How to Tweak Your UUA Spam Settings

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?

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Automatically Back Up Your Documents

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.

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Guides to Office 2010 for Office 2003 Users

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”.

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Convert a PDF to Word or Excel

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…)

Online discussions for UUs

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
Social Justice
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.
Religious Education
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
Congregational Management
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

Show Tweets on Your UUA.org Page

UUWorld Twitter widgetIf 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!