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Reduce the size of AVI with easy steps

Published on: Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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.

Install Powerpoint Templates for Mac OS

Published on: Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Created an instruction sheet for one of our faculty on how to install PPT templates under Mac. It is here.

Install PowerPoint Template and Use It

Published on: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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.

Easy way to ask people to come to your event

Published on: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

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.

First eBook published in iTunes Bookstore

Published on: Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

I just published a ebook in iTunes Bookstore written by Professor Delahunty, called International Law. The link is here and it is free.

Printings for 2L and 3Ls

Published on: Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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.

Interesting light shed on the unstoppable spams

Published on: Thursday, August 14th, 2014

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:

  • Don’t trust promises of cheap drugs, obscene pictures, or get-rich-quick schemes.
  • If something seems too good to be true, it’s probably too good to be true.
  • IRT does not ask you to automatically increase your mailbox size, log in to reset your password, account discontinued, etc…
  • When in doubt, contact either Don or Kelly.
  • Manage Emails on iDevices

    Published on: Monday, July 28th, 2014

    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 Impact of New Technology

    Published on: Friday, July 25th, 2014

    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?

    2014 Clean Up Day Handouts

    Published on: Thursday, July 17th, 2014

    Kelly and I just finished the handouts for the July 23rd Cleanup day. It is linked here.