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New CommonSpot Tutorial: Analytics Tips

November 5th, 2010

Two simple tips to make your Analytics reports more accurate and easier to understand:

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CommonSpot Templates

October 28th, 2010

A new blog post about the recent change in CommonSpot templates is available: http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/commonspot/blog/2010/10/28/new-commonspot-templates/

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Nintex Workflow Updated

October 25th, 2010

Sunday the enterprise applications team installed a new update for Nintex Workflow during the regularly scheduled maintenance window. Full details of the new features can be found on the Sharepoint blog.


Sharepoint User Group

October 21st, 2010

Simple question, feedback is appreciated.


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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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!


Mobile Monday: Google Phone Gallery

October 4th, 2010

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Because of the confusion about the features, capabilities, and carriers for the many Android based phones, Google has created a new tool to let you compare and contrast devices.  Pictures are included, as well as the ability to filter on various criteria.  Give it a try: Google Phone Gallery.

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Exposing ecuBIC data in Sharepoint, part 4

September 20th, 2010

The last post in the series has been posted on the Sharepoint Blog.  Enjoy!

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Exposing ecuBIC data in Sharepoint, part 3

September 17th, 2010

Part 3 in the series of exposing ecuBIC data in Sharepoint has been published on the Sharepoint blog.

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Exposing ecuBIC data in Sharepoint, part 2

September 13th, 2010

Part 2 in the Exposing ecuBIC data in Sharepoint series has been posted to the Sharepoint blog.  This article talks about using the subscription options of ecuBIC coupled with email enabled document libraries.

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