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Timely Info for Power Users and Stanford's Technology Community

Overview

Held Friday afternoons in Turing Auditorium, Tech Briefings are informal, interactive seminars on computer-related topics of interest to the Stanford community. These sessions are open to everyone - faculty, staff, and students - and no registration required. Your opportunity to get technology updates from and ask questions of subject-matter experts.

The Tech Briefings, led by knowledgeable IT Services staff or other IT professionals, run from 2:00 to 3:30 P.M. No registration is required - just come on by and learn something new. No fees. No fuss.

Turing Auditorium is Room 111 of Polya Hall. See this map to Polya Hall.

The success of these sessions depends on you! Questions from attendees are strongly encouraged. Topics are announced in advance through the techbriefings mailing list and on this web page.

Because we are presenting emerging technical topics, please feel free to contact the Tech Briefing coordinator with any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns. Call 723-4391 or send email to techbriefings-owner@lists.stanford.edu.

Upcoming Tech Briefings

  • Drupal Workshop: Introduction to Content Types, Fields (CCK), and Views
    Why Use a Content Management System (CMS)
    Shopping with Stanford's SmartMart
    Windows 7 for Techies
    Special 2-Hour Tech Briefing (2 - 4 p.m.)
    New Features in Stanford Email and Calendar
    Drupal Workshop: Menus, Blocks, and Books (oh my!)
    Google Search at Stanford
    iStanford App Development
    Google Search at Stanford
    May 28:
    No Tech Briefing - Memorial Day Weekend
    Power Googling: Getting What You Want From Google
    June 11:
    No Tech Briefing - Graduation
    SU Web Site Stats:
    Using AWStats Locally or External Service Offerings like Google Analytics
    Multi-Media on the Stanford Web (Panel)
Date Topic Presenter(s)
Mar 26

Drupal Workshop: Introduction to Content Types, Fields (CCK), and Views

This is one in a series of hands-on workshops covering Drupal installation and development at Stanford. Bring a laptop and follow along!

Introduction to Content Types, Fields (CCK), and Views will go step-by-step through creating a To Do List and Change Log for your site. To Do Lists and Change Logs are very useful for site development, and making them will involve:

  • Creating & customizing content types
  • Using the contributed module Content Construction Kit (CCK) to add custom fields
  • Using the contributed module Views to create lists of information from multiple nodes


If following along on your laptop, there will be pre-configured Drupal sites available for use during the workshop. (No advance registration required!)

Sharon Krossa, IT Services

April 2

Why Use a Content Management System (CMS)?
Okay, if so... Which One?

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Confused about what a CMS (Content Management System) is? Heard of Drupal, WordPress, or MediaWiki, but don't really understand what the big deal is? Come to this Tech Briefing to find out!

Mark Branom, instructor for IT Services Technology Training, will cover:

  • What, exactly, IS a Content Management System (CMS)?
  • How is a CMS different from a traditional, static web site?
  • Which of the CMS products does Stanford support? (Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki)
  • Why should you use a CMS?
  • When would it make best sense to use which particular tool (blog, wiki, full-featured CMS)?
    • and we'll discuss the process that SUL went through to choose Drupal!
Mark Branom, IT Services
April 9

Shopping with Stanford's SmartMart

http://smartmart.stanford.edu

Please join us for this introduction to shopping with Stanford's SmartMart.

SmartMart is a one-stop shop for all your buying needs, be it office or lab supplies, computers, oligonucleotides, and so much more...over two and half million items are available online.

The presentation will include search tips, creating favorites, and assigning shopping carts.

Cheryl Penn, Purchasing and Contracts
April 16

Windows 7 for Techies

Special 2-Hour Tech Briefing (2 - 4 p.m.)

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This session provides a look into the technical aspects of Windows 7, and is for those who support clients planning to make the move to Windows 7.

Topics (Click for full list)
1. Windows Deployment
2. Security Updates to Windows 7
3. System Protection
4. Freestyle Section

Toby Dechant, Microsoft

April 23

New Features in Stanford Email and Calendar

Presentation (PDF)

On April 30, Stanford Email and Calendar is scheduled to move to a new version of Zimbra.

This upgrade from version 5 to version 6 retains the familiar look we know for webmail, but adds a cornucopia of new features, including:

  • automatic email spellcheck
  • return receipts
  • HTML formatted meeting invitations
  • vertical preview pane, and more.

Join Ammy Hill as she provides a demo of the new features, and answers your questions about what's new and improved.

For an overview, see What's New and Different on the Email and Calendar web site.


Post Tech Briefing update:

Mobile Device - Remote Wipe - Does it just remove Email and Calendar information or blow away everything on the device?
It removes everything and returns the device to the state it was in as purchased from the store. All personal data is removed.

When you right-click on a calendar item and select "Forward", what happens?
It forwards the calendar invitation message and places the item on the recipient's calendar. It does not notify the original meeting organizer unless the recipient takes action (Accepts or Declines) the appointment.

How do you remove formatting from a calendar appointment?
On the toolbar with the Save and Cancel buttons, select the Format drop-down list and choose Plain Text.

Ammy Hill, IT Services

April 30

Drupal Workshop: Menus, Blocks, and Books (oh my!)

This is one in a series of hands-on workshops covering Drupal installation and development at Stanford. Bring a laptop and follow along!

