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.
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.
Shown via SlideShare, the following slides were presented at a March 18, 2001 Office of Faculty Excellence workshop. Professor Lee Toderick (email@example.com) 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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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!
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:
Give it a try, you’ll be amazed how much quicker downloading files will be!
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.
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:
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!