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Tech Briefings

Timely Info for Power Users and Stanford's Technology Support Community

Introduction

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 ITSS staff, 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 Phyllis Olrich at 725-1541 or send email to techexpress-owner@lists.stanford.edu.

Spring 2005 Tech Briefings Schedule

April 8: Tips and Tricks in Sundial
April 15: Synch your PDA and Sundial
April 22: A Very Basic Introduction to Networking at Stanford
April 29: New Mac OS X Tiger
May 6: No Tech Briefing Today
May 13: Tips and Tricks in Sundial
May 20: A Windows Desktop Security Primer
May 27: No Tech Briefing – Enjoy your Memorial Day Holiday
June 3: No Tech Briefing Today
June 10: Tips and Tricks in Sundial

Summer 2005 Preview

July 15 : Kronos Timecard Demo

Date Topic Presenter(s)
4/8/05

Tips and Tricks in Sundial

Have you been using the new Stanford-wide Sundial calendar for a while but don't think you've figured out all of the features? Have you wanted to use it but not gotten around to it yet? Are you moving to Sundial from another calendaring system? Are you confused about the terminology used in Sundial?

In this Tech Briefing, Mark Branom will show you Sundial's features and uses. Attend this session to increase your productivity using this computerized calendar to set up meetings and manage your personal schedule! Topics include:

  • Setting access rights (to allow others to view your calendar and/or act as a designate for you)
  • Creating meetings
  • Effectively setting up your options
  • Accessing Sundial on the Web
  • Setting up and using group and resource calendars
Mark Branom
4/15/05

Sync Your PDA and Sundial

Come to this follow-up session on the Sundial calendaring program to learn how to synchronize your PDA and your Sundial calendar. Mark Branom will demonstrate just how easy it is!

Also see Mark Branom's PowerPoint slides on synching your Outlook calendar to the Palm, and then synching that calendar to Sundial.

Robin McClish
4/22/05

A Very Basic Introduction to Networking at Stanford

What is a network? What is ethernet? What's this "IP" stuff anyway? Does the 7-layer OSI model have anything to do with 7-layer chip dip? This Briefing will introduce you, in 90 short minutes, to some of the basics of computer networking, with an emphasis on ethernet and the Internet Protocol (IP). We'll also go over some of the things that make Stanford's network so special, and introduce, if only briefly, the dreaded 7-layer OSI model. Less comprehensive, yet more detailed, than a "For Dummies" book or presentation, this session would be excellent for anyone in a help desk or desktop support role who needs to understand more of what happens past the desktop. This session will not cover server or desktop configuration or support, email, web browsing or serving, file sharing or printing issues.

Download a pdf of Drew's PowerPoint slide presentation.

Drew Saunders
4/29/05

Tiger Released!

Apple will ship its newest version of the Mac OS X operating system, 10.4 (codename Tiger) on 4/29. Tiger has hundreds of improvements, with many updated applications and capabilities. Come see the Apple team present and demonstrate all these new features and improvements like Spotlight, multi-way audio/video iChat AV, Dashboard, Automator, and more. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information on OS 10.4 and ITSS recommendations, please see http://www.stanford.edu/dept/itss/ess/mac/docs/osxresources/tiger.html.

Wyn Davies, Apple
5/6/05
No Tech Briefing Today
 
5/13/05

Tips and Tricks in Sundial

Have you been using the new Stanford-wide Sundial calendar for a while but don't think you've figured out all of the features? Have you wanted to use it but not gotten around to it yet? Are you moving to Sundial from another calendaring system? Are you confused about the terminology used in Sundial?

In this Tech Briefing, Mark Branom will show you Sundial's features and uses. Attend this session to increase your productivity using this computerized calendar to set up meetings and manage your personal schedule! Topics include:

  • Setting access rights (to allow others to view your calendar and/or act as a designate for you)
  • Creating meetings
  • Effectively setting up your options
  • Accessing Sundial on the Web
  • Setting up and using group and resource calendars
Mark Branom

5/20/05

A Windows Desktop Security Primer

Computer security is a complex subject. But ordinary users of Windows desktop and laptop PCs, armed with a little knowledge and several powerful and easy-to-use tools, can protect themselves very effectively against the vast majority of security threats on the Internet.

Jay Stamps will cover such subjects as how to avoid attacks by computer viruses and hackers, good security practices that won't cramp your style, password facts and myths; and he'll introduce and demonstrate several tools available to the Stanford community that help to lift the burden of Windows security from the shoulders of those who just want to use their PCs to get some work done.

Download Jay's presentation in PowerPoint or pdf format.

Jay Stamps
5/27/05

No Tech Briefing today
Enjoy your Memorial Day Holiday

Waving American Flag
6/3/05
No Tech Briefing Today
 
6/10/05

Tips and Tricks in Sundial

Have you been using the new Stanford-wide Sundial calendar for a while but don't think you've figured out all of the features? Have you wanted to use it but not gotten around to it yet? Are you moving to Sundial from another calendaring system? Are you confused about the terminology used in Sundial?

In this Tech Briefing, Mark Branom will show you Sundial's features and uses. Attend this session to increase your productivity using this computerized calendar to set up meetings and manage your personal schedule! Topics include:

  • Setting access rights (to allow others to view your calendar and/or act as a designate for you)
  • Creating meetings
  • Effectively setting up your options
  • Accessing Sundial on the Web
  • Setting up and using group and resource calendars
Mark Branom
7/15/05

Kronos Timecard Demo

In this session, Valerie Beeman will demonstrate the new Kronos Timecard, which replaces the Start/Stop Timesheet.

Valerie Beeman

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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