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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 intended for power users, Expert Partners, and those with IT responsibilities, but are open to everyone - faculty, staff, and students. 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


Fall 2009 Tech Briefings

  • Online Accessibility - Understanding the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2
    Wireless Networking at Stanford
    Voice Messaging Portal
    Working Remotely:
    Lessons Learned from IT Services' Pandemic Exercise
    Introduction and Tour of Windows 7
    Photoshop CS4 and Beyond
    Designing for the Web with Adobe CS4 Web Premium
    Web Collaboration Tools
    No Tech Briefing - Thanksgiving Holiday
    Drupal Workshop, Part Two: Basic Configuration
    Apple Presents — Apple Podcast Producer Server
Date Topic Presenter(s)
Oct 2

Online Accessibility - Understanding the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2

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Released in December 2008, the W3C's WCAG 2 is the latest Accessibility Standard to emerge from the W3C, and is the foundation of Stanford's Web Accessibility strategy moving forward.

Less of a checklist of do's and don't's, WCAG 2 focuses on 4 foundational principles: Perceivable, Operational, Understandable and Robust.

Join John Foliot as he explains WCAG 2 using clear and simple examples, and discusses how it will impact on your Stanford web content.

John Foliot, Stanford Online Accessibility Program

Oct 9

Wireless Networking at Stanford

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In this session, join Kris Lao as he discusses topics regarding Stanford's wireless network, focusing on Stanford's wireless architecture, guest wireless, and Self-Registration.

Kris Lao, Networking
Oct 16

Voice Messaging Portal

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In May 2009, the university transitioned to a new voice messaging system. This fall, new features have been added. Ammy will guide you through what the new voice messaging web portal can do. Learn how to forward your voicemail messages to your email, set up a vacation reply for a range of dates, and use special new features like Find Me, Follow Me.

Ammy Hill, IT Services
Oct 23

Working Remotely: Lessons Learned from IT Services' Pandemic Exercise

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Come hear lessons learned from a pandemic exercise, in which a large percentage of IT Services staff worked remotely. Learn how you can you be more effective, through some preparation, if required to work remotely (for any reason). Learn more about how to take advantage of the features of WebEx, Stanford Instant Messaging (IM), and Unified Messaging (UM).

- Matthew Ricks, IT Services

- Chris Lundin, IT Services

- Keith Perry, Environmental Health & Safety
Oct 30

Introduction and Tour of Windows 7

Presentation Slides (PDF)

Windows 7 Resources

In this Briefing, join us for an introduction and tour of the new Microsoft OS, Windows 7. Learn about what's changed since Windows XP and Vista. Questions are always welcome.

This presentation will include:

  • General Overview
  • Virtualization Options
  • Migration
  • Power Saving
  • Security Features
  • Management GPO

- Sean Riordan, IT Services

- John Shafer, Microsoft

Nov 6

Photoshop CS4 and Beyond

Photoshop Product Manager, Bryan O’Neil Hughes will present a comprehensive overview of changes to Bridge, Photoshop and Photoshop Extended. Further, he will delve into some recent technology made available on Adobe’s Labs site.

Bryan O'Neil Hughes is a Product Manager for the Photoshop team, and a Product Evangelist for the Photoshop Lightroom Team. Working for Adobe since 1999, Bryan has helped test, develop, drive and demonstrate Adobe's professional digital imaging applications. Bryan represents Adobe worldwide and can often be found leading workshops and seminars. Beyond Adobe, Bryan is a published photographer, editor and author of two books.

Bryan O'Neil Hughes, Adobe

Nov 13

Designing for the Web with Adobe CS4 Web Premium

Learn about the updated versions of the creative tools you rely on. You’ll discover how to bring your creativity to life with technology advances of Creative Suite 4 Web Premium.

Join Rick Miller as he showcases the powerful new animation tools, and faster, more expressive design tools – see how to use Live View in Dreamweaver® to design web pages under real browser conditions with direct access to code, or animate quickly with new object-based animation in Adobe Flash® CS4 Professional.

Plus find out how to fuel your creativity and optimize collaborations with the new online communication options accessible from within Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium.

Rick Miller, Adobe

Nov 20

Web Collaboration Tools

Web Collaboration Tools is an effort to engage awareness to the Stanford community about a set of products that is available for publishing and managing department, group, and in the future, a class web presence. This Tech Briefing will promote the use of the following tools which will be extremely helpful to the web administrators across campus:

  • Media Wiki - a customizable wiki tool
  • Drupal - a web content publishing system
  • WordPress - a blogging tool
  • Web AFS - a web-based tool to access central AFS storage space

Come learn how some departments are using these tools and how you can take advantage of some, or even all of them to manage your department's content on the web.

- Mark Branom, IT Services

- Marco Wise, IT Services

- Jon Pilat, IT Services

Nov 27

No Tech Briefing - Thanksgiving Holiday

Dec 4

Drupal Workshop, Part Two: Basic Configuration

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

Part 2 - Basic Configuration, Continued will pick up where Part 1 - Installing Drupal left off, going step-by-step through additional basic configuration of a new Drupal site.

Please Note: In order to follow along during the workshop, you will need to have ALREADY installed and configured a Drupal site in group or departmental AFS space following the directions from Drupal Workshop, Part 1 — Installing Drupal ( BEFORE the workshop. This takes about 90 minutes if you already have -admins privileges for the relevant group/dept AFS account. (If you need to request a new AFS group/dept account or get added to an existing account's -admins PTS group, it will take longer.)

There will be a limited number of temporary accounts available for use by attendees who cannot get access to a department/group AFS account. Please let us know if you will need access to a temporary account via this contact form: . Select the category "Need Temporary AFS Account Access for Tech Briefing" and include your SUNet ID in your message. Remember to request this far enough in advance to allow both time for account access to be granted (which may take up to 24 hours) and time to complete the preliminary installation and configuration (

Attendees who were given a temporary account for the Part 1 - Installing Drupal workshop may continue to use the same Drupal installation for Part 2. Remember, if you changed anything after the first workshop, make sure to reconfigure your Drupal site according to the Part 1 handout (!

Sharon Krossa, IT Services
Dec 11

Apple Presents — Apple Podcast Producer Server

Join us as Wyn Davies goes over in depth the Podcast Producer Server 2 that is part of Mac OS X Sever 10.6. In a presentation and demonstration he will show both the client and server portions of the server as well as do a few sample podcast sessions to demonstrate the workflow.

Wyn Davies, Apple


Links to Previous Quarters

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