Demo of Collaboration Station in Law Library

 

Huddle Vu — a video collaboration table in the Law Library

This collaboration station from FSR INC. will allow up to six laptops/iphones/tablets share a single screen (one at a time) to work together on studies and projects.

The folks from FSR have loaned us this table to see if it is something our students would find helpful.  This table is similar to those made by other manufacturers except that this one is supposed to take NO setup time for the user — all that you need is a device that you can connect via an HDMI cable.  If you need an adapter for your Mac, or other device, please let the folks at the Law Library Public Services desk know.  If for some reason no adapter is available for your device, please send a note to support@law.pepperdine.edu and let us know what you need.

Here’s the blurb from FSR INC. on the HuddleVu station:

“The HuddleVU system allows for multiple users to share and view their laptops, tablets, and smart phones screens on a main display. Unlike conventional presentation systems, anyone participating can be a presenter or the audience at any given time at the push of a button. LED’s indicate which user is currently live and when the system is busy to each user. HuddleVU creates the ideal environment for people to view and share ideas. The systems include all the necessary video switching equipment, control hardware, display power control and color-coded captive HDMI cables. It is a very simple yet effective system to quickly install and use.”

Here’s a promo video for the HuddleVu

If you like this product or like the idea of it, please let us know by sending an email here.

If you are looking for your own HDMI adapter for your laptop or other device here are some good sources:

  1. iPhone/iPad
  2. MacBook Mini DisplayPort to HDMI
  3. www.monoprice.com
  4. www.cablestogo.com

Microsoft Office?

Are you looking for a good price on Microsoft Office?

Office 365 University

Students and Faculty can purchase this software at a significant discount through Microsoft’s education store.

See the Pepperdine IT Student Discount page here:

http://community.pepperdine.edu/it/students/newstudents/student-discount.htm 

Many software vendors are now selling software subscriptions instead of one-time licenses.

Microsoft still sells a one-time license for Office but at $135 it’s about 65% more than the price of a four-year subscription which is now $80.  In the case of MS Office, the subscription model gives you more software (MS Publisher and MS Access is the big difference).  There’s also a $6.99 per month plan for Office 365 Personal but the $80 deal is way better for the same stuff.

NOTE: While MS Word is a standard in law schools and the legal community, great inroads are being made by Google Docs as well as Google’s other apps.  All of these apps are available for no cost through Pepperdine’s Google.pepperdine.edu service.

September is National Preparedness Month!

Emergency_PrepSeptember is National Emergency Preparedness Month!

Yep, it’s that time of year again.  Let’s start thinking about being prepared for emergencies.

 

 

We strongly recommend that you subscribe to notification services as well as make a plan for you and your family should the unthinkable happen.

The Pepperdine site, in addition to being our Pepperdine-focused web-based emergency status/update information source, has a wealth of information related to both campus preparedness as well as resources for personal preparedness.

 

Laptop Rentals (for students)

brokenlaptopThe University’s Tech Central provides rental laptops to students.

If you are stuck and need a temporary solution, check out their rental program by calling (310) 506-4811.

There is a limited number of rental units so don’t hesitate to call and reserve as system if you think you’ll need one!

Tech Central also offers an array of other fee-based services — see this site for more details.

 

Gmail is Here to Stay – Top 3 Tips to Make Your Transition Easier

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Well it’s official, everyone has moved onto the Gmail train. For some of you, this may be welcome news. However, for those of you who had grown rather comfortable with the Outlook Exchange system, we’ve put together a few tips and settings that will help ease your transition.

First, login to Gmail through Wavenet. You can also go to Gmail.com, enter your Pepperdine Gmail address, and it will re-direct you to the Pepperdine authentication system.

  1. Start Using Chrome as Your Primary Browser – Gmail is a Google product and Chrome is a Google product, so it should come as no surprise they work much better together than non-Google browsers such as Firefox or Safari. If you aren’t on Chrome already, we recommend switching to Chrome before you switch to Gmail.
  2. Turn off “Conversation View”

Some people love this setting that groups all emails with the same topic title into one conversation view, so it looks like one email instead of the 20 it actually contains. This is a great way to keep track of all emails from one conversation especially when there are multiple people on an email and some “reply all” while others only reply. However, considering the conversation is also kept in a thread if you scroll down inside your email, it’s not entirely necessary. Plus it can get very confusing for people who are used to the Outlook format where each email is separate. To turn it off, click on 2016-02-19_1303the “Settings” button in the upper-right corner of your webpage inbox, (it looks like a tiny gear icon) and then choose “Conversation View Off” 2016-02-19_1304

 

1.a) While you’re there, you might want to also select the check-box for “Enable Undo Send”, it’s 2 rows down from Conversation View. The Undo Send feature allows you to recall a message up to 30 seconds after you’ve sent it, just in case you realize right after hitting the send button that oops, you forgot to include that spreadsheet that was the entire point of the email. Whatever the reason, you can pull it right back and fix the error.

3. Turn on Desktop Notifications

While you’re in the Settings, go ahead and turn on Desktop Notifications by selecting the radial button next to “New mail notifications on”. It’s only 3 rows down from Undo Send and this will give you that nice little popup email alert you are used to from Outlook.

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4. Enable some Labs

While still in settings, scroll up to the top of the page where all the blue lettered tabs are and select the “Labs” tab. From here you can browse and enable a variety of Labs. Google has put together a list of particularly helpful labs you can choose from. These are essentially add-on features designed to make your experience more customizable and hopefully more enjoyable. You can browse and select which ones are right for you. We highly recommend enabling the 3 labs listed below.

