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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 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 will be announced about a week 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

Summer 2004 Tech Briefings Schedule

Date Topic Presenter(s)

June 25 (Friday)

My computer is driving me crazy!
Dealing with spam, popup boxes, computer viruses, spyware, and adware

Sick of spam? Irritated by popup boxes? Bothered by computer viruses? Worried about spyware and adware (and what are they anyway)? Mark Branom and Jane Norris will give you some simple tips and tricks on how to deal with these pesky annoyances that we experience every day. Mark recomends this helpful book – PC Annoyances: How to Fix the Most Annoying Things About Your Personal Computer, by Steve Bass, O'Reilly & Assoc., 2004. Download PowerPoint presentation here.

Mark Branom, Jane Norris
July 9 (Friday)

What Happened to My IP Number? new

This briefing is for people with NetDB access who want to learn more about some of the searching tools available to them. We will cover NetDB log searches, which let you see the whole history of a NetDB entry: who made it and when, and all modifications. We will also cover the command line tool ipm, which lets you search our logs of router arp tables; this is especially handy in finding IP thieves or the history of a laptop that roams from one network to another. Finally, we'll cover the various DHCP log searches, which give detailed information on the successes or failures of a computer's usage of Stanford's DHCP service. NetDB access is required to use some of these tools, and NetDB familiarity is suggested for anyone attending this briefing. Download pdf of Drew's PowerPoint presentation here.

Drew Saunders
July 16 (Friday)

Introduction to "Security Self-Help" Program new

Come to this briefing to hear about the new program developed by ITSS that will perform a number of security tests, and optionally make changes to your Windows computer to bring it into compliance with a set of Stanford-defined security best practices. The program will be available for download from the Essential Stanford Software site ( and is intended for use by all Stanford community members (students, faculty, and staff) to insure that computers attached to the Stanford network conform to a set of baseline security settings. Download PowerPoint slides here. Download summary document here.

Tony Silveira, Jay Stamps, John Klemm, Megh Ghosh
July 19 (Monday)

Camtasia Studio new

Come see a demo of Camtasia Studio (by the vendor). Camtasia is the easy-to-use software solution for creating full-motion training, tutorials, and demos. Camtasia lets you record any software or Web application; add narrations, visual enhancements, and interactivity to your demos or tutorials; and share them as Flash, streaming video formats, or a CD-based menu.

Brian Lesperance, TechSmith Corp.
July 23 (Friday)

Introducing iSpace new

Come to this talk to learn about iSpace, Stanford's official System of Record for space at Stanford University (replacing SUFED and MedSUFED). The primary function of iSpace is to provide space inventory information for the usage of University facilities. It is used for a variety of purposes, including indirect cost analysis, facilities planning, and departmental tracking of space use. iSpace contains records from the official University and Medical Center Space Inventories.

Kristina Seyer-Smith, Michael Fox, Dobie Howard
August 6 (Friday)

Setting Up a Home Network new

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

Kent Reuber, Mark Branom
August 13 (Friday) Just added to the schedule!

Macromedia Software Demonstrations new
Come See What Stanford Can Do With Macromedia Technology at This Special Event!

Macromedia delivers the solutions to help academic institutions enrich learning resources and manage campus infrastructure. Join us for an overview of Macromedia’s tools, training, and resources.

2:00 – 2:05pm – Macromedia Introduction and Overview

2:05 – 3:00pm – Create Digital Learning Experiences. For faculty and academic services staff who want an easy way to use PowerPoint, MS Word, streaming video, and rich media to enhance the teaching and learning experience.
Featuring Macromedia Breeze™ and BreezeLive™

3:00 – 4:00pm – Create Digital Learning Experiences. Quickly and easily create Flash-based interactive demonstrations and software simulations.
Featuring Macromedia RoboDemo

4:00 – 5:00pm – Build Engaging Web Sites with Studio MX 2004. Get the most out of Studio MX 2004. This session for Web Designers and Developers will highlight the latest features of Studio MX.
Featuring Studio MX 2004 (Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, and FreeHand)

John Schuman and Matthew An, Macromedia
August 20 (Friday)

Sundial for Power Users new

Come to this Tech Briefing to learn about the advanced features of Sundial, the new University-wide calendaring system. Brad Lauster will cover such topics as group calendaring, managing and using Sundial groups, advanced access rights, search tips and tricks, sharing an address book, and tracking project deliverables using daily notes. (Use of Sundial with PDAs will not be covered today.)

Brad Lauster

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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