TECH TIPS

To be notified of new things posted here, click the (subscribe to posts) icon/link below and it will be added to your favorites :)

Clearing Cache & Cookies

posted Jan 18, 2011, 2:04 PM by Sara Newman

Visit this website to find instructions for clearing cache and cookies on our most popular web browser applications
http://www.google.com/support/accounts/bin/answer.py?answer=32050

SECURITY STRATEGIES: Passwords, Identity, Privacy

posted Jan 13, 2011, 4:12 PM by Sara Newman

Password Management
  1. http://www.pcworld.com/bus...
  2. http://www.practicallyefficient.co...
  3. http://www.pcworld.com/article/...
  4. http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/...
  5. http://chris.pirillo.com/how-do-you-...
  6. http://chris.pirillo.com/is-your-...
  7. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,...
Identity Theft is alive and well and we each need to be proactive TODAY
  1. http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/mi...
  2. http://www.pcworld.com/article/...

Electronic Account Privacy and Security

Ensure your computer and online accounts (like Google) are safe from viruses and security breaches:

File Types & Conversions

posted Jan 13, 2011, 4:10 PM by Sara Newman

Fall Quarter 2009
Every once in a while we need to convert a digital file’s type into something it isn’t because we don’t have the application that recognizes the file we’re trying to view/use. 
  • For example, converting a .wma (Windows Media Audio) into a .mp3 (MPEG Audio Stream, Layer III) 
Typically, we’d use the application that recognizes the original file type/extension to convert it into something else.
  • For example, we'd used MSN's Word application to change a .docx file type to a .doc or.pdf file type 
Important: We cannot simply type a different extension (file type name) at the end of a digital file's name to change its type. Doing so does NOT change the digital algorithm that originally created the file. The file must be run through a program that understands its algorithm for it to change.

However, there are other ways to convert a file type – and here’s one we’ve used in a pinch! Check out this online application, called ZAMZAR http://zamzar.com. Zamzar converts hundreds of different file types for free without the need of your file’s original application on your computer.

Important: Never run 'sensitive' data/information through an online application without checking into it (the online tool) thoroughly first.

Visit the following links to learn more about file types (extensions) 

BROWSERS

posted Jan 13, 2011, 4:08 PM by Sara Newman   [ updated Jan 13, 2011, 4:11 PM ]

From Fall Quarter 2009

Ever wonder what a browser is or what browser version you're using when you access the Internet? Okay, most of us don't really care - we just want the Internet to work - but for a moment, let's pretend we care – because who knows – maybe someday it will matter to us.

When might it matter? Well, if you’re taking (or teaching) an ANGEL course online, it matters because ANGEL (a learning management system/app) doesn’t work on all browsers (and their versions). It works on many but not all.

There are many ways to determine your computer’s browser application type and version and here's an easy new way. Visit http://www.whatbrowser.org/


1-4 of 4