Posts by Cynthia Slater

 
 
 

Macintosh – Middfiles – Mmmmm… News You Can Use

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Mac users…  Are you having the best possible experience with Middfiles?  It may be time to update how you connect to Middfiles, as well as create some useful shortcuts!

First, check your connection.  In the Finder, click on the Go menu, then click Connect to Server.  You should use cifs://middcloud.middlebury.edu/middfiles and remove any “smb” middfiles favorites you may have stored, as shown.

Go>Connect to Server

Removing outdated SMB favorite

Now it’s time to create some powerful Sidebar favorites for easy access to your frequently-used folders (see sample below).  Sidebar favorite locations are visible in all your programs!  Refer to our wiki article for complete details on how to create these favorites & get rid of outdated ones.

Sidebar Favorite Sample

Sidebar Favorite Sample

Technical stuff:  We use the SMB protocol to connect to Middfiles almost exclusively on campus and the latest revision is CIFS.  To use the most current version of SMB you must specify CIFS in your connection.  Outdated connections may results in errors when saving to Middfiles or be slower.

Follow-Me Printing Update: Easier-to-Remember Print Queue Name

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Woman-PrinterFans of Follow-Me Printing will be happy to know we have changed the print queue name, making it easier to remember.  When submitting your print job, look for FollowMeBW which has replaced Virtual BlackandWhite, effective 10/4/13.

Students, if you haven’t yet tried “Follow-Me” you’re making your printing life more difficult than it needs to be.  Visit go/followme to learn more or check out our earlier blog post.  This time saver allows you to print to a single print queue, then go to any participating print release station to release your print job(s).

Remember…  for fastest results, use Follow-Me Printing on a lab computer.

“Follow-Me Printing” now available! (Um, what does that mean?)

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Follow-Me Printing allows you to print to a single virtual print queue, then go to any participating print release station to release your print job(s).   Presently, Follow-Me print jobs can be released from any of six different stations on campus; see the list below.

Choosing the new Virtual BlackandWhite print queue means you can head to the Davis Family Library…  or Sunderland…  or BiHall.  Changing your mind no longer means having to resubmit your print request!

For fastest results, use Follow-Me Printing on a lab computer:

It’s easy to do this when your documents are safely stored on Middfiles:

  1. Select Virtual BlackandWhite from the drop-down list when choosing a printer.
  2. Proceed to any of the six participating print release station locations (see list below) and log on with your Middlebury username and password.
  3. Release your print job by clicking “Print” located on the right-hand side.

Follow-Me Printing using PaperCut’s Web Print:

You can print documents to the new Virtual BlackandWhite print queue from your personally-owned computer using PaperCut’s Web Print.  Please note that you may experience delays using Web Print.  For fastest results, submit your print job from a lab computer using the instructions above.

Which printers can “Follow Me”?

Printer Name

Printer & Release Station Location

BIH203K Bicentennial Hall 203
LIB142 Davis Family Library 142
LIB242 Davis Family Library 242
LIB242K Davis Family Library 242
LIB303 Davis Family Library 303
SDL121K Sunderland 121

lynda.com service interruption

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Middlebury’s lynda.com online learning resource is currently unavailable.  The company is aware of the problem and is working to resolve the issue.  They are hopeful that access will be restored by the end of the business day and apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

Update 6/27, 2:30 pm — Access has been restored!  (If you are unfamiliar with our lynda.com resource, visit go/lyndainfo to learn more and give it a try.)

Last Chance — LIS Open Workshops Wind Down for the Summer

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It’s not too late to join us for a workshop (in English!) before Language Schools begin. Visit go/lisworkshops to view the last of our advertised open sessions. Youll find a Drupal introduction that covers basic web site maintenance skills, as well as another opportunity to learn how to access and use lynda.com Middlebury’s fabulous online learning resource that uses short videos to help you acquire new business and technology skills, including photography finesse.

Lynda’s recently added courses include such varied topics as “Managing Teams,” “Designing a Book,” and “Up and Running with Windows 8.” Watch a single video or work through an entire course, but be warned its addictive.

Please note that we do continue to offer “by request” group training during the summer months, staff and classroom space permitting; kindly send your request with details to helpdesk@middlebury.edu.

Life After Midd & lynda.com video-based learning

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lynda.com logo

Students…  Interested in skills you can use in Life Beyond Midd?  lynda.com has everything you need!  Just click any of these course links, log on with your Middlebury username and password and you’re on your way.  Work through an entire course or view just the movie segments you need — it’s up to you.

This small sampler of business skills topics is just the beginning — lynda currently offers over 1600 course titles from which to choose.

Need a hand getting started?  Sign up for our lynda.com overview session at noon on March 15.

LIS Workshops for February-March: Drupal and Video-based Learning

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Our current workshop schedule is now available.  Visit go/lisworkshops to view offerings for February and March and sign up for topics of interest.  You’ll find Drupal introductions that cover basic web site maintenance skills, as well as work sessions where you can get help with specific questions about how to improve your departmental web site. We are also offering several opportunities to learn how to access and use  lynda.com  — Middlebury’s fabulous online learning resource that uses short videos to help you acquire new business and technology skills.

Lynda’s recently added courses include such varied topics as “JavaScript and AJAX,” “Writing Fundamentals:  The Craft of Story,” and “Office 2013 New Features.”  Watch a single video or work through an entire course, but be warned — it’s addictive.