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New CommonSpot Tuesday Tutorial: Include HTML

March 15th, 2011
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Sharepoint forms no longer working?

February 16th, 2011
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Check out the Sharepoint blog to see a tip on how to resolve issues with forms not submitting items properly.


New Search Function, Sites I Have Access To

January 27th, 2011
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Posted from the SharePoint Blog,

One of the major problems people have brought up with me is that they don’t know what SharePoint sites they have access to. Fortunately with some help from other SharePoint bloggers out there on the internet, I’ve been able to deliver a solution to this problem finally.

If you point your browser to the Search Center, you’ll see a new tab Sites I Have Access to. Clicking on this will bring up a list of every SharePoint site you have access to, excluding My Sites.


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, 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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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!

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Browser tip

January 19th, 2011
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From the Sharepoint Blog,

With many users both on campus and at home opting to upgrade to Windows 7, I wanted to pass along a tiny tidbit of information. Windows 7 is available in 2 different platforms, 32 bit and 64 bit. Users opting for 64 bit should note that there are 2 versions of Internet Explorer installed.

When using internet Explorer, you should make note to use the link that says Internet Explorer, not Internet Explorer (64-bit). Using the 64 bit version can cause problems when accessing Sharepoint, like not being able to properly open Office files.

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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!


Sharepoint permissions matrices

December 15th, 2010
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A new post has been submitted on the Sharepoint blog with links to 2 permission matrices to help administrators better understand the things users get access to based on thie permissions.


Social network account security

November 23rd, 2010
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I saw this post in my Sharepoint RSS feeds and thought I’d share it with everyone. If you’re an avid Facebook or Social Media user, personally or within your particular college or department, the article points out some tips and practices to help prevent malicious activities on your accounts.

Most of this is common sense, to me at least, but typically the problem is people don’t adhere to to following them routinely.


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