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Tech Briefings

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


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

Spring 2006 Tech Briefings

April 14: Introducing Stanford on iTunes
May 12: WebEx at Stanford – The World is our Campus
May 19: Technical Computing with MATLAB and Simulink
June 9: Dell Product Update
June 16: Iron Mountain Connected® Backup/PC

Looking ahead to Summer
July 21: Mailman List Service (replacing Majordomo)
July 28: Using PDAs at Stanford (Mark Branom & Lori Wisneski)
August 11: Iron Mountain Connected® Backup/PC

Date Topic Presenter(s)
Apr. 14

Introducing Stanford on iTunes

As part of a group of schools piloting iTunes U, Apple's academic version of the popular iTunes music store, Stanford has begun providing content to individual courses, across campus, and to the general public through a Stanford-branded iTunes environment. Come learn more about iTunes U, Stanford's role in the project, and how to get your department or group involved.

Brent Izutsu, Alumni Association, and Victoria Szabo, Office of Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
May 12

WebEx at Stanford – The World is our Campus

WebEx solutions enable universities to unite colleagues, students, faculty and administrators across the campus and around the globe.

Learn how WebEx empowers you to:

  • Leverage colleagues globally
  • Provide Virtual Office hours
  • Provide "hands on" technical support to staff remotely
  • Host lectures from a virtual classroom
  • Host training sessions for distributed colleagues
  • Accelerate committee decisions
  • Speed collaborative projects
  • Increase process accountability
  • Improve Student to Student collaboration

WebEx allows Stanford to facilitate better exchanges between students and faculty, and between administrators, to maximize interactive learning and campus collaboration, eliminating the barriers of distance and providing indispensable support to continue Stanford's mission of teaching, research and learning. Order your WebEx license at

Come see how data, voice and video can add efficiency to your daily activities – all using a standard web browser. Bring your laptop and join in!

Eric Montoya, WebEx
May 19

Technical Computing with MATLAB and Simulink

NOTE special time – 12:00 to 3:00 (with lunch at 11:30 for those who pre-register).

This technical session will demonstrate how MATLAB and Simulink are used as a flexible platform for technical computing and application development in engineering, math, and science curricula and research.

MATLAB products provide professors, researchers, and students with the essential tools to prototype ideas, analyze data, and develop large-scale algorithms and applications. Simulink lets you quickly and accurately model, simulate, and implement complex systems including real-time control and signal processing applications. This session will introduce distributed computing with MathWorks tools: The distributed execution of MATLAB algorithms and Simulink models.

Please join MathWorks engineers as they discuss the importance of learning MATLAB and Simulink and demonstrate a wide array of MathWorks tools and applications.

Register now at: or call 978-659-6104. Lunch will be provided at 11:30 for those who pre-register!

Who Should Attend: Professors, researchers, and students.


  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Technical Computing with MATLAB
    • Presenter: Doug Eastman, Application Engineer
  • Modeling and Simulation with Simulink
  • Distributed Computing with MATLAB
  • Q & A Session

For more information, contact:

Jamie Winter
Senior Account Manager, Education Dept.
The MathWorks, Inc.
3 Apple Hill Drive
Natick, MA 01760

MathWorks Engineers
June 9

Dell Product Update

Join Dell for a pre-announcement overview of their new 9th Generation of PowerEdge servers and a complete overview of their new Enterprise systems, including:

  • The innovative customer-driven enhancements to Dell’s 9th generation of servers
  • How these servers have improved performance and significant power draw enhancements over Dell's 8th generation of servers
  • Exciting ways Dell is helping reduce customers' server complexity
  • Disk and Tape storage overview
Ron Porter, Dell Computer
June 16

Iron Mountain Connected® Backup/PC: Automatic, Un-intrusive Backup, Reliable Data Recovery, and Unbeatable Security

With Iron Mountain Connected® Backup/PC, you can greatly reduce the risks and costs of data loss and minimize recovery time for PCs and laptops. This managed service provides automatic data backup, secure offsite vaulting, and fast recovery.

Iron Mountain Connected® Backup/PC data protection makes it possible to:

  • Backup PC data automatically, consistently and securely
  • Automatically encrypt sensitive files to thwart unauthorized access
  • Quickly restore lost or damaged files following a disaster
  • Support compliance requirements for data privacy and protection – including HIPAA!

Equally important, PC Backup & Recovery supports rapid recovery. All the data that’s been backed up from a given PC is available whenever it's needed. Just a few mouse clicks safely retrieves files from a specific account and restores them to any computer with an Internet connection.

Go to for more information.

Margaret Shiner, Iron Mountain Digital

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 Express. 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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