Menus, Blocks, and Books (oh my!) will go step-by-step through these topics:

  • Creating, displaying, & editing menus
  • Creating, displaying, & editing free-form blocks
  • Organizing content into "books"

There will be pre-configured Drupal sites available for use by those who would like to follow along on a laptop during the workshop. (No advance registration required!)

Sharon Krossa, IT Services
May 7

Google Search at Stanford

Presentation (via web browser)

The license for the Google Search Appliance (ask.stanford.edu), which provides Stanford's internal web search results, will expire in June. Google Custom Search is selected as the replacement solution.

This briefing will cover the upcoming changes to Stanford Web Search and provide instructions for migrating to the new Google Custom Search solution while maintaining search functionality.

The presentation will also include tips for updating the Stanford search box in web sites that use the Stanford Modern theme.

Brian Young, IT Services
May 14

iStanford App Development

Come learn more about iStanford from its founders!

Aaron Wasserman, Director of Blackboard Mobile and Stanford Senior, and Pablo Jablonski, Blackboard Engineer and Stanford senior -- both founding members of the Blackboard Mobile Division -- will team up to discuss the iStanford architecture, talk about what makes a good mobile app, and present components of the Blackboard SDK which allows anyone to develop content for iStanford.

Tim Flood, of the Student Affairs division, will present plans to develop new functionality and discuss the general development methodology and planning process.

Tim Flood, Director of Student Affairs Information Systems

Aaron Wasserman, Director of Blackboard Mobile, and Stanford senior

Pablo Jablonski, Blackboard Engineer, and Stanford senior

 

May 21

Google Search at Stanford

The license for the Google Search Appliance (ask.stanford.edu), which provides Stanford's internal web search results, will expire in June. Google Custom Search is selected as the replacement solution.

This briefing will cover the upcoming changes to Stanford Web Search and provide instructions for migrating to the new Google Custom Search solution while maintaining search functionality.

The presentation will also include tips for updating the Stanford search box in web sites that use the Stanford Modern theme.

Brian Young, IT Services

May 28

No Tech Briefing - Memorial Day Weekend

 

June 4

Power Googling: Getting What You Want From Google

Google is easy to use, but the more you know about how it works, its features, its capabilities, and how it displays results, the better it can serve your needs.

Learn how to go beyond Google’s deceptively plain interface and take advantage of underutilized capabilities and shortcuts.

In this presentation, Nancy Blachman and Tasha Bergson-Michelson will show

  • how to select terms and search (more effectively)
  • how Google interprets your query
  • what’s included with your results
  • how Google works
  • how to use “advanced” search features, even undocumented ones

 

Review from David Pogue, New York Times technical specialist blog, June 2005:

"There are a lot of cool Google tips and hacks floating around, some of which I’ve mentioned in my weekly e-column. (For example, you can use Google as a dictionary by typing “define:ersatz,” or whatever.)

But here’s a nice, tidy list of all of them in one place (www.googleguide.com/advanced_operators_reference.html), some of which are new to me.

Bookmark this baby!"


Nancy Blachman and Tasha Bergson-Michelson, Google Guide

June 11

No Tech Briefing - Graduation

 

June 18

SU Web Site Stats:
Using AWStats Locally or External Service Offerings like Google Analytics

An overview of ways of assessing logged statistics about your SU web site, looking in particular at the pros and cons of using a local program like AWStats versus using a third-party system like Google's Analytics offering.

This presentation will include a couple of basic real world examples from each of these services.

Tim Torgenrud, IT Services

June 25

Multi-Media on the Stanford Web (Panel)

Join us for this huge Tech Briefing as Mark Branom and a panel of experts discuss how to incorporate sound and video on the Stanford Web. Topics include best practices, tips and tricks, and a wide range of video options from YouTube to Stanford Video, captioning, and more!

Presenters (listed in order of presentation):
1. Mark Branom, IT Services - Host

2. Brent Izutsu, Project Manager, Stanford on iTunes U and YouTube
-- discussing the iTunes public site.
Scott Stocker, Director of Web Communications will be on hand to help answer any questions.

3. Kim Hayworth, Academic Technology Specialist
-- discussing Academic (and community) iTunes, as well as providing an Academic Technology Lab overview

4. Don Davis, Stanford Video
-- Video Streaming, Webcasting, and Video Conferencing at Stanford

5. Sean Keegan, AVP for Student Life
-- Accessibility / Stanford Captioning

6. Forrest Glick, Director of Educational Technology
-- Video and Multimedia Group (VMG), and the ecorner.stanford.edu (Stanford's Entrepreneurship Corner) website

7. Andy Wasklewicz, Technology Architect
-- Discussing Capture system, Podcast Producer and Final Cut Server

- Mark Branom, IT Services

- Brent Izutsu, Project Manager, Stanford on iTunes U and YouTube

- Kim Hayworth, Academic Technology Specialist

- Don Davis, Stanford Video

- Sean Keegan, AVP for Student Life

- Forrest Glick, Director of Educational Technology

- Andy Wasklewicz, Technology Architect

 

Links to Previous Quarters

Click on these links to previous quarters to see the Tech Briefings/TGIF topics we have presented in the past. Links to handouts for most presentations are also available at these sites.

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Tips for Presenters

So, you're going to give a presentation at an upcoming Tech Briefing. Find out what services we provide and what's expected of you. Refer to this PowerPoint document Tips for Presenters for guidelines on preparing for your presentation. You will find templates, as well as other useful information regarding timelines, marketing, and resources.

 

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