Archive for February, 2009

How to Send Huge Email Files

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Have you ever tried sending digital pictures or video files or music files to a friend or family member, only to be stopped by the ISP (or your friendly employer) because it was too big? At Loyola we limit both inbound and outbound email attachments to 20 megabytes (20mb), which means the complete size of the email cannot exceed 20 mb, including the body of the email and other attachments. Yahoo and Hotmail limit your attachments to 10mb. With Gmail, the maximum attachment size has increased to 20mb; however many webmail services won’t accept the larger attachment size and your email will get bounced back. In many ways, they are doing this for your own good – they don’t want you sending huge attachments because they don’t want to increase the chances that you will be passing along viruses to your friends and family. However, limits are inconvenient, aren’t they?

Now through a free site, DropSend, you can send files up to 2 gigabytes (that’s 2048MB) securely (it’s encrypted), safely, and easily. Just go to the site, enter your email address, your recipient’s address, and the file you want to send. Your recipient will receive a link where he/she can download it from the Internet. It’s that simple. You don’t flood your friend’s mailbox with huge files, yet you’re able to send out your pictures, video, and music as you wish. But remember that this is a third party resource – use this at your own discretion. We don’t advise you to send out top-secret files or anything. We have also found that it is best to be patient with this site. Large files take a few minutes to upload, even with a speedy Internet connection.

Other similar services:

Send This File:
http://www.sendthisfile.com/

How to Zip Multiple Files

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

1X1Sending a picture or a document as an email attachment is an easy way to share files between computers. But what if you have many files that you’d like to send, or an entire folder? Well, you could attach each item individually in an email; however this solution can be time-consuming for you and cumbersome for the recipient to download fifteen separate files. Zipping your files makes it possible to have multiple files squeezed down to one smaller file that can easily be sent via email. Also, if you have a large folder that includes media, such as audio or video, zipping reduces size and saves space. Many people don’t realize how easy it is to zip files in Windows XP and in Mac OS X. Support for zipping is built right in to both of these operating systems!

PC Users

1. If you want to zip multiple files, either create a folder that contains all of the files or highlight the batch of files.

2. Right-click on the file(s) or folder you wish to compress.

3. From the drop-down menu, click Send To > Compressed (zipped) folder.

Windows Menu

4. Now you can attach the .zip file in an email. Keep in mind that at Loyola we limit both inbound and outbound email attachments to 20 megabytes (20mb), which means the complete size of the email cannot exceed 20 mb, including the body of the email and other attachments.

5. To open a zipped file, double-click the .zip file then click on Extract All Files.

Mac Users

1. If you want to zip multiple files, either create a folder that contains all of the files or highlight the batch of files.

2..Control + Click on the file(s) or folder you wish to compress.

3. From the pop-up menu, click Create Archive then the zip file will appear in whichever folder you are working in (i.e. your desktop or documents folder).

Mac Menu

4. Now you can attach the .zip file in an email. Keep in mind that at Loyola we limit both inbound and outbound email attachments to 20 megabytes (20mb), which means the complete size of the email cannot exceed 20 mb, including the body of the email and other attachments.

5. To open an archived file, simply double-click the Archive.zip file.

Easily Create and Share Diagrams with Webspiration

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

1X1With Webspiration, you can easily create a visual map that will help you organize concepts, plans and ideas. Webspiration is a useful tool for students to brainstorm ideas and make connections between concepts. Faculty and staff can also benefit from creating diagrams to assist with project management and planning. With a free Webspiration account, you can collaborate and share diagrams with anyone by simply sending an invite.

The benefit of using Webspiration is the incredibly user-friendly graphic interface; you can quickly develop and connect your ideas without having to spend a lot of time to get a professional-looking diagram. Also, because your documents are stored online, you can access them anytime, anywhere.

Inspiration

Getting Started

First, you’ll need to set up your free account and login. You’ll initially be taken to the Launch Page, where you can click on the Launch Inspiration button to start a new document. From the Launch Page, you can also access the Help Center for Getting Started documentation and the Learning Library, which contains resources and tips for using Webspiration.

Inspiration Software

Webspiration is also available as desktop application for Mac and PC calledInspiration. With Inspiration, you have the benefit of working from your hard drive, instead of working online. Inspiration is available for purchase and there is also a downloadable free 30-day trial.