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Daylight Savings Time: Update your WordPress Settings

April 12th, 2011

Over at the ECU Blog Blog I’ve added an article on making sure that your post and comment settings are handled properly now that we’ve entered Daylight Savings Time again. Be sure to read about how to update your WordPress timezone settings to ensure correct metadata for posts and comments.

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Google Maps Mashup Guest Lecture

April 11th, 2011

I was recently invited to speak in Dr. Anuradha Mukherji’s Urban Planning class. She is getting her students to collect data and produce a map mashup to display the data. My role as guest lecturer was to talk about mashups, map mashups, and provide information and resources for someone wanting to produce a map with no programming requirements. Here is the slide collection I showed:



As usual when I get to speak about mapping, visualization, and data analysis, I was very excited to share the resources and lessons learned.

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ECU Web Sites, General Information, How To

VCL Best Practices Talk

March 23rd, 2011

Shown via SlideShare, the following slides were presented at a March 18, 2001 Office of Faculty Excellence workshop. Professor Lee Toderick (toderickl@ecu.edu) and I co-presented on the topic of best practices for incorporating East Carolina University’s Virtual Computing Lab.

You can also watch the video of the presentation (requires ECU login).



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General Information, How To

Mobile Monday: OneNote for iPhone/iPod/iPad

January 24th, 2011

Our usual Mobile Monday blogger, Susan, is a big user of Microsoft OneNote.  What she and others might not have noticed is that there is now an iPod/iPhone/iPad app for OneNote (iTunes Store link) available in the iTunes App  Store.  Written by Microsoft, it allows you to sync your OneNote with your Windows Live account.  If you have HotMail, RocketMail, Live.com, MSN.com, or an XBox Live account, you have an account that will work with this application.  In addition, all ECU student accounts can also use it immediately, because a whatever@students.ecu.edu is also a Microsoft account.  You can use the same SkyDrive storage for your OneNotes created on your iDevice as in the Office Web Interface or even in the OneNote application itself.  So far there’s not a Word, Excel or PowerPoint equivalent, but this is certainly a promising start.

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Microsoft Office, Software

Helping Others Help You

January 24th, 2011

Today’s topic is one near and dear to everyone at TechTips: ways for everyone to help IT staff maintain your work computer.  Posted at the Microsoft At Work blog (also available as an RSS feed), the article describes “8 simple ways to help IT maintain your computer and devices at work“.  It’s good advice for all of us, and many of the tips apply to personal / home computers and devices as well.

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General Information, How To

FLOSS Friday: Microsoft Mathematics

January 24th, 2011

A coworker pointed out that Microsoft Mathematics is now available at no charge.  You can see an article about the software or go directly to Microsoft to download the application.  If you’ve never heard of it (and I hadn’t), Microsoft Mathematics is similar to MathCad or Mathematica.  It allows you to solve equation and draw graphs, but also adds many visual explanations to otherwise intangible concepts.  Enjoy!

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Microsoft Windows, Software

FLOSS Friday: jDownloader

December 24th, 2010

Merry Christmas Eve, Tech Tips readers!  Today’s offering is jDownloader.  It is a Java based cross platform download manager.  Unlike many of the various download manager/accelerators out there, this project is fully open source and doesn’t offer to install tons of additional browser toolbars when you are trying to get it working.

Here’s a screenshot of several Linux distribution ISO files being downloaded:

jDownloader Main Interface

In addition to being able to enter URLs directly to files, jDownloader has been written specifically to interface with many file sharing sites.  This means you give a page URL that contains the download link and it does all the work of following the link and responding to any JavaScript prompts to get to the “real” file.  It offers downloads from sites such as YouTube and WordPress blogs, so you can have local copies of media for long holiday trips.

Give it a try, you’ll be amazed how much quicker downloading files will be!

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Software

Web Wednesday: Google Maps, Behind the Scenes

November 11th, 2010

See the blog post over at Tony’s Tech Blog for the slides and information on the presentation made at UNC CAUSE 2010 about ECU’s experience with Google Maps.

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Web Wednesday: ECU Google Maps Linking

October 19th, 2010

The ECU Google Map gets many visits each day.  To help enhance it’s usefulness as a resource for the campus community, it has an embedded JavaScript that will open the details of a building if you have created a properly constructed link and query string.  As part of the CommonSpot Users Group meeting, I am presenting this information.  Full details are in the presentation shown below:



Note that whether you use CommonSpot, WordPress, a visual web designer such as Expression Web or Dreamweaver, or a plain text editor creating “raw” HTML, the link technique shown will work.

You can see the links in action if you do a search on the ECU E-mail and Phone Directory page.

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CommonSpot, ECU Web Sites, Web Design

FLOSS Friday: GTD-Free

October 15th, 2010

If you browse your local book emporium, you may come across the “Productivity” section, where authors have written books on doing more work in less time.  One popular figure in this genre is David Allen, creator of Getting Things Done (official business site).  Getting Things Done, or GTD as it’s popularly known, has been embraced by many as the way to battle the forces of an overwhelming inbox.  Living in the electronic age that we do, people have written software to be able to assist those attempting to use GTD.  Enter today’s software pick: GTD-Free.  This software is written in Java, and has been tested on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.  Any platform capable running Java 1.6 should work fine.

The software has a lovely gallery of screenshots, but I wanted to share at least one to give you an idea of what the interface is like when dealing with, well, things:

GTD Free Main Task Sorting

Anyone who is “into” the GTD method should give this software a try.

And for those who are tired of loading Yet Another Tool to try and organize things, for those that prefer the original digital world of paper and pen, I present to you The Hipster PDA.  Instead of using a smart phone, a computer, a PDA, it’s just paper combined into a notebook with a binder clip.  You can find all kinds of GTD (or organization in general) PDF templates and such in the related links at the bottom of the page.  I especially like the ones at D*I*Y Planner.  The lovely thing about paper is that it can’t crash!

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