Modern communications brings with it an unfortunate side effect: spam. To combat this the UUA employs a product from Google called Postini. All the UUA email runs through Postini’s spam filters before it gets to our inboxes. Normally this is great but sometimes you want to tweak things a bit. How?
Did you know that files you save on your computer are not backed up? It’s sad but true that anything you save on the hard drive of your work computer could be lost if something bad happened. Fortunately if you use a desktop on Beacon hill there is an easy way to make sure files are backed up. Here’s how to tell your computer to store your Desktop and Documents folder in your U:\ Drive rather than on your local computer.
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…)
You may not realize that the UUA hosts dozens of email mailing lists about UU-related topics, as well as for UU organizations. Thousands of people participate in these lists to share information about UUism and running UU congregations. Please consider subscribing – there’s a lot to learn! These lists can also be invaluable for getting the word out about UUA programs. The UUA encourages staff to participate in discussions to contribute facts and point people at UUA resources. Staff should avoid offering personal opinions on topics where it might be construed as “the UUA’s position.”
To subscribe, go to the lists.uua.org Mailing Lists page, click the list name, and fill out the subscription form.
|Active Discussion Lists||Description|
|Beliefs & Principles|
|Humanists||A forum for friends of religious humanism|
|Interweave-d||Discussions of interest to Interweave members and friends|
|Uucf-bible||biblical conversation, study, and spirituality|
|UUJA-L||For members of Unitarian Universalists for Jewish Awareness|
|UURN||Unitarian Universalist Religious Naturalists|
|UUTheology||Discussion on UU theology|
|CSW-l||Support and activity of the UUA social witness process|
|EthicalEating-Network||Discussion of “Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice” the new Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI) for 2008-2012|
|Globalwarming||Discussion list for 2004 Study Action Issue on the Threat of Global Warming|
|Greensanctuary||Green Sanctuary Prog – environmental congregations|
|Peacemaking-network||Forum on the Creating Peace SOC GA 2010|
|UFETA||Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry|
|UUJME-discuss||UUs for Justice in the Middle East: Members/supporters discuss Middle East, and Peace/Justice issues in support of UUJME’s mission, purposes, and goals. (Membership requires approval)|
|UU-SpeakingPeace||Network of UUs interested in Nonviolent Communication and other interpersonal peacemaking approaches.|
|Adult-RE||Discussion on UU adult religious education program|
|Advisor-L||Discussion Resource for Youth Group Advisors|
|COA-L||Discussion of Coming-of-Age Youth Programming.|
|Owl-adult||A resource to serve OWL for Adults and Young Adults teachers|
|Owl-child||Trained UU leaders of OWL elementary curricula|
|Owl-l||A Resource for OWL 7-9 and OWL 10-12 Teachers|
|Reach-l||Discussion and sharing of UU Religious Education|
|550plus||Discussion and exchange of ideas for members of large UU congregations|
|Access-L||Discussion about accessibility; ability and disability issues; ableism|
|Addictions-Ministry||For discussion of Addiction Ministry efforts and accomplishments within our denomination.|
|Memb-l||Discussion of UU membership and growth issues|
|Policygovernance-l||Policy Governance model of board governance in UU congregations|
|Smalltalk||A support list for small congregations (less than 150 members).|
|UU-Leaders||Sharing information & support among UU lay leaders|
|UU-Money||Information Sharing among Society Finance Leaders|
|Websters||Building and maintaining UU webpages|
|Worship-l||Discussion of Presenting Good Worship Services|
Sometimes you want to (or are required to) change your UUA password, but you aren’t near your computer. What to do? Fortunately you can change your password from any browser, even if it’s on a tablet or smartphone. Here’s the process. (more…)
Got a great idea for a domain name for your UUA project, committee, or whatever? Ready to register it yourself? Wait a minute! Problems can arise with ownership, renewals, UUA policy, and searchability.
If your UUA staff group has a Twitter account, you can add a module to the right-hand column of any UUA.org page that shows your most recent tweets. Or, you can maintain a list of Twitter accounts of people who post on a topic, and display tweets from all those people on your UUA.org page.
Instructions for adding either kind of Twitter widget — for one Twitter account, or for a list of Twitter accounts — are on the UUA intranet. Enjoy!