Archive for October, 2008

Free Audio Recording Software

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

 

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With Audacity, free downloadable recording software that works on both Macs and PCs, you’re able to easily record audio tracks and seamlessly edit clips together. Whether you’d like to create a podcast, narrate content to post to Blackboard or convert music files, audio recording software is incredibly useful to have around. Audacity has many easy-to-use features, such as editing via cut, copy and paste, noise removal, volume fading and multi-track mixing.

If you post audio files to Blackboard, make sure they are in a compressed, high-quality format, like MP3. In order to export your audio file to MP3 from Audacity, you will need to install the free LAME MP3 encoder.

In addition to Audacity being free and cross-platform there are many helpful resources, such as tutorials and FAQ’s, available at Audacity’s website.

Get the Most out of your Google Search

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

While it’s all too common to “Google it” to find any information imaginable, you may spend more sifting through endless results than you need to. Using Google Advanced Search not only helps you refine your search, you might come across some information that you wouldn’t normally find.

Advanced Search

You can access Google Advanced Search by clicking on the “Advanced Search” link on the Google home page. Note: If you’d like to search for images only, click on the “Images” tab on the Google home page then click on the “Advanced Image Search” link. Once you are ready to start your Advanced Search, keep in mind that you’ll only need to enter information into the fields you’d like to use. If you’d like to search for items with a particular file type, such as a PDF or Flash video file, try selecting a File Format. If you wish to narrow your results to only Government or Education sites, you can type .gov or .edu into the Domain field. For more tips on refining your search, visit Google Help: Advanced Search.

University Search

If you’d like to narrow your search to a specific school, a link for Google University Search is located at the bottom of the Advanced Search page. You can use the alphabetical index to locate your target school and then search for information within that institution only.

GroupWise Junk Mail Handling

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

For this week’s Tech Tip, we offer important information about the GroupWise email client. The Junk Mail Handling feature in GroupWise enables users to decide what to do with unwanted Internet items including e-mails, appointments, or tasks that are sent to your GroupWise e-mail address. This includes all e-mail, appointments, or tasks where the sender’s address is in the form of name@domain.com, name@domain.org, etc..

Junk Mail Handling does not apply to internal e-mail, appointments, or tasks. Internal items are e-mails, appointments, or tasks where the sender is part of your GroupWise system and the “From” field shows only the name of the sender, not an Internet address as explained above. However, Loyola email addresses that are addressed with the Loyola domain name or the Loyola email domain luc.edu may be added to the Block or Junk Lists in error by an email user.

If a Loyola email address or the Loyola email domain luc.edu appears on your Block or Junk Lists you will be at risk of not receiving email from other Faculty, Staff, and Students on the Loyola GroupWise System.

How to Check your Block and Junk Lists

To ensure that you do not have (username@luc.edu) email addresses or the luc.edu domain on your Block or Junk Lists, go to the Tools Menu select Junk Mail Handling… Click on the tabs to select the Block List or Junk List. Search both the Block and Junk lists for any (username@luc.edu) addresses and the luc.edu domain. If you locate a luc.edu address you will need to redefine it from the list. To redefine the address or domain, select the item from the list then click the Move to Trust button at the top right corner of the Junk Mail Handling window.

For assistance with Junk Mail Handling:

  1. Call: 773-508-7190 (or on campus 4-4444)
  2. E-mail: helpdesk@luc.edu