If you are anything like me chances are you have several IM networks you need to juggle: AIM , GTalk, Facebook Messages, etc. if that is the case HipChat is yet another program you need to contend with. To keep the number of IM programs on my computer to a minimum I started using third party chat clients such as Pidgin or Trillian to connect to all these networks from a single program. Fortunately for me (and you) HipChat plays pretty well with these programs. (more…)
If you haven’t been upgraded to Windows 7 and Office 2010, chances are you soon will. While I think the new interface office uses is an improvement it can certainly take some getting used to. One thing you can use to ease the transition: a set of guides from Microsoft where you can enter a command on the Office 2003 interface and see how to do that same command in Office 2010. These guides are available online as a webapp or on your desktop in a folder called “Help with Office 2010”.
Occasionally I want to convert a PDF into something else, so recently I did a bit of googling and found a free solution that works pretty well for creating simple Word or Excel files. Fair warning: While you can use this service for free, it is offered by NitroPDF software as a way to sell you on their other products. (more…)
Just a quick note about where to get a copy of Remote Desktop Connection for Mac (the program that lets you connect to Jefferson). A couple of the old download locations have been moved or taken down, but you can still get it directly from Microsoft. Or if the official Microsoft program isn’t your style you might want to check out a great alternative: CoRD.
ITS has installed Adobe Creative Suite Standard on the computer in the video studio at 41 Mt. Auburn. This means that you can use Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, or InDesign even if you can’t shell out for your own copy!
The first time I needed to burn a DVD or CD I remember it took me an hour or so of searching out and downloading and testing software before I discovered a method I liked. Hopefully this post can save you a bit of that time. (more…)