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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.

The first session of each month will tie in to the monthly series.


Fall 2007 Quarter's series: Adobe Creative Suite 3


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 2007 Tech Briefings

Date Topic Presenter(s)
October 5

Creative Suite 3 Series -- Acrobat 8

Adobe Systems recently launched version 8 of their successful Adobe Acrobat line. Come see Mark Branom discuss the new features and uses of Acrobat, including how to:

  • Create and optimize Adobe PDF documents
  • Combine files from multiple applications
  • Enhance and extend document collaboration
  • Streamline data collection with Adobe PDF forms
  • Apply advanced document security and controls

Adobe Acrobat 8 Resources

Mark Branom, IT Services
October 12

Intermediate Networking: Ethernet and IP

Expanding on some of the topics covered in the introductory class, the Ethernet and IP class will go into some more detail on the most common two protocols of modern networking. This class will cover more detail on the ethernet protocol and common troubleshooting problems. For the Internet Protocol (IP), this class will cover TCP, UDP and ICMP and what they're used for; IP addressing concepts; subnet masks; and some troubleshooting of common IP problems. 

PDF of Presentation

Drew Saunders, IT Services
October 19

Symantec Solutions 2007 Bus Tour

Note: The Symantec Bus will be in the Jordan Quad parking lot from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. as part of the Tech Briefing.

(Jordan Quad is located off Panama Street, next to Campus Drive West.)

Symantec is hitting the road and we're heading your way! The Symantec Solutions Tour luxury bus is embarking on an exciting technical journey across the country.

Hop on the bus and CONNECT with Symantec! Participate in exclusive live product demonstrations and training sessions showcasing the latest Symantec product solutions. Take the opportunity to network one on one with Symantec training representatives.

We will be highlighting and showcasing the following:

  • Data Center Foundation
  • Enterprise Security
  • Information Risk Management
  • Windows Protection Awareness (SMB & Enterprise)

For more information, click here for the PDF file.

October 26

Podcasts, iTunes, and U !

Podcasting has become the most cost-effective and efficient way to distribute digital audio and video files over the Web. By subscribing to podcasts, listeners can consume the information presented whenever they need to, not just whenever a broadcaster decides to present it. Faculty can deliver educational content for listening or viewing on a computer or iPod, freeing learning from the constraints of the traditional physical classroom. Staff can use podcasts to deliver informational content about their department or group, to provide news about events in the department, and to disseminate other information in an engaging manner.

In this presentation, Mark Branom (IT Services) and a panel of experts will discuss some of the techniques and basic tools to create, edit, and produce podcasts, as well as how you can publish your podcast on Stanford iTunes.

Podcasting PowerPoint Presentation

Mark Branom, IT Services
November 2

Creative Suite 3 Series -- Photoshop CS3

Ideal for photographers, graphic designers, and web designers, Adobe® Photoshop® CS3 has become the professional standard for manipulating photos and other images. New features include such things as automatic layer alignment and blending that enable advanced compositing. Live filters boost the comprehensive, nondestructive editing toolset for increased flexibility. And a streamlined interface and new timesaving tools make your work flow faster. Mark Branom (IT Services) and Bryan O'Neil Hughes, the Product Manager for Adobe Photoshop CS3, will present.

Bryan O'Neil Hughes, Adobe and Mark Branom, IT Services
November 9

What's New From Apple and Mac OS X Leopard

Come hear Stanford's Apple rep Wyn Davies talk about the exciting new Apple products, including Leopard, the new Mac OS X operating system.

Wyn Davies, Apple
November 16

Home Networking

Join us as Kent Reuber present some basic info on setting up home networks on Stanford DSL, Stanford West, and non-Stanford DSL/cable modems. He will talk about the basics of print servers, wireless access points, and routers. He will also present some example home network diagrams that you may want to follow. He won't be covering specific products – there are simply too many products out there. He will, however, give you some recommendations on home network configurations that can be used with many different products.

Kent Reuber, IT Services
November 23

No Tech Briefing -- Happy Thanksgiving!


November 30

Stanford Answers:

Stanford Answers is a centrally-hosted web knowledgebase service that provides members of the Stanford community with easy access to consulting solutions and self-help information. The service runs on a tool provided by RightAnswers, Inc., and is licensed and hosted by IT Services. Tom Goodrich will present.

Tom Goodrich , IT Services
December 7

Creative Suite 3 Series -- Dreamweaver CS3

Adobe® Dreamweaver® CS3 software, which now includes CSS tools, Ajax components for building dynamic user interfaces, and intelligent integration with other Adobe software (including Photoshop), is the professional standard for creating and updating web pages and web sites. New features include Spry framework for Ajax, Spry Data, Spry Widgets, Spry Effects, Photoshop and Fireworks integration, and improved Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) support.

Dreamweaver CS3 Demo

Mark Branom, IT Services
December 14

Research Computing at Stanford: Review of the 2007 Supercomputing Conference

Phil Reese (IT Services) will present the highlights from the Supercomputing 2007 conference held in Reno, NV and how the joint booth with Stanford and SLAC worked out. In addition, he'll review the current status of Research Computing at Stanford, talking about what is going on and what the future looks like. The planning around the new Data Center and the many issues involved will round out the presentation.

Phil Reese, IT Services
December 21

No Tech Briefing -- Winter Closure


December 28

No Tech Briefing -- Winter Closure




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