Nov 30th, 2009
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Colby College Technical Tutors 2009 - 2010

This is the official blog of Academic ITS Technical Training Student Tutors.  Comments are welcome and encouraged!

Technical Tutor Mission

To provide timely, expert technical training and support to faculty, staff and students in a friendly, professional manner.

“If we don’t know the answer – we will find it for you.”

Staff Advisors: Mel Regnell and Ellen Freeman.

Decoding the IMG Tag

Dec 4th, 2009
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What You Need to Know that You Don’t!

html2Have you ever wondered what all those “extra” attributes are in an <IMG> or <A HREF> tag are? Been tempted to just let the development application “fake it” for you?Don’t! Those extra tags are some of the easiest ways to increase your search engine optimization. (SEO)Let’s disect the tags and see what is really going on behind the scenes.

(Read more here…)

WordPress Help

Dec 1st, 2009
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helpWordPress is a powerful, intuitive, and easy-to-learn open source web authoring application. While it was intially developed as a blogging application, it can be used by anyone at Colby with a username and password to create a personal or professional web site, or a blog.

Read more about WordPress and where you can get support for it here…)


Excel Help

Dec 1st, 2009
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helpMicrosoft Office Excel 2007 (for Windows operating systems) is an application used to create and format spreadsheets, and analyze information.  Excel 2007 will look distinctly different to users who are familiar with previous versions of the spreadsheet application. Most notably, Excel 2007 now has what is called “The Ribbon” which contains all the old features and functions plus a number of new features to be explored.

(Read more about Excel and where to get support for it here…)

DreamWeaver Help

Dec 1st, 2009
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helpDreamweaver is a complex web authoring tool that allows users to create and maintain web sites. It’s tools incorporate CSS, javascript and other common website applications. In order to use Dreamweaver, you must have FTP access to your site. Dreamweaver is the only HTML coding tool supported by Colby.

(Read more about Dreamweaver and where to get support for it here…)

CommonSpot Help

Dec 1st, 2009
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helpCommonSpot is the application used by any Colby Department, Club or Organization to create web pages that have been developed using the preset look and feel templates for Colby College web pages. CommonSpot is a Content Management System (CMS) that allows Colby to: establish common attributes on all pages (look and feel), track, organize and manage all content on the system (images, media, text), determine navigational continuity on sites (template-driven), and control access to sensitive information.

(Read more about CommonSpot and where to get support for it here…)


Data Management

Nov 6th, 2009
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Time Machine for Mac Users

-by Haolu Wang

If there’s one important task computer users regularly ignore, it’s backing up their data, including important items like their office documents, music, videos, and photos. Things go wrong sometimes: Computers get viruses, hard drives fail, leaving you in a bind.

Read more about a specific tip for Mac Users:time%20machine%20data%20mgmt[1]

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Web App of the Week

Nov 5th, 2009
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Google Reader

- by Jeff Christensen

For those of us who use the internet for more than email, there’s a lot out there. If you’re like me, I used to go to one news site, browse, go to the next, browse, go to dilbert, read, go to a blog I read, browse, go to another webpage, browse. I’d get lost. I had a few dozen book marks, and half the time I’d spend time checking webpages only to find out they hadn’t been updated. Or I’d forget to check it for a week and miss content.

Turns out that whole process can be made a lot simpler (read more…)

MS Office Tips

Nov 4th, 2009
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Format Painter

-by Bogo Giertler

One of the best, hidden gems of Microsoft Office is Format Painter.  Its shy brush icon is strategically placed on every Word toolbar just  after the Undo and Redo icons, and is rarely noticed by the users. If  a document you are working on will require repetitive formatting (i.e.  section headers, italics on quotations, block quotes) and you dread  the monotonous series of clicks to get it all done, the Format Painter  is an answer (read more…)

Did you know…

Nov 3rd, 2009
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- by Xinyi Chen

In short, icloud is a web site that turns your web browser into an online computer. Your icloud computer comes with the features including desktop, applications, icloud drive, and sharing. The icloud Cloud OS is available in 21 languages and have 50 applications and widgets like office, games and integrated development tools (read more…)