  1. Google Calendar Gadget: allows you to view all the upcoming appointments on your calendar, right from within your Inbox. You can click on any calendar item to open up your Google Calendar and see further details for the appointment.
  2. Preview Pane: This gives you that nice Vertical Split and preview pane you are so used to from Outlook. You can now scroll through and preview emails without actually having to open them, just like you did in Outlook (or maybe you didn’t use that in Outlook, in which case you won’t need this feature).
  3. Right Side Chat: This allows all your chat contacts to show up on the right side so they don’t compete for space with your Calendar gadget you just enabled. If you don’t like chat, you can turn off chat completely by selecting the “Chat” tab next to the “Labs” tab and then choose, “Chat Off”.

Personally, I love chat. This feature allows you to open up quick, live chat, voice, or video conversation with anyone at your organization.

Additionally, Gmail’s impressive search capabilities make it much easier to find emails than it was in Outlook.

Although not everything will work the same way in Gmail as it did in Outlook, you can customize a variety of things to be similar to features you are familiar with from Outlook. The above settings should make your move to Gmail a little easier.

As for frequently asked questions, the answer is usually, YES, Gmail can do almost everything you did in Outlook, it just might look a little different.

There are ways to enable delegates to access your account or calendar under the Accounts tab. Plus, now you can share documents via Drive which has LIMITLESS storage capacity! You can create a Signature for your emails under the General Settings tab, as well as turn on an automatic Vacation Responder, just like in Outlook.

Labels are the equivalent of Outlook Folders and Stars are Gmail’s version of Outlook’s Flagging system. If you have any questions, you can either Google the answer on Google Search, or contact us at support@law.pepperdine.edu.

Finally, all of the Google Suite (and sweet) tools are available by clicking the small tile icon in the upper right corner of your inbox. 2016-02-19_1351

Welcome to your new Google experience and enjoy using Gmail’s unlimited storage!

Where to Find Office Word Tutorials

Need to brush up on the Microsoft Office Suite? Want to learn more about Word, Excel, and PowerPoint?

Check out these great resources:

Microsoft’s website http://office.microsoft.com offers tutorial guides at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/support/training-FX101782702.aspx

Also, YouTube users generate video tutorials on how to use common applications. You can search for key words in YouTube to see what tutorials are available. An example of a good keyword search is “Formatting Tables in Word“, which results in thousands of videos for you to peruse.

These tutorials walk you through common tasks with graphics and videos to guide you along your way.

Windows 10 MAC Address Randomization! DON’T DO IT!

Some of you may have heard of this really cool option in Windows 10 to randomize your MAC address for security purposes.  However, the Pepperdine Wireless authenticates your machines based on your MAC address, so if you have it on or accidentally turned it on, you will not be able to connect reliably if at all to the Wireless at Pepperdine.

 

To turn Random Hadware Addresses off

1.)  Click on Network Settings

2.) Click on manage Wi-Fi settings

 

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3.)If you don’t see Random hardware addresses, congratulations, your hardware doesn’t support Random hardware addresses. Otherwise ensure that “Use random hardware addresses” are turned off.

Having Trouble Opening a SofTest Final on a PC? We Have the Solution!

For anyone who has sat, waiting and watching the little spin wheel, spin on and on endlessly after attempting to launch an exam in SofTest, your wait is over!

We’ve outlined a few simple steps below to prevent this from happening when trying to open your next exam. Also, if you’ve ever exited SofTest but found your 2016-04-28_1148desktop background was stuck on the Examsoft background, this should prevent that from happening as well.

  1. Open your computer’s Task Manager. In Windows 10 you can access your task manager by pressing [CTRL + ALT + DEL], and select the Task Manager. If the Startup tab is not visible in Task Manager, click on the “More Details” arrow.  On pre-Windows 10 OS, you can access the task manager by pressing the Windows key and the (r) key simultaneously. In the window that appears, type “msconfig” without the quotes and press enter. Then select the “Startup” tab from the popup window, and follow the next steps.
  2. Under the Startup tab, a list of applications will be present. It is advised that all third party or “after market” applications on this list be disabled to ensure they do not cause a conflict with SofTest, e.g. Spotify, Google Drive, etc. Select each application in the list that is currently enabled and press the “disable” button in the bottom right of the task manager window.
  3. Once all the identified applications have been disabled, restart the computer. 
  4. After restarting, try taking a mock exam again in SofTest v11. SofTest should no longer experience any hanging or freezing before entering the exam.
  5. All other recommendations regarding minimum system requirements for SofTest v11 should still be followed to avoid issues when using SofTest v11. These include temporarily deactivating your any third party Antivirus installed on the device, and only using a user account with administrative privileges on the computer.

You should re-enable all desired startup programs after finals are over, especially your antivirus!

If you have any difficulties following the above directions, please stop by our IS Support desk in the Library for assistance with disabling your startup programs. We hope this helps and best of luck on finals!

Law Student Mental Health Day

lawstudent-vert-blackDo you know what doctors, lawyers, and CEO’s all have in common? These professions have the highest levels of stress among all occupations. Similar stress rates are also true of students in these professions.

However, not to fear… help is here! Take a deep breath, relax, and check out these helpful resources available from the ABA Law Student Division and the Dave Nee Foundation. Together, these sites are dedicated to raising awareness and providing support to law students under stress… so that means they are devoted to pretty much all law students.

March 27th is Law Student Mental Health Day! But in case you missed it, don’t worry, you can still take time to relax and unwind today!

Finals can be a particularly stressful time, so you need to make sure you are taking care of yourself first and foremost. Take a break from studying and devote a few moments to checking out the above resources. Remember to take time to decompress a bit, spend a few minutes on some relaxing breathing exercises from one of the plethora of breathing apps available on your phone, or go for a walk outside. Speaking of checking things out that help you unwind, check out one of the movies from the library while you’re at it! We hope you enjoy your time here in Malibu. Just don’t enjoy it too much… so after you’ve done the above, get back to studying!