Off Campus

Michael Greene

September, 2007

  • HP brings sexy back

    HP has launched a series of press announcements over the last few weeks that include their new Blackbird gaming PC , their new HDX "Dragon" laptop , a new line of MediaSmart TVs , information about their MediaSmart servers (Windows Home Server), and they...
  • Zune offers branded devices to schools/universities

    One of the things I love most about the fall season is NCAA football. I recall as if it was only yesterday waking up to the sounds of the Marching Illini practicing out our dorm window. This time of year, Saturdays at our house start with my Zune letting...
  • Office team posts new EDU content

    The Office team has released a lot of new content to help students/teachers to kick off the school year. This includes a slew of templates and content for office applications as well as training and tools that "Educationalize" the Office platform. Inside...
  • Students - buy Office Ultimate for 60 bucks!

    This is an outstanding opportunity for students to get their hands on Office Ultimate, which includes OneNote! - http://www.theultimatesteal.com/ Beginning Sept. 12, Microsoft will launch a special Web-based promotion exclusively for students called The...
  • Online resource to help school districts learn to use data in Excel

    Scott McLeod has posted a great resource over on http://www.dangerouslyirrelevant.org/ The tutorials on the web site highlight many of the Excel skills that are helpful when working with building- and district-level data. The tutorials are targeted at...
  • Deploying Live to school computers

    There are many bloggers/journalists actively discussing Windows Live publishing out several new free tools this month. So what? Well these tools will be available through WSUS which many schools already have in place, so deployment is very low-cost. There...
  • Microsoft Research Assessment Toolkit

    Interesting information from one of my colleague's blog posts - The Microsoft Research Assessment Toolkit was conceived to provide higher education faculty members with user-friendly, focused resources to assist in developing and conducting rigorous educational...
  • Print resources for classroom projects

    Here is a link to set aside. HP has published an online gallery of photo projects. You simply choose a template, upload a photo, and it will allow you to print it as a PDF file which you can then Email, share, print, etc. Templates include calendars,...
  • Homework doesn't get lost when it is stored in the cloud

    You would think in 20 years my habits would improve. I still carry valuable data in my backpack where it is at risk of getting torn, lost, or just buried under piles of extra stuff that I carry around to feel prepared but never actually end up using....
  • Step-by-Step Guides for Server 2008 published!

    Just as there were step-by-step technical guides for Vista, a new set of guides has been posted for Windows Server 2008. If it was possible to wear out a favorites button, my link to the Vista guides would be showing some serious signs of over-use. There...
  • Should school computers be thick, thin, or virtual?

    A recent whitepaper linked from the UK Higher Education Blog delves in to this topic and explains the options with detail. This is a very important discussion in my opinion and it encompassed over half of our LabMan 2007 closing keynote presentation last...
  • Reducing application conflicts on unmanaged faculty/staff machines

    Yesterday a press release snuck out with several announcements regarding virtualization. For full detail, link to Kevin's post and then to the press announcement after the jump. Kevinsul's Management Blog : Announcing the 'Windows Installer Utility for...
  • Bring your Web 2.0 contacts to your desktop, phone

    For those of you who use Facebook, which apparently is everyone... There is a tool available now to synchronize your Facebook contacts to Outlook. This would make those contacts available throughout your digital life as Outlook syncs to your phone, Live...