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Video Test

May 3rd, 2016
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Daylight Savings Time: Update your WordPress Settings

April 12th, 2011
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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.


Google Maps Mashup Guest Lecture

April 11th, 2011
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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:

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

ECU Web Sites, General Information, How To

VCL Best Practices Talk

March 23rd, 2011
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Shown via SlideShare, the following slides were presented at a March 18, 2001 Office of Faculty Excellence workshop. Professor Lee Toderick ( 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).

[slideshare id=7362040&doc=vclbestpracticesfinal-110323131436-phpapp01]

General Information, How To

Mobile Monday: OneNote for iPhone/iPod/iPad

January 24th, 2011
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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,,, 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 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.

Microsoft Office, Software

Helping Others Help You

January 24th, 2011
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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.

General Information, How To

FLOSS Friday: Microsoft Mathematics

January 24th, 2011
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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!

Microsoft Windows, Software

FLOSS Friday: jDownloader

December 24th, 2010
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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!


Web Wednesday: Google Maps, Behind the Scenes

November 11th, 2010
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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
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