UST has launched Office 365 and two sessions were held recently in Minneapolis. If you want to know more about the product, here is the link.
I think the best use of it will be for the people who need to work on Word while away from campus. Instead of VPN in like the old practice, now you do not need to use VPN. Log on to http://office365.stthomas.edu and the files will be there for you to edit.
This product is one more tool in addition to deptstor and Sharepoint where you can store documents. For some people, this will be confusing and hopelessly complicates the tasks of where to store the files. If you find it not fulfilling certain needs, you can safely ignore this service.
Recently I discovered a site which can make animation in easy steps. It can be useful if you want to make a vivid video on how to do things and explain a concept. The website is moovly.com. . Free to sign up and use.
Previously, you have to have office 365 subscription to use Microsoft Word to create and edit Word documents. Now Microsoft is making the Word free for you to download and use. Here is the link: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id586447913
We often say it, but the cliche does not really sink in or bite until you come across one and when the technology has to work, it really sucks when it breaks on that point. But well preparedness can save a disaster. Here is what happened today to prove the point:
When helping out a class that brought in an outside speaker, I got everything to work: the equipment turned on, the internet connect ion was made, and video camera came on and the remote worked, so I turned off the system.
But one hour later, when I followed the same procedure, the equipment turned on, the internet connect ion was made, and video camera came on and …. wait a minute, I could not get the remote to work. After restarting the system a couple of times, the routine trick that could resolve a majority of tech problems, I realized the battery died on the remote. We do keep batteries in the class, but when I searched for it, I could find only 9V and AA batteries, but no AAA batteries which I needed. It always worked this way. It is an iron law of life: the book you need is gone from the shelf, the key you need disappears just when you need it and this time, it is the battery that died literally just minutes before I used it. One immediate thought was I should have kept the system running, but who would have that foresight far in advance, or one hour in advance!
Luckily in this case, the professor was in a better prepared state than I am and he produced two batteries, magically so I was saved and the class was saved!
AVI files are huge, a 2 minute video can be a few hundred MB. Luckily it is easy to reduce the file size using free software. If you use PC, the windows movie maker will work. First, load it into program, and save the video as .wmv file. That usually reduce the file size to a fraction of the original. The save as window only offers two options, one is .mp4 and the other wmv. You will not find .avi extension. But do not panic. Save it as .wmv. After the file is saved, here is the really neat part: simply rename the .wmv to .avi. That is it. The file still works and the size is reduced.
The question: why do you convert a .wmv to .avi? Because some small players only take .avi file. That is it.
Created an instruction sheet for one of our faculty on how to install PPT templates under Mac. It is here.
I have put together an instruction on how to use the new USTlaw PowerPoint template. Click here Instructions for Using the UST PPT Template for the PDF instructions.
Recently I registered for two events, and both of them used a free site: www.eventbrite.com to handle registration. So I decided to check this site up. The signup process for the website is so simple that the only thing you need is to have an email address. You choose your password and wait for the email confirmation. After that, you verify the email and change your password and you are in, ready to create events for your friends to register. Too simple not to take a look at this program.
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.