a router if you need a more powerful one.

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