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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.

Summer 2005 Tech Briefings Schedule

July 8: No Tech Briefing Today
July 15: Kronos v5 Upgrade Demo
July 22: No Tech Briefing Today
July 29: Tips and Tricks in Sundial
August 5: Living Behind Firewalls: A Survival Guide
August 12: No Tech Briefing Today
August 26: Tips and Tricks in Sundial
September 16: Tips and Tricks in Sundial

Date
Topic
Presenter(s)
July 8 No Tech Briefing Today  
July 15

Kronos v5 Upgrade Demo

The Kronos v5 upgrade from v3.4 to v5 will occur on August 1. This briefing is to update and prepare those who have a desktop support role in schools and departments. All users of Kronos v5 will need Java v1.4.2_06, and the population of users is approximately 14,500. Desktop readiness requirements will be reviewed, with ample time for questions, and there will be a detailed demo of the online Timecard that employees will use to report time and/or leave, with a focus of helping end users resolve points of confusion regarding their online time and leave reporting. Project information is at http://kronos5.stanford.edu; end user materials are at http://kronostraining.stanford.edu.

Valerie Beeman
July 22

No Tech Briefing Today

 
July 29

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
August 5

Living Behind Firewalls: A Survival Guide

As more machines move behind firewalls, not only do networking folk have to learn more about applications, but application/sysadmins/dbas have to learn more about networking. This special 2-hour briefing is targeted at ITSS staff who have applications, systems, or databases behind the administrative firewalls. The following topics will be covered:

  • What's a firewall?
  • What's a vpn?
  • How does Stanford deploy firewalls and vpns?
  • What's the process to get behind a firewall?
  • What's a rule and how do I add/change/delete one?
  • X doesn't work. Is it the firewall?
  • So how secure are we?

Download Sunia's PowerPoint slide presentation here. Or view the session via streaming media. It can be viewed using Real Player.

Sunia Yang
August 12
No Tech Briefing Today
 
August 26

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
September 16

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

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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