I just published a ebook in iTunes Bookstore written by Professor Delahunty, called International Law. The link is here and it is free.
The old printer set up on your personal laptop does not work any more, because UST has implemented a new printing management program called PaperCut. For instructions on how to set up for the new system, please consult the printing section of this handout. If you have questions, ask at the library circulation desk so they can direct you to the right person to help you out, or contact Don or Kelly.
I read a piece written by Spector Lincoln on PCworld.com why spams keep showing up in our mailbox. Here are some excerpts:
It doesn’t take many suckers to make spam profitable. I’ve read estimates claiming that for every million spam messages sent out (including the majority stopped by filters), only three people fall into the spammer’s trap.
That sounds like a very bad business model, but it’s actually a very lucrative one. There are tens of billions of spam messages sent each day—possibly an many as 100 billion. That means 300,000 suckers a day.
So if we can not prevent spammers from spamming, we can prevent us from becoming the victim. Remember:
I have an gmail account, hotmail account and of course, work email from outlook. In iPad/iPhone, the built-in email client can only have access to one outlook account. In order to have both my work outlook and then hotmail, I created an account for my work outlook, and set the automatic forwarding of messages in hotmail to my gmail account and then created a gmail account in iPad/iPhone. After a while, I decided not to forward mails because I want to keep email accounts seperate. This means I have one more email account to log in and check. Recently I discovered a mail program called CloudMagic. I set this to point to my hotmail account, so now I have access to all three emails on my iPhone/iPad. CloudMagic also works for other mboile devices.
The appearance of new technology such as smart watches now on the market from Samsung and other producers has implications for a lot of places. For instance in courtrooms: now if you go into courtrooms, the bailiffs will loudly announce that no electronic devices will be allowed or should be turned off. They usually will add: if your iPhone buzzes in the courtroom, it will be confiscated! However, with the smart watch, how can that be turned off? If you do not turn it off, you can arrange it to alert you when email arrives in your mailbox, and do other online stuff.
Take for another example: in classroom, if professors do not allow internet connection during class or exam, do you ask the students to leave your watch at the door?
Kelly and I just finished the handouts for the July 23rd Cleanup day. It is linked here.
When it comes to video conferencing tools, we have many to choose from depending on the need and the level of comfort with any particular tools. I am listing a few below:
1. Skype is probably the most used online video tool. My problem with it is that it is not always reliable, especially the video connection. Lagging video and voice hobbles critical conversation. But many people use it and know how to use it.
2. GoToMeeting by Citrix is a good option. You can talk free with only three people for free and do not even have to register. I have a pro one which allows 100 people in one conference. Will be useful for online class.
3. WEbEx: it is comparable with GoToMeeting. Either of these tools will work for online class.
4. Google+ Hangout: I actually prefer this than Skype, but the interface is not familiar to a lot of people and you have to have Google Account.
5. ooVoo: at http://www.oovoo.com/home.aspx. It integrates with Facebook and the pro version is cheap. Great video quality. 12 people can chat, but I find if more than 4 people in one chat, the video lags.
6. Meetings.io: up to five people can chat at one time. It is comparable with ooVoo.
7. For video conference with China, the best video conference tool is QQ. The video quality beats Skype. Wonder what causes that. Might be that Chinese government is blocking Skype or reducing the bandwidth for it?
8. For mobile video, Fring is worth checking out.
9. For communicating with China and mobile, WeChat is an app to beat. Almost all my acquaintances use it. You can group chat and video call your contacts, all for a prize of free.
10: Vidyo: This is an excellent online video conferencing tool. You can request a free trial, but no free account. I just recently tested the video with another University where our faculty member is going to talk to the audience remotely. I love the clean look.
11: For real reliability and quality, we use Tangberg System. It is an ip based video conference system. We use it for online class.
I just came back from attending Computers Assisted Legal Instructions Conference and used the sync feature of OneNote which worked greatly for me. So I am going to offer my experience in using the program and hope that this will benefit others.
Polls have shown that more and more students are now using OneNote to organize their class notes or other notes. I have found OneNote the best organizing app all around. You create folders and then under each folder, you add pages. It replicates the paper days perfectly and more. OneNote not only keeps textual notes, but also creates and holds audio and visual clips and you can annotate the texts. The versatility makes it almost indispensable. With the sync feature, you can use any devices you have and they all share the same contents. For instance, I used my iPad to make notes while I was attending the conference, and now I am back, the notes are synced so I can pull them up on my PC for editing before I produce them for my boss and other staff.
Here is how:
1. Create the notebook
2. Point to the notebook within OneNote.
3. Make sure when you create new sections or pages, you sync the contents from the device you are recording the notes.
4. From another device, check to see if sync has been performed on that device. If not, sync them. Now all devices will access the same content. No additional tweaking.
The following announcement comes from IRT:
UST’s new Mobile App is now available through iTunes for Apple iOS and Google Play for Android devices. The App was developed in partnership with University Student Government and UST departments to provide current students with information about their class schedule, grades, campus events, maps, dining services locations and menus, library resources, and the shuttle schedule. To access the App, download the Ellucian Go app for your particular device. Select “University of St. Thomas (MN)” from the list of schools. Once selected, the UST page will appear anytime you open the Ellucian Go icon. More information is available on the mobile app website.
This first release represents a combination of top requests from students. Future releases will enhance functionality for current students and increase options for potential students and alumni.
I was asked to explore PowerPoint Templates to be used by the community and it surprised me that no easy ways exist to use a template. They all involve various steps, and the multiple clicks to install one might deter a regular user from adopting the common template.
First, to create template is easy enough. You can save any presentation as template. But to use the template is not that straight forward or obvious to regular users.
To use the template, you have to put it in the folder where the PowerPoint will look for existing templates. Normally, that folder is under C:\Users\XXXXXXXXX\Documents\Custom Office Templates where XXXXXXX is the username. So this process involves drag and drop or copy and paste into that folder. Once the template is placed in that folder, the user can now open PowerPoint and then Click on the Personal, not the Featured templates to create a new presentation. That option is presented when the user first starts PowerPoint,but can evade the user’s attention easily. It is called Personal which can be interpreted in any number of ways. Customized Templates is a better name than Personal.
The other way is to create or modify a slide master under View in PowerPoint. Once a slide master is created or modified, it is available under Insert New Slides under Home. A new Slide Master can be created anew, and you can even name it with a customized name so you can find it under Insert New Slides. But you can not change the order of display. The customized Slide Master always comes under the default one called Essential. So it takes scrolling of the bar to see it.
The best way would be to import a master slide, which is non-existent yet. That then means you can export a Slide Master, which also is non-existent. So for now the process to use a slide master is either to create one within the application, or use a template as described above. Either way, the process is cumbersome for ordinary users.