Archive for the ‘Computing Fundamentals’ Category

3D Printing in Education

Friday, June 27th, 2014

This Tech Briefing session provided an overview of 3D Printing, with an emphasis of use in education.

This session covered:

  • The technology and process of 3D Printing
  • Types of materials that can be used
  • Information about specific applications

High-End Computing Resources at Stanford: New Data Center, New Capabilities

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Need to analyze data or run simulations at a scale beyond that of what your laptop or lab group’s server can handle?

During this Tech Briefing, the technical team from the Stanford Research Computing Center talked about high-end computing systems, tools, and resources at Stanford and beyond.

For more information on Stanford Research Computing Center, please visit:

Stanford Media Group: Networking

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

This Stanford Media Group meeting discussed IT Services Networking.

There were also short sub-group reports on:

  • Storage
  • Media Asset Management
  • Streaming
  • Archiving
  • Student Services

Qualtrics: Tips, Tricks, and What’s New

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The Qualtrics survey tool has changed the landscape for colleges and universities, introducing features to help academic users run more successful surveys and gather quicker insights.

This session highlighted tips and tricks for the everyday user as well as introduced new features, including the offline survey app, pivot tables, and SMS survey capability.

More information about Qualtrics at

Adobe Creative Cloud

Friday, April 25th, 2014

This session focused on what’s new with Creative Cloud — the new desktop version of Adobe products in the Creative Suite — and the added tools and services to facilitate creating and collaborating.

Jim Babbage, Solutions Consultant at Adobe, reviewed the enhancements to Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Muse, and Acrobat. He also explored how these applications collaborate, and how other Creative Cloud tools/apps complement them.

Other topics:

  • Deployment Tools and Licensing Options
  • Adobe Community Resources
  • Collaboration: Behance and Beyond
  • Creativity in Education: Why it Matters
  • InDesign and Digital Publishing for Mobile Apps

Upgrading to iOS7

Friday, March 7th, 2014

On February 21st, Apple released a security patch for iOS that addressed a major flaw in both iOS 6 and iOS 7. Only users of the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4th generation were granted access to a version that kept their devices on iOS 6, thus forcing thousands of users at Stanford to upgrade from iOS 6 to iOS 7.

During this Tech Briefing, Ammy Woodbury discussed why this patch was so critical. She also covered:

  • new features of iOS7
  • navigational tips and tricks
  • how to change settings to make iOS 7 look and feel a little more like iOS 6
  • tricks to optimize your iPhone and iPad experience

Note: The Information Security Office recommends upgrading to iOS 7.0.6 immediately. Be sure to back up your iOS device prior to upgrading, either via iTunes or iCloud. Then, go to Settings>General>Software Update to upgrade your operating system.

Ammy has made the presentation slides available.

Command-Line NetDB

Friday, February 28th, 2014

This session was designed for LNAs who wish to make use of the Command-Line version of NetDB, which is available to anyone with NetDB access.

The primary use of NetDB CLI is to make bulk changes to multiple records. Some of recent significant changes in the options available with NetDB CLI include:

  • a “batch” option that significantly speeds up large-scale changes
  • a method of finding previously saved versions of a record that might make it easier to correct errors
  • the option to build your own software tools to work with the NetDB back-end

Registrar Technologies

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The Registrar’s Office is one of the major technology offices on campus, with responsibilities ranging from PeopleSoft Student Records to publication and web feeds of courses and classes to managing third party vendors and software as a service for numerous applications.

This session was lead by staff members from the Registrar’s Office and provided a broad overview of the numerous technologies that they manage.

Stanford Mobile Device Management

Friday, November 8th, 2013

On January 31, 2014, all benefits-eligible faculty and staff will be required to enroll any iOS or Android device accessing Stanford email or calendar in Stanford’s MDM program. This includes Stanford-provided devices, devices which receive a stipend, and personally owned devices. Are you ready? This session talked about Stanford’s MDM program.

While most personal computers on campus are password-protected, only a few of us configure our mobile phones with a password or PIN to protect it against unauthorized use. And, since mobile devices are easily (and frequently) misplaced, the potential for unauthorized access increases.

For more information, please visit

The New OrderIT

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Order IT has a new look and feel, and is now easier to use than ever before! Reporting is moving to the Oracle Business Intelligence system, and this Tech Briefing will show you how to use it.

Members of the project team covered what you can expect at go-live, demoed the new voice services form, and covered the new service terminology. Additionally  the audience was shown how orders are provisioned, and provided with a demonstration on running and exporting basic reports.