Options abound nowadays for backing up files. For instance, with the one drive for Microsoft, you can drag and drop a copy of the file you work on your PC. Or when backup is needed because hard drive is fragile and will break from time time, most people just drag and drop the files onto an external disk or USB stick.
A better way exists, however, to perform these simple tasks. I found two backup tools which work great for backing up folders and any changed files, new files or deleted files in a folder. These two program, one for window and another one for Mac, work basically the same. Once I set up the pairs to copy files from one folder on my PC/Mac, and onto another folder on the external hard drive, each time I need to update or backup, I connect the external drive, and hit run. The program will perform the checking and updating. No matter how many files I have changed on my PC/Mac, the files will be updated or backed up on the external hard drive. No select, copy and drag any more.
For Windows, it is Synctoy, made by Microsoft and free to download. Setup is easy and after the installation, the only thing you need is to tell the program which folders on your PC to back up to which folder on the external drive.
For Mac, it is called Silver Keeper made by Lacie, also free. It works basically the same as the Windows program: you pair and run, and the program takes care of the rest.
I noticed that we have considerable number of students who still have Windows 7, Windows 8 and seem to not be aware of a free upgrade to Windows 10 offered by Microsoft. If you have not upgraded and want to upgrade to Windows 10, check this site out on how to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
If you are looking for a free program which allows you to create a short instructional video on how to, say, look for a case, or record yourself doing opening statement or closing statement, and you do not pay, CamStudio is an excellent tool to use. Check out the site to see if you want to download the program. Only available for windows. For Mac, there is a program called Screenflow, loved by Mac users, but this one costs $99 per copy.
If you need a free program to help you organize your thoughts or projects, FreeMind might just be the one you are looking for. The website is at: http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page.
If you are interested in learning how to operate the program, check out the detailed explanation written by Stefanie Hollmichel, one of our extraordinary public services staff in the library.
Recently we had one faculty using the Polyconn unit from UST, but the operation was so clunky [operator’s words] that they used another online free service. The conference service itself is free, but the call incurs normal long distance charge. However, in this day of unlimited cellphone minutes, long distance is already paid for in the service plan.
The service is hosted at freeconferencecall.com. You request an account by clicking on Get Free Service button on the top right corner. That is all you need to do. The service is on 24/7. You can even record your conversation which is available for 6 months for you to do anything with it.
Let me know if you want to try it or encounter any problems using it.
The following is a list of the programs or sites I learned from attending CALI conference this year and I think we might benefit from using or trying some of them:
http://www.khanacademy.org/ — open online course site
http://gephi.org/ — very neat online visualization tool
http://www.goclio.com/ — online legal practice management tool
https://www.iwebfolio.com/ — online e-Portfolio tool
http://www.vidyo.com/ — online conference tool
http://code.google.com/p/sigil/ — creating ebooks, free tool
http://www.httrack.com/ — save a copy of the web pages
http://hydratext.org/ online textbook creation tool.
If you have any interest in making web pages after all these years but could not find the time or energy to do it, now is an excellent time to do it. Here is a very simple web application which can teach you how to make it now. It is so simple that you only need to click start and start typing. The project is called thimble and is offered by Mozilla. You can check it out here:.
We all have lots of passwords so we need a way to manage them. I use a free program called KeePass. According to the site:
KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).
One feature I really like the program that I can also export all my passwords in a html page or text file and I can print that out for additional safety.
If you want one, you can download the program here .
There are a few free programs available to make eBooks out of textual PDF or word documents or other text documents. One of the programs is called: Sigil. It is just updated recently.
Another program also comes handy for both converting documents into eBook and managing your eBook collection. This program is called Calibre. It can be downloaded here.
Both of the programs are quite intuitive. The resulting ebooks can be in different formats, such as ePub which you can transfer into Apple’s iBook or mobi to be transferred into kindle.
If you are interested, you can give it a try or call Don for help.
Virus is a matter of online life. It is only a matter of time that you will be affected. For faculty and staff, our work computers have Symantec Anti-Virus installed. UST also makes the anti-virus program available for you to install on your own personal computer. If you have not done so, you can download it here:. Also check out the installation and configuration instructions here. If you have any questions, please email either Don or Kelly.