it2go Episode 75 – Game Camp

On this week’s episode, we’re talking about the IT Training Game Camp. It’s too late to register for this year, but learn all about what we’re doing to prep for next year.

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Try these new proposed library resources

IU Libraries are offering the chance to try some proposed electronic resources and tell them what you think. Visit the trials page and take a sneak peek at the new Libraries web site.

The GeoRef, Papers, and BiblioBoard trials are still going on.

GeoRef is a database containing references to geoscience journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports and theses.  Feedback is due by July 1, 2014. Learn more about GeoRef here.

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Papers is a reference manager application. You can use it to collect and organize research materials in a variety of formats including email. Papers works on Mac, Windows, and iOS devices.  Watch this video to get acquainted with Papers.  The trial ends on July 31, 2014.

Biblioboard Library is a digital collection that explores books, images, articles, audio, and video throughout history. Current partners include the British Library, and Wake Forest University.  It’s available for desktop, iPad, Android, Nexus, Galaxy, Nook, and Kindle Fire.

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Learn all about these trials at the Libraries Electronic Resource Trials page.

Pluralsight will be here through September!

The spring semester pilot program for Pluralsight has been extended through September 30, 2014!

Screenshot from Pluralsight video.

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Pluralsight recently acquired Digital Tutors, a leading provider of video-based courses on design topics such as video editing, multimedia, 3D rendering, Adobe applications, and much more. All pilot participants can access Digital Tutors training at no charge for the duration of the pilot!

To learn more about this pilot, visit our Pluralsight page. If you have questions about this service, please contact us at itpilot@iu.edu.

 

it2go Episode 74 – Introducing our new employee

On this week’s episode, we’re introducing our newest employee: Jessica.

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Allowing Multiple Filters in Pivot Tables

While working on metrics for our web site, I discovered that by default you are only allowed to apply one filter per field when using a Pivot Table. So if you try to apply a second filter, the first filter will be removed. In good news, you can change the PivotTable Options and allow more than one filter to be applied to the same field.

Here is a video I found that shows specifically how to do this:

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Modifying the “AutoCorrect” in Word

Word’s autocorrect feature attempts to make our lives easier by viewing the words that we type and deciding whether we did it correctly based on dictionaries and styles programmed into it.

For example, Word will automatically capitalize the first letter of a sentence and the days of the week.

If a common word is incorrectly typed into Word, it will be corrected automatically, i.e. if I type begni, Word will change it to “begin” as soon as I hit a trigger (space bar, period, comma, etc.)

However, if it is not a common word, but Word “thinks” that it has been typed incorrectly, a red squiggly line will appear instead, i.e.  Currency: british ponud sterling.

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Internet Explorer and YouTube problems?

The last week or so I’ve run into a problem with IE where when I try to view some YouTube videos I see a flash of the screen that should load and then I’m redirected to a page where I see this error:
This page can't be displayed

In looking for a solution, I found some comments from other people having the same problem. They had come up with two options to solve the issue, either:

  1. Use a different browser like Firefox or Chrome
  2. Log out of Google+

Not sure why logging out of Google+ fixes the issue but I found it worked for me.

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it2go Episode 73 – Pluralsight Pilot

After a long absence, the it2go podcast is back with a look at the current Pluralsight pilot being offered by IT Training.

Pluralsight is a video training site that focuses on technical training topics like programming. They recently added Digital-Tutors, a site focused on high quality creative projects.

To sign up for the pilot, send an email to itpilot@iu.edu.

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Canvas spotlight: The Calendar Tool

Canvas, the learning management system recently chosen to replace Oncourse, has many tools that will help instructors and students better manage their academic lives. In this series we’ll be examining some of the nifty things we can do with these tools.

The first tool to be spotlighted is the Calendar tool. When I first started exploring this tool, I was very pleased at how intuitive it was. The more I played around, however, the more impressed I became. Let me show you some of the highlights.

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Firefox: Adding Sites to the New Tab Page

Recently, I wanted to add a website to the new tab page that appears in Firefox when a new tab is opened. In looking at the help pages from Firefox, I found it showed how to work with pages that were automatically added and how add a bookmarked page. However, it seemed to me that bookmarking a page first shouldn’t be required. I searched on Google and found other people with the same issue. At this pointed I decided to just try some things, and I found that it is possible. The screen cast included below shows how to add a website to the new tab page: