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Training Schedule for the Week of April 28th

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Outlook – Intermediate Course, Library 161
April 28, 2008 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm and
April 30, 2008 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
SPSS for Windows – Introduction Course, Arts 110A
April 29, 2008 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm and
May 1, 2008 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Excel 2007 – Intermediate Course, Physics 63.1
April 29, 2008 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm and
May 1, 2008 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Podcasting – Use, Production and Distribution, Agric 3D85
May 1, 2008 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
PowerPoint Instructor Workshop – Master & Template Design, Arts 110A
May 2, 2008 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

How to Disable Windows Vista Sidebar

Posted in Did you Know? on April 28, 2008 by

By default, Windows Vista displays Windows Sidebar – a pane on the side of the Vista desktop, populated with different gadgets (RSS reader, Windows Clock, Puzzles…) that can be customized to user’s preferences.
Windows Sidebar loads when Vista starts, and can considerably slow down your system.
If you don’t use the sidebar and don’t want it on your desktop, you can easily disable it:

  1. Right click on the sidebar or sidebar icon, and choose properties:
  2. Uncheck the “Start Sidebar when Windows starts” checkbox:
  3. Then right-click on the icon, and choose Exit to close the sidebar:

What is a Digital Photograph?

Posted in Did you Know? on April 28, 2008 by

Digital photographs are made up of hundreds of thousands or millions of tiny squares called picture elements-or just pixels. Like the impressionists who painted wonderful scenes with small dabs of paint, your computer and printer can use these tiny pixels to display or print photographs. To do so, the computer divides the screen or printed page into a grid of pixels. It then uses the values stored in the digital photograph to specify the brightness and color of each pixel in this grid-a form of painting by number. Controlling, or addressing a grid of individual pixels in this way is called bit mapping and digital images are called bit-maps.
The quality of a digital image, whether printed or displayed on a screen, depends in part on the number of pixels used to create the image (sometimes referred to as resolution). More pixels add detail and sharpen edges.

Training Schedule for the Week of April 21st

Posted in Uncategorized on April 20, 2008 by

PowerPoint – Introduction Course, Arts 110A
April 21, 2008 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm and
April 23, 2008 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Excel Advanced Course, 126 Thorvaldson
April 22, 2008 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and
April 24, 2008 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Creating U of S Web Surveys Workshop, Arts 110A
April 24, 2008 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
MS Office 2007 – “What’s New” Seminar, Thorvaldson 125
April 24, 2008 10:00 am – 11:30 am
PowerPoint Instructor Workshop – Preparing For Web Display, Arts 110A
April 25, 2008 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Internet Investigator

Posted in Did you Know? on April 20, 2008 by

Who or what is your computer talking to right now? You may think that just because your web browser or email program is not running your PC is offline. Think again. If you have a broadband connection then the chances are it is constantly chattering away, sending and receiving data. Most of it is innocuous and your Firewall and security programs should block the really bad stuff but there’s a lot of other, sometimes mysterious communications going on in the background, which could be slowing your connection down, or maybe even malware sending your personal details to heaven knows where.
Here’s a way to find out what’s going on. Go to Run on the Start menu and type cmd then press OK and this will open a DOS like Command window.
At the flashing cursor type the following: netstat -b 5 > netlog.txt,/b>. then press <b.Enter. Give it a couple of minutes then press Ctrl + C to stop logging, then type netlog.txt and a text file will open in Notepad. Check the log and if you see anything suspicious Google the name or enter the IP address in the browser address line.

How Are We Doing – Your Evaluation Comments

Posted in General IT Training on April 20, 2008 by

Here are some of the evaluation comments of our clients who attended ITS Training courses:
“This Dreamweaver class is very important since most of the future for most jobs on campus now require web design and creation as part of the duties. It is therefore important that classes for basic HTML and Dreamweaver classes continue. Thank you to your work teams and instructors for continuing our basic computer learning needs, you are all doing a terrific job, and I appreciate every aspect of your education.”
“This was a very fun class . . . way more so than I would have expected.”
“Keep up the great modeling of how to learn new technology!”
“I love all the little tricks that we learn…”
“It is a great course for instructors to effectively use PAWS for courses they teach.”
“One of the best things about this course was the number of students. Because it was limited to 5 students, the instructor was easily able to respond to all of our individual needs and questions. She was able to hear when we had missed a point, and kept everyone at the same level. This is one of the best tech courses that I have taken.”

Vista – Desktop Thumbnail Resizer

Posted in Did you Know? on April 20, 2008 by

One of Vista’s more attractive visual features is desktop thumbnails; they’re the little images that pop up when you hover your mouse over a taskbar icon. The only trouble is they’re not very big, and there’s no facility in Windows to change the size, but no matter, there are other ways. The simplest one is to use a freeware utility called Thumbnail Sizer, and not only can you alter the size, you can also change the fade in/out time, and set it to start automatically with Windows. It’s dontationware, so give generously if you like it and want to keep using it.

Training Schedue for the Week of April 14th

Posted in Uncategorized on April 13, 2008 by

Using Blogs at the U of S Workshop, AGRIC 3D85 (iMac Lab )
April 15, 2008 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dreamweaver Website Design Tools – Intermediate Course, Arts 110A
April 17, 2008 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
PowerPoint Instructor Workshop – Working With Multimedia, Arts 110A
April 18, 2008 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
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Adding Drop Caps to Your Document

Posted in Did you Know? on April 13, 2008 by

Do you like the effect of Drop Caps in the first word of a chapter? If so, Microsoft Word lets you add them to your document pretty easily.
Just click your cursor in front of the first word in your paragraph and go to the Format menu and select Drop Cap. In this box, select the middle box at the top that says Dropped. Then, below this, choose the font you want to use, along with your preferences for how much you want it dropped and how far you want it from your text, and click OK.

Preview Slide Shows

Posted in Did you Know? on April 13, 2008 by

For a quick preview of a slide show while you’re editing a presentation, hold down the Ctrl key while clicking on View Show in the Slide Show menu. Instead of launching in full-screen mode, the presentation, starting with the current slide, will appear in a small window atop the slide being edited. To edit the slide and see your changes in real time, resize the PowerPoint window so the preview slide is in view. Any modifications you make will instantly appear in the preview window.