Last day of school – some fun stuff to end on….

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Go to Google and type in each of the following:

DO A BARREL ROLL

TILT

ANAGRAM

 

http://elgoog.im/  (google mirror)

Calculate the BACON NUMBER of any celebrity.  Just google their name + Bacon number. Challenge: Try and find someone with a Bacon number above “2”.

Search for “Atari Breakout” in Google Images.

Google “zerg rush”, and try and stop the “o” invasion. A Zerg Rush is an overwhelming attack in a video game. More fun than it sounds. (Chrome/Firefox/Safari).

Go to daskeyboard.com, click “destroy this site” at the bottom of the page, and blow the page to pieces, Space Invaders style! (All browsers).

“Kerning” is a term that refers to the space between characters in a font. So, when you Google “kerning,” it displays the results with odd spacing between the letters.

Did you know there is a PIRATE version of Google?  : https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=xx-pirate

Did you know there is an ELMER FUDD version of Google? : https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=xx-elmer

https://www.google.com/doodles/30th-anniversary-of-pac-man

 

Anyway – Enjoy!

 

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How do I keep my computer from getting infected?

The first line of defense against malware is … you!

You can check whether a file is harmful before you install it. Sometimes you can check before you even download it. VirusTotal (https://www.virustotal.com/en/) is a great website where you can check a file against 40 or so antivirus resources to see if it’s likely to be dangerous. It’s dead easy. A more complete explanation of the site is here: https://www.virustotal.com/en/about/. That page explains how to submit a file for analysis, too. If you do a lot of downloading, you might be interested in the advanced tools, here: https://www.virustotal.com/en/documentation/.

Once you’ve downloaded a file, you can (and should) check it before you install it. So given a choice to Save or Run or Save and Run, the best choice on a file you’re not sure about is Save. When the download finishes, right-click on the file. You will see options to scan the file with your antivirus and antimalware program. Do it! That scan takes seconds!

Even great, safe programs will try to force stuff on you. Sometimes it’s Google Chrome (I’m talking about YOU, Avast! Free) or McAfee Security Suite. (What does that have to do with updating your Java? Stop it, Adobe!) Always choose Custom Install over Typical or Express. Custom Install allows you to decline unwanted programs, toolbars, and search hijacks. Typical or Express installs mean that you accept whatever is offered. Clear the check boxes for the stuff you don’t want.

Computer Connected Microscopes – HHS

opplanet-konus-300x-konuspix-digital-toy-microscopeWe now have all the software installed for the computer connected microscopes in the Science Department at Hawkinsville High School.

Teachers:  If you are using the laptops from Mrs. Simmons’s room, these laptops use the microscopes located in Mrs. Burrell’s room (first picture), you will connect the microscope via USB and then click on either ARCSOFT Photo Impression Software, or ARCSOFT Video Impression Software.    If you need to see the instruction manual, you can click on MY COMPUTER, then C: DRIVE, then MICROSCOPE SOFTWARE and there you will find a copy of the entire CD used to install the software.

 

 

 

 

microscope-with-camera-mountIf you are using the laptops from Mrs. Burch’s room, these laptops use the microscopes located in Mrs. Burch’s room (Called Amoeba Microscopes, second picture), you will connect the microscope via USB and then click on either CAM APP, or ULEAD Video Studio.    If you need to see the instruction manual, you can click on MY COMPUTER, then C: DRIVE, then MICROSCOPE SOFTWARE and there you will find a copy of the entire CD used to install the software.

Help me, help you! (10 pointers for getting the most out of your tech staff)

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“Help me help you!!!”   Yeah, I realize this is a quote from the Jerry Maguire movie, but it is so valid when it comes to technology help.     Here are a few pointers that will allow the technology department to better help YOU!  (and get more tickets closed in a reasonable time frame.)

1.  Please do a webdesk ticket.  This allows us to group locational tickets together as well as prioritize the work for the day.    If you catch me in the hall, I probably won’t remember your computer issue by the time I get back in front of a computer.   (Yeah, I know, I can’t remember what I had for breakfast most days, so help me out here.)

2.  In the ticket, please be as specific as possible.    For example:  “My computer isn’t working” is NOT a good description.   Be detailed.  “My computer locks up everytime I click on Internet Explorer”, is a much better description.    Also, give me as much information as possible both about the problem AND the hardware that you are having issues with.   I would like enough information, so that if I go to your room and you are not in there, I can still duplicate the problem.    Also, let me know what hardware:   “My Teacher computer (a Dell laptop D620 with Windows XP, it has a red Pulaski County Property ID Sticker # of 1205).

3.  I reiterate:  give me the red Pulaski County Property ID Sticker # of whatever computer is giving you an issue.   I can often remote in from another location and fix an issue.   If I can’t remote in, the ticket won’t be closed until I can get to your campus on another day.   Also, having the ID sticker #, allows me to check warranty information before I arrive.

4.  Watch your nouns.    Quite often I get tickets indicating that “my smartboard is not working.” Yet, the issue is with the projector, and not the smartboard.   Again, be specific.

5.  Look through this blog before posting a ticket.   We have several tips and suggestions here that will often allow you to fix the issue yourself.   That is the quickest way to get back up and running.   We are adding more tips, suggestions, and troubleshooting ideas every week.

6.  Phone calls, text messages, yellow sticky notes, emails and catching me in the hall:  These are NOT the way to get your problem resolved.   PLEASE put in a webdesk ticket.   I will get to the issue just as promptly as I can.   Utilizing WebDesk ALSO helps us determine recurring issues with specific hardware or locations.

7.  Include your login and password in the ticket.    No one sees webdesk but the Technology department, so this information is secure.   Sometimes, I will “fix” an issue only to find out later that the computer works fine when I login but does not work fine when you login.    I have a different set of “rights” on our network, and that often allows things to work for me that would not necessarily work for you.   After I fix an issue, I like to login to the computer AS YOU and verify that it works for your login as well as mine.

8.  WATCH your email:   Often when I get a ticket, I will issue a response with either a solution or a question for more information.  This will go to your email.   You can respond directly to the email and our system will automatically update your webdesk ticket with the new information.   But if you don’t respond, your ticket just sits there until I get back around to it.

9.  Please keep the issues related to school hardware as much as possible.   We have well over 2,000 computers and peripherals that we support.   It is really hard to keep these all running when I get alot of “How do I connect my new home wireless printer to my ipad Air” type questions throughout the day.

10.   Check the obvious.    Before putting in a ticket that says, “My monitor is not working”.   Please check the power cable and make sure it is plugged into the wall AND it is securely plugged into the back of the monitor.    And on your computer – REBOOT!   Rebooting a computer will often correct an issue.   Simple but it WORKS!

Thank you – Shelly