UST Tech Talk

10 fundamental Word skills for lawyers and law students

The ten skills that I have come up with:

1. Use a pleading template
2. Line Numbers
3. Style
4. Table of Authorities
5. Track Changes
6. Link in the document
7. copy and paste without formatting
8. Save to PDF
9. quick parts
10. shortcut key and others — symbols, undo and redo and the clear format

Detailed PDF is attached Here


Problems encountered in launching Office 365

Office 365 follows the footsteps of all other cloud computing or Software as a Service approach. Theoretically this could work well that your Word documents will follow you and it makes no difference if you work on a Mac or PC, in Minnesota or Mongolia. But my experience in encouraging faculty/staff members to adopt this Office 365 has some unexpected surprises, most of them bad which caused hesitation on my part to push for its adoption.

Surprise No. 1: Once installed, and next time you use it, despite the fact that you have already activated the product, it still asks you to activate it. It usually is not a problem if the computer is connected on the network. If the network connection is off, it will fail the activation.

Surprise No. 2: Even if activation is completed the first time a Word document is opened, the next time the document is opened and when the computer is not connected online, Word automatically make it a read only copy, with no savings, or other editing tools available. Frustrating for a faculty/staff who needs to work on a paper and no internet connection comes handy.

Surprise No. 3: If you work on Mac, the laptop will continually ask you to provide the key chain password which most people probably forget about it long time ago ad there is no way to get rid of the persistent prompting of this need for key chain password.

More surprises to follow.


Test the requests from student government

Student government wants a forum where:
1. comments are anonymous
2. only visible to the student government members

Here is the test:

Enter comments below. Expected: should not be visible to the public.

[Test result]Success and it is a go.


Printing and Papercut set up problem

Occasionally, some law students could not print after the usual steps of setting the printer up. The problem could be that the network does not see the person logging in though the wireless connection might show that this person is on the UST network. The solution is to add after the printer name to force the server to see the person, for instance, the printer name normally would be (on Mac) smb://ust-pm3p/MSL216-xxxx. We can add smb:// to force the connection with the server.


SofTest and Mid terms

To install SofTest for the first time:

1. Go to
2. log in with your authentication. Username ID is your ust id: 100xxxxxx and password is the exam password you received through the mail.
3. After logged in, download the software and install.
[Note for Mac users: your mac security might prevent you from installing any app that is not from apple. To install, you have to change the security setting under Security.
4. After installation, register your SofTest. The institution ID is stthomaslaw.
5. Your user id is: 100xxxxxx and password is the one sent through the mail [we can find your password if you get or cannot locate your password at the training].
6. After registration, you will be able to download the mock exam. Download it and click Done to get out and then click Take Exam to take the mock exam.
7. I will cover the navigation and how to operate.
8. Save and Exit and then upload the exam.

For those who have SofTest installed on their machine:

1. Uninstall the SofTest
For Windows, go under Control Panel, and then uninstall, select SofTest to uninstall.
For Mac, find your Hard Drive icon, click on it to find Library and then Application Support and trash the whole folder called SofTest.
2. Then follow the steps listed above (First Part) from 1 to 8.


Problems and solutions of getting on UST network

I have seen mainly PC users who experienced problems with logging onto UST wireless. They entered the correct UST username and password, but the network just refused their authentication. One solution is to enter “UST\” in front of the user name. I do not know why without the domain causes the authentication process to fail, but the addition of domain in most situations will resolve the issue.

That is also true for the installation and authentication of Papercut program.

In addition, several students came to me with problems of configuring their iPhone to use outlook mail. What I discovered is that hey had to use manual set up and choose the outlook option before they connect.

With explosion of devices and the rapid software upgrades, problems abound and instructions simply cannot keep pace with the technical glitches. Boots on the ground is the best way to deal with unexpected problems.


Exchange files between Macbook and iMac

My old way of exchange files between Macbook Pro and my iMac made use of Dropbox. That worked, but it seemed so old fashioned. There actually exists an easy way to exchange files between the two Apple devices:it is called Airdrop. Once you turn the Airdrop on in both devices, you can see the devices nearby [after you choose the option that everybody can see you, meaning the device]. To move files between the two is a simple drag and drop. Once you drop a file to the Airdrop of the nearby device, that device can decide either to accept or decline.

Airdrop also works for iPhone and Macbook Pro for the exchange of certain files, such as photos. Exchange files between two un-tethered devices can occur through wi-fi with out the need of cable or on the cloud. They can talk to each other directly.