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Tech Briefings

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

Overview

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 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.

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 techbriefings-owner@lists.stanford.edu.

Summer 2006 Tech Briefings


July 21: Understanding the New Mailman List Service
July 28: Supporting PDAs at Stanford
August 4: Understanding the New Mailman List Service
August 11: Iron Mountain Connected® Backup/PC
Other Tech Briefings will be scheduled as needed.

Looking ahead to fall:
October 27: Voice over IP – An ITS Service Release (Dominga Zepeda)

Date Topic Presenter(s)
July 21

Understanding the New Mailman List Service

IT Services is happy to present a new feature-packed mailing list service called Mailman to replace Majordomo. In addition to numerous new features including spam filtering, fully moderated lists, and list archiving with an integrated web interface, the Mailman package also delivers much better performance and reliability. If you want to know what this means to you as a list owner and/or list member, then attend this Tech Briefing. You'll learn how to do the same things with Mailman that you're doing currently with Majordomo, and we'll also talk about the migration of your lists from Majordomo to Mailman. See http://mailman.stanford.edu for more info. Also download the PowerPoint slide presentation from today's talk.

Tim Torgenrud, and Kathleen Baker (IT Services)
July 28

Supporting PDAs at Stanford

PDAs at Stanford are a large and rapidly growing support challenge. Several types of handheld devices are widespread on campus and are becoming more and more integrated into the way many faculty, staff, and students get their work done. At the same time, the marketplace is rapidly changing and the technology itself is not yet mature, so support is and is likely to remain challenging for the foreseeable future.

Come to this Tech Briefing to learn about a new web site, http://pda.stanford.edu, created by IT Services to assist the support community with this effort. The goal is simple: to share what we have with the support community, and provide a venue for the support community to share what they have with each other and with us. On the site you'll find, for instance, a blog where we welcome your thoughts, your hard-won tips and tricks, your questions for all. As of now, there's just one blog that has been set up, and we'd like your input on how we should develop this.

There is also a link for Documents & Downloads. Like many of you, some of our staff have developed their own documentation for internal use. We've taken some of ours and made it available here. We invite you to share yours; for now, just put in a comment on the blog that you have something you'd like to make available, and we'll get in touch. We also strongly encourage you to try out and comment on the documents and other resources you find on the site.

Please let us know what you think of this site – both as a resource for you in your efforts to support PDAs in your groups, and as a type of community support effort that we might expand on. And come to this Tech Briefing to learn the latest about PDAs on campus and to network with other people in the technology support community.

Mark Branom and Lori Wisneski (IT Services)
August 4

Understanding the New Mailman List Service

IT Services is happy to present a new feature-packed mailing list service called Mailman to replace Majordomo. In addition to numerous new features including spam filtering, fully moderated lists, and list archiving with an integrated web interface, the Mailman package also delivers much better performance and reliability. If you want to know what this means to you as a list owner and/or list member, then attend this Tech Briefing. You'll learn how to do the same things with Mailman that you're doing currently with Majordomo, and we'll also talk about the migration of your lists from Majordomo to Mailman. See http://mailman.stanford.edu for more info. Also download the PowerPoint slide presentation from today's talk.

Tim Torgenrud, and Kathleen Baker (IT Services)
August 11

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 http://www.stanford.edu/services/backup/ironmt.html for more information.

Download Margaret and Edgar's PowerPoint presentation.

Margaret Shiner, Edgar Romero (